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“When you are a movie star, your public image can still be vague because you look a little bit different in each picture. When you’re seen in public, people nudge each other and whisper ‘Is that…?’ and generally come up with the wrong name. But we soon discovered that when you play a continuing character on television, even if they’ve only seen you on the screen once or twice, everyone on the street recognizes you instantly.”

- Lucille Ball
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“She told me she dreamt she had died. And she came back as a ghost on Hollywood Boulevard. She’s walking along as a ghost, and no one remembers her. When she died, that was the first thing I thought of, because you never saw such an outpouring of love, almost obsession. I thought, she would be so proud.”
- Candy Moore

R.I.P Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989)

I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn…When I stopped being a prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.
—  Lucille Ball 
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“I AM EVERY WOMAN” Campaign (Part One) by Yaya Dacosta.

One of my favorite things about Whitney is how she embraced and encouraged other women, urging us to love one another, appreciate one another, and see each other as reflections of ourselves.

One example of this is her music video for the song “I’m Every Woman”. In the movie “Whitney”, I perform this song , and without giving too much away, it was the scene I had the most fun shooting, and it included multiple wardrobe changes.

We thought it would be fitting to pay homage to some of the great women of the world, past and present, by literally becoming “every woman” even if just for a moment.

We teamed up with celebrity photographer, Jonathan Mannion, to capture 8 of these moments in pictures, which will be released each day leading up to the release of the movie (Saturday, January 17th).

To include all of the amazing women who have influenced and inspired me…would take a lifetime (no pun intended). The images to come are only a few of these women, alongside my copycat version of them.

(part 2)