Girl power! Amy Schumer is on a mission—to make women laugh, love and feel good about ourselves. The 34-year-old comedienne is breaking down the doors of comedy—traditionally a frat for boys—and redefining what it means to be funny and successful. In her new movie, Trainwreck (July 17), Amy plays the quintessential un-girly girl who doesn’t dream about romance and getting a ring on it. It hasn’t always been easy. Despite having more than a decade of stand-up experience and starring in her own television show, Amy has been criticized for being too out there. She’s been called fat. She’s even been called a slut. But Amy knows she kicks ass and doesn’t let the haters kill her rise to the top. Here are 10 quotes from Amy Schumer for every kick-ass girl.
1. Write Your Story
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will.”
2. Speak and Love Out Loud
“I will speak and share and f*ck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it.”
3. Fight for Your Right… to Be You
“I am a hot-blooded fighter and I am fearless.”
4. Love Yourself
“Some guys, they wanna sleep with a girl that's, like, a skeleton wrapped in plastic. That's fine if that's what you want. But I'm gonna keep eating and showering infrequently.”
5. Have Big Life Goals
“I want to make women laugh. I want them to use their voice. and I want a jet.”
6. Say No to Sexism
“You’ve got to be vocal. You let people know. Their ego’s a little bruised. Then they adapt.”
7. Redefine Tradition
“Girls have this reputation for, like, being crazy and 'Marry me!' right away. And I don't know any girls like that, actually. I know it exists. But for me with dating, it's like, you go out with someone and you're like, 'No, didn't really feel right.‘ Guys become the crazy texter."
8. Girl Power!
“If I'm preaching for women's equality, then sign me up. It's so crazy that people don't identify as feminists. I think it's only people that don't know the definition."
9. Haters Gonna Hate. Love Yourself.
“Get your self-image from your relationships with the people who know you. No matter what's going on, I know I'm a really great sister, I'm a great friend and that's who I am.”
10. Can’t Hold Us Down
“People get mad at confidence and they wanna knock it down. And you need to know that's gonna happen and just hold onto it. I have moments all the time when I don't feel good about myself and I don't feel comfortable in my own skin, but I always find my way back.”