Women Get Told
Blondes have more fun… Smile more… From an early age women are exposed to statements and clichés, masked as advice, that dictate how we should look if we want to be accepted.
We’re showing the world that the only rules we live by are our own. Will you join us?
#WomenGetTold You should straighten your hair – I love my curls. It will be forever curly. – Marlyee, 28
#WomenGetTold Well, you must feel like you're a woman because you're wearing a dress... – I have been open about being intersex, and some people have felt they could then comment on what I should or shouldn’t wear in order to be perceived as a woman. But I don't care. I love trousers and loafers and that has nothing to do with gender. – Susannah, 24
#WomenGetTold Women have to be voluptuous – I used to feel incomplete as a woman because I haven't developed fuller breasts. I totally love my body and don't care about gender expectations anymore. – Victoria
#WomenGetTold Act like a mum – Just because I don't look stereotypically mumsy doesn't mean I'm not a great mum to my kids. I love my style… and so do they. – Misha, 51
#WomenGetTold You can't have good looks and brains too. – That's funny... I do. – Rosie
#WomenGetTold You should wear something that flatters your figure more – I refuse to wear anything overly girly – I would say my dress is tomboy-ish. I haven’t worn an actual dress in over 15 years. – Leslie
#WomenGetTold Cover your freckles – I embrace my freckles, they make me unique! – Marlyee, 28
#WomenGetTold You'd look better with long hair – I shave my head because I love to challenge beauty stereotypes… and I look good. – Eka, 33
#WomenGetTold Where’s your girlfriend? – Well, my husband wouldn't approve of that! People sometimes express confusion at my sexuality, especially since I have short hair. They are not aware that I have been with my husband for 27 years and have two teenagers. – Misha, 51
#WomenGetTold Motherhood or career, you can’t have both – "Actually you can. The older I get the more I realize that confidence in yourself can carry you anywhere. And where did I get that confidence? Becoming a mum of six and realizing I didn’t have to live up to anyone else's expectations but mine was refreshing. Beauty comes from within and it’s that feeling that’s carried me to where I am today." – Bella, 52
#WomenGetTold You look so…different – "As a child, all I wanted was to be like everyone else, but as an adult I've become so much more interested in being unique. I stopped wearing a wig and started to feel confident about who I was. I'm very recognisable, but these days I feel positive about that." – Christa, 42