Inspirational Quotes from Jameela Jamil

For me, growing up felt like a roller coaster ride at times, but looking back, I don’t think that it was such a bad thing. It was all part of the excitement of being young.

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Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.

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Every twist and turn in life is an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, your interests, your talents, and how to set and then achieve goals.

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People are so passionate about their favourite artists making it to number 1, it almost reminds me of football fanaticism. Nowadays, it’s ‘One Direction’ vs ‘The Wanted.’ Back in my day, it was ‘Oasis’ vs ‘Blur’.

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It might seem a psychotic, insane thing, quitting a job after I’d built a great career over eight years, but it was a wake-up call. All too often we ignore those, forget that we don’t know how long we’re here for and that we need to make the most of every moment.

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I got my transferrable skills from working at entry-level, gauging what I wanted from my career, and making sure I had what it took to get the one I truly wanted. But now there’s a Catch 22: school leavers need experience to get jobs, but they can’t get experience without jobs.

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Food or the lack thereof can, at times, be coping mechanisms for people. While this isn’t the best approach to good health, it’s a part of people’s realities. And it is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Chips. All day. Every day.

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With a doughnut in each hand, anything is possible.

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Sometimes life limits your choices – rising tuition costs may put university out of reach, or like me, personal circumstances might simply make it difficult to complete your education.

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Something I can’t stress enough is the massive importance of work experience. It’s the only way to find out what work is really like when you’re figuring out what path to take and to get an understanding of what it takes to achieve your career ambitions.

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A lot of the things that happened to me came out of the blue, but I’m exactly the same person now as I was when I was sick. I’m still a very optimistic person.

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I wanted to be a part of telling women there is no segregation. There is no need to ever not feel beautiful or glamorous. There should be nothing that gets in your way.

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I get particularly depressed by the way teenagers are portrayed in the media. They are massively underestimated. They are bright, intelligent people who are given less and less opportunity. They are an ignored generation.

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Some people cheat because they want to, because they can, because it gives them a thrill, or because they just can’t do long-term relationships.

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I was a model scout. I was never a model, but they just dropped the scout.

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I think compassion is the only way to approach any subject, especially if it’s to do with physical appearance. I don’t think it’s really about tearing something apart.

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I became allergic to virtually all fruits and vegetables, and my weight tumbled. I am 5ft. 10in. but dropped to just 8 st. 7lbs.

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For a while, I became a model scout and agent, thinking naively I could change the industry from the inside, and even kicked off the famous ‘size zero debate’ with an article I wrote to the ‘Evening Standard’ about my concerns from behind the curtain of the business, back in 2005.

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I suffered a lot of setbacks when I started; I didn’t have any work experience and no real confidence to go after the career that I knew in the back of my mind I really wanted. It affected my confidence as knock-back after knock-back left me feeling like I might never succeed.

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After the cancer-free diagnosis, I thought I’d go off and do the things I never did in my teens and twenties. I realised putting things off in life can be dangerous because suddenly you can find you’ve run out of time.

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The economy, unemployment, the future… Politicians, economists, and journalists are constantly debating these key issues for our country but rarely come to an answer. But behind all this, there is a fairly simple truth: no matter what anybody says, jobs are hard to come by.

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If you have time to get your pet rabbit its own Instagram account, you have time to at least tweet about something important.

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Shaming people isn’t productive. That makes you feel bad about yourself.

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As a young child, I suffered all sorts of digestive problems and was constantly under the weather.

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The doctor said, ‘You have a lump on your breast’. Hearing those words was a reminder, a kick up the bum if you like, telling me that life is very unpredictable.

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Three women in my family, close relatives, have had breast cancer, and two have died from it, and still I never thought it could happen to me. I didn’t even regularly check my breasts.

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With the arrogance of youth, I thought, ‘I don’t drink, don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, so why would I get cancer?’ The week I spent waiting for the result of the biopsy to see if it was malignant felt like the longest of my life.

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I had to learn to accept myself despite the fact that I was seriously underweight. I had to try and feel sexy.

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If you’re in the public eye, you’re constantly scrutinised. I was called too thin and then too fat when I was overweight. It’s just a shame those are the reactions people have.

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I was born partially deaf and suffered from labyrinthitis, which affected my balance. I had numerous ear infections and spent my childhood in and out of hospital having operations.

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My digestive system was so damaged that I became allergic to almost everything, including fruit and vegetables, and the only thing I could stomach was chicken and chips.

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Initially I struggled to find gluten-free products, but things have gradually improved, and now retailers like Holland & Barrett – with their new Free From range – are starting to cater for celiacs.

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I knew it was right to make time for myself to have adventures and fulfil dreams.

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Sometimes gluten is even added to chips, which is really annoying.

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Restaurants don’t cater properly for celiac sufferers, and neither do supermarkets.

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Women’s bodies have always been used as a spectacle and objectified.

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I’m not trying to prove myself, and I’m not trying to shock anyone.

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When I stepped into the industry, I was dealt this bizarre persona of being this sarcastic fashionista ‘it girl’ who is friends with loads of celebrities. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

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You see the music videos and the bling and the cars, but all of that goes home at the end of the shoot. They make nothing because there’s less and less money in the music industry.

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I was interviewing Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris for a Bond film a few years ago, and the moment I sat down, my dress ripped. No more bodycon numbers for me. I had to walk out of the room backwards when I was done.

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I’ve been amazingly lucky, and believe me, I don’t take anything for granted.

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I’ve had versions of disability my whole life, first with my hearing and then when I couldn’t walk for over a year.

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I was always very quiet, and I think everyone thought that was because I was a good child. I’d sit there in silence, but it wasn’t until my mother was calling me one day when I was very young that she realised something was wrong because I wasn’t responding.

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I was so overwhelmed by the amazing response I had from thousands of women saying they felt beautiful in my first collection, I wanted to design more clothes they could love themselves in.

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The concept of plus-size is so derogatory and weird. What does that mean? Plus the normal size? It shouldn’t exist any more.

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I was 23 and saw my face on the side of the big T4 bus at V Festival and almost fainted.

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I’m acting in a new show on NBC with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, which is definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

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A few years ago, I fell in love with a man before realising he was married.

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I’m going to get controversial here and say that monogamy isn’t natural, especially not for men. It’s a concept society birthed a few hundred years ago, even though men’s DNA is busy telling them to spread the seed.

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If you want someone, you have to be willing to wait for them and trust that what you have is real and strong enough for them to wait for you. If somebody jumps ship for you, that fact will always haunt you because you’ll know they’re light on their feet. Spare yourself the paranoia and the pain and walk away until the coast is clear.

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More women need to stick together.

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