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Tips for being a Modern Day Icon.

Becoming a Modern Day Icon isn’t something you teach, there isn’t a book you can read, a lesson you can learn or a class you can take to emulate the key qualities our ladies have. The trick is, that there is no trick - just do whatever it is you’re doing, do it well and do it because you love it.

There really is no right or wrong way of going about being a Modern Day Icon, but we asked Sister Magazine to give us a DIY guide on the values they hold true as a starting point. Their lessons remind us of our founder and creative director Lulu, who famously said: "Be who you were meant to be, not who others think you ought to be".

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Stay true
It sounds simple, but sticking to your vision, your taste and your beliefs isn’t always easy. Try to not be influenced by others. Opinions are great, but don’t let negative ones affect your work. Once you have found your craft, figure out how to hone it in the best way possible.

Challenge yourself
The world is constantly changing, and we live in a time of information overload. However, to stay ahead of the curve and maintain your iconic status, read everything and anything you can. There is no such thing as useless information. Stay up to date with current affairs so that you can make small talk with absolutely anybody - this is an invaluable skill. You never know what that anybody could offer you.

Take risks
If you know what you want to do, don’t be scared or hold back - you’ll always wonder what if otherwise. Big leaps of faith equal big pay offs. If it doesn’t work out right away, accept your mistakes - sometimes they can teach you more than your successes.

Have fun
Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy what you do, and be positive. Life is too short to have any other approach, and positivity breeds change.

Help others
Everything is better together! Once you succeed, which you will, don’t pull the ladder up behind you. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and once you’re in a position of power, give back and inspire somebody else. Pass on tips, and spread the knowledge which you’ve accumulated.

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