18 Famous Women on Confidence

1. Katie Holmes
“Confidence is something I’ve had to grow into. You can be confi­dent in certain areas of your life, but then you have to work on other areas. The more focused I am about achieving a goal, the more my confidence goes up, because then I’m mentally organized about what I want to do. If I’m not feeling sure about something, I sit down and work on exactly what it is I want to accomplish and all the different ways I can achieve it. When I break a goal down into steps, it seems possible. That helps me look at it from more of a rational perspective instead of, Oh my God, I can’t do it.” — Shape, November 2019

2. Zendaya
“Confidence doesn’t just happen. You shouldn’t feel discouraged if you’re not waking up and feeling amazing about yourself. That’s not necessarily how it works. It doesn’t take one shopping spree to give you that confidence. It’s a developing process. Everyone goes at their own speed. For me, it’s just something you have to continue to work on. It’s a growth and a process. As long as you take every opportunity to learn more about yourself and fall more in love with yourself every day, you’re doing good … For everyone [getting in tune with yourself]’s different. For me, it’s kind of been about fashion and experimenting, and trying things has made me less afraid of what other people think of me. I just do whatever the heck I want to do. Whatever I feel at this point — I’m unafraid. I’m ready to be out there and be different and take fashion risks. Like I said, it comes in time. For me it was fashion, but for some people it’s sports or the arts.” — Nylon, July 2015

3. Solange
“Honestly, it’s an evolution. I didn’t have the confidence I have now during my teenage years. I had all of these wild ideas that I spent a lot of time trying to convey and convince myself of. But over time you evolve and become really, really comfortable with who you are. Don’t apologize for it! Stand firm and stay consistent. It’s okay to be versatile and play around, but make sure you really clue into what you’re good at. If you there’s something you have a strength in, hold tight to it.” — Teen Vogue, September 2013

4. Serena Williams
“I guess they couldn’t relate to me because I’m Black, I’m strong, I’m powerful and I’m confident. My arms might not look like the girl over there or my legs might not look like someone else or my butt or my body or my anything, if they don’t have a problem with it then I look them in the eye and say, ‘if you don’t like it, I don’t want you to like it. I’m not asking you to like it.’ I like it and I love me and there’s other people that do look like me and they have to love them and I’m not going to sit around and harp on those people that feel so negatively.” — Essence, December 2016

5. Nicole Kidman
“I’m far more raw and honest now, because before I used to be so scared. So now I’m just like, ‘What the hell. Share, share ideas, share.’ And it’s not safe to do that sometimes because you’re suddenly exposed. But, at the same time, it makes you feel closer to people.” — Vanity Fair, May 2019

6. Janelle Monáe
“I wasn’t always so sure of myself. I still have moments where I’m not, but I got tired of that feeling. At the end of the night, I’m the only one that has to deal with me, and I realized that fighting spirit that my grandmother had was in me. I grew up around matriarchs and strong women who stepped up and provided for the family when the men weren’t there. They were leaders. Being surrounded by women like that, I knew it was in my blood to be the same way.” — Vibe, March 2015

7. Michelle Obama
On finding her voice: “It had to be [when I was] very young, but I’m sure I wasn’t cognizant of it at the time. And I think that I was one of the fortunate women who found my voice early because I had an older brother, and I was very close to my father — and to my mother too. I was always involved in discussions at the dinner table, and I was always neck and neck with my brother whenever there was an activity. So if my father was playing catch with my brother, I was right there. If he taught him how to box, he taught me how to box. I had this wonderful reinforcement from the men in my life, even though my mom was always somebody who encouraged both of us to express our ideas — she talked to us as if we were little people and not babies or kids.” — Women’s Health, August 2012

8. Demi Moore
“From my perspective, I’ve got a very professional reputation. I’m strong and opinionated, but I’m not difficult in the sense that ‘Is my motor home big enough?’ It doesn’t bother me. Time will outweigh the moment. Besides, if you’re a woman and ask for what you want, you’re treated differently than if you’re a man … It’s a lot more interesting to write about me being a bitch than being a nice woman.” — Vanity Fair, August 1991

9. Judge Judy Sheindlin
“I’m convinced that independence is a woman’s only path to happiness. That doesn’t mean you necessarily have to be on your own; the point is knowing that you could make it on your own. And the only way to possess this confidence and control is to have a profession or a vocation that gives you pleasure and makes you self-supporting.” — Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever, January 2000

10. Alicia Keys
“Every time I create something, I feel it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I might experience self-doubt in the process, but once I’ve finished, I feel very confident. I still have that childlike wonder.” — Harper’s Bazaar, August 2019

11. Lana Del Rey
“I’m proud of the way I’ve put parts of my story into songs in ways that only I understand. In terms of my gauge of what’s good, it’s really just what I think. I have an internal framework that is the only thing I measure it by. My own opinion is really important to me. It starts and stops there.” — Pitchfork, July 2017

12. Janelle Monáe
“I wasn’t always so sure of myself. I still have moments where I’m not, but I got tired of that feeling. At the end of the night, I’m the only one that has to deal with me, and I realized that fighting spirit that my grandmother had was in me. I grew up around matriarchs and strong women who stepped up and provided for the family when the men weren’t there. They were leaders. Being surrounded by women like that, I knew it was in my blood to be the same way.” — Vibe, March 2015

13. Hari Nef
“I think my greatest accomplishment is my continued will to live authentically. If you are trans and/or gender nonconforming, your (way of) life persists as a question in frequent need of answering. To answer the question with love and confidence — over and over — is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Trans is tough, but it’s beautiful.” — Interview, March 2016

14. Gabourey Sidibe
“One of the first things people usually ask me is, ‘Gabourey, how are you so confident? How is that?’ … I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame. I show up because I’m an asshole, and I want to have a good time. And my mother and my father love me. ” — Vulture, May 2014

15. Jessica Williams
“Just in my day-to-day, something like self-confidence and self-love is not a destination I just arrive at. It’s more of a journey. Where Monday I’ll feel shitty about my body and Tuesday I’ll feel like the hottest bitch in the world, you know? I think it just ebbs and flows.” — The Daily Beast, January 2017

16. Gal Gadot
“My mom raised my sister and me to be confident women with aspirations. And I always felt capable. I’m not saying that I’m stronger than most men. Physicality has its own rules. But we all have the same brains; we can achieve the same things.” — Marie Claire, June 2017

17. Grace Potter
“At any given moment in my life, I think I’m doing great. Even when I was painting houses and waitressing. I’ve always had this inner dialogue with myself that I’m in the right spot and that I’m doing what I should be doing. Whenever the alarms go off in my head saying, ‘This is not where you should be’ and ‘This is not where you belong,’ I instantly acknowledge it and listen to that voice because its always seems to always lead me in the right direction.” — Shape, September 2019

18. Jennifer Lopez
“The most important thing I’ve learned is the journey of becoming whole on my own. I always thought I would find happiness and love from another person. I realized thats not how it is at all.

You get to be happy all by yourself, if you can appreciate yourself and know your worth and your value. You can be happy person without thinking you have to get it from somebody else.” — Jennifer Lopez The View , September 2019

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