L.O.L: Ladies of Lippy


Charlotte, 23, Masters in Modern History, Second year (Editor-in-Chief)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means looking after yourself, knowing yourself and putting yourself first, when you can.

Who would you say has given you strength?
Michelle Obama because she is fierce and fabulous and I love her!

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
I’m just really excited for everyone to read all the diverse article we have.


Naomi, 21, English and History, Final year (Editor-in-Chief)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means believing in yourself and people around you. Getting together with people and doing something that you have a common goal in.

Who would you say has given you strength?
Vanessa Williams, she was the first black woman to win Miss America and she suffered so much racism and sexism but she used that and turned it around, she got an amazing degree and got so much out of it and she defied it all, basically!

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
The variety of articles, there is going to be a lot of different ideas of strength and seeing them all together will be really cool.


Lilly, 20, English Literature & Classics, Third year (Editor-in-Chief)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means knowing yourself and being confident enough to do what you want.

Who would you say has given you strength?
I’d say a woman who has given me strength has been Iris Apfel, she’s probably my main icon. She’s the most incredible woman, she’s had so many successful businesses and she’s a huge advocate for just being yourself and doing what you want to do. Also, Brigitte Bardot because she’s eternally amazing.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
This time we really focused on strength and sense of individuality so I’m looking forward to seeing how that comes out.


Xa, 21, English Literature, Third year (Editor-in-Chief)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means carrying on when times are hard and being tough in the face of adversity.

Who would you say has given you strength?
I think I’ve had some really great teachers in my life who have really inspired me and helped me to live my best life.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
I’m really excited about the articles that talk about Strength in mental health and families which perhaps aren’t things that people usually associate with strength but give a new viewpoint.


Beatrice, 21, Chinese, Third year (Leeds section Editor/ writer of Strength our parents gave us article)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength is probably being able to do what you want to do without being scared.

Who would you say has given you strength?
Well, in this issue I wrote a piece about my mum but I’d also have to give myself props as well because I feel like people don’t give themselves enough credit.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
Well, obviously my article (haha) no in all honesty I edited a piece called Strength in Grief which I thought was very thought-provoking.


Cecilia, 20, History, Second year (Affairs and Opinion section Editor/ writer of Las Madres de La Plaza de Mayo article)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength is remaining steadfast and remaining yourself in situations that can try and change you.

Who would you say has given you strength?
Definitely all the girls I grew up with. So, all my female friends have given me lots of strength, just by doing what they do and being themselves, doing their own thing and being strong themselves.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
I’m really excited about the design side of it, all the photoshoots and stuff like that.


Eva, 21, English and Film, Second year (writer of The Women Behind Famous Men article)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength is to be kind to others and listen even though you might not agree with what they are saying and staying true to yourself.

Who would you say has given you strength?
All the women in my family, they are pretty cool, tough ladies. My mum especially and my nan, my mum is probably the most hardworking woman I have ever met and inspires me to be independent and do things I want to do.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
Lots of independent female voices of Leeds !


Laura, 24, Masters in Performance and Publication, First Year (Art and Culture section Editor/ writer of Protest Literature article)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength is doing what you want to do regardless of what other people think and stand up for what you believe in.

Who would you say has given you strength?
My mum, probably a classic answer but she raised me and my sister. She’s always been really strong and could always do anything like our homework or DIY round the house, she’s just great.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
The articles and artwork coming together for the first time and having it all complete will be great.


Bianca, 20, Broadcast Journalist, Second year (writer of Dealing with a Hidden Disability article)

What does strength mean to you?
Thriving and blossoming despite all of the hardship you have to face.

Who would you say has given you strength?
My parents probably, that’s cheesy but the fact that they believe in me gives me strength.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
Definitely the design aspects, seeing it because it will definitely live up to expectations.


Georgina, 19, Spanish and Italian, First year (writer of Toxic masculinity article)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means being yourself and making your own decisions.

Who would you say has given you strength?
My mum, for all the things she has ever done for me and my sister that I didn’t even know about until recently.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
I would say just the variety of topics we are going to cover, there is just something for everyone.


Yen, 20, Law, Second year (Lifestyle section Editor)

What does strength mean to you?
Strength means that when you are going through something tough or you’re struggling, you don’t make other people around feel your suffering as well. You handle it well so people can’t see you are suffering.

Who would you say has given you strength?
I would say, my friends and people around me, I feel very blessed to be surrounded by people who will give me constructive advice and tell me when I’m being hard to deal with. The people around me currently are very supportive, because my family is back in Malaysia so my friends that are here, they give me strength.

What should we look forward to in the Strength Issue?
I think you can look forward to all the different perspectives on strength, strength is not confined to what I just described, that’s probably a really narrow definition so I feel like the Issue will have a lot of areas of strength you’ve never thought of before so it will be a good insight!

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