Living as a woman in this big bad (but still beautiful) world ain’t easy. Day to day, you’re going to run across as many downs as ups. Many of our very own NYLON stars—despite their beauty, fame, youth, and talent—have been there, too.
Because a little inspirational pick-me-up never hurts, we’ve collected a few of the best quotes from the stars, who've graced our magazine covers in the past, who in their own unique ways, are strong, self-possessed, and generally badass women. These are women who have become warriors, who chase their dreams, goals, and DGAF and are ready to let you know it.
Read through these quotes from 13 women for a healthy dose of feminist fire.
Photographed by Olivia Malone. Styled by J. Errico. Hair by Adir Abergel. Makeup by Beau Nelson. Nails by Ashlie Johnson. Dress by Chanel, sunglasses by Adam Selman x Le Specs, belt by Ann Demeulemeester
Photographed by Petra Collins. Styled by Susan Joy. Coat by Carven, sunglasses by Lucy Folk.
Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett. Styled by Marjan Malakpour. Hair by Clyde Haygood. Makeup by Torsten Witte. Nailes by Janayka Hamilton. Dress by Louis Vuitton, vintage ring at Gray Gallery
Photographed by Bella Howard. Styled by Sean Knight. Hair by Leslie Bennett. Makeup by Darlene Jacobs. Nails by Stephanie Stone. Cape by Chloe, bra by The Elder Statesman, jeans by True Religion, Sandals by Gianvito Rossi, Earrings by Bliss Lau, red and tan necklace by Aurelie Bidermann, neckpiece by Kristy Ward, ring on left hand by Eddie Borgo, bracelet on left wrist by Renvi, ring on right hand by Jennifer Fisher, bracelet on right wrist by Chandally.
Photographed by Zooey Grossman. Styled by Karen Leevitt. Hair by Christian Wood. Makeup by Jo Strettell. Nails by Jolene Brodeur.
Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett. Styled by Anda + Masha. Hair by Andy Lecompte. Makeup by Fiona Stiles. Nails by Miho Okawara. Jacket by Derek Lam, shirt by Madewell, pants by Marc By Marc Jacobs, all jewelry by Chanel.
Photographed by Matthew Frost. Syled by Petra Flannery. Hair by Lea Journo. Makeup by Vera Steimberg. Jacket by Louis Vuitton, shirt by Element, arrowhead necklace by Kathy Rose, pyramid necklace by Karma El-Khalil, gold ring by Jack Vartanian, diamond ring by Roseark.
Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett. Styled by Michelle Reneau. Hair by Jen Atkins. Makeup by Gregory Arlt. Jacket by Levi's, tank top by Mont Laroc, skirt by Kanye West, necklace by Shades of Grey, cuff by Pamela Love, Gwen's own ring.
Photographed by Harper Smith. Styled by Anda & Masha. Hair by Ted Gibson. Makeup by Mai Quynh. Nails by Miss Pop. Coat by Burberry, top by Seafolly.
Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett. Styled by Namalee Bolle. Hair by Tracy Cahoon. Makeup by Dele Olo. Nails by Jenny Longsworth. Jacket by Levi's for House of Holland, earrings by Moschino.
Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett. Styled by Christine Baker. Hair by Daniel Erdman. Makeup by Gregory Alrlt. Nails by Miho and Ishimaru. Top by Pierre Balmain, leggings by TopShop, shoes by Vans, safety pin bracelet by Tom Binns Design, bracelets by Bliss Lau, rings by House of Harlow.
Photographed by Aaron Richter. Styled by Isabel Dupre. Hair by Matthew Monzon. Makeup by Tobey Fleischman. Nails by Holly Falcone. Jacket by burberry prorsum, shirt by novis, jeans by calvin klein jeans, shoes by giuseppe zanotti design. left hand: black diamond rings by thirteen31, gold ring on middle finger by wwake, ring on pointer finger by jvdf. right hand: silver ring with opening by marlo laz, gold ring with opening and gold solid band ring by jvdf, gold rings with triangles on ring finger and gold ring with wave by wwake, gold rings with bars by selin kent worn throughout.
Photographed by Matt Irwin. Styled by Daniela Jung. Hair by Oscar James. Makeup by Sheika Daley. Nails by Fleury Rose. Sweatshirt by Studmuffin NYC, cuff on right wrist and ring on left middle finger by Joomi Lim, bow cuff on right wrist, ring on right thumb, ring on right pointer finger, and cuffs on left wrist by Jennifer Fisher.