We Asked Some Of Australia’s Leading Women About The Most Inspirational Advice They've Ever Received

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Women inspiring women. 

In the spirit of female empowerment and to celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked some of Australia’s leading ladies about the best advice they've ever received from an inspirational woman in their life. 

Read on for a dose positivity:

Olympia Valance - Actor and Model

“Always surround yourself [with] beautiful loyal friends because they are always going to be there to lift you up when you’re down, and to be there for the good times and the bad times, and the wine times.” 

Michelle Stephenson - Nova National News Director

"Don’t sweat the small stuff." As women, we try to tie ourselves in knots trying to be the perfect mothers, the perfect people at [our] career, the perfect friends, and we can’t be perfect to everyone.

The other thing is “don’t take no for an answer” - it is not a man’s world; it is our world, and we need to get in there and get involved. 

Elyse Knowles - Model

“Never change for anyone… be you and only you.”

Shelly Horton - TV Presenter and Producer 

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice." 

And I think that that is so true, particularly on International Women’s Day when we’re reminding everyone that’s it’s all about equality, so treat everyone the same.

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Chrissie Swan - Radio and TV Presenter

My friend Rebecca Sparrow showed me this Anne Lamott quote, and I think of it often, live by it, and share it as often as I can:

"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

Natalie Bassingthwaighte -  Artist and Actor

From her mother: “Treat other people the way you would like to be treated yourself.”

Michala Banas -  Actor

From her best friend Angie: “Don’t let anyone dim your lights because it’s shining in their eyes.”

Laura Dundovic - Actor and Model

The best bit of advice given to me would have to be from my mother; from a very young age she taught us how important it was to stay true to who you are. This was everything from picking what sport I wanted to play, to the subjects I did, to what I wanted to do after school, to how I dressed. 

She always taught me that it was important to go by what I thought and not just follow the crowd… and while it is important to learn from other people and to grow, when there’s something you really believe in you shouldn’t compromise that for someone else.

Yvie Jones - TV Personality

The best piece of advice I've been given by an inspiring woman, that would be Tina Fey, and it is: "Do your thing and don't care if they like it!"

Dena Amy - Actor, Dancer and DJ

"Empowered women, empower women."

In order for females to have equality and then conquer on a grand scale we need to support and empower one another. In order to build ourselves up we need to build on another up. 

They say behind every great man is a great woman; I’m looking forward to living in a world where I don’t stand behind any men and the only people behind me are my girls, pushing me forward and cheering at the top of their lungs!

Elle Ferguson - Model 

Well, it would be from my mum, and it was "always to have courage and to be kind.” 

Images: Instagram / Various

Written By Krisinda Merhi

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