Inspirational Quotes from Petra Collins

By | January 6, 2018

My style motto is pretty classic: you give off a positive energy when you wear what you’re most comfortable in.

Petra Collins

I think the gender norms of emotion are horrendous. Being masculine means showing zero emotions, but having the choice to be angry or depressed. Being female means you are one dimensional – if you show more than that, you are a psycho, hysterical, or historically, a witch.

Petra Collins

My lens and my personality, it’s just fluid. The art isn’t just in one place.

Petra Collins

As much as I preach self-love, it’s so hard for me to love myself. It’s really hard, and it’s just about building a good network of people and, in this case, a good network of artists. Trying to live your ideals as best as you can.

Petra Collins

I’m used to being told by society that I must regulate my body to fit the norm. I’m used to the fact that images of unaltered women are seen as unacceptable.

Petra Collins

I don’t know what I would’ve done without it. I really struggled in school with reading and writing. Art was my refuge – my way of speaking, of dealing with my own issues and connecting with the world.

Petra Collins

I’ve always been fascinated by the desert.

Petra Collins

My favorite place to go is Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. If you see it at sunrise and sunset, it’s like you’re on Mars.

Petra Collins

My mind is changing all the time. I can’t live in a space that has a fixed aesthetic. I just need a blank slate when I come home.

Petra Collins

I remember being 12 or 13 and reading ‘Seventeen’ and ‘CosmoGirl.’ They were all about self-improvement.

Petra Collins

For me, art doesn’t stop at the gallery space.

Petra Collins

I’m so pro-selfie because I think it’s a tool that allows girls to create images of their own and of themselves.

Petra Collins

Occasionally, I’ll wear glitter or blue eye shadow.

Petra Collins

The selfie is a powerful tool, but it can also be dangerous, and I am fascinated with the process of it because there is a level of self-monitoring.

Petra Collins

The selfie is revolutionary to me. It is, I think, the only point in history where masses of young girls and women have been able to control, create, and publish images of themselves.

Petra Collins

There’s definitely a romanticism of youth, like, everywhere. Specifically with women, they kind of only exist between the age of 15 to 25.

Petra Collins

I really wanted to feel strong, I wanted my subjects to feel strong, but I didn’t know how to do that. It’s really hard for, I guess, every woman to not internalize misogyny. I just learned as I went on how to best capture my subjects without objectifying them.

Petra Collins

Hashtag activism is a catalyst, but things have to actually happen in real life.

Petra Collins

I was depressed at a very young age – mental illness runs in my family, especially on the female side.

Petra Collins

You don’t have to wait for anyone’s approval to do things.

Petra Collins

I didn’t see spaces where female artists could exist and exhibit their work. So I created a platform for this – one that allowed our works to be seen, but to also weave a community of women that could lean on and work with one another.

Petra Collins

The feminist movement is way bigger than the word. I don’t police people on what they call themselves, but equality and a general sense of togetherness are really important to me.

Petra Collins

I get why feminism can be intimidating; sometimes it can seem like this exclusive club.

Petra Collins

I’m used to seeing women being degraded, slut shamed, harassed for what they look like. Even the most powerful women in the world are measured by their appearance and constantly ridiculed for it.

Petra Collins

I consider myself endlessly lucky to have access to the Internet and technology. Through it, I’ve found myself and have been able to join a new discourse of females, young and old, who strive to change the way we look and treat ourselves.

Petra Collins

Being taken seriously as a young woman is the biggest hurdle as I grow older.

Petra Collins

Oh my God. Brian De Palma. I love him.

Petra Collins

It’s so rare to see a woman lose control and also gain it back. Women are always told, ‘Oh, be in control of your feelings,’ and a woman is never allowed to express her anger without being demonised as being PMS-y.

Petra Collins

I’m definitely a Sagittarius. I’m such a fire sign.

Petra Collins

I know having a social media profile removed is a 21st century privileged problem – but it is the way a lot of us live. These profiles mimic our physical selves and a lot of the time are even more important. They are ways to connect with an audience, to start discussion, and to create change.

Petra Collins

It’s very insulting when you’re in charge and someone is talking down to you.

Petra Collins

I’m very lucky that I’m not a photographer for hire – people hire me for me. I go into every commercial work with an art focus, with that lens; every brand I’ve worked for just lets me do whatever I want to do. I have full creative freedom.

Petra Collins

Social media has been such a big important thing for young artists and minorities because it’s a community to get noticed. It’s having an audience that was never there before.

Petra Collins

That’s what I look for in models: Someone who can tell a story and has a presence in front of the camera.

Petra Collins

How girls perceive themselves is interesting, and how they act when they’re looking in the mirror.

Petra Collins

Everyone has a mirror face that’s so different from their natural face. And I think it’s interesting, seeing the way people want to be viewed when they’re putting themselves together.

Petra Collins

For me, being in a car listening to music has always been my one spot to think.

Petra Collins

It’s just so humanizing to see someone be real.

Petra Collins

A good jean that fits someone’s butt right is just amazing. It’s just classic.

Petra Collins

I want people to see themselves in a person. I never want someone to aspire to be someone else.

Petra Collins

With social media and all the new technology, there’s just more interfaces around and reminders to constantly be working on our body.

Petra Collins

When you see stories about women that aren’t being told by women, it can make you feel like you don’t exist.

Petra Collins

I think it’s important for not just me but women of color, trans women, and people who are marginalized to be telling stories of themselves. It’s important for us to be behind the lens.

Petra Collins

People are always like, ‘Did you purposely do something to make people uncomfortable?’ And I say the reason why it’s uncomfortable is because it’s either something that we can’t talk about or aren’t supposed to talk about, and they’re images that aren’t ever seen.

Petra Collins

I always had this feeling, what I wanted to do. I was trying to work out myself, my frustrations, my body. I couldn’t really pinpoint. I started taking photos of my sister and her friends. I was 15, exploring what it meant to be a 15-year-old girl.

Petra Collins

Curating, in the modern sense, is something I gravitate to. Taking different ideas from a bunch of different places and putting them into one place or space, a story that makes sense or a new idea. Everything is remixed and taken from other things to make something new.

Petra Collins

Just like any other girl, I felt pressure to look a certain way. Act a certain way.

Petra Collins

I really don’t believe in the word ‘selling out.’

Petra Collins

Live what you support online; do things.

Petra Collins

I was very depressed at a young age and felt like I didn’t have agency towards that. Being ‘female’ meant I couldn’t be that – I couldn’t be angry, loud, sullen. Being sad meant I was weak.

Petra Collins

When a woman is anything but pleasant, she is labeled as whiny, hysterical, etc.

Petra Collins

I look for subjects who have stories to tell – who are looking to tell something.

Petra Collins

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