Mind & Body

16 Beauty A-Listers Share The Words Of Wisdom That Have Changed Their Lives

Clockwise from top left: Jess Hunt, Miranda Kerr, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Olivia Palermo, Babba Rivera, Pritika Swarup, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Beckham

Great advice can empower us, motivate change, or revolutionize our mental and physical health. So, to celebrate International Women’s Day, NEWBY HANDS asks 16 beauty A-listers to share the advice that has shaped them. From VICTORIA BECKHAM’s skin-transforming dietary tip to KATE MOSS on the power of manifesting and ANGELA CAGLIA’s superstar confidence boost, here are the life hacks to be inspired by

Kate Moss

Kate Moss, model and founder of Cosmoss

“Charlotte Tilbury taught me about manifesting and to believe in myself. If you believe enough, the universe will deliver.”

Olivia Palermo, beauty entrepreneur and fashion influencer

“If you don’t know something, surround yourself with the people who do – that way you can learn from them, as it’s the way to achieve your ultimate potential.”

Dr. Barbara Sturm, aesthetician and entrepreneur

“My parents taught me to be kind and respectful to others, to keep both feet on the ground, and to be grateful. It’s what I have passed on to both my daughters.”

Shani Darden, facialist and entrepreneur

“Stay out of the negative. So many people put you down and say you can’t do stuff, but you have to stay positive. And give back and support others, especially good people. Recently, there’s been so much talk about supporting women, but everyone needs support – it’s not a competition and there’s room for everyone.”

Jess Hunt, founder of Refy

“When I used to get really stressed, my younger brother would say to me, ‘If you’re worried about something, ask yourself if there’s anything you can do to fix it. If yes, then fix it! If not, why worry about something you can’t change?’”

Victoria Beckham, designer and beauty entrepreneur

“Dr. Harold Lancer is a dermatologist in LA who I’ve seen for years. I had bad acne and he’s the one who got rid of it. One piece of advice he gave me was to eat salmon every single day. I grew up in the 1990s, when we were told that eating fat would make you fat, but Dr. Lancer has taught me that the good fats in fish and avocados are essential.”

Shani Darden
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model and CCO of Rose Inc

“My mum drilled into me the importance of being independent and never relying on other people. It’s a curse and a blessing to be so driven to be independent, but it’s stuck with me.”

Claudia Schiffer, model

“Karl Lagerfeld always gave me the best advice – he was my ‘magic dust’ and transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel. He taught me about fashion, style and how to survive in the fashion business. What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion. I will always be eternally grateful to him.”

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and entrepreneur

“When I was starting out as a makeup artist, a beauty editor wrote me a note saying, ‘Knock it to them, Charlotte – I know you will be a star.’ When I was down, I’d look at this and it gave me so much confidence when I was struggling – it’s the reason I have a hand-drawn star on all my packaging. We can all be a star and achieve our dreams.”

Miranda Kerr, model and founder of Kora Organics

“My mother always says if you do something, give it 100% or don’t do it at all. So, when I’m about to do anything, whether it’s cleaning the bathroom or working on my brand, I hear her saying, ‘Don’t cut corners – give it your all.’”

Charlotte Tilbury
Angela Caglia

Angela Caglia, beauty entrepreneur and aesthetician

“Barbra Streisand has been a client of mine for years, and she inspired me to start my skincare line when she told me ‘to be confident in your dreams and don’t be afraid of doubt – let it motivate you’.”

Babba Rivera, founder of Ceremonia and a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna

“I grew up with immigrant parents in the Projects, but my husband empowered me to see life through a different lens. He always says, ‘What’s the worst thing that can happen?’ We can be so scared of doing the one thing we’ve been dreaming of doing, but he shifted my mindset from minimizing risk to optimizing opportunity.”

Lauren Napier, makeup artist and entrepreneur

“My dad always said that ‘simplicity is elegance’ – and that’s become my philosophy in everything I do.”

Pritika Swarup, model and entrepreneur

“My mom told me to stop always planning ahead and just be present in the moment. This now applies to everything [I do], from being on set shooting, to being on a mission site in Mozambique with Operation Smile, or even when I am doing my daily skincare. It’s about giving my all in that one moment.”

Lauren Napier
Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali, fashion designer and founder of Normalife

“My sixth-grade teacher wrote in my graduation book, ‘know thyself’. I wasn’t sure back then what she meant, but it has been my guide for how I’ve lived my life and run my career. To understand your authentic self is really important.”

Marianna Hewitt, co-founder of Summer Fridays

“Don’t be afraid of being told ‘no’. So many of us don’t like to ask for things in case the response is ‘no’, but I try to live without that fear of rejection. If they say ‘no’, fine; but who knows the opportunities that can open up if they say ‘yes’?”


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