Over 6,000 people attended Bustle’s second annual Rule Breakers Festival this past Saturday, September 21st at The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The 2019 class of Rule Breakers, featured in Bustle’s September 2019 digital issue, shared their inspiring stories and advice with the sold-out crowd on stage as well as backstage.
Hear what Lizzo has to say about being a rule breaker!
Busy Philipps: “One thing that has always guided me was a quote from Shakespeare, ‘To thine own self be true.” It’s easy to lose sight of that. But if you allow yourself the space to make mistakes and be imperfect and not judge yourself against someone else’s ideas of success, I promise you: you will find your way.”
Stacey Abrams (Voting Rights Leader): “The best way for us to fix our climate, for us to take care of our people, for us to save our future, is for us to be the ones who write the rules. That’s our job. Every one of you is responsible for finding a rule that is wrong, for finding a rule that is mean, for finding a rule that doesn’t make a damn bit of sense. I want you to break that rule, and write a new one, and let’s change the world.”
Aside from killer performances from Lizzo, Betty Who, Jesse Jo Stark, and Abir, attendees also enjoyed roller skating performances at the Michael Kors roller rink, delicious eats from Midnight Market, and engaging brand activations from sponsors including Athleta, the WNBA, and The CW’s Batwoman and Nancy Drew.
Check out the photo gallery!
Sandy Lo is an author, blogger, journalist, and digital strategist. Her personal story is inspiring. Sandy started StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees.