75 Greatest Sayings and Quotes from Popular Models and Fashion Icons

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Words and style both have something in common; they both tell a lot about their user. World-famous fashion models and Icons like Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur), Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell and Diana Ross have gone a long way to inspire the world not just with their stylish looks but also through their mantras that have also influenced our thoughts and ideologies about fashion and life in general. These quote-worthy words of wisdom by these legendary models and fashion icons are not only fashion related but they touch virtually all that concerns all areas of our lives. From the greatest and most popular fashion designers to legendary stylists and models, get inspired with these quotes that will never go out of style.

75 Greatest Sayings and Quotes from Popular Models and Fashion Icons

1. “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” — Alexander McQueen

2. “Take care of yourself, be healthy, and always believe you can be successful in anything you truly want. — Alessandra Ambrosio,

3. “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” — Edith Head

4. “Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring.” – Diana Vreeland

5. “What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way.”  Iris Apfel

6. Fashion is about something that comes within you — Ralph Lauren

7. Don’t chase the money… chase the passion. Because that’s what is going to keep you happy and motivated and jumping out of that bed Monday morning.” — Tyra Banks

8. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” — Marc Jacobs

9. Nothing’s ever come easy to me and nothing ever will and that’s okay. I’m used to that. I go with the challenges. I roll with the punches.” — Naomi Campbell

10. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

11. “When you hear designers complaining about the challenge of their profession, you have to say: Don’t get carried away—it’s only dresses.” – Karl Lagerfeld

12. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren

13. Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself”— Tyra Banks

14.“One is never over- or underdressed with a little black dress.” — Karl Lagerfeld

15.Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” — Oscar de la Renta

16. “In this job an illusion of beauty is sold which doesn’t really exist like that. It’s like a work of art, an act. I cry in front of the camera but am not really sad. I’ve just come from a job, am made-up and made to look beautiful with fantastic clothes and hair and nails all done.” — Heidi Klum

17. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. – Coco Chanel

18. “If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.” — Diana Ross

19. “The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” — Alicia Keys

20. “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” Jean Cocteau

21. I don’t think I was born beautiful. I just think I was born me.— Naomi Campbell

22. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton

23. “I can be a better me than anyone can.” — Diana Ross

24. “Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world—an emotion.”—Alber Elbaz

25. “Icon. What is an icon? When someone is iconic it means they have established a certain kind of legacy possibly, and I think it does come with time. It’s something in the arts, I feel. Maybe not, maybe it doesn’t have to be in the arts exactly. I’m not really sure. But I don’t think you are born an icon.”
— Diana Ross

Quotes from models and Fashion Icons

26. “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” – Sir Francis Bacon

27. “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” — Donna Karan

28. “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” Miuccia Prada

29. “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” — Yves Saint Laurent

30. “She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” – Rihanna

31. I plan to take time out and read, learn, and absorb more about acting.” – Kubra Sait

32. “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” —Diana Vreeland

33. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

34. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

35. “Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham

36. “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” — Alexander Wang

37. “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw

38. “It takes a long time to get to be a diva. I mean, you gotta work at it.” — Diana Ross

39. I’m not going to wallow in self-pity and not live my life. There are always going to be some falls in life for everybody, no matter what career you have. You have to roll with the punches and keep going. — Naomi Campbell

40. Modelling isn’t something I’m doing to prove people wrong. It’s something I’m doing because it’s what I want to do — Kendall Jenner

41. Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality.” — Alexander McQueen

42. Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles

43. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too. I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness.” — Miranda Kerr

44. “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy

45. Am I bossy? Absolutely. I don’t like to lose, and if I’m told ‘no’, then I find another way to get my ‘yes.’ Naomi Campbell

47. “A lot of people tend to think that male models are uneducated and they thrive off their looks alone, but most of the successful male models I have worked with over the years are very smart and well-rounded.” — Brad Kroenig,

49. Love every part of yourself. Even the things that frustrate you. They make you who you are! —Tyra Banks

50. “If you are talented, you can really do anything. And if your heart is at the right place and you have a passion for it, you can go for it and do it.” — Heidi Klum

51. I’m not trying to be this cool girl. If you’re trying to be something you’re not, it’s slowly going to bite you in the butt.” —  Bella Hadid

52. “I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person every day.” – Stephanie Perkins

53. “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy”I make a lot of money and I’m worth every cent.” Naomi Campbell

54. “If it’s going to stress you out to have a sense of style, don’t do it. The important thing is to be comfortable so you can get on with your life. But I do feel — people miss a lot if that’s how they approach style. They miss out on this whole creative experience.” — Iris Apfel

55. “Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.” – Kenzo Takada

56. “You should spend your money on some nice lingerie. Big wool cotton pants, that just doesn’t work. You have to feel sexy.” — Heidi Klum

57. Look, you have to make mistakes. That’s how you learn and that’s how the world works. — Naomi Campbell

58. “When it comes to taking a picture, you have to connect for that frame. You have to connect to the photographer, with the stylist, and the hair and makeup you’re doing, but also to the reader and whoever views the image. And you have to maintain that connection you have to be within that moment.” — Sean O’Pry

59. “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” Coco Chanel

60. You know how every model is like, ‘I do yoga.’ Well, I find horses have the same effect.” Bella Hadid

61. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior

62. You can never go wrong when you have a great team to work with — Kubra Sait

63. “I don’t think getting in and out of a limousine has anything to do with being an icon.”
— Diana Ross

64. If you feel comfortable and cool in particular clothes, then that is fashion according to me. — Disha Patani

65. I think colouring your hair is the best way to get a new look. — Disha Patani

66. “I wouldn’t necessarily wear what everybody is wearing unless it makes me feel good. — Kubra Sait

67. “When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t need to think like everybody else.  — Iris Apfel

68. “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” – Ralph Lauren

69. “Know what you want to achieve prior to starting to negotiate. It’s the golden rule but the one most people fail to heed. Without a plan, you allow the opposing party to define your goals instead of the other way around.” –  Ivanka Trump

70. “I’m not pretty, and I’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. I have something much better. I have style.” — Iris Apfel

71. “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” — Karl Lagerfeld

72. “Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing, and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” – Vivienne Westwood

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73. “It’s a new challenge to see how people can change your look. I like words like transformation, reinvention, and chameleon. Because one word I don’t like is predictable.” — Naomi Campbell

74. “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally, you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” —Elizabeth Tylor

75. Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I’m past that age.” —Katharine Hepburn.