Go ahead quote me

Michelle Phan.
Michelle Phan.
Ashley Graham.
Ashley Graham.
Jaden Smith.
Jaden Smith.

I want to create an ecosystem that thrives on positivity, not competition. I tell a lot of my peers, 'Don't look at each other as rivals; this isn't a competition.'

YOUTUBE MAKE-UP TUTORIAL STAR MICHELLE PHAN


Someone once told me my thighs were 'cellulite city'. But I now realise these thighs tell a story of victory and courage. I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you.

MODEL ASHLEY GRAHAM


In five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won't get beat up and kids won't get mad at him. It just doesn't matter. I'm taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generation of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren't expected during my time.

ACTOR JADEN SMITH, 18, on himself wearing skirts

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'Go ahead quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe