I Am Her: 12 Inspiring Women On What Power Means | Clozette


They say inspiration is everywhere. And more often than not, you can find it not in things but in people. With seven billion humans in the world, you're bound to find some remarkable ones that will ignite a light inside you. We're happy and proud to say we've found many of them — those who fill our hearts with admiration and motivation. We've already taken a peek into the lives of some of them in our previous I Am Her features, but this month, we're putting the spotlight on 12 empowering women in the region. 


Ahead, what power means to them and the best lesson they've learned from a peer — because even strong, powerful women need a solid support system.  



"It is the ability to know one's authentic self and live one's truth," Anya adds. "It is accepting one's strengths and weaknesses and using that to fulfil one's potentials." 


What would your superpower be?

"My superpower would be empathy."


What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"Always trust the processes. Everything always makes sense in hindsight."




"[It's] having the ability to influence action," Charmaine adds.


What would your superpower be?

Being able to control objects with my mind. Just imagine how much less painful housework would be.


What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."



"I had low self-esteem when I was a teenager because I was told that I was ‘different,'" Didie shares. "But growing up, I realized that the only reason I felt that way was because I allowed it. So I decided to be unapologetically me... To be able to accept all of your strength and weakness and not shy away from the ‘voice’ you’re gifted with and that it is ok to be different. That is power."


What would your superpower be?

"In running a business, sometimes you’ll be put in a position where tough decisions must be made. So I feel if I had a superpower to see the future, things will be all good and better. The downside is that there will be no surprises in life."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"That life is not easy. But it will be as good as we make it to be. And that it’s really important for us to surround ourselves with people who want us to soar higher so that we’ll be able to live our truest highest expression of ourselves."




"[It's] serving others for the benefit of both the self and the community around the self," Marika adds. "It is a means to transform culture."

What would your superpower be?

My superpower would be my faith and the action it propels me to do.

What’s the best advice a peer has given you?

“We initially think of the act of creating as a selfish means of ‘self-expressing.’ But once it is out, it is shared beyond the self. So what once was selfish is now self-less. And that has the power to connect and impact people. So, keep creating and keep sharing.”





"To be able to inspire and motivate people to their fullest potential," she shares.


What would your superpower be?


"My superpower is to enable women to feel like superwomen in their bare skin and creating something that people can’t even dream of."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"Why not?!"




"[It's the means] to make an impact for the good of many," she adds.


What would your superpower be?

"My superpower would be my ability to see the potential of people I work with, especially our communities."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"See both the good and bad experiences as tuition fee for success. Fail fast and recover faster."





"It means having enough self-belief to know and to own your ability to accomplish things," Sarah shares. "But it is also knowing that you can be broken."


What would your superpower be?

"My superpower is 'Getting [Stuff] Done.' I have an enormous capacity to create something out of nothing. My colleagues will also say that my superpower is that I have the ability to run on such high intensity continuously - like a battery that never runs out of energy and doesn't need to be charged very often."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"Tell your story." I never used to value the power of my experience, my story; and therefore I rarely share it with others. Then at an event one time after I spoke, a peer came up to me and said, 'Sarah, I only wish you had elaborated your story further and focused on that - because people are interested in your story, your journey, your struggles and successes - that in itself is a powerful learning.' So never underestimate the power of your own story."



"[It is] the courage to carry on despite the many adversities that come your way," Christy adds.


What would your superpower be?

"I would say the the ability and foresight to analyse future trends and turn them into designs which people will love."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"You have to train and condition your mind to be tougher than your emotions. That's is what you need to go the distance."




"[It] is saying and doing what we want," Pearly adds. Nothing is more powerful than having the ability to say, think and act freely without any restrictions on our ideas, thoughts, and beliefs."

What would your superpower be?

"My superpower would be having the ability to heal people - physically and emotionally. While it's not a common superpower like being invincible and having extraordinary strength, I'd rather choose a non-violent superpower. On the other hand, maybe it wouldn't hurt to be able to go back in time and experience history in the making."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"I don't know if it's the best advice but someone once constantly reminded me that I am a 'big fish in a small pond.' It made me want to push harder to be able to prove myself not only to the design industry in Asia but also internationally and to continue to produce more great clothing. Also, this goes to say it's a constant reminder to be humble because "big fish in a small pond" could also mean 'small fish in a big pond.'"




"I draw inspiration from Maya Angelou who said, 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,'" Durrah adds. "The best thing about this is that it costs me nothing."

What would your superpower be?

"Time travel. The past intrigues me. I would love to travel through the decades and civilizations to observe our origins in order to understand where we are today."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"To keep evolving. At times we feel too comfortable where we are in terms of career, relationships and our daily environment. A little positive disruption can be wonderful as it encourages us to reassess where we are and where we would like to be. I look at this as a self-audit that is crucial to self-growth."




"To be someone who can inspire and encourage others," Georgianna adds. "When I think of 'powerful people,' I think of those who are so thoughtful about their actions that whenever they do something, it doesn't just create something positive but it gives other people power to create something just as meaningful."

What would your superpower be?

"I think my superpower would be the ability to be a bit fearless when it comes to doing things on my own and, hopefully, it inspires others to be a bit more fearless when flying solo. Filipinos are very social beings, which is great. But sometimes, there is this underlying fear of being alone, whether it is eating in a restaurant, going to an event, or travelling. Filipinos don't like being alone. I, myself, do still get nervous going to events alone but I realised that if there are things I want to do or get things done, I can't always wait for someone to accompany me.

That is why when I first started running my businesses, I would go to networking events and seminars alone. I would join workshops and training sessions by myself. I have also travelled a few times on my own (for both business and pleasure). As I've gotten used to it, people started asking me how. How do you start a conversation with complete strangers in networking events? How did you feel going to a foreign country by yourself, especially when the world tells you that the world isn't safe for female solo travellers? How was it like attending a class by yourself? Without knowing, I guess people who see me do these things by myself become a bit encouraged to finally try things they have always wanted without waiting for a buddy that is willing to join them on the adventure too."

What’s the best advice a peer has given you?

"A friend once told me to 'earn my Masters Degree through life.' This conversation came about when we were discussing how we want to take Masters or where to find mentors or guidance from people since there are a lot of moments we have no idea what we are doing when trying to build our businesses. Unlike school where we are surrounded by people with experience that we can run to, in the real world, we are pretty much figuring out things on our own. Then my friend told me his boss said if you can't afford to pay for a Masters Degree or further studies, find other ways to earn it. Read books, attend events, meet people. Education continues outside the classroom. In fact, the best education doesn't come from inside the classroom at all."



"When you are free to choose or have more than one choice you can decide on, that is power to me," Cheryl adds. "The most powerless feeling is when you have no choice at all or have no freedom to choose what you want to do."

What would your superpower be?

"If I can have one supernatural power, I would love the ability to travel back in time - going back to the various dynasties of ancient China to experience life then and meet my favourite poets as I love Chinese history and poems. In real life, I think being a working mother requires superpower, as we have so many roles to play nowadays - I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a manager at work, a girlfriend to my group of girlfriends, a daughter-in-law, an aunt, a grandaunt - and I hope I am doing fine in each of the roles."

What's the best advice a peer has given you?

"Someone once sent me a quote: 'The moment you’re about to quit is the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.' This is especially important to me now that I am running my own business."



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Bata Heeled Penny Loafers



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Whether your dad is into fashion or not, they'll certainly appreciate shoes that speak quality and versatility. This is why these sophisticated penny loafers from Bata makes the cut in this list. The intricately sewn details combined with the classic silhouette perfectly symbolises the complexity and timelessness of being a father. This pair will surely earn its place in their favourites.


Ultimate Dude Food Hamper



SGD200 /~USD149.99


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FOREO Luna Go For Men

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Who said men can't take their skincare seriously, too? Great for dads who are also sensitive about their skincare but cannot be too bothered with too much fussing, this cleansing and anti-ageing device from FOREO does it all. Compact and perfectly portable, it features a powerful T-Sonic cleansing and anti-ageing technology that facilitates a full skincare routine and shaving prep whenever and wherever. Razor burns? Not anymore with this lightweight gadget!



GUESS 1981 Indigo 



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Lacoste L.12.12 Unlined



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