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More than 700 women gathered at Tuesday night’s The Girls’ Lounge Dinner in New York City for the purpose of remembering that #ConfidenceIsBeautiful.

As part of The Girls’ Lounge intiative, the organization, which strives to bring together like-minded women, invited Iman Cosmetics founder and former supermodel Iman Abdulmajid for a Q&A with InStyle’s Fashion and Beauty Editor-at-Large Kahlana Barfield.

“I felt like Iman was the perfect person to speak at this event because not only has she been able to go from being this iconic model to being the CEO of Iman Cosmetics, but she is also as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside,” Barfield said.

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Iman, who turned 60 this year, arrived at the event looking stunning and left the roomful of women with an incredible amount of insight and life knowledge, which she referred to as "the advice [she wished she'd had] as a younger woman."

See below for the five lessons we learned from Iman’s Q&A:

1. Don’t Play Dumb
“Intelligence is sexy. Don’t play dumb, especially young girls. Don’t play dumb. And let people see that you are intelligent,” she said.

2. Change Is Good
When asked about the process of going from iconic supermodel to CEO of Iman Cosmetics, Iman said that what she really discovered is the greatness of change. Iman went on to advise everyone in the room to not fear change, but instead embrace it—because “sometimes, it can help you to discover who you are.”

3. Know Your Self-Worth
“That is something that my mother instilled in me at a very young age—to know my self-worth," she said. "And, I have had times again and again in the fashion industry where all of that was tested and I rose to the occasion because I was told that I am worthy and I should be able to walk away from something that is not worthy of me.”

4. Inner Confidence Does Not Happen Overnight
“I have a 15-year-old daughter who thinks that I always had this self confidence that I have now at the age of 60. And I always tell her that what she is going through—the low self-esteem as a teenager—that is a right of passage. And, that she should always try to recognize what she is good at.”

5. "No" Is a Full Sentence
Iman said to never feel as though you have to explain yourself if a situation is not right for you. “It’s like I always tell my daughter: 'Just walk away. 'No' is a full sentence.'”