For International Women's Day on 8th March 2018, we wanted to celebrate the most inspirational people in our lives. We asked a few of our fashion friends to tell us which women inspire them.
"I always keep strong women in my mind day to day to lift me up and be my shining lights. I often think of Elizabeth Taylor and her famous saying; “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” I tell myself that all the time and remind myself how lucky I am in so many ways. I am also surrounded by the most amazing group of girls, close female friends, family, customers, fellow retailers and all the Donna Ida girls who I love being around. They constantly inspire me and keep me moving forward in a positive and loving way. Having that support, that constant virtual hug, is just so important to me. I’m not ashamed to say that I need it and appreciate every encouraging word. Girls I love you all!" Donna Ida Thornton, CEO DONNA IDA
"Helena Morrissey - I think any woman who has managed to reach the dizzy heights of City CEO, has a brood of nine beautiful, talented children and a wonderful husband who has decided to let her reach her goals whilst he nurtures the home and their family is worthy of all our awe. She even dresses like a total fashionista… Helena I’m sure feels stretched a lot of the time but from the little I have witnessed she manages her time with the genius of a dedicated perfectionist. I think it is her children that really make her star shine so brightly. Nine children??? Oh did I mention she even managed to pen a terrific powerful guide to women called “A Good Time to be A Girl”… I am just reading it and waiting for my lightbulb moment…." Tamara Beckwith The Little Black Gallery
"Iris Apfel inspires me because she shows that style and fashion is all about having fun. I wish we would all stop taking ourselves so seriously and just wear what truly inspires us, no matter age, gender or background." Tess Montgomery TessM.se Follow Tess on Instagram
"Judy Dench constantly inspires me as watching her on stage gives me goose bumps . My mama inspires me too for her kindness and unconditional love." Marissa Montgomery www.rottenroach.com
"My friends Holly (Pamelone) and Jo (Joubi Jewellery) inspire me because they too have their own brands and are so unbelievably hard working. We also support each other and congratulate too, which is so important for women to empower each other!" Rosie Fortescue. See more Rosie Fortescue Jewellery.
"Eva Chen is massive girl boss hero of mine. I love that she's a fashion queen-meets-social wizard (plus mum of two) - and she always does it with a wicked sense of humour. I mean, how many people can say they have their own insta hashtag for good shoe game?! #evachenpose" Lisa Haynes Follow Lisa on Instagram.
"Daniela Neuman, my friend for over 15 years, has always inspired me. Not only is Dani an amazing Mother and friend, she is MD at Spun Gold. I love my chats my Dani, they are always thought provoking, fun, creative and she is always on hand with sound advice. I absolutely love her recent project which is an app called My Dilemma. Where a Dilemma shared is a Dilemma solved - basically what we have been doing for each other for years! To join in our conversation download from the App Store now," Donna Air. Follow Donna on Instagram, Twitter.
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