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" Change doesn't come from staying in your safe space. "
" I tweet myself and do all the Facebook updates. It started off with me wondering whether I was showing off and I was very careful about what I wrote. "
" I just really enjoy life. "
" I'm constantly thinking about design, shapes, patterns and colors, so I just want to be more of a blank canvas. But there is a comfort in knowing what you're going to wear, and that probably comes from Catholic school, where I wore a uniform for 10 years. "
" Fashion has always had the ability to affect lives, to touch people. But for the longest period of time, we've said, 'Oh, we're just pages of a magazine; that's what we all look at.' It's more than that. "
" I came here because I wanted to live the American dream that I had heard of. And I'm a perfect example. I came to New York; I knew no one. I've made a career, a life, so I still believe in that. "
" I really feel blessed that I'm able to do what I love and make a living at it and have people come and see it. I mean, what an incredibly blessed life! "
" The first time I saw my look on a real person was in Paris, and I felt a little shock, a little thrill that went through my body. And that thrill never goes away - never. "
" I love draping; it's less about proportion than fit and the fabric. It's very specialized and I think when women see the construction, they respond to it immediately. "
" I went home and went to Mustang, in the mountains between Nepal and China, and was so inspired by the landscape and the rich culture and heritage. I loved the textures, the draping, the palette. Everything was so beautiful. This little kingdom wasn't open to the world until 1991. "
" I mean, I can cook, but I'd get very nervous having my food being judged by dinner guests. "
" There's such a feeling of satisfaction when something you imagined turned into something real. "
" I grew up with a single mother who brought us up. I always look back at my career, and everything that has happened to me is because of the support of women. My mother, my sister, Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton - all these women have believed in my designs and worn them and given me a platform to increase my visibility. "
" A lot of people have an opinion. If you listen to them too much, your work will get influenced, and you make no one happy. "
" I was definitely considered different growing up. I learned that being me was all right because my family celebrated those differences. "
" There is undoubtedly a lot of pressure that comes with recognition, which can be a good thing and bad thing all at the same time. But if you stay focused and don't lose sight of what you're doing and who you are, you can rise above it. "
" To me, beauty is inclusion - every size, every color - that's the world I live in. "
" For my first big Fashion Week event, the factory wouldn't give me my clothes because I didn't have the $25,000 it cost to make them. "
" Nothing scares a straight man more than a woman in her full glory. "
" I make 98% of my collection in New York City and am generating jobs, so fashion isn't just frivolous for me. I understand levity about it. I also understand the depth of it. "
" When I came to America, there were two kinds of women: women who looked serious and who didn't wear color and print, and women who looked girly and feminine and like second wives. "
" I'm fascinated by furniture design and interiors, and I want to try designing all that stuff. "
" Girls who wear certain kind of dresses, who show certain areas of the body, are not going to like my clothes. You can't please everyone. "
" All designers have a platform, an audience. Whether it's one or a million, it doesn't matter. "
" The woman I design for is very curious. She loves fashion, but she also is passionate about what is happening around the world. "
" As someone who started a company with an idea of creating a luxury brand with a soul, I needed to learn more about how I effect change. "
" I know what it's like to turn the page of a magazine and not see anyone like you. It takes a lot, a lot, a lot of talking to yourself to confirm your self-worth. "
" The punk era, at its best, celebrated questioning the norm and the promotion of originality. Both concepts have always resonated with me. "
" I was in Nepal and I had watched Oprah Winfrey's show. I had no idea, as a kid in Nepal, who she was, but I remember watching an episode of hers about living your dreams. "
" Fashion has a huge responsibility - in what we show on the runway, what we do in editorial, who we dress - to make sure it represents differences. If we don't, we're giving in to the discrimination. "
" It saddens me to see the reality-television shows that are getting so much fanfare that are a celebration of stupidity and the degradation of women. And those women are consistently wearing too short, too tight dresses. I hope the trend of aging gracefully returns. "