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Experts / July 2018
Brittany Burke

Let The Wisdom From These 10 Game-Changing Women Inspire Your Whole Week (And Life)

Pop quiz: What makes you feel unstoppable? Maybe it’s time with your family, getting a good night’s sleep, or yes, even a tough workout. Chances are, though, whatever makes you feel strong is also something that others can relate to, and when you channel it, it can have an even greater impact than you ever imagined.

That’s what Reebok is bringing to the forefront with the Be More Human campaign, which shines a light on women who are transforming themselves, and the world around them.

Every woman in the campaign, which can be found at reebok.com/bemorehuman shares their own story of overcoming barriers to become their best self. Gal Gadot, Danai Gurira, Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande and Nathalie Emmanuel tell their stories right alongside women who’ve built organizations that are making history, like Reese Scott’s Women’s World of Boxing Gym and Shannon Kim Wager’s Women’s Strength Coalition.

 “What it means to be human is being as accepting as possible of yourself and evolving. We’re never done,” is how singer Ariana Grande aims to lead by example.

 For actress and yogi Nathalie Emmanuel, it’s all about self-love. In fact, if she could do everything a little differently, she would practice a little more of it. “The biggest obstacle we still face is accepting yourself exactly as you are. And that is beautiful.” 

For Gigi Hadid, it’s human to cut yourself some slack—and channel what inspires you.

 “Being more human is realizing that no one wakes up feeling like a superhero,” she says. “You have to find things on a daily basis that inspire you and that make you feel like you want to get out in the world and make a difference.”

 Actress Gal Gadot is committed to making sure that you never let failure stop you, and instead you see it as a building block to your success that’s leading to far better things than any setback.

Don’t be so hard on yourself, don’t be a perfectionist.

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, don’t be a perfectionist,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Because when we dare and we don’t fail, we change the world.”

 For Jenny Gaither, cycling instructor and founder of the Movemeant Foundation, she remembers exactly when she felt her best about herself: “When I took my first spin class, I walked out and had never felt so powerful.”

 Now, she wants to bring that to people everywhere. “If I could get every woman to feel how I felt on that bike—unstoppable, strong, and confident—the world would be a better place.”

 For Reese Scott, the founder of Women’s World of Boxing in New York City, her mission is personal. “I feel like a woman should be able to walk into a boxing gym and not feel intimidated,” she says.

 “So I said, ‘I’m going to open a women’s boxing gym in NYC.’ And that’s what I did.” But it’s not just about the workout: It’s about freedom. "Make history by doing what you want, how you want, when you want,” she says.

 Actress and playwright Danai Gurira never underestimates the power of community. “We stand on the shoulders of others,” she says. “Make your shoulders strong enough for others to stand on.” And while you’re at it, there’s no harm in celebrating each other. 

 “There is nothing more powerful than women celebrating each other,” she says. “The connection of sisterhood, to me, is profoundly crucial to how we can actually self-empower, through seeing each other’s greatness, through validating the other, being the rock to another, you are actually empowering yourself.”

And CrossFit athlete Katrin Davisdottir never wants you to see setbacks as obstacles. “Strength is being able to look at your weaknesses and acknowledge them,” she says. “Sometimes our failures are the best thing that can happen along the way. Stand up and keep moving.”

Yelda Ali, the founder of the Camel Assembly, which brings together female creators who are looking to collaborate, seconds the sentiment. “If you give women a safe space, they don’t want to be competitive; they want to be collaborative,” she says. 

As for Shannon Kim Wagner, the founder of the Women’s Strength Coalition, she wants all women to know just how much power is within them. And instead of thinking of their body in terms of what it isn’t, focusing on all of the things that it is, and that it can do.

“Strength training has allowed me to redefine my relationship with my body,” she says. “Lifting has enabled me to tap into a well of power and resistance that I didn’t even know was there.”

Join the women making change at reebok.com/bemorehuman, and #bemorehuman

 

Experts / July 2018
Brittany Burke