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Behind the lens He showed us Naomi, Kate and Cindy as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen them before, and catapulted a young model called Helena to fame. With a new book celebrating his work, Bethan Holt meets Peter Lindbergh, the photographer who changed the face of fashion forever

R AW B E A U T Y The Supers (from far left: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford), photographed by Peter Lindbergh, 1989 In 1989, Peter Lindbergh ushered in the next decade by capturing the new supermodels for a magazine cover. This black-and-white group shot was a refreshingly simple antidote to the glitz and glamour of the ’80s. “They were the kind of models who were really independent, joyful and sporty, but – most importantly – they were strong in themselves. I thought that should be the future,” explains the now 71-year-old photographer.

HIDDEN GEM Helena Christensen and MarieSophie Wilson, Paris, 1991 “When I met Helena, I was flabbergasted,” the photographer recalls fondly of the Danish supermodel’s unique look. Christensen has said: “I am so grateful for Peter seeing behind my teenaged, fluffy look and finding some girl behind there.”


Reportage S TA R P O W E R Kate Moss, New York, 1994 “This was just before Kate took off to become ‘Kate Moss’,” says Lindbergh. The photoshoot, for an American fashion magazine, was titled “A Star Is Born”. “I remember her being the coolest model I’ve ever worked with,” he adds. “She was far more charming than all of us put together.”

W H AT YO U L O O K I NG AT ? Linda Evangelista, Brooklyn, 1990 The Canadian supermodel and the German photographer were close friends, so much so that other models would remark on his relationship with Evangelista. (He has taken hundreds of pictures of her over the course of his career.) “I heard this interview with Kate Moss and she was saying that we had worked together quite a lot, but that we weren’t close like me and Linda Evangelista,” says Lindbergh. “She was complaining about it a little bit and it was very cute.”

Reportage TRIP THE LIGHT FA N T A S T I C Linda Evangelista and Hugh Grant, New York, 1992 This, like all of Lindbergh’s work, is an unretouched image. He never retouches his photos, and all media outlets have to sign an agreement swearing they will not airbrush his work. “I don’t retouch anything,” states Lindbergh. “‘Oh, but she looks tired!’ they say. So what if she looks tired? Tired and beautiful.”


Reportage INTO THE GROOVE Madonna, Los Angeles,1994 This unpublished image was part of a series where Madonna – then at the height of her fame – embodied the spirit of Martha Graham, a renowned American dancer. It was the first and only time Lindbergh would work with the music icon. “What really struck me was her strong motivation,” he recalls.


A CUT ABOVE John Galliano, Paris, 1996. Left: Tina Turner, Paris, 1989.


n the late 1980s, Peter Lindbergh dared to do what few fashion photographers had done before: he showed models as they were. “At a time when it was all big hair and pu pushing the boobs up, he stripped you of those props and showed you in a different way. It’s like being photographed right when you wake up in the morning,” was how Cindy Crawford on once described Lindbergh’s method. Honest, simple images that show a natural vision of a woman’s beauty shouldn’t be a radical idea but, back then, it was. Almost 30 years later, Lindbergh’s photography is still as in-demand as ever. This year, he was commissioned to lend a refreshed and relaxed version for the 2017 Pirelli calendar, which stars a clutch of his favourite women, including Nicole Kidman, Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore. He admires them because “they all have the courage to be exactly as they are”. Now, a book of his work entitled A Different Vision Of Fashion Photography (Taschen, approx $80) has been released. Featuring more than 220 of Lindbergh’s agenda-changing images (all untouched) of strong, independent women, the plan is to tour the inspiring collection around the world, hopefully to Australia. “If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society,” he says, “then, I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”

Lindbergh with his supers, photographed by Jim Rakete, New York, 1989. “I felt totally uncomfortable and I have a strange look on my face, but I accidentally looked so good in this picture,” says Lindbergh. “I really liked [the models].”

Asylum seekers and refugees have been enduring a living hell on Nauru, with little or no access to basic healthcare. Despite recent news of a US resettlement deal, their future is still uncertain. Anna Merlin reports 38


t’s a situation millions of Australian women fear – finding a lump in their breast. Three years ago, Dina*, a motherof-four, felt the cold trickle of panic that follows that exact nightmare discovery. The quietly spoken 39-year-old found multiple lumps in both her breasts, and her left breast began discharging green mucous. While other mothers, sisters and wives facing a possible breast-cancer diagnosis find reassurance and hope for survival in Australia’s modern medical system, Dina feels completely abandoned. That’s because she was among

the 1300-odd asylum seekers sent to the Pacific island of Nauru after trying to reach Australia by boat in 2013. Now living in the community after her family was granted refugee status, Dina’s healthcare falls under the Nauru system. Yet the island’s facilities are failing to cope with the complex medical conditions of new arrivals like herself. Adding to the confusion, in November, the Australian government announced a “one-off, not to be repeated” deal to send refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to live in America. At the time of publication, no numbers or timeframes had been



Nauru, the smallest island nation in the world, covers just 21km² and has a population of around 10,000 people.

announced, although women, children and families have been prioritised. The agreement is with the outgoing Obama administration and so far it is unclear whether US president-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated in January, will accept the refugees. Human rights lawyer George Newhouse describes the quality of medical treatment offered to refugees and asylum seekers on both Nauru and Papua New Guinea as “medieval”. “They are under the direct care and responsibility of the Australian government and the way we treat them is shameful,” he says.

Dina’s sister, Maha*, faces a similar predicament. For nine months, she has suffered chest pains and has gallstones. More pressing are her gynaecological issues. She has difficulty urinating, blood in her urine and a golf ball-sized uterine growth. Her surgeon at the Nauru hospital says he can’t operate because he lacks the proper equipment. Making the situation even more stressful is the fact that there’s a family history of cancer. (The sisters have asked marie claire to change their names out of fear of backlash on Nauru.) “I am crying from my heart. I swear if I knew this will be the situation I

would have preferred to die in my country,” says Maha. “This is Death Island.” Doctors4Refugees has examined the sisters’ medical records and made urgent requests for both sisters to be treated in Australia. But the pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The sisters are far from alone in their struggle to access what most Australians would consider basic healthcare. marie claire is also aware of a second refugee mother with untreated breast lumps who recently attempted suicide. She was rushed to hospital, but her friends had to take in sheets and blankets from home because


Clockwise from above: held on Nauru for three years, a young refugee chooses what she most needs; more than 400 asylum seekers remain in cramped conditions; the old Nauru hospital reflects the poor standard of healthcare available on the island.

It’s an issue likely to stay in the news in coming months with a new Senate inquiry examining abuse, neglect and self-harm allegations at Nauru and Manus Island detention centres in the wake of the leaking of 2000 Nauru incident reports. The International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), the global healthcare company that runs the detention centre’s health service, has denied the claims of poor-quality treatment. Immigration minister Peter Dutton has also repeatedly defended the facilities on Nauru citing Australia’s $11 million upgrade of the medical clinic at the detention centre and $26 million on the Nauru hospital. But according to a healthcare insider who has worked on the island and who spoke exclusively to marie claire on the condition of anonymity, only some parts of stage one of the hospital upgrade are in use. These include the dental clinic, consulting rooms, ultrasound room and X-ray building. Construction on other new sections is mostly finished, but the facilities are empty and inside no equipment is set up. Patients are still being treated in the dilapidated and asbestos-ridden emergency department and maternity ward. Photos seen by marie claire of

Officials denied they had set an “abortion deadline” for a rape victim


inside the hospital show dubious hygiene standards, mouldy walls, tiles missing from floors and walls, grotty toilets, bedrooms with dirty floors and equipment covered in dust and unidentifiable substances. “There is chronic thieving of equipment and supplies,” says the insider. Even bandages and sterile gloves can be hard to come by. In May, the Nauru government revealed the remote control and modem for the hospital’s CT scanner had been stolen during a break-in, rendering the machine unusable for months.


ustralia is now the lastresort destination for those in urgent need of medical attention. Refugee supporters lament commonsense and human compassion have been lost in the politically toxic debate over asylum seekers and refugees. According to the healthcare insider, the number of medical transfers to Australia has been dramatically scaled back since May 2015. Some who have worked on the island believe this strategy was aimed at stopping Australian lawyers from taking legal action to block people being returned to Nauru after their treatment. In February 2016, there was a 10-day stand-off between staff at a Brisbane hospital and the federal government over the discharge of a baby girl named Asha because doctors


there were no clean ones available in the Nauru emergency department. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch covertly interviewed 84 asylum seekers and refugees, and issued a report in August 2016 that painted an appalling picture of healthcare standards on the island. The shocking details included a woman being forced to give birth under a hospital bed without a mattress. Her husband had to buy soap and toilet paper because there was none in the bathroom. “[Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru] endure unnecessary delays and at times denial of medical care, even for life-threatening conditions,” the report found. “Medical equipment is rudimentary, and specialist medical attention is not regularly available.” A government spokesperson says the Nauru government was responsible for providing medical care to refugees and it was delivered “in line with Nauru community standards”. However, Nauru is poverty stricken and decades of phosphate mining have rendered the tiny island an environmental wasteland. According to the World Health Organization, in 2014, Nauru’s healthcare spend equated to $512 per person, compared to $4357 in Australia. Controversy surrounding the healthcare of asylum seekers and refugees has never been far from the headlines. In May 2016, a refugee, allegedly raped on Nauru and sent to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for an abortion, won a federal court case ruling that the Australian government had a duty of care to ensure she had access to a safe and legal abortion. (Abortions are generally illegal in PNG, unless to save the mother’s life.) In another case, in 2015, immigration officials denied they had set an arbitrary “abortion deadline” for a Somali refugee who claimed she was raped. Another prominent case involves a 12-year-old boy who broke his arm riding a bike in 2015 and has not received a post-operative follow up. He remains in severe pain and has lost feeling in his wrist and fingers. His lawyer fears he could be permanently disabled.


In August last year, refugee children on Nauru (left) protest against Australia’s offshore detention operations.

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feared the burns patient would be sent back to Nauru immediately. The oneyear-old was eventually released into community detention in Australia. Pregnant women are no longer sent to Australia automatically at 30 weeks gestation. Since February, the Australian immigration department has mandated medical transfers to PNG rather than Australia for specialist services not available on the island. “The patient virtually needs to be at death’s door in order to be sent to Australia for medical treatment,” says a healthcare insider, adding that during the recent federal election campaign some transfers to Australia were undertaken covertly to avoid becoming a potential election issue. The immigration department would not provide statistics on medical transfers from Nauru to PNG, or to Australia or other countries in 2016. The Nauru government also declined to respond to marie claire’s questions about the quality of healthcare offered to refugees.


or Dina and Maha, risking the perilous journey from their Middle Eastern homeland to Australia was all about ensuring their children had a future. In 2013, after an uncle was murdered in front of them, the sisters opted to flee with their kids, leaving their husbands behind. Other family had already migrated to Sydney and Melbourne and had raved about the “best country ever”. After five months the two families made it to Indonesia, where they squeezed into a small, rusty fishing boat that miraculously made it to Christmas Island on July 25, 2013. The families were transferred to Nauru and have been there since. They were in immigration detention for a year before being released to live in overcrowded, mouldy one- and two-bedroom lodgings.


The Australian government insists it is not responsible for the asylum seekers at the Nauru detention centre or the refugees living in the community. Canberra claims it does not run the detention centre, however, the immigration department hands out contracts to companies who do. The federal government says the Nauru government operates the centre, assesses asylum claims and is responsible for the welfare of asylum seekers and refugees. The United Nations refugee agency maintains under international law, Australia has responsibility for those it sent to Nauru. Human rights and legal experts argue they are subject to Australian jurisdiction and “effective control” despite being in a foreign country. They have largely welcomed the US deal, but, at this stage, it is unclear whether the resettlement will still go ahead.

But their hopes for a positive future have not manifested. In September, after months of delays, Dina was finally airlifted to PNG to see a medical specialist. A mammogram confirmed there were lumps in both her breasts. She still doesn’t know whether they’re malignant or benign. There were no female Arabic interpreters on hand in PNG, which made the medical consultation even more difficult. Both IHMS and the Australian immigration department declined to comment directly on the sisters’ medical cases – citing patient confidentiality – and refused to explain why they haven’t been sent to Australia for treatment. “Decisions about medical transfers are made on a case-by-case basis according to clinical need, in consultation with the health services provider and government of Nauru,” says a department spokesperson. For the few who make it to Australia for medical attention, the process can be traumatising for all involved. One woman told researchers she was sound asleep in her hospital room when suddenly officers barged in demanding she wake up. “There was an officer on each side of me holding my arms, and more officers behind me. My legs were shaking. They didn’t even

allow me to put on my glasses. They didn’t care about what the doctor had to say. They just put me on the airplane.” The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has been scathing of the lack of government transparency as well as the immigration department’s interference in medical transfers. “It’s an issue of great concern,” says AMA president Dr Michael Gannon. “It’s doctors who have the skill and expertise to make clinical decisions about where and how people are treated.” Dr Gannon said doctors are also fearful of speaking out about the deficiencies in asylum seeker and refugee healthcare because of the Border Force Act, which threatens “entrusted” people with two years’ jail if they record or disclose information about conditions in centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Meanwhile back on Nauru, the recently announced US resettlement deal has created new uncertainty. Speculation is rife that the plan will be rejected by the incoming Trump administration, cementing an unknown future for all. “We don’t have any family in America,” says Maha. “I want to know where we will be going and whether it’s a good place not just for me and my family, but all the refugees on Nauru.” The anti-Muslim rhetoric of Donald Trump is troubling for Dina and Maha, who both wear headscarves as part of their faith. They are contemplating whether to take them off if they move to America, amid a rising tide of Islamophobia. The sisters are also worried about their ability to be reunited with relatives in Australia. But Maha has other fears too. “I am really only worried about one thing,’’ she explains. “That if I die, who will take care of my kids?” HAVE YOUR SAY Go to and sign the petition to protect the rights and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru.

“The patient needs to be at death’s door to be sent to Australia”



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Bottle of red wine, $20

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Mayonnaise, $3.99

+ 2x frozen pizzas, $10


Milk, 1L, $2.80

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Bunch of basil, $3


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Bean shoots, 250g, $2.20

“I spend Sundays prepping my food for the week”



4 x organic chicken breasts, $30

3x chillies, $1.44

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THE CLEAN EATER Emma, 27, is a self-described health nut. Her days revolve around nutritious food and she considers wholesome ingredients an investment in her future

“Health is incredibly important to me. I’m obsessed with superfoods. Five years ago I did a nutrition course, and it all blew up from there. “I wake at 5am and have a spoonful each of fish oil, spirulina and silica oil, a kombucha shot, tablets (grape seed, CoQ10, biotin), a glass of turmeric with hot water and a cup of green tea. Then I head to the gym. I don’t eat a proper breakfast, but I snack at work. I have

apple slices topped with hemp seeds, or a Ryvita cracker with miso paste, cotcot tage cheese, basil, avocado and flaxseed oil. Sometimes I’ll have a hemp protein shake. Lunch is salad, or zucchini pasta with veg and pesto. I limit meat to twice a week. In the afternoon, I snack on boiled eggs – I make 20 on Sunday for the week – or carrots or another shake. I make polenta bread every week and sometimes have a slice of that with

Hemp seeds, 250g, $14.85

guacamole. I eat an avocado pretty much every day. For dinner, I eat meat or fish with salad or sweet potato chips. Dinner is small because I graze a lot. “My day revolves around food – making it, eating it. On Sundays, I spend the day prepping my food for the week. Food takes all my money, but it’s an investment. When I go out with friends, I’m more relaxed than I’d normally be. Last week I went to lunch with a friend and we shared a cheese platter. I know that not everyone eats like me, so I’m conscious of letting myself relax a bit around friends.”


THE GOURMET Sarah, 37, lives and breathes food. For her, it’s no big deal to spend hundreds of dollars on one dinner

“I would classify myself as a foodie. I love to cook and eat out. There’s nothing better than a fabulous meal and wine with friends. I’m lucky to live in Melbourne where we have so many amazing restaurants. “On weekends, you’ll find me at the farmers’ market. It’s my happy place. I care about where food comes from, and how it’s produced, so I buy organic and, as much as possible, try to buy locally. The only imported food I’ll buy is French cheese! “When cooking for friends, I go all out and wouldn’t shy away from spending a few hundred dollars.

French double-cream soft cheese, 350g, $20.70

+ Organic eggs, $14 (a dozen)

+ Dark artisan chocolate, 100g, $12.90

+ 12 x Sydney rock oysters, $16.50

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Kylie, 36, is a former athlete who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome seven years ago. Now, instead of eating for performanc performance, she eats to heal her body bo


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to think ‘How do I stabilise my blood sugar?’ and ‘Am I getting my meal times right?’ I learnt a lot about my body as an athlete, but I’m learning more with my virus. “I’m a big believer in superfoods. When I was diagnosed, I was looking for a magic bullet – a supplement or food that would cure me. Now I’ve realised it’s about eating a wide range of fresh fruit and veg daily. It’s that simple.”

Bag of carrots, $1

Almond or coconut milk, 1L, $2

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“I’ve always been into wellness. I got a scholarship to a US uni as an 800-metre runner, and my whole life was about eating for fuel. When I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, I was bedridden for six months. Now, I work as a personal trainer and nutritionist. “It’s been an interesting transition from eating for performance to eating for wellness. My body is still very sensitive to foods. I have

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4 x cans coconut cream, $4

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2 x bunches organic celery, $14

+ Fresh white fish, $6

Alfalfa sprouts, $3


3 x cans wild salmon, $5

+ Bunch of coriander, $2

+ 1 x can sardines, $1

Sweet potatoes, 1kg, $3



For my birthday I dined at Attica – Australia’s number-one restaurant – and at Brae [both in Victoria] a few nights later. Each dinner cost about $450. A few months ago I travelled to Sydney to dine at Quay, and I’m heading back in a month to go to Sepia. When I travel, I go to local markets and do a cooking course. Some people might go shopping for clothes overseas; I’d much rather go to a food market. “Cooking is like meditation for me. I plan my weeknight meals on the weekend so I’m organised for the week ahead.”

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THE CONVENIENCE QUEEN Kate, 34, is a vet and the founder of tech start-up Thankly. She eats all of her meals out and says she doesn’t have the time – or inclination – to care about food

“I never eat at home. I never cook. I’ve lived in my apartment for three years and I’ve never used the stove or oven. There’s nothing in my fridge. Nothing. No bread, no milk. Actually, I have a dog and he gets fresh meals delivered, so that’s the only thing in my fridge. “Food is my lowest priority. I eat when I’m hungry, or if I’m out for a social occasion or work meeting. If I’m at home and there’s nothing to eat, I don’t eat. I’d have to be insanely hungry to go out to get something. “I live in the city, so I don’t go to big supermarkets as they’re not around me. A typical day starts with coffee. I don’t snack. Sometimes I eat lunch, sometimes I don’t. I might have a punnet of blueberries or grab a sandwich. In the evening, I might have a salad. A few nights a week I go out for dinner with friends. “People think I’m unusual for not caring about food, but why are people obsessed with spending hours making food when it’s gone in a few minutes? What’s the point? “It’s actually been problematic with partners in the past. I’ve been asked, ‘What will happen if we have kids? Will they starve?’ I find that sexist. Nobody would ever ask a man who’s not into cooking what would happen to his kids.”

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I FOUND MY BIRTH M THER THROUGH GOOGLE EARTH Saroo was only five-years-old when he found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta, India. Two decades later, from his new home in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using instinct, hazy memories and Google Earth. Here, in an edited extract from his new book â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which has recently been made into a Hollywood film, Lion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saroo shares his incredible story

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Saroo Munshi Khan was born in a poor neighbourhood of India and lived in a two-room dwelling with his mother, two older brothers, Guddu and Kallu, and a younger sister, Shekila. To make ends meet, his mother worked on building sites where she was often away from the family home for days on end. The older boys helped by looking for odd jobs at railway stations and by the time they were teens, they were mainly living on the streets.




Above: Saroo, aged six, arrives in Melbourne on September 25, 1987. Right: meeting his adoptive parents, John and Sue Brierley, for the first time. They welcome him with a book and a toy koala. Left: the city of Calcutta – where Saroo was found more than 1000 km from his home town. Above left: reunited with his mother after 25 years.

ne night, when I was five years old, my brother Guddu came to visit. As Guddu was the eldest it was he that I looked up to the most and when he said he was leaving I jumped up and said, “I’m coming with you!” He agreed and I was thrilled. Soon I was laughing as we sped through the streets on the way to the train station, Guddu doubling me on a bicycle he had hired. Once there, the train pulled in noisily and we scuttled aboard. We got as comfortable as we could on the hard wooden seats, but the fun of the adventure was starting to wear off. By the time we got to the main town an hour away, I was so exhausted I slumped onto a wooden bench on the platform and said I couldn’t go on without a rest. Guddu said that was fine. “Just sit down and don’t move. I’ll come back in a little while and we can find

somewhere to sleep the night.” He was probably going to scavenge some food, or hunt for coins around the platforms. I lay down and must have fallen asleep straightaway. When I woke up, it was very quiet and the station was deserted. Bleary eyed, I looked around for Guddu, but couldn’t see him anywhere. There was a train at the platform, but I didn’t know if it was the same one, or how long I’d been asleep. I looked into a carriage and found no-one, but the empty wooden bench seats were more comfortable and felt safer than the quiet station – Guddu would come and get me soon, perhaps with a treat he’d found while cleaning. In a few moments, I was sleeping peacefully again. When I awoke, it was broad daylight and the full sun was glaring straight into my eyes. And, I realised with a jolt, the train was moving – rattling steadily along the tracks. I jumped up. The carriage was empty, and the landscape outside the barred windows was passing quickly. My brother was nowhere to be seen. I can still feel the icy chill of panic that hit me. I was frantic, my heart beating triple-time. I couldn’t read any of the signs in the carriage, which might have told me where I was heading or even how to get out as the doors were locked. I ran up and down yelling out my brother’s name, begging for him to come and get me. I called for my mother and my brother Kallu too, but all in vain. There was only me. I was lost. After long hours hurtling along the track in the empty carriage where I either cried or sat hunched up in a protective ball, the train eventually came to a sudden stop. Staring from the bars of the window I saw crowds of people rushing everywhere – hundreds, perhaps thousands, and someone opened one of the doors to my carriage. I ran for it and escaped from my carriage prison. I was barefoot and had nothing but the clothes I was wearing – and though I didn’t know it at the time, I had arrived in one of the world’s most dangerous cities: Calcutta.


First person Miraculously, Saroo survived six months of living on the streets, before being sent to an orphanage by local police. From there he was adopted by a Tasmanian couple, John and Sue Brierley, and travelled thousands of kilometres to settle into a new life in Hobart. But the streets of his childhood home and the plight of his family haunted him – how would he ever locate four people in a vast country of more than a billion? He found an unlikely assistant in Google Earth – meticulously tracing train tracks from Calcutta.


ne night in 2011, I came home from work, and as always, grabbed my laptop, opened Google Earth and settled in for a session on the sofa. I had slowly eliminated whole areas of India and was currently examining the country’s Central West. Finally, I came across a little blue symbol denoting a train station. Out of habit I started tracing its rail route and I quickly came across another station, a bit bigger, again with a platform on only one side of the tracks but some areas of the township on either side. That explained the overpass, and what was that … was that a water tower just nearby? Holding my breath, I zoomed in for a closer look. Sure enough, it was a municipal water tank just across from the platform, and not far from a pedestrian overpass spanning the railway line, exactly how I remembered the town I lost my brother in. Might it be? I clicked on the blue train station symbol to reveal its name – it was called Burhanpur. My heart nearly stopped. Burhanpur! I knew it as Berampur. I was so close. I zoomed back in and re-examined the ring road, the water tower, the overpass, and they were all positioned where I remembered them. That meant, not far away, just up the line, I should find my home town, Ginestlay. Almost afraid to do so, I dragged the cursor to pull the image north

Right: Google Earth reveals Burhanpur Railway Station (also far right) and its familiar water tower. It was here where Saroo, aged ged five, boarded the train that would take him across India.

Left: long hours were spent combing over vast land areas and railway tracks searching for his home town on Google Earth. Right: together again, Saroo (centre) with his birth family (rear, from far left) brother Kallu and his wife, Nasim, their daughter, Norin, mother Kamla and sister Shekila, (front from left) Shekila’s son, Ayan, and Kallu’s sons, Shail and Sameer.

along the train line. When I saw that the track crossed a gorge just on the edge of the built-up area, I was flooded with adrenalin – I remembered in a flash that the train I took with my brothers travelled on a small bridge over a gorge like that. If this was the right place, this was the river I used to play in, and there should be a bigger concrete dam wall to my right. And there it was, clearly visible as if on a sunny day, which it must have been when the satellite passed overhead and took the picture. I sat staring at the screen for what seemed like an eternity. What I was looking at matched the picture in my head exactly. I was frozen with excitement and terrified to go on. If I really was looking at Ginestlay for the first time in 24 years, then I should be able to follow the path I remembered from the river back to the train station. I began to drag the cursor again, slowly moving the map to trace the course of the path, which wound gently alongside a tributary stream, left and right, around a field, under a street overpass and then the station. I clicked on the blue symbol and the name came up: Khandwa Railway Station. The name meant nothing to me. How could this be? I tried not to despair. From here, I knew the route to where home should be. This was why

“Suddenly, what I was looking at on screen matched the picture in my head exactly”


I’d gone over and over it in my head since I was a little boy, so that I never forgot it. I followed the road along the route of the underpass, and then the streets and alleys I had walked as a child – the way I used to imagine myself walking when I lay in bed in Hobart at night, trying to project myself home to let my mother know I was OK. Before I realised it, I was looking down at the neighbourhood I knew as a boy. I looked through the maze of alleys where we lived, and I was sure I could see the little rectangular roof of my childhood home. I hovered over the streets for a while, astonished, trying to take it all in. It had taken eight months of searching, and was nearly five years since I’d first downloaded Google Earth. But I had found my home town. Soon after, I turned to another tool that hadn’t been around when I started my search – Facebook. I searched for “Khandwa”, and up came a group message called Khandwa: My Home Town. I sent a message to the group administrator: “Can anyone help me, I think I’m from Khandwa. I haven’t seen or been back to the place for 24 years. Can anyone tell me the name of the town or suburb on the top righthand side of Khandwa? I think it starts with G … not sure how you spell it, but I think it goes like this (Ginestlay)? The town is Muslim on one side with Hindus on the other, which was 24 years ago but might be different now.” It took two days to get an answer. But when the answer came it was


This remarkable tale has been brought to life on the big screen. The movie Lion stars Dev Patel (above) as an adult Saroo, Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley and Sunny Pawar as a young Saroo (right).

heart-stopping: not Ginestlay, but a neighbourhood called Ganesh Talai. That was as close to my childhood pronunciation as you could hope for. I wasn’t sure what to do – it was overwhelming. From the moment I found the place, I tried to keep a lid on my expectations. How old would my mother be by now, I wondered. I wasn’t sure, but life expectancy probably wasn’t that great, and she lived a hard life as a labourer. Was my sister, Shekila, OK? What happened to Guddu that night in Burhanpur? Did he blame himself for my getting lost? Would any of them recognise me if we met again? There was, of course, only one way to be sure. I got on a plane.


nder a hot sun in clear skies, I approached the outskirts of the town directing the taxi driver as best I could. I found I didn’t recognise it at all, which gave me an instant chill. The area had an industrial look that I didn’t recall. The station also looked a little different from how I remembered it, but I found I instantly had my bearings – from there, I knew the way to anywhere in Khandwa. I knew where I was. I was elated. My heart was in my mouth as I approached the place where I remembered the crumbling brick flat to be. And before I could think about what I was expecting, I found myself standing right in front of it. It looked so tiny to me, but it was unmistakable. It was also unmistakably abandoned.

Although I’d told myself over and over that I couldn’t expect to just fly to India and find my family safe and well in the same place after all this time, it was hard to absorb that I’d found the flat without any of them in it. Despite my best efforts, secretly, I had been convinced that if I found my way back home, they’d be here waiting. I had no idea what to do next. As I stood there, for the first time with no plan in my mind, a young Indian woman holding a baby came out of the next door. Quickly, I said, “This house …” and then recited the names of my family: “Kamla, Guddu, Kallu, Shekila, Saroo.” She told me what I couldn’t bear to hear: that no-one lived there anymore. Then two men walked over to see what was happening. One of them looked at the photos [of me as a child that I always carried with me], told me to wait, and then walked off down an alley. After a couple of minutes the man returned and said the words I’ll never forget: “Come with me. I’m going to take you to your mother.” My head began to spin. Could it possibly be true that this passing stranger knew where my mother was? It seemed too unlikely. After only about 15 metres, the man stopped. “This is your mother,” he said. She was slender and seemed so small, with greying hair pulled back in a bun. Despite the years, I knew the

fine bone structure of her face the instant I looked at her, and in that moment she seemed to know me too. She stepped forward, took my hands and held them, and stared into my face with utter wonderment. For my mother, 25 years after losing him, her son had simply reappeared. The first thing she asked me was, “Where have you been?” That I’d come from somewhere as far away as Australia was incomprehensible. When my sister, Shekila, arrived with her husband and two sons, our mother was holding me and crying, and my sister burst into tears as I stood to embrace her. Kallu then arrived and was stunned to lay eyes on me – I knew how he felt. But where was Guddu? That’s when I was told that he hadn’t come home either that night. Guddu had died in a train accident. My mother’s house was full of well-wishers late into the evening, but eventually I had to go – I was completely drained and my head and heart were full to bursting. It was my mum who described the day’s events better than I ever could: she said she was “surprised with thunder” that her boy had come back, and that the happiness in her heart was “as deep as the sea”.

“Could it be true that this passing stranger knew where my mother was?”

This is an edited extract from Lion, previously published as A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley (Penguin, $22.99).


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He went from knowing “zero people” to becoming the king of Instagram and the most connected man in fashion and Hollywood. Alexis Swerdloff reveals the secret behind Derek Blasberg’s success


I Derek Blasberg chats to (from left) Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey at the Erdem show during London Fashion Week in 2013, as fashion maven Anna Wintour (far left) looks on. Below: Blasberg’s Instagram feed gives his followers a glimpse into his A-list life.

t was a crisp July evening in Paris during the haute-couture shows, and a small assortment of celebrities and fashion people were milling around the basement of the Frank Gehry–designed Louis Vuitton Foundation. The occasion was the Love Ball, hosted by Natalia Vodianova, a top model who is the partner of Antoine Arnault, the son of the chairman and CEO of LVMH. Tuna tartare and Champagne were being served. Kanye West was standing alone in a corner. Suddenly, a sweet-faced man in a tuxedo arrived, and the room’s energy became palpably less stiff. “Hiiii, Derek,” said Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. “Hiiii, Derek,” said Tisci’s date, the Italian model Mariacarla Boscono. “Hiiii, Derek,” said Marc Jacobs. This is how people tend to greet Derek Blasberg, a man who’s become the object of much fascination among those in his orbit – not to mention his

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Everybody’s favourite Instagrammer in his element, between Candice Swanepoel (left) and Karlie Kloss in New York in February 2016.


“I was like, ‘Are you a professional best friend of celebrities?’ ”



half a million Instagram followers. In a room of boldface names, all eyes were on Blasberg. In part, that’s because he was being trailed by both a cameraman and a photographer, each for a separate job. Since April, he’s been the host of his own fashion-news show, CNN Style, which airs on CNN International. He’s also Vanity Fair’s “Our Man on the Street” and a senior staffer at the Gagosian Gallery, where he works with the publications department and connects the expensive art with his expensive friends. Despite all this, his name still elicits the frequent, “But what does he actually do?” That he’s constantly popping up in one outlandishly fabulous place after another – in Sardinia on a hike with Gwen Stefani, on Katy Perry’s arm at the Golden Globes – elicits the follow-up: “Who even is he?”

his closest friends. We settle out on the I have spent quite a bit of time terrace, where a uniformed maid offers us with Blasberg over the past few weeks biscuits on a silver platter. “Try them,” he trying to figure out how he got here – not just at a black-tie gala in Paris urges. “They’re French Oreos!” with media outlets trailing him like Dressed snappily in a tan blazer and puppies, but on Instagram, where he’s navy trousers, Blasberg explains in his singing Blondie songs with Kendall slightly nasal lilt that in two days, he’ll be Jenner in Rome; lying on a couch with heading to Rome on the “Fendi plane” for Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba the brand’s 90th anniversary. Then on to in Beverly Hills; cruising on a yacht in Naples for Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda St Barts with Diane von Furstenberg fashion show. Then he’ll meet up with his boyfriend of two years, venture capitaland Wendi Deng; cuddling up next to ist Nick Brown, with whom he has just Gwyneth Paltrow on an airplane. bought an apartment in New York on “When I first met him, I was 75th between Fifth and Madison. They’ll a little dubious,” Paltrow tells me. “I was like, ‘Are you a professional be in Capri for a few days aboard David best friend of celebrities? And why Geffen’s yacht, Rising Sun, and then St Moritz for Greek shipping heiress Eugeare you everywhere at once?’” Then, nie Niarchos’s 30th-birthday weekend after 10 seconds, I fell completely – all after the few weeks Blasberg has spent in love with him.” bopping among Cannes, Blasberg, 34, sees London, New York and himself primarily as a Switzerland. This is a fairly journalist: “Obviously, typical schedule, although Anna [Wintour] and when I check in two weeks Graydon [Carter] are later, it seems to have given hashtag goals,” he says. him a respiratory infection. And with social-media Blasberg grew up in a accounts whose followings rival the circumiddle-class suburb of Missouri, US, and knew from lations of some mags, – Gwyneth Paltrow an early age he wanted to he’s become part of the get out of there. His mother, glue, or the accelerant, Carol, the managing editor of a medical that makes fame work. journal, remembers her son coming home e meet on another from school one day to find freshly poured afternoon in Paris at concrete on the street in front of their his friend Lauren house. “Derek decided to put his initials in Santo Domingo’s the concrete,” she says. “But they were not gallingly gorgeous 18th-century hôtel small letters – more like two-feet tall and particulier in Saint-Germain. This is his entire name spelled out: D-E-R-E-K.” where Blasberg stays whenever he When an 18-year-old Blasberg arrived is in town, which is about five or six in New York in 2000, “I knew zero people,” times a year. “Isn’t it major?” he asks. he says. But he quickly found work at Elite Blasberg tells me that Santo Domingo, writing biographies of models, scratching the model Karlie Kloss, and WSJ. his itch for celebrity. From there he won internships at Vogue, W and V, and Magazine editor Kristina O’Neill are


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“Don’t be a gossip, don’t be a dick, have fun and smile”


brings an audience with him is a big draw for his employers. But maintaining the brand, he said, takes effort: “I know that on Instagram my life is going to look footloose and fabulous, but it’s actually super-structured and organised.”


lasberg obviously benefits from the celebrity snowball effect: once you get a few famous pals, the rest keep on coming, especially if you run a side business maintaining the relationships. “If you want to be the person people want to have around, don’t be a gossip, don’t be a dick, have fun, and smile more than you frown, that sort of stuff,” he says. That’s not to say Blasberg isn’t above a little shit-talking or gossiping, but his relentless upbeat-ism appears to be a combination of genuine instinct and applied affect. “At the end of the day,” Paltrow insightfully explains, “he’s a Midwestern boy who can’t believe who he’s eating dinner with, while simultaneously being completely comfortable with who he’s eating dinner with.”


parlayed them into real-world hobnob“I think the key is that I don’t bing. He spent a semester in London, overthink it too much – but also that where, after only a month “it seemed a witty caption is an important part of like all of London knew him”, says the game,” he said. Blasberg is very partial to puns. He’ll post a picture of friend Arden Wohl, who was studying Stella McCartney and Rita Ora hugthere, too. Blasberg introduced Wohl to ging one another at Glastonbury music Kate Moss and Alexander McQueen, festival and write “GLASTO NO SHE who attended his 21st birthday. DIDNT!” or a picture of him lying in Immediately after college, Blasberg was hired as an assistant to Vogue’s Karlie Kloss’s lap in Hyde Park and managing editor at the time, Laurie write “Hyde and go seek.” With Kendall Jones. It didn’t go very well. (He Jenner at the Calvin Klein show: “See K was fired after less than a year, he says, at CK @kendalljenner.” for being “the worst assistant in the Paltrow tells me she consults with world”.) But the mid-2000s were Blasberg when crafting her Instagram the age of the great socialite renaiscaptions. “I hate writing captions, and sance, and Blasberg was in the thick of he’s so good at it. He gave me a good it, attending the parties and then writone the other day.” It’s a photo of ing them up for various international Paltrow, Michael Kors and Jessica Vogue magazines and Along Chastain in sunglasses. The caption the way, The New York Times featured Blasberg came up with: “Shady dates”. him as an example of the growing What’s most impressive about phenomenon of “the male socialite”, and Blasberg, his friend the writer Bob he met Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – Colacello tells me, is that “he’s able to “We met just sort of living in New York, give his Instagram followers enough to keep them happy – an inside look at right? New York City’s like that, right?” this special world – without making his And when they were launching their rich-and-famous friends feel like he’s fashion label The Row and were interested in putting out a book, they turned betraying their privacy. And I can tell to Blasberg to help them write it. you, that takes a lot of skill.” Around the time the book came Not so long ago people went out in out, in 2008, the publisher approached New York partly in order to have their Blasberg about writing some sort of photos taken – usually by Patrick socialite handbook, and in 2010, in McMullan or Bill Cunningham, who the dark days of the recession, Classy: were part of an elite corps who decided Exceptional Advice For who was worthy of being The Extremely Modern shot. They were then scrutinised and whittled Lady arrived with a glitzy down by a party-pages launch at Barneys. The editor. Instagram and book put Blasberg on The Snapchat changed all this; New York Times bestseller now anyone with any list, he was given a writing contract with Harper’s following can create their Bazaar, and an expanded own version of what hap– Derek Blasberg pened last night and share follow-up, Very Classy, it with the world. For the arrived in 2011. type of model or socialite or actress In 2012, Blasberg joined Instagram. swirling through the worlds of fashion “I was late to it, actually,” he says – he and Hollywood, it’s now more imporhad been using a BlackBerry – “but tant to be in certain Instagram feeds there was a point when I realised there than it is to be in the party pages or was a whole world I needed to speak to a Vanity Fair slideshow. And the Instain order to remain relevant.” It worked: gram that’ll get you noticed, the selfie the local character-about-town became you want to be in, is Blasberg’s. a global phenomenon. Who was this Blasberg told me that until recently, person posting so many photos of himself with so many famous people? media outlets were wary of people like I asked him to explain exactly what him with built-in followings. That has it is that makes him so good at it. since changed – the fact that Blasberg

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Lacey Spears posted hundreds of photos online of her blond-haired, blue-eyed son, Garnett. She gathered a loyal group of followers who were sympathetic to her and Garnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles.

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turned murderer Lacey Spears was so addicted to the empty rush of online celebrity that she poisoned her son for sympathy, comments and likes. By Jan Goodwin



t was the depths of a freezing, snowy winter in the village of Chestnut Ridge, New York, in January in 2014, but Lacey Spears didn’t care about the world outside. The 26-year-old was spending her every waking hour in a hospital ward. Medical staff would see her hovering over her son, Garnett, as his condition inexplicably worsened. She buttonholed every doctor or nurse. “How is my boy doing? Will he be OK?” she pleaded. Reluctant to leave the wan five-year-old alone, Spears slept in his room every night and sat by his bedside all day, stroking his hair or rubbing his back, bringing him ice chips when he couldn’t drink or eat. Despite her distress, the single mother with few friends still found time to update her blog, as she had been doing since she fell pregnant. “Praying for a boy,” she had written years before, later introducing her new blond, blueeyed son as “Garnett the Great”. In the years that followed, she detailed her infant son’s many ailments and illnesses on her blog called Garnett’s Journey.

This winter visit wasn’t the first time Garnett had been brought to hospital. He had clocked up 23 visits in his very first year of life. Spears believed her son suffered from a slew of medical problems, from Crohn’s disease and being coeliac to ear abnormalities. When she had brought him into hospital this January, however, his condition quickly worsened, and he was airlifted to another hospital in Westchester, also in New York state. Two days later, he was barely breathing and his skin was pale and grey. Doctors were shocked to find the little boy had salt levels so high it was “metabolically impossible”; that is, levels his body alone couldn’t have produced. Garnett was soon wavering between life and death. “G screaming in pain,” Spears wrote on Facebook. Desperate to save this boy who was suddenly and inexplicably extremely ill, medical staff placed Garnett on life support. Four days after his initial admission, a devastated Spears posted: “Garnett declared brain dead.” The next day, January 23, just over a month after his fifth birthday, it was

ne forgot a name, over. The boy who never loved bananas, yoghurt and all thing things red, had become a hospital statistic, a tiny figure on a cold morgue slab, dead before his life had begun. His mother continued her stream of blog posts. To her readers, she was a devastated mother. “Garnett the Great journeyed onward today at 10.20am”; “His soul is already with the angels”; “I’m not ready to let him go,” she posted. Turning to text messages, she wrote: “I WANT G Back.” Later: “I want to die.”


ack in the real world, doctors were starting to ask questions about his death. An autopsy showed he had died from massive sodium, or salt, poisoning. Hypernatremia, as the condition is called, causes seizures, rapid heartbeat, coma, kidney failure, and eventually brain haemorrhage and death. “The sodium values recorded for Garnett were the highest I’ve ever heard of,” one physician told marie claire. Soon after her son’s death, the grieving mother left New York state and moved in with her parents in Scotsville, Kentucky, some 1500km away. Suspicions, however, had been aroused by the child’s condition and his mother’s behaviour even before his death, and by April 2014, the death had been ruled a homicide. In June, Spears was extradited to New York and charged with his murder. She pleaded not guilty.


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Aside from an alarming history that would emerge about Spears’s life, there was a damning piece of evidence the suburban mum would be hard-pressed to explain. CCTV footage from the hoshos pital showed her more than once taking the little boy into his hospital bathroom, and carrying something. When Garnett was nine-months-old, he’d he d had a gasgas tric feeding tube placed in his stomach, after his mother convinced paediatricians he couldn’t keep food down and he was diagnosed with “failure to thrive”. Unusually, the tube had never been removed. On the video, Spears could be seen carrying a connector that enabled her to access the feeding tube. That same footage showed the pair coming out of the bathroom, each time with the boy doubled over in pain and retching violently. Investigators argued that by using a gastric-tube feeding bag, Spears had been able to fill his stomach with large amounts of salt water. The child wouldn’t have been able to drink such vast amounts without immediately vomiting. And there was more. Seeking sympathy, telling the world about Garnett’s apparently troubled health, and even posting pictures of him as he hovered near death, hadn’t been Spears’s sole use of the internet. A search of her mobile phone revealed that, nine days before Garnett’s death, Spears had Googled the “dangers of high sodium” and “hypernatremia”. She’d also phoned a neighbour at the nearby Fellowship Community, a Rudolf Steiner community where she and her son were then living, and asked her to go into her apartment and remove one of the gastric feeding bags she had. The neighbour did as asked, but when she heard how the child died, she turned the bag over to the police. It was found to contain “extraordinary” levels of sodium – the equivalent of 69 McDonald’s salt packets, a forensic toxicologist testified. Awaiting trial in Westchester County jail, Spears was refused bail and kept on 24-hour suicide watch. Confined alone in a cell in the mental-health section, she was issued a prison orange jumpsuit and shoes with the laces removed in case she tried 64

to harm herself. Not surprisingly, she was denied access to the internet, and to photos of her dead son. In March 2015, 14 months after little Garnett’s death and after a trial where she had shown little emotion, the “mummy blogger” was found guilty of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. sente


uring Lacey Spears’s trial, there was no mention by either prosecution or defence that she was likely suffering from a bizarre condition called Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition that would explain, although not excuse, her murderous behaviour. It was only while granting some leniency in the sentencing that the trial judge declared Spears was obviously in the grip of the condition, although her crime, he said, remained “unfathomable in its cruelty”. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a disorder in which carers – mothers, in 85 per cent of cases – secretly harm or induce illnesses in their child or children, because they crave the attention and sympathy it brings. (The condition was named after Baron von Munchausen, who grossly exaggerated his wartime exploits to get attention.) The Spears case, however, seems to be the first worldwide of what has been tagged “Munchausen by internet”. Dr Marc Feldman, a clinical professor of psychiatry and psychology, and an

internationally renowned expert on Munchausen syndrome says this occurs when the abuse is combined with misuse of the internet to gain attention. “It’s a form of abuse, rather than a menmen tal disorder,” he explains. Dr Feldman says the disorder is often associated with borderline personperson ality disorder, marked by mood swings, manipulative behaviour, and compulsive p lying, as well as brief psychotic episodes, impulsive and reckless behaviour. “People with Munchausen’s have a fear of abandonment, so it’s ironic they sometimes kill their children, the only person close to them,” he adds. Social media gave Spears a large and eager audience who believed every word she posted. They responded sympathetically every time she wrote about Garnett’s multiple illnesses. And the postings on Facebook, Twitter – and previously Myspace – were constant. Before he was even a year old, Garnett had been repeatedly hospitalised for seizures, ear infections and stomach problems. At that time, she posted: “My Sweet Angel Is In The Hospital For The 23rd Time (Please Pray He Gets To Come Home Soon …)” Every few days, there would be another posting: “Headed 2 The Doctor 4 The 3rd Time Today …” “Garnett’s Mummy is hoping the doctors can figure out what is going on today …”

MUNCHAUSEN IN THE DIGITAL AGE Vulnerable children, easy access to medical information and drugs, a captive audience and addiction to adulation: together they create the perfect storm for Muchausen syndrome by proxy. Last year a 42-yearold blogger from the Hunter Valley, NSW, was charged with repeatedly injecting her nine-yearold daughter with urine.

The girl recovered when she was removed from her parent’s care, but not before the mum gained a considerable online following. In 2014, a 22-yearold Queensland woman was jailed for two years for forcing her fouryear-old daughter to ingest chemotherapy drugs. The mother gained 8000 Facebook followers and charitable

donations. Her daughter nearly died. In 2000, the University of Alabama’s Professor Marc Feldman identified a new form of Munchausen syndrome – Munchausen’s by Internet, saying the admiration of others online was a strong motivation for parents to exacerbate the suffering of the children in their care.


“Please Pray 4 My Little Prince He Has Another Bad Ear Infection :) Poor Baby Boy …” “My little prince is sick again.” “I am so thankful 2 be a mummy!!! My life is 4 my baby boy & he is my life!!!” Her growing circle of online “friends” cried with her every time GarGar nett was hospitalised, and cheered when he recovered. Spears posted hundreds of photos of Garnett Garn as he grew, g includ including one of the feeding tube inserted when he was nine months old. Such tubes can be uncomfortable and cause infection, as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. (Spears must have been convincing – doctors seemed to take her word as to why the tube was required, even though Garnett’s weight was normal and online photos attested he was an active boy with a healthy appetite.) Mother and child took to moving around the country, seeing new doctors, visiting new hospitals, craving new medical audiences. But Spears has adamantly maintained her innocence. “I spoke to her for two hours, and she denied everything,” said author John Glatt, whose new book, My Sweet Angel, has reignited public interest in the case. “She said her son died as a result of hospital malpractice. It was chilling. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck. She was very convincing.”


acey Spears’s compulsive lying began long before Garnett was born. She was raised in Decatur, Alabama, the third poorest of America’s 50 states, in a town where almost 30 per cent of people live below the poverty level, and the crime rate is high. At 14, Spears told a classmate’s mother she had been abused, and moved in with the family for a while. Child protection services could not document the alleged abuse. (Eleven years later, she would go on to make similar unfounded allegations against two male workers at the Rudolf Steiner community where she was living with Garnett at the time of his death.) At 15, she joined a local church’s softball team, where a church volunteer gave her lifts to and from practice. Barely

Clockwise from top: one of Spears’s many posts on her blog, Garnett’s Journey; the single mother was arrested in June 2014; Spears in court in December 2014; Garnett and his mother during one of his many hospital admissions.

knowing her, Spears started calling her “Mum” as she did with other women she only knew casually, making them very uncomfortable. She began offering to look after the toddlers of working single mothers for nothing. But those women became disturbed when Spears started posting online that the children were hers. In one case, a mother realised her son was frequently coming home from Spears’s with earaches. The child was fine once Spears stopped caring for him. (Glatt alleges three children fell ill with severe earaches under Spears’s care, a claim her attorneys have since labelled as “speculative and spurious”). At 21, Spears fell pregnant with Garnett. The father, Chris Hill, a selfdescribed alcoholic, who installs garage doors, lived in her apartment complex. Spears struck him as a lonely person, he has said, adding that their relationship was little more than “neighbours with benefits”. When Garnett was born, she cut Hill out of her life and told him the child was not his. He never met the boy.

Instead, she invented a fake father for Garnett, a police officer she called Blake, who she claimed was her soulmate. In her blog, she said Blake died in a car crash when Garnett was two years old. “We have together survived nearly 365 days, a complete year without Blake, my soulmate and Garnett's Daddy,” she wrote. The fantasies continued, with Spears claiming online that someone else’s son was Garnett’s brother. She posted photographs of the two boys, captioned: “Me and my babies.” But the woman who craved to be a mother has lost everything; her child, her freedom, and any last shred of respect. At her trial, the prosecutor was blunt: “Spears is a calculating child killer who researched, planned, and executed the intentional poisoning of her son. She’s no longer a mother because she murdered her child.” That’s not how Spears sees it. Her last post read: “I will always be Garnett’s momma. I will always be a mother. Nothing will ever change that. But who am I today? That, I don’t know.”

“She is no longer a mother because she murdered her child”




Having gracefully navigated the pitfalls of fame â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most notably the tabloid obsession with her relationships and her body â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jennifer Aniston is charting her next destination, says Kimberly Cutter



“I’ve worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human”



ennifer Aniston likes working from home, and once you see her home, it’s not hard to guess why. Up the steep windy roads of Los Angeles you go, through discreet, dark green gates that open as if by magic into a sumptuous modernist compound. Aniston stands waiting in the massive front doorway – tiny, tanned and smiling. “Hi!” she says, ushering me inside along with her three boisterous dogs (Dolly, Sophie and Clyde), which are clearly working hard not to jump up on the guest. At 47, Aniston has the wry humour of someone who finds life alternatingly frightening and baffling. Her feet are bare, her hair is tawny, her blue eyes twinkling. “Come on in,” she says, guiding me through the house: charcoal-toned with dark wood floors. The art is big and modern, the furniture long and low, with a few well-chosen statement pieces: a Chagall here, a massive amethyst crystal there. “I get very involved with doing my houses,” says Aniston, who bought the place with her then-boyfriend, Justin Theroux, in 2012, and was married to him here last year. “Luckily, I worked with an architect who didn’t mind.” People tend not to mind when it comes to Jennifer Aniston. In fact most of the world can’t get enough of her, even though it’s been 22 years since she first leapt into our living rooms as the spoilt but loveable Rachel Green on Friends. She is the reason people drink smart water and use Aveeno body lotion and will see this month’s comedy Office Christmas Party (think The Hangover meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – plus drunk Santas). “People just love her,” says Aniston’s best friend and producing partner, Kristin Hahn, who recently produced the indie drama Cake with the actress. “It’s a blessing and a curse.” For the most part, Aniston has handled her fame with grace and good humour, but in July, she had finally had enough, publishing an op-ed in The Huffington Post in which she socked it to the tabloids over their obsession with her relationship status, her body and whether she’s pregnant, reminding women that “we don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.” Two weeks after our interview takes place, the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt’s divorce will hit the internet, and Aniston will be dragged, yet again, into the public eye as part of the world’s most famous love triangle, with GIFs of her in various states of gleeful vindication multiplying across the Twitterverse. While Aniston would not be drawn on the divorce, Theroux branded the attempts to bring his wife into Brangelina’s relationship breakdown “nonsense”. Aniston, he has said, “understands that she is someone who has attracted, for whatever reason, a level of attention where she’s


become this sort of fable, I guess, in some sort of bizarre morality play of what a woman should be”. When I ask Aniston why she chose to speak out in July, she laughs, “You mean: Why did I pick that moment in time to cough up my 15-year-old hair ball?” She’s curled up on a grey sofa, drinking iced green tea. “I think I finally just got fed up,” she continues. “I was in a really raw place. My mum had just passed away, and we came back from vacation, we had paparazzi on us like crazy.” For much of her life, Aniston had a famously troubled relationship with her mother, Nancy Dow, who wrote a tell-all memoir about Aniston in 1999 called From Mother And Daughter To Friends. But the pair reconciled after Aniston’s divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005, and Aniston spent the month of May caring for her dying mother in Los Angeles – an experience she describes as extraordinary: “I was literally in her hospital bed with her, giving her morphine, cradling her like a baby.” She pauses: “You know, it was a tough relationship. We had a tumultuous experience, but never did we not love each other, and I feel that we have a deeper connection, having gone through that. It was such a beautiful full circle, taking care of her toward the end …” Aniston shakes her head. “Afterward, you kind of sit back and you go, ‘Gosh, all of those silly fights, all of that wasted time, all of that stubborn behaviour.’ I learnt so much about her after that, it broke my heart. She just wanted to be loved, but she didn’t know how, what that looked like.” Aniston was still grieving when she and Theroux returned from The Bahamas in July. The couple had no idea of the heyday the tabloids were having with pictures of Aniston in a bikini. “We were on an island, and when I tell you I never saw one human being – I mean, it was really remote,” says Aniston. “And all of a sudden, when we got to New York, we were hounded by the paparazzi.” Eventually, she realised “that there was a magazine


[saying] I was pregnant – for the umpteenth, bajillionth time. They had a picture of me with a circle around my abdomen and an arrow pointing to it that said ‘bump’.” She shakes her head. “If I can add up over the past 15 years how many times that’s happened to me … I just got sick of it.” Aniston initially started writing the op-ed as a “cathartic meditation”, but the essay quickly ballooned into a broader exploration of the scrutiny that all women in our society endure around our bodies and our relationship status. “I just thought, ‘Why are women seen this way?’” says Aniston. “My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been From top: Aniston as shamed. It’s like, why are we only lookuptight CEO Carol in her latest flick, Office ing at women through this particular Christmas Party; with lens of picking us apart? Why are we lishusband Justin Theroux tening to it? I thought: ‘I have worked at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January 2016. too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.’” One of the funny things about hanging out with Aniston is how remarkably unlike a “sad, childless human” she seems. The woman practically glows with mirth. And directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck and co-star Jason while part of this mirth is due to her new marriage, a lot Bateman. “As soon as they asked me, I said, ‘Whatever it of it comes down to the fact that Aniston actually knows is, I want to do it.’” The film follows the hard-partying how to make herself happy. She meditates and does yoga Clay (T.J. Miller) who – when his buzz-kill CEO sister regularly. She eats well. She appreciates a fine tequila. (Aniston) threatens to shut down the tech company he And perhaps most importantly, she hangs out regularly manages – decides to host an epic office Christmas party with a tight-knit circle of girlfriends, whom Aniston has in an effort to impress a potential client and save everyone’s jobs. In other words, it’s “just a big, fat laugh”, says basically considered her “family” since she was in her Aniston, “which is so nice after all these superheroes and 20s. “I owe everything in my life to those girls,” she says. sequels. It’s fun to throw in a little popcorn comedy.” Aniston knew pretty much instantly that Theroux According to Bateman, a good deal of the film’s joie was the guy for her. They became good friends on the set de vivre is due to Aniston herself. “Anytime I work with of the comedy Wanderlust, in 2010, and she thought, Jen or hang out with her, there’s that incredible spirit, “That’s the kind of guy … like, that’s a goal. Where is that kind of guy, who connects to human beings so and it’s infectious,” he says. “When you do a comedy, you beautifully, and really listens, and is so creative and really want to feel safe so you can make a fool of yourself, present, and a problem solver and a crisis manager and and she permeates a set with so much good spirit and a loyal friend to the nth degree?” Theroux was in a relaease … it’s amazing to see what that brings out in people.” tionship at the time, but when the couple split up nine Work aside, Aniston is open about the fact that she’s months later, he and Aniston reconnected. They’ve been still “in pursuit of motherhood”, and is happiest spending together ever since. “Why is he the right person for me? time with Theroux, taking the dogs for runs, “torturing” All I know is that I feel completely seen,” says Aniston, herself at the gym, and cooking together on cheat days “and adored, in no matter what state. There’s no part of (“He makes great pastas and Philly cheesesteaks, or he’ll me that I don’t feel comfortable showing, exposing.” come up with these crazy breakfast things where you just go, ‘Oh, why did you do that to me?!’”). She may be hese days, Aniston is very selective about the uncertain about what’s next, but wears this uncertainty film roles she takes. “You have to be so madly with characteristic equanimity. “This is a time when I’m in love with it and think, ‘I will be so upset if I not completely sure what I’m doing,” says Aniston. “What don’t go and play this person,’” she says. “It used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick has to be worth it.” Office Christmas Party, for example, anymore … The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing.” was an easy yes. “They’re like my family,” says Aniston of

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Millennial feminists demand equality in all areas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; except, it seems, when it comes to going Dutch. Josh Glancy and Poppy Logan argue the touchy subject of who should pick up the bill





hould a man pay for a first date? I became single a few months ago after a long relationship, and was forced to consider this question for the first time in a while. I think of myself as a well-trained feminist male: enlightened, sensitive, modern. So the answer seemed obvious to me: we split it, right? This is 2016, after all. Progressive women with good jobs don’t seriously still expect the man to pay, do they? Turns out a lot of them do. This came up on a date recently. The girl was a friend of a friend who I’d met at a party; she was pretty and worked in marketing. During our dinner at a slightly too-expensive restaurant, I explained confidently how, being a feminist, I generally don’t pay for girls, so we should split the bill. It seemed only reasonable – after two courses, two bottles of wine and cocktails, we’d racked up a rather sizeable bill. The suggestion went down terribly. It was as though I had proposed heading on to a S&M dungeon after dessert. It pretty much scotched the whole thing, and made me feel boorish and ungentlemanly. I ended my evening on my sofa, alone, watching old South Park episodes. Not the plan. The US academic Moira Weigel has given this topic some thought in her fascinating new book, Labor Of Love: The Invention Of Dating, which has even got The Economist talking about sex. Weigel explains that the tradition of men paying has its origins in the contrasting salaries between the sexes during the early 20th century. “The first working-class women who dated earned hardly any money,” she says. “Young women were often arrested on prostitution charges for letting a man buy them dinner or a cinema ticket. I’ve read interview after interview where women who had been hauled before the police said, ‘But if I didn’t let men treat me, I wouldn’t be able to eat.’”

Today, life has moved on, and although there’s still a fair amount of wage inequality, most of the women I’ve been out with earn at least as much as me, often more. So why would I pay for them as a matter of course? I put the question to two of my female friends the following day at the pub. Both of them are alarmingly bright and successful, and went to the type of schools where they teach you world domination instead of netball. Mention the words “gender” and “pay gap” to them and you get a wellinformed lecture on leaning in, leaning out and getting stuff done. I explained what had happened, expecting a chorus of empowered female sympathy for my plight. Instead they agreed with my now ex-date. “It’s nice to feel looked after,” one said. I understand this feeling, but it’s prehistoric. Man looks after woman, man hunts while woman has child in cave, man fights off other men with big stick, man pays. This is the 21stcentury – drinks and (maybe) dinner, followed by an Uber home. Unless a girl is being followed by a creep down a dark alley, she doesn’t need me to protect her. Don’t get me wrong: I like romantic gestures. I like treating people. I’m not ungenerous. I’ll open doors for people if I’m in front of them, whether they’re male or female or my friend’s pet rabbit; that’s just basic manners. But to me, the idea of jumping ahead and opening a door for a girl with a flourish is a bit patronising. So when it comes to first dates, I prefer to split the bill. Or to offer to pay and be told, “Thanks, that’s so nice. I’ll get the next one,” (not least because it means there is going to be a next one). But my heart sinks if I reach for my wallet and just get a smile and a thank you. I don’t like the idea of paying for

dinner and then potentially sleeping with someone later. Obviously it’s not the same as paying for sex, but it is paying and then having sex. For me, that’s too close for comfort. The last thing I want is for someone to feel obliged to kiss me because I covered their dinner. There’s something about the idea of “guys pay” that feels horribly transactional. It reminds me of going to terrible nightclubs as an 18-year-old, where rich boys would shell out on cocktails in the hope of getting laid. It was effectively prostitution: the boys buy booze and dole it out to the girls, ultimately hoping one will come home with them. It may seem nice to shower women with gifts and put them on a pedestal, but if the man owns the pedestal, then good luck to the woman when things go wrong. One of the things my ex-date told me was that she likes a bit of chivalry. Well, I’m afraid chivalry is worse than patriarchy. It was invented by medieval knights, who, when they weren’t paying homage to fair maidens, spent their time raping and pillaging their way across Europe. It’s important to realise gender inequality is hardwired into concepts such as chivalry and old-fashioned dating etiquette. We can move on from “it’s nice to be looked after”. And we must, otherwise we are admitting feminism has limits; that equality has limits. Perhaps that’s OK for some, but if so, they should be honest about it. Think all this sounds a bit unromantic? Only if you see romance as something that’s done to women by men. Treat people: buy them flowers or chocolates, make them gifts, write them letters, shower them with joy and affection. But don’t let “guys pay” be the rule. All of this is important. Romantic politics are the inner sanctum: we’re not truly equal until we get them right. In essence, a first date is a firstround interview for a serious relationship or marriage. If a couple end up together after a first date in which the guy automatically paid, then they have begun their life together on an unequal footing. Why would they ever become equal after that?

“Gender inequality is hardwired into concepts such as chivalry”




o prepare for a date, I make sure my hair is clean and (at least roughly) blow-dried; wax, shave or pluck pretty much everything from the eyebrows down; apply foundation and lashings of eyeliner; squeeze myself into a casually sexy outfit; and go to the ATM. Because the bottom line is, a girl’s gotta have cash on a date. Cash means, when the bill lands on the table, in those two to three awkward seconds when both you and your date’s eyes land on that contentious slip of paper, you can confidently whip out your wallet and easily pay your half. “Can”, I said. Not “will” or “particularly want to”. Because I can’t deny when I sit down opposite some lovely boy to share a meal, I’m assuming he’ll be the one taking care of the bill. I am not proud of this. That instinct, that hope, that he will pay confounds me. Because when it comes to feminism, I’ve read the books, bought the T-shirt and written the university thesis. I can quote Gloria Steinem and I have a Hillary Clinton poster over my desk. In every aspect of my life, I expect to not only wear, but pay for, the pants. (And, let the record show, once in a relationship, I’m wholly committed to being financially 50/50.) But first (and maybe second) dates are like some sort of Bermuda Triangle when it comes to my feminist principles. Trust me, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to work out why, at that very first intersection between romance and cold, hard cash, my staunch values disappear. I can’t deny part of the reason is that, on some level, I equate whether he is happy to solely foot the bill with how much he likes me. The bill is more than a simple account of how much pinot gris he and I have sunk. It becomes

a litmus test of how funny he found my Donald Trump jokes and how much he liked my work anecdotes. On a coolly analytical level, I know this is a ridiculous train of thought. But in that moment when he nods and says, “Your half is $70,” I feel a trickle of disappointment. My brain translates his simple statement as rejection. Sadly, this notion has led me tragically astray. A couple of years ago I was at my first ex-boyfriend, Max’s, wedding – 15 years after our break-up. As I happily toasted Max and his new wife and wandered to the bar for a refill, I spied a handsome man in an impeccably cut suit who looked very familiar. He was James, Max’s best friend, a boy I had known well during the years Max and I dated. A decade and a half since I had last seen him, the awkward poloshirt-wearing business student had developed into a well-dressed, funny guy. It was pretty instantaneous. Glasses of bubbles were followed by rearranging of place cards so we could sit next to each other at the reception, which was followed by us absconding in a cab hours later to curl up on a couch in a dark bar. He was witty and smart and there was that lovely fact we had known each other since we were teenagers. Damn, I thought, the guy I was meant to end up with all along was the same guy I had once seen dance to Christina Aguilera while drinking a cocktail out of a teacup at university. Two days later we went on our first proper date. There was wine and pasta and cheese. The eye contact was there, the gentle glancing touches as we both reached for the salad. And then, you guessed it, the bill came. “Let’s go halves,” I said, slightly buzzed by champagne and wine, quite sure he would insist on paying. “Sure,” he said.

“I equate whether he is happy to foot the bill with how much he likes me”


And my heart fell. That spring wedding I had been mentally planning for the past 48 hours crumbled. I was so confused – I thought he liked me. My stupid brain, addled by years of Jane st Austen, interpreted his simple agreeAu ment as cold, hard rejection. And at that me poin , the date went p point, precipitously p y offcourse; there was something awkward between us and a clunky second date a week later was our final try at romance. Perhaps on some unconscious level I equated his willingness to pay with his willingness to care for me. And yes, I am perfectly aware of the vast, gaping holes in this argument. In the cold light of day, I know I behaved irrationally. But it underlined how deeply ingrained, on an unconscious level, the notion is for me that if men like you, they will pony up the cold hard cash. There is a lot about modern dating that, despite centuries of feminism, is still patently unfair. While I’m plucking and powdering and pulling myself into a dress pre-date, there is a good chance my potential paramour doesn’t feel it necessary to do more than add a quick slap of aftershave. Women are still expected to go to considerably more effort and expense in getting frocked up to hook a love interest than any bloke would ever consider. Though it breaks my feminist heart, it’s the game we still play. And this, my friends, is the territory we find ourselves in. The dating environ isn’t equal. It is flawed – just like the humans who created it. All is not fair in the pursuit of love. So, men, I propose a simple bargain – I will happily not only pay for half, but the whole evening if the next time I go on a date I can do so dressed like the last wannabe Romeo I met on Tinder – bed hair, a rumpled denim shirt and a wicked grin.



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He’s one of the most famous singers in the world, and this month, he’s back with his first rock album in 13 years


When did that dreaming start?

I was fortunate. I had to work on the milk round with my dad very early in the morning, from the age of seven onwards, when all of my school friends would be asleep in bed. It allowed me the place to dream. I would just imagine myself in a bigger world than the one on those streets.


EARLY DREAMS You grew up in a working-class family in England’s north, with shipyards at the end of the street. How would you describe young Sting, or Gordon Sumner as you were then? JACKIE:

I don’t think I’m that much different. I recently turned 65 and I actually spent the day alone, kind of by accident. I went for a walk in the park very early and I spent time reading and thinking, assessing my 65 years, and the abiding emotion I was feeling was one of gratitude. I couldn’t have asked for a better life, considering the start I had, where there was no clue about what the hell I would do except work in the shipyard or a coalmine. I had to dream really big to get out of that.



JACKIE: And music? Both your parents were musical in different ways?

JACKIE: You hear that quite a bit from people who have achieved immense success – that their talent is a means of escape. Your parents were fighting a lot



STING: Yeah. It wasn’t a happy childhood,

to be honest. It was a confusing and difficult childhood, but, again, I’m grateful for that because it gave me this impetus, this passion to be different and be singular and go out, do something. I never felt I belonged there or anywhere. But to be in a state of permanent exile has been very useful to me as an observer, a teller of stories.

“People say where do you live and I say, ‘Wherever Trudie is, that’s home’”

They were. My mum was a rather good piano player. My dad had a lovely voice and when they weren’t fighting they would perform together, but that wasn’t very often! But I’m from a musical family. My uncle left me his guitar when he emigrated [to Canada]. I knew I’d found a friend for life as soon as I touched it and that became my means of escape.


and you kind of into another place?

Sting and his nowwife, Trudie Styler, at a London nightclub in 1982.


And yet you have the most amazing relationship with your wife, one of real longevity and closeness ... One that’s the opposite of exile?



Clockwise from right: a young Sting – then Gordon Sumner – jamming; chart-toppers The Police (with Sting, far left) in 1979; marrying Trudie Styler in 1992; in an early ’80s publicity shot of The Police (centre).

That’s home now. People say well where do you live and I say, ‘Wherever [my wife] Trudie [Styler] is, that’s home.’ But I always shy away from this idea, ‘Oh, you have a perfect marriage.’ Ah, no, there is no perfect marriage. We are fortunate that we like each other a great deal. Of course, we love each other too, but we actually like each other and there’s a difference. You know, she can walk into a room and light up my life and I think I can do the same for her. We are not blasé about it or smug. We know a relationship needs to be worked on every day and we’ve managed to evolve together and not apart. I’ve encouraged her to work as much as she can. And so when we do meet up it’s a big deal. You know, I’ll see her in 14 days from today – I count the days – and then I’m off again. We’re not in each other’s pockets the entire time, but it’s kept the romance going and that’s important.


MAKING MUSIC JACKIE: Let’s talk about music. You gigged for years before you got your big break. What were the big lessons in that?

I didn’t really have success until I was maybe 26. Before that I’d been a musician in all kinds of bands – cabaret, in the pit of a theatre, I backed comedians, striptease artists, variety artists, I played ballroom dancing bands with people in their 80s. I played traditional jazz, I played in a big band. So The Police was the first rock’n’roll group I ever had. I also had a job. I was a schoolteacher for two years in a mining village. I also worked in an office, and I worked on building sites. I was a father at 23 [from his first marriage to actress Frances Tomelty]. I had a real life before I got this other strange, privileged life. So I appreciate it more than I would perhaps if I’d just gone straight from school to be some sort of [reality TV show] winner and vaulted into this unreal world ... I worry about




Song that makes you cry? “If I Loved You” from Carousel. Secret talent? I can peel an orange with one hand. Go-to karaoke song? “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League. What/who would you take to a desert island? My wife.

first rock album in 13 years. One song on the new record – “Heading South On The Great North Road” – is about your own journey from Newcastle to London. Then there’s “50,000”, which I took to be about musician Prince’s death?

More than Prince. David Bowie died in that Last meal? period, as did Glenn Frey people who have that expePenne arrabiata. I’d rience too young because from the Eagles. I knew like a nice spicy end. what do you measure it by them all. My friend [actor] and how do you survive it Alan Rickman, although not when it goes away? a rock star was a cultural JACKIE: You got your big break in the icon, died in that period, too. Again, ’70s when you formed The Police and the idea of mortality [was there]. And there’s also a song, “Inshallah”, about the refugee crisis ...

“Roxanne” became a massive hit. Did that surprise you?


Well, as I said, I dreamt big. I kind of dreamt I would have a hit record at one stage but I remember being in my kitchen in Bayswater in London, in a little basement flat. I was on a ladder painting the ceiling and the radio was on and suddenly I start singing along with my own song. I went, “My God, I’m on the radio.” And it was a visceral, exciting, unforgettable moment that you could never reproduce. That first time you hear something you’ve written and sung on the radio, it’s pretty exciting.



JACKIE: Your new album, 57th & 9th, is your 12th as a solo artist and your


The global refugee crisis is something that is going to be with us for the rest of the century, driven by warfare, poverty and perhaps in the near future by climate change. If there is a solution, it has to be rooted in empathy. We are a species that migrates, all of us. Whether you live in Australia or Britain or Africa or the Middle East, you have migrated from somewhere at some point. There has to be empathy for those people who are running away from violence … and then we’re shutting up the doors. So picture yourself on a boat with your own children and your wife – how does that feel?




The music industry has changed a lot since you first began. How do you think you would fare trying to break on to the scene today?


Right, from far left: wife Trudie, and children, Giacomo, Joe, Fuchsia and Mickey. Below: speaking at the 2014 Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event for humanitarian aid workers.

It’s very easy to enter the world on a big level very quickly through social media, but the actual shop floor that the industry was created on – the clubs and the bars, crossing the country in vans, carrying gear – all of that was incredibly important to me and I value my experience of that now in this very privileged life I have. I travel in private planes, I stay in the best hotels – but without the struggle, none of this would mean very much.


A FULL LIFE You’re a father to six kids and a grandfather to four. What kind of parent are you?


One of the conundrums of my life has been to try to balance a career that takes place all over the world with a balanced family life and I think I’ve succeeded and failed in various degrees. Luckily, all of my kids have grown up to be very, very good and independent, beautiful people, despite my fathering them. Probably their mothers can take more credit than I can. But I’ve been a good provider. I provided a good education for them and sustenance and roofs over their heads and fun, and if I’ve given them anything, it’s a lesson in really loving the work you do.


“I’ve lived probably most of my years already. That gives you, not in a morbid way, a sense of the importance of time”

I was being polemic, you know. Obviously, I would help them when they need help, but they’re not those kind of kids. I don’t think any of them are expecting to be left massive amounts of money. I wouldn’t want to rob them of that sense of satisfaction in making your own way in the world. They’re not just waiting around for me to die so they can buy a yacht or something.



I think tantric sex is very misunderstood. Partially my fault. I have studied yoga a little bit and part of yoga is that everything in life – whether it’s breathing, walking, eating, making love – is potentially a religious devotion; sex can create life, so what could be more sacred than that? We have this rather odd Anglo-Saxon idea that sex is naughty or rude or embarrassing. Actually, it’s where we all came from. [Laughs] It’s fun, but let’s take it seriously as well.


haven’t made it this far. My parents didn’t live this long. So I would say I’ve lived probably most of my years already. That gives you, not in a morbid way, a sense of the importance of time. I’m a great believer in rehearsal, in being well prepared for the next show – and [dying] is a big show that we all have to perform in, with courage and even humour. JACKIE: Now, you look amazing, 65. Hello! What is your secret? STING:


Oh, vanity. You talked about vanity once. You had Botox?



I did.


And you stopped because?

It was an interesting experiment. I got rid of this cleft in my chin – I think I over-think things and it sort of worked from the outside in. I enjoyed [the effect of the Botox], but I wouldn’t want to do it very often. I’m not that vain.


JACKIE: As you said, you recently turned 65 and you felt reflective. Does mortality scare you?

JACKIE: I read that you stopped because it was making you too vain, looking at yourself in mirrors all the time.

Yeah it does. I have spent a lot of time thinking about people I know, contemporaries of mine who



57th & 9th is out now

I tend to avoid mirrors now. [Laughs] I’ve seen enough of my face and I know what it looks like.


You said somewhere that your children won’t get a piece of your £100 million fortune when you die ... JACKIE:

JACKIE: Nearly 30 years ago, someone asked you how you keep the love alive in your relationship with Trudie, and you brought up tantric sex. That comment has followed you ever since!

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Below far right: Katherine Johnson’s mathematical prowess helped launch John Glenn (below right) into orbit in 1962. The feat belatedly earned her the National Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama last year.



In 1962, the first American astronaut launched into space. Today, the story of how three black female mathematicians helped make it possible takes centrestage Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were three ordinary women living in Hampton, Virginia. They were secretaries and administrators. They had husbands and children. They taught Sunday school. They were also gifted mathematicians. And in the 1930s, they all started working at an organisation that would one day be known as NASA. Johnson rose so swiftly through the ranks that she became integral in


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calculating the trajectories of rockets and determining launch timings, working on the numbers that would send John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, and later, Apollo 11 to the moon. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard about this story, you’re not alone. It’s the exact same response that Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures, had six years ago. Despite growing up in Hampton, it wasn’t until Shetterly returned to

her home town when she was older that her father (himself a NASA scientist) told her Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson’s tale. Until now, their story has remained woefully unexamined. “Because they were women, because they were AfricanAmerican, there wasn’t a lot of credence given to their work,” says Shetterly. The book, and its film adaptation, will be released in February; both belatedly commend the women’s achievements in shattering

a glass ceiling laden with gender and racial constraints. In fact, today, Johnson is the last surviving member of the trio. In the past two years she has received more recognition of her work than ever before. (Last year, President Barack Obama awarded her the National Medal of Freedom.) Johnson’s reputation as a quick, keen and very accurate numbers fiend has followed her throughout her life. At NASA, she was often called up to check

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difficult equations, even when the organisation began using its first computers in the late ’50s. “If she says the computer’s right, I’ll take it,” Johnson recalls Glenn saying, before he stepped aboard the rocket that would propel him into space in 1962. In February, Johnson will be immortalised onscreen when the film adaptation of Shetterly’s book is released. The movie’s all-star cast includes Taraji P Henson as Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe, a scene-stealer as Mary Jackson. Hot on the heels of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the film’s truly diverse subject matter is generating

some serious awards season buzz. But none of that is the point, protests Henson. “Is Katherine gonna be happy? That’s all I care about,” the actress has said. “All of these women went unnoticed in history and that is crazy to me.” In fact, Johnson has seen the film. And of the commotion around her life story she is delightfully nonplussed. “I saw her a couple of weeks ago and she’s like ‘What’s the big fuss? I was just doing my job,’” laughs Shetterly. Hidden Figures (HarperCollins, $24.99) is out now. Watch it in cinemas from February 16.


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BRAND POWER Meet the woman inspiring a very modern kind of consumerism – one where brands put purpose first



A London fashion designer-turned-humanitarian, Jaz O’Hara, is raising awareness and hope for thousands of refugees online MC: When did you first hear about the “Jungle” refugee camp in France?


JO: In

2015, there was a lot of news about the refugee crisis in the UK, but it didn’t tell the human side of the story at all. I remember reading a newspaper with a lot of questions: Who are these people? What was life like in the camp? It was a Saturday, and I decided to go on Tuesday. I bought some stuff that I thought people might need like food and warm clothing. What was first impression?




JO: It

was just a slum [authorities cleared the camp last October], people looking out for themselves. It’s not an official refugee camp run by UNHCR.

MC: Who was the first person you met there? JO: A

refugee called Osman. He had walked to northern France from Afghanistan. [The group] walked for months and a lot of the people died along the gruelling journey.

When you returned home, you were inspired to launch Worldwide Tribe, your charity and Instagram account


raising funds. happened next?



actually said to my boss I need a bit of time off. And then I never really went back to work. You realise how much work there is to be done. Worldwide Tribe is my life now. The refugee crisis is a global problem. And that’s the beauty of Instagram and the internet: it gives you a global audience. That’s what we’re about – a global community that comes together, where there are no borders.

When it comes to spending power, millennials are the ones who’ve got it: by 2017, they’re expected to fork out an incredible $200 billion annually on goods and services. And not just on hoverboards and light-up phone cases, but on brands they trust will give back to the community. Some 75 per cent of millennial consumers affirm that they would seek out brands that place values at their centre. “There’s less room in the world for companies who are not doing great things,” explains Sally Hill, co-founder of meaningful experience agency Wildwon. She wants the future of shopping to feature thousands of purpose-driven brands. It’s this dream that drove her to launch Purpose Conference (December 5–6, 2016, in Sydney), an event designed to inspire companies to kickstart their own social enterprise. There’ll be chances for networking, attending workshops and speeches by industry leaders on achieving sustainability. Visit

Sally Hill, is a long-time advocate for social change and corporate sustainability.

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Lola Kirke is trying to pump petrol into her car, at the start of a road trip from New York all the way to Los Angeles. Things aren’t going well. Fuel is spurting unceremoniously everywhere. “Oh my God!” she yelps. “I’m sorry. This is a terrible interview.” It’s the first reminder that we’re talking to an actress, and not our droll best friend. That’s how normal – refreshingly, unapologetically so – Kirke is. It’s easy to forget that she was once best known as the younger sister of Girls actress Jemima. Because after her own starring vehicle, TV show Mozart In The Jungle, won two Golden Globes this year, Kirke – who plays a wide-eyed oboist in the classical-music dramedy – became hot property. “The win was a real shock,” admits Kirke. Next year she’ll make the leap into blockbusters with Tom Cruise’s American Made. The pair had such crackling chemistry on screen that rumours started to fly ... “It’s as believable as saying ‘I’m the first woman on Mars’,” Kirke shot back. Despite the A-list cast, the film is “a character piece”, adds Kirke. “I wasn’t focused on how toned my body looks when running.” A pause. “Because I’m a terrible runner,” she laughs.


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hese are the basic elements of director Damian Chazelle’s passion project and ode to Old Hollywood, which follows an aspiring actress and a loveable, roguish jazz pianist in the first flush of their romance. But there’s something magical about La La Land that defies the maths and makes it more than just the sum of its parts, even when those parts include the

sizzling chemistry we know and love between Stone and Gosling; critical plaudits; and the most dazzling, sweeping shots of Los Angeles ever captured on film. It’s happy and sad. It’s hopelessly romantic. And in a year of disappointing movies it’s a diversion, a spectacle, and quite possibly, the greatest of them all.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND CHRIS PRATT: They just don’t make movie stars like they used to. Unless you count Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. It was only a matter of time before they joined forces (in sexy space thriller Passengers). Out January 1

MARION COTILLARD AND BRAD PITT: The chemistry is so hot between these two some speculated that Cotillard was the third person in the Brangelina split. And the pair do play two spies who fall in love in World War II very convincingly in Allied. Out December 26

SIENNA MILLER AND BEN AFFLECK: How will Ben Affleck atone for the sins of Batman v Superman? With this sharp-suited gangster flick, and the gift of – finally – a meaty leading role for Sienna Miller as a backstabbing gangster’s moll in Live By Night. Night. Out January 26

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4 f ur moviies are These fo piiriing, e-iinsp breathtakiing, aw ue d 100 per cent tr an … g in ak re b heart Who doesn’t love a real-life tale of triumph and adversity, wit and courage, love and devotion? If you build it, we will come. Last summer we savoured the sheen of reality in Spotlight and The Big Short. And this summer we’ll be lining up to see The Mercy – the true story of sailor Donald Crowhurst’s solo journey around the world (bonus points for getting leading man Colin Firth’s shirt all wet again) – and Hidden Figures, the tale of three black female mathematicians who shattered the glass ceiling at NASA in the ’60s (turn to page 83 to read more about them). Craving a tearjerker? Loving will break your heart: the account of

Clockwise from above: Dev Patel in Lion; Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in Loving; Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures; and Colin Firth in The Mercy.

interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving desperately trying to prove their marriage is legal in civil rights-era America. Then there’s Lion, following a young Indian boy named Saroo (Dev Patel) who, after being separated from his family at a train station is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Years later, he uses Google Earth to find his birth mother. True. Story. And you can read it all in Saroo’s words on page 50. The Mercy is in cinemas in 2017. Hidden Figures is in cinemas on February 23. Loving is in cinemas in January. Lion is in cinemas on January 19. 19

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ON POINT Whimsical, romantic and completely magical, The Australian Ballet’s much-lauded production of The Sleeping Beauty is touring the country next year, starting in Brisbane on February 24. Dance wunderkind Benedicte Bemet will reprise her star-making turn as Princess Aurora. Get your tickets at


Four new records for your summer soundtrack





Blue & Lonesome

What is it? That slick, bass-heavy, falsetto-thick R’n’B we know and love from Mr Bella Hadid. Who’s on it? Daft Punk. The iconic French electronica duo features on the first single. When can you get it? Now.

What is it? Just the most famous rock’n’roll band of all time’s incredible 30th studio album. What, another one? Yes. Recorded in just three days, it’s their first new record in more than a decade. When can you get it? December 2.



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Immerse yourself in the incredible, overwhelming, large-scale light installations comprising tens of thousands of LED globes by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima, on display at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art now. Simply spectacular.



The Rooftop Cinema, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, is the coolest movie-going experience in the city, from December 3.


Nyong’o) and the most kickass of them all: Rey, a breakout moment for Daisy Ridley in last year’s The Force Awakens. This summer you can add Felicity Jones’s Jyn Erso (above) to that list, a hot-headed smuggler who helms the Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And yes, the film has been plagued with controversy – extensive reshoots, a less than buzzy trailer, a complete rewrite – but there’s one thing we can all agree on: Female. Action. Heroines. Rule. Rogue One is Jyn Erso’s world. We’re all just living in it.

Glenelg beach in Adelaide plays host to all the hottest summer flicks with Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema from March 9.

You’ll never see a movie in more beautiful surrounds than at Sydney’s St George Open Air Cinema, from January 7.



long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, women got it done. That’s the reality of the Star Wars universe, where even a brief journey in the Millennium Falcon – say, attempting the Kesel Run in under 12 parsecs – unearths strong, female characters in droves. The archetype, of course, is Princess Leia. Fiesty and fiery, she more than ably held her own against a young Harrison Ford with the charm factor dialled up to 11. Since then we’ve had Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Maz Kanata (Lupita


Cult classics and blockbuster new releases rub shoulders at the Moonlight Cinema, in Brisbane’s New Farm Park, from December 3.




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What is it? That super-smooth jazz-pop hybrid Chrissy Teigen’s man does so well. What’s the vibe? It’s more upbeat than Legend’s usual crooning. There’s some toe-tapping beats and a general sense of joy. When can you get it? December 2.

What is it? Pop so good you’ll want to rewind and replay it. Over and over again. What’s the USP? The British-Albanian’s debut single “Hotter Than Hell” has more than 43 million Spotify streams. When can you get it? February 10.



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In fact, it might be the most popular beach this summer. It’s an art installation comprising an “ocean” fashioned from 1.1 million plastic balls and housed at Barangaroo Reserve during the Sydney Festival. It’s a shark-free, sun-protected, non-salty, non-sandy, temperate beach we know you’re going to love. Go on. Dive in. “The Beach” runs from January 7-29.


BOOK CLUB Five titles to tuck into your beach bag

We’ve got something for everyone this summer. For fans of historical fiction, may we introduce The Fifth Avenue Artists Society (Allen & Unwin, $29.99) by Joy Callaway, a delightful diversion of a novel about a young woman in turn-of-thecentury New York caught between two very different suitors. If that’s not your bag, try the much-hyped Kill The Next One (Text, $29.99) by Federico Axat, an Argentinian thriller about a deadly game in which there are no winners. For literary fiction lovers Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Chabon’s Moonglow (4th Estate, $39.99) is a brainy beach read loosely based on the author’s grandfather’s own life. Then, in nonfiction, there are two books of essays we just can't put down. Siri Hustvedt’s A Woman Looking At Men Looking At Women (Hachette, $32.99) is an incredibly smart investigation of what it means to be a woman (and man) today. And we guarantee all the cool girls will be clutching Frantumaglia (Text, $29.99), a collection of cult favourite author Elena Ferrante’s many interviews, essays and letters with her editors and fans. Will you be one of them?



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STARS What does the year ahead hold for you? Success? Love? Travel? Astrologer Yasmin Boland reveals what the stars have in store ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELISA MAZZONE

Horoscope special 2017 AND YOU


Life is still a rollercoaster, with chaos planet Uranus in your sign all year, keeping things “interesting”. Highlights: The best personal and professional relationship prospects you’ve had in over a decade. Good relationships can get better. Bad ones will be easier to move on from. What to work on: Note when chaos overtakes you – work on alleviating it.

Your love life is on the up and up: April and May should be good for romance, assuming you’re not involved in a relationship that is messing with your head. If you’re open to love, or with someone you can rely on, 2017 could be wonderful. This is because happy and adventurous Jupiter is back in your love zone for the time since 2005. This creates serious romantic potential. Single? Your love options open up. Attached? Life with your partner should be more fun. Miserable in love? 2017 may see you make a bid for freedom.

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You can be a power player professionally: Don’t be a bully at work and don’t allow yourself to be manipulated. With maniacal Pluto in your career zone throughout 2017, you can be a real power player. But you do need to play nice – integrity will lead to greater success than being underhanded. You can rise to the top of your field – and get the money that goes with it.

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Overall you should enjoy your daily life more. However, you may still have fears about money to work through. Highlights: Health improvements. Lucky Jupiter in your 6th house of health nearly all of 2017 means you will be more motivated towards better self-care. What to work on: Find out where those money fears came from.



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How hard are you willing to work? 2017 is the year when you get to decide how hard you want to work to achieve your goals. There are eclipses lighting up your home and work zones, urging you to find a balance between the personal and the professional. With fun planet Jupiter in your daily life zone, you could decide that having fun is actually more important than working yourself into the

ground for the sake of a buck. Wise decision, Taurus.

LOVE LIFE Time to let people under your skin … For most of the year, your biggest challenge will be learning how to let people get closer to you. It’s too easy for you to put up barriers (e.g. you work so hard you barely see them). That way you don’t have to let anyone really close. However, by October, everything changes with the arrival of happy Jupiter in your love zone. The last three months of 2017 could be the best you have had love-wise in more than a decade. You will realise you deserve to be happy in love.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Broken relationships will be fixed or ditched.

WORK & MONEY Don’t give up now! The truth is that 2017 is another year of hard work for you – but it’s the last such heavy-duty one you will have for a while. Don’t cut corners at work, don’t be over-sensitive and do treat life’s upsets as lessons, whether you feel like learning them or not. Put in the hard work and hard emotional yards now, and you won’t have to go

LOVE LIFE Learn from annoying people ... Whether you’re single or attached, remember this in 2017; the people who annoy or upset you the most are your best teachers. Every time someone proves difficult, look within. This is not about blaming yourself, but realising that problematic people are your mirrors, showing you where you need to work harder to relate to others. It’s time to get very real in all your important relationships, personal or professional.

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You have one more year of serious lessons to get through, nearly all of which will come from your personal and professional relationships. Highlights: A bit of respite, in as much as you still need to work really hard this year, but you will also have a lot more fun and romance than you’ve had lately. What to work on: Don’t get mad, learn from upsets with others.

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You’re not stuck with one style – modern one day, retro the next ... Bookishness always suits you, too.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Training your brain to focus on the positive.


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You still have to work hard and be organised. The upside is you should start to get financial rewards for your efforts. Highlights: A much happier family home life – this should come as very good news to you, oh domesticated and family/ home-loving Cancerian. What to work on: Take care of yourself before caring for others.

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WORK & MONEY Leave the past behind: The eclipses in your two cash zones in 2017 suggest it’s a turnaround year for you. This goes triple if you’ve been working really hard for the past few years while Saturn has cruised your daily work zone. The rewards that come now could be rather surprising! However, if you’ve been slacking off at work, it could be time to up your game, or

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risk financial dramas. Forget about any past financial upsets – the eclipses can change everything.

LOVE LIFE Let love work magic in your life … That might sound like something on a cutesy greeting card, but with magical Pluto in your love zone again in 2017, you will have the chance to feel love’s power. The good news is you’re way less argumentative, jealous and controlling than you have been. Singles can find love that really transforms their life. Avoid bullies! Couples can go deeper and deeper into the relationship.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: The more you believe in yourself the more money you can make.

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Here’s the thing … Your biggest enemy when it comes to love is that you could work too hard and not leave enough time for romance. There is an eclipse in your love zone in August, which could bring love issues to a head. If you’re single and looking, make sure you let go of the past. Forgive all your exes and you will be energetically more able to find someone new. Attached? Your love life could take some unexpected twists this year.


You know how to make a fashion statement better than anyone. You belong on a catwalk.

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Inspiration equals cash in 2017: If you allow petty power struggles, jealousies or battles for control to rule your daily working life, it will be very hard for you to enjoy 2017. The best way for you to make good money now is to do work, which inspires you. Work on healing fears you have around money. See a therapist if need be. The more you can stand on



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your own two feet the better. This is not the time for you to be too dependent on anyone financially.


There are eclipses in your love zone and your sign, which mean that 2017 is a massive year for you – get clear on them and then chase your goals. Highlights: This will be a busy year with lots to do and see, and an innately cheerful and optimistic outlook which attracts good things to you. What to work on: Detox your home, your relationships, your job, your life!


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Your attention to detail ensures you always look “well put together”.

There is a lot going on, including in your love life. Overall though, 2017 is about you finding some inner Zen. Highlights: Better times financially than you have enjoyed recently. The more you believe in yourself, the more you earn. What to work on: Believe that soulmates do exist.


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A potentially bumper year financially: With lucky Jupiter in your cash zone, you are more or less set financially. That is, unless you’re breaking the Virgo habits of a lifetime and overspending, in which case watch out. Jupiter in your cash zone will boost your bank accounts if you believe in yourself. However, Jupiter can also send bills out of control. As much as hard work is the most reliable way of making money, you do have luck on

your side this year, if you fancy a small flutter.

LOVE LIFE Believe in love’s young dream ... You still have Neptune in your love zone. That means that if you haven’t already done so, you can connect with someone who is a soulmate (we all have more than one). Do tune into dreamy Neptune in your love zone and see people though “the eyes of love”. It’ll soften your Virgo tendency to nit-pick! Be careful if you’re involved with someone who you feel is not quite on the level. They might be as untrustworthy as you fear.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Take time out for you on a regular basis to contemplate life.

WORK & MONEY A year of growth and expansion: Of course, there is more to your year ahead than the fact that the big planet Jupiter is in your sign. But really, is there anything more wonderful? Possibly not! To have lucky and adventurous Jupiter in your sign is a massive deal. It only happens once every 12 years and it puts Lady Luck on your side. Workwise,

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This year, it’s partly about the fact that you’re extra lucky and partly it’s about the fact your dreams can come true. Win/win. Highlights: Having the universe on your side. With Jupiter in your sign for the first time in more than 10 years, you’ll find good fortune flowing to you. What to work on: Expecting everything to magically work out without any effort on your part.

think of what you want to achieve and go for it. Yes, you will still have to work hard, but you have a gust of celestial wind beneath your wings, so to speak. Things that can go your way, will.

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LOVE LIFE You’re even more appealing ... Librans are renowned for being attractive. Reason being, you’re ruled by the planet of beauty, Venus, and you’re all about relating and harmonising. What’s not to like? When you turn on the charm, there is no resisting you. Now with cheerful Jupiter in your sign, you’ll be in even more demand.


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YOUR LIFE LESSON: Achieve goals by making lists and becoming disciplined.


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It’s a year for you to have as much time-out time as you can, while you work on your self-esteem. Highlights: Dreams coming true related to a child, romance or creative project. What to work on: Develop your intuition at home and work.

If you love yourself, others will too … The biggest obstacle standing between you and happy relationships right now is that you can be too hard on yourself. Obviously, if you don’t believe you’re worthy of loving, you will diminish your chances of being loved for who you are. Use Pluto in your mind zone to overcome any negative feelings you have about yourself. Work on detoxing your mind of negative thoughts by connecting with the universe through yoga, prayer, chanting, meditation or any spiritual path.


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Money could be an issue for you this coming year: Perhaps you’re worried about your earning potential or you don’t feel you have job security. Whatever the issue, it’s crucial that you worry less about cash and think more about how to achieve financial stability. If you’re doing well you are undoubtedly working hard for your money. Strategise about money this year. Get some financial advice, be it from a trusted friend, your bank manager or an adviser.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Connect with your inner self to see your true magnificence.

Horoscope special You want love as well? With all the hard work and pressure on you this year, you could be forgiven for wanting to be alone. But life isn’t always that easy. Sometimes we have to keep all the balls in the air. If you’re already attached as 2017 dawns, chances are you will be asking your partner for support this year. If they are there for you, it could be the permanent making of the relationship. And if you’re single, 2017 may not be the most romantic year of your life.

You’re adventurous in every way including in how you present yourself to the world.


YOUR LIFE LESSON: Balance all the hard work with a superbusy social life.

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You have the lucky planet Jupiter making a rare appearance in your career zone. This means you can fulfil your ambitions and enjoy the process. Highlights: The headiest heights of success that you’ve achieved in over a decade. What to work on: Understand that you’re a very intense person – avoid steamrolling others.

No better, no worse ... The bottom line for you astrologically right now is that you have combustible planet Pluto in your sign. This means you’re on fire; you’re being transformed by life and you can transform your life. It’s one of the most intense astrological events possible. When it comes to your love life, you need to remember that Pluto makes you passionate, which is a good thing. But you can also make you controlling and manipulative. Plus, it can affect your temper – watch out you don’t alienate a lover, would-be lover or an ex with your ire!


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A 12-year professional high: As a Capricorn, you’re almost certainly innately ambitious, so pay attention this year as expansive and lucky Jupiter makes his once-every-12-years visit to your career zone. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re having a midlife surge (it’s a thing), use Jupiter. You will be more popular at work too, but don’t over extend yourself, especially if you are self-employed.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Now is the time to make change in your personal life.


You deserve a medal and a pay rise: You have another 12 months of hard work ahead of you. But after that, guess what? You won’t be in such a tight spot for the next 30 years. Yes, you have the zodiac’s overseer, aka Saturn, in your sign. That’s as tough as carrying a six-tonne elephant on your back, while wading through mud. But honestly, if you can keep working for just






You will have Saturn – the gruelling taskmaster of the zodiac – in your sign throughout the year, so it’s all about hard work, experience and karma. Highlights: One more year of intense life lessons, which will stand you in good stead for the next 30 years. What to work on: Pay attention to what’s going on and look for the wisdom within.

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Major changes possible: The two full moon eclipses in 2017 occur in your sign and money zones, so it’s a big year for you. If you want to change your financial circumstances, redouble your efforts. If you put in the work in January to October, the end of the year could bring some major, positive developments. Note that working with someone else collaboratively could pay off very well for you. If you have issues to do with


Love changes ahead ... There are two eclipses affecting you and your love life this year. They take place in February and August and suggest that you have to let something from your love life go. However, equally, it could be you’re moving to a new level or to a new way of being with your current partner. If you’re single, this is the year to well and truly draw a line under the past and open up to new love.


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This can be a year of adventure, mind-expanding activities and life-changing developments and events. Highlights: Better than usual chances to teach, study, take adventures and even get published. What to work on: Be more selective about who you spend your time with; cull your list of friends wisely.

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You’re quirky, original and humanitarian


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YOUR LIFE LESSON: This is the year you can live the life you always wanted.


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2017 brings a major chance to change your life – one that won’t come around again for a while. Stop talking or thinking about it and just do it! Highlights: The end of February eclipse brings a chance to turn your life around howsoever you would like to – so grab the opportunity! What to work on: Understand that the pressure you’re under is actually making you a stronger and better person who knows what they’re capable of.

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for your experience. Plus, you could get some kind of financial bonus this year.

LOVE LIFE Make time for romance: With the alignments in your chart right now, it may feel like it’s easier for you to be single or, if you’re attached, to be very independent within your relationship. But you will find more happiness and fulfilment now when you throw yourself into your partnerships, romantic or otherwise. The thing about relationships is that they push all our buttons. While that might feel annoying in oh-so many ways, in fact it also helps us to grow as people.

YOUR LIFE LESSON: Be truly prepared to leave the past behind.


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WHITE OUT Colgate Optic White High Impact White contains 2% hydrogen peroxide, the whitening ingredient that dentists use. It delivers four shades whiter teeth with twice daily brushing for six weeks. Visit colgateopticwhite. RRP: $9.99.

RECYCLED CHIC Buy it. Wear it. Shedd it. Did you splurge on a dress you haven’t worn again since you bought it? #Sheddit. A mash of eBay and Instagram, Shedd is the app making it easy to buy and sell fashion. Visit

BRUSH YOUR HAIR STRAIGHT A new kind of straightener! Take your Dafni with you on the GO. The revolutionary Dafni GO Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush is safe and quick to use. With a detachable cord and a thermal cover case for travel, the Dafni GO is available only at Shaver Shop. RRP: $169.


NAIL IT Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System comes with three different heads for filing, buffing and shining for both toenails and fingernails. It’s the easy way to beautiful shiny looking nails. For the best results, give the perfect finishing touch with our rich cuticle and nail oil.

Michel Herbelin fuses French style with Swiss precision, and model 17345/B89 is no exception. This watch is from the Epsilon collection and is complete with a mother-of-pearl dial and 12 diamonds. RRP: $1400.



For Italian-quality pizza in your freezer, Dr. Oetker Ristorante has the goods with a thin and crispy base, quality ingredients and fresh toppings bursting with flavour. Enjoy restaurant-quality pizza on your plate in just 10 minutes. RRP: $7.49.

Angel MUSE is an addictive addition to the Mugler fragrance portfolio. With Georgia May Jagger as the face of the campaign, Angel MUSE reinvents the gourmand genre around an explosive and highly addictive hazelnut cream and vetiver duo you will #HateToLove. Angel Muse EDP 50ml Refillable RRP: $149.

SWIM TRIM FINE FINNISH Marimekko Oiva cups, are designed with varying patterns that invite you to enjoy good company around the table. Every day, and on every occasion, year after year. Oiva cups $25; spoons $17; teapot $125.

GO WIDE With its unique wide-angle cap, Dettol Glen 20 MaxCover helps you wipe out germs on sofas, mattresses, pet beds and more! Find it in major supermarkets. RRP: $8.49.

An Australian first for Nancy Ganz, shaping bikinis are here with a collection ranging from $89.95 to $229.95. Available online at nancyganz. and in-store at Myer and David Jones and selected swim boutiques across Australia and NZ.

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Feeling the Christmas pinch? This month we promise fresh fashion thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equal parts pursepleasing and pretty. Pens and shopping lists at the ready!

Shirt, $85, by Topshop; bikini top, $130, by Tigerlily; jeans, $159, by Steele; slides, $150, by Sambag. Opposite page: shirt, $70, by H&M; bikini top, $110, by Seafolly; skirt, $159, by Innika Choo; earrings (worn throughout), $120, by Reliquia.

e shack Breezy shirting, bikinis and a dash of denim is all you need this summer. So gather your things, hit the road and let the sun shine in PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIMON UPTON STYLED BY BREE MCDONALD

Top, $78, by Revolve Clothing; jeans, $115, by Cos; slides, $150, by Sambag; hat, $20, by Condura.

Dress, $138, by Boden; shoes, $70, by Bensimon; bag, $150, by Witchery. Opposite page: top, $160, by Jacquemus at; bikini briefs, $110, by Seafolly.

Jumpsuit, $249, by Shakuhachi. Opposite page: denim dress, $90, by Nine by Savannah Miller for Debenhams; bralette, $79, by Innika Choo. See Directory for stockist details. Hair by Michael Brennan/ The Artist Group using Oribe. Make-up by Sarah Tammer/ Creative using M.A.C. Model: Zoe Bernard/ IMG. Special thanks to Tours By Locals Fiji, Tourism Fiji; The Palms Apartments, Denarau and the village of Sanasana.



Pare down your wardrobe to an edit of blissfully simple basics in a palette of black, taupe, rich berry, and utilitarian khaki


Shirt, $179, shorts, $129, and belt, $129, all by Trenery; bralette (worn underneath shirt), $25, by Cos; shoes, $90, by Seed; earrings, $120, by Sarina Suriano. Opposite page: bikini top, $120, by Matteau Swim; pants, $150, by Cos; belt, $69.95, by Trenery; earrings, $20, by Seed; brass bangles, $100 each, silver bangles, $180 each, all by Dinosaur Designs.

Nude top, $179, and nude skirt, $249, both by Veronika Maine; gold/black earring (sold as a single), $110, brass bangles, $100 each, and silver bangles, $180 each, all by Dinosaur Designs. Opposite page: bikini top, $90, by Seafolly; pants, $125, by Cos; headband stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own; earrings, $120, by Sarina Suriano; top brass ring, $130, and bottom brass ring, $160, both by Dinosaur Designs.

Top, $159, by Saba; bikini top, $160, and briefs, $80, both by Zimmermann; slides, $80, by Country Road at Myer; earrings, $120, by Sarina Suriano; bangles, from $90 each, all by Dinosaur Designs. Opposite page: swimsuit, $150, and blanket, $80, both by Seafolly; shoes, $129, by Trenery; earrings, $150, by Coyote Negro at

Dress, $135, by Cos; earrings, $120, top bangle, $120, middle bangle, $84, and bottom bangle, $108, all by Dinosaur Designs. Opposite page: black top with multicoloured stripes, $70, and skirt, $80, both by Zara; earrings, $13, by Missguided. See Directory for stockist details. Hair by Brad Mullins/Creative using O&M. Make-up by Peter Beard/Work using M.A.C. Model: Madison/Work.

Breakers Up at dawn, still out at dusk. Savour the ocean blue in surfwear thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have you ready for whatever adventure the day brings PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIMON UPTON STYLED BY BREE MCDONALD

Bikini top, $25, by H&M; wetsuit, $160, by Roxy; watch (worn throughout), $179, by Baby-G; plaited bracelets (worn throughout), from $75, by Lucy Folk; beaded bracelets (worn throughout), from $35, by Odisya. Opposite page: dress (worn as a top), $110, by Seafolly; bikini top, $99, and briefs, $99, by Farron Swim; sandals (worn throughout), $140, by Teva.

Wetsuit, $160, by Roxy; shorts, $70, by Staple The Label. Opposite page: singlet, $40, by Quicksilver; bikini briefs, $29, by Cos; sunglasses, $249, by Marc Jacobs; rings, $59 each, all by Pandora; towel stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own.

Bikini top, $189, and briefs, $109, both by Stella McCartney Swimwear at Myer. Opposite page: blazer, $120, by Sportsgirl; bikini top, $150, by Mister Zimi (price includes briefs); earrings, $80, by Odisya.

Hoodie, $180, by Emma Mulholland; bikini briefs, $60, by Baku; hat, $20, by Roxy; earrings, $50, by Emily Green. Opposite page: jacket, $30, by H&M; bikini briefs, $86, by Triangl; earrings, $50, by Emily Green; wetsuit (on surfboard), $160, by Roxy. See Directory for stockist details. Hair by Michael Brennan/The Artist Group using Oribe. Make-up by Sarah Tammer/ Creative using M.A.C. Model: Bella Brown/IMG. Special thanks to Tourism Fiji, Pacific Island Air and Seaplanes, and Nanuya Island Resort, Yasawa Islands.



Approaching the stunning SawaI-Lau natural caves in the Yasawa Islands. Below: the locals were all smiles.

The crew capture the idyllic summer on the beautiful shores of Champagne Bay beach.


A glimpse of a Nanuya Island sunset.

A blissful island paradise set the perfect scene for our summer fashion stories ...

W When working on location, ingenuity is a must! Our team use a branch as a clothing rack across the back of the production van while shooting at Natadola Beach.


ith the sun shining against the lush tropical mountains and crystal clear ocean it was difficult to decide at which incredible location we should start. But the moment we were introduced to the villagers of Sanasana and were welcomed by their warm smiles there was no question as to where Love Shack, Shack, page 106, would be set. The next day we set off for the Yasawa Islands and courtesy of Pacific Island Air, touched down atop one of the most calm and startling blue bays we’ve ever seen. It came as no surprise that the natural wonders of the Yasawas offered more than enough inspiration for our second fashion story, Breakers, page 122. Expect even more goodness from our magical trip to Fiji in next month’s issue.

TOP 3 TIPS Use and share the greeting “Bula” liberally. It’s used as a hello, a goodbye, and a welcome! As 40 per cent of the population is Indo-Fijian, indulge in authentic Indian meals. Try the traditional fish dish – Kokoda – it’s Fijian ceviche and is made even more delicious with the addition of fresh coconut milk.







Are statement sunglasse sunglasses the new It bag? With shades like these, it certainly begs the question. Regal and jewelled, Miu Miu’s new cat-eye styles are as exquisite as artwork – just this time for your face.


ffashion editt Miu Miu, $640 each, at Sunglass Hut

Spish, spash Dive in to summer with Isla Bay, the firstever swimwear collection by Spell & The Gypsy Collective. Using the brand’s signature vintageinspired prints, it’s perfect for the beach, pool or hammock.


If you don’t reside in Melbourne, book a flight and have some savings ready to burn! This month, the country’s first Céline store opens its doors at Chadstone shopping centre, stocked with Spring ’17. The best bit? You’ll have the above looks to lust over come early January. The countdown is on.



Anglepoise x Paul Smith, $365, at

British fashion design stalwart Paul Smith lends his joyous design persuasion to Anglepoise with the Type 75 Desk Lamp Edition Three. Shine a light on chic!

RING TRUE French jewellery designer Pascale Monvoisin offers up an elegant spin on rockchick with her signature blend of bone, turqouise and moonstone bijoux. Pascale Monvoisin, $1401, at






Our fashion team share their favourite budget buys for under $250 and style them am to pm

Rings, $8 for a set of 3, at

Topshop, $129.95



Kayu, $239, at

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Isla, $149

“These black cropped pants with tie detail set the tone for summer. To dress them up, add lace and sparkling jewels” Ray-Ban, $200, at Sunglass Hut

FleaMadonna, $249, at


Hansen & Gretel, $179

BaubleBar, approx $50 Zara, $79.95, $28 Shop the looks at


Dolce & Gabbana, $228, at


Missguided, $12.60


Mesop, $189

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Zara, $69.95

Topshop, $119.95

NIGHT The Daily Edited, $189.95

Topshop, $149.95

Mesop, $149

“Elevated pyjama dressing will be my cue by day. I’ll add a bell-sleeved blouse and heel by night”

Saltwater Sandals, $89.95, at

“For understated style, pair this polka-dot dress with a sunhat by day and a clutch for evening” Rubi, $29.9 $29.95

Seed, $59.95

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Le Specs, $119


NIGHT Petite Grand, $187


Country Road, $79.95

H&M, $79.95 The Cambridge Satchel Company, $144.02, at H&M, $79.99



“I’m drawn to this feminine shirt’s appeal. I’ll freshen it up with white for day and silk pants by night”

Porselli, $235, at

Kerry Rocks, $149

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ASOS, $87

Adorne, $29.95


Country Road, $139

Shakuhachi, $159

NIGHT Comme des Garçons, $130, at

McQ Alexander McQueen, $236, at

Senso, $179

“P i th “Pair the season’s ’’s It skirtt with sneakers and you’re u’re covered from 9 to 5. By y night, it’s about luxe additions” ns”

NIGHT Sarina Suriano, $175, at Theiconic.


DAY Polo Ralph Lauren, $228, at

Topshop, $39.95

The Daily Edited, $129.95 Colette by Colette Hayman, $34.99

Verali, $79.95, at

J.Crew, $51, at


Vans, $139.95

H&M, $69.99


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Designed in the late 1980s, the original Link wristwatch featured the line’s nowsignature S-shaped links.

Above: an early Link design set with diamonds. Right: new Link Lady offerings in steel and mother-of-pearl.



TAG Heuer’s Link Lady collection is a testament to ageless style


Left: MONSE designer Laura Kim at the brand’s Spring 2017 Fashion Week afterparty with style maven Iris Apfel. Above right: Apfel shows off her TAG Heuer Link Lady. Above left: MONSE models take the timepieces down the runway.



n the race to win over a new generation of fans, authentic heritage watch houses find themselves in a difficult position: a need to be seen as both up-tothe-minute and timeless. At New York Fashion Week in September, TAG Heuer managed to achieve this seemingly impossible feat by combining the launch of their new Link Lady range (a reinterpretation of the iconic Link) with the announcement of their latest muse: the formidable Iris Apfel. The Swiss watchmaker – which already boasts heavyweight ambassadors like Cara Delevingne and David Guetta – is no stranger to the celebrity endorseendorse ment, yet this collaboration with everybody’s favourite 95-year-old It girl has been heralded as ingenious. TAG also partnered with on-the-rise fashion brand MONSE – its New York Spring 2017 show featured models with timepieces stacked high up their wrists like bangles. Apfel, instantly identifiable by her short white hair and oversized round glasses, sat front row, fittingly adorned in her favourite piece from the Link Lady suite. The new collection boasts three unique styles, polpol ished or brushed steel options, plus a bold new version in black ceramic. The original strap’s S-shaped links have stayed and been modernised with a flatter profile. TAG Heuer CEO Jean–Claude Biver said the house wanted to create a new woman’s product. “Modern women have changed,’’ he said. “Women want to shape their future and express their power and for that they need new status symbols.’’ And the time, it seems, is now.

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Reinvigorate your summer beauty regimen with these zesty buys. From a vitamin C-packed serum to tangerine nails, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ensure you start the new year looking and feeling your best. For more warm weather buys, turn to page 159.

7 1 SEPHORA Collection Colorful Blush in Fascinated, $19. 2 REN Radiance Perfection Serum, $67. 3 RIMMEL LONDON ScandalEyes Reloaded Mascara, $17.95. 4 SALLY HANSEN Miracle Gel in Tribal Sun, $16.95. 5 AESOP Rind Concentrate Body Balm, $39. 6 TOM FORD Lip Color in Wild Ginger, $78. 7 CREED Original Santal EDP 75ml, $319. 8 LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios Nutritive Oil 50, $35.95.




Modern waves are healthier and glossier than ever before. So keeping your hair hydrated with a nourishing haircare routine is essential. TREsemmé stylist Chris Naselli’s trick is to scrunch a texturising spray into damp hair and let it dry naturally.


shu uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo, $68; Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 Conditioner, $7.99; Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion Spray, $41.



Hot up your warm weather hair with these beach-chic looks. Here, Lucy Adams shows you five new ways to master après-surf strands



The perfect post-swim solution. “The key to this easy, sexy style is to start low at the nape,” explains Naselli. He recommends adding texture to freshly washed strands with some mousse before blow-drying and braiding it. Or make it your second day style go-to. “By day two, the hair has had texture build-up that allows better hold for the style,” he says.



John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse, $15.99; L’Oréal Professionnel French Girl Tecni.Art Messy Cliche, $34; Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray, $12.95.

“Spritz hairspray on a toothbrush to keep flyaways around the face at bay, I think it’s key the hair looks smooth – not pulled” – Chris Naselli, TREsemmé stylist



“The simple up-do is all the rage for the summer months. This knot is cool and modern with great texture” – Chris Naselli, TREsemmé stylist 146

Make your messy bun multitask by spritzing on a hydrating mist before you pile up your strands and hit the beach. Simply, pull your hair back into a ponytail at the centre of your head. Split the pony in two sections and begin to twist around the elastic in opposite directions. Keep it secure with a few bobby pins and a light mist of hairspray.


ghd Final Shine Spray, $20; Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong, $37.95.



SUN-STRE AK ED P ON Y TAIL Refresh this classic style by applying a leave-in conditioner to dry hair before pulling it back into a ponytail. “It creates a natural texture without feeling crunchy,” explains Naselli. For volume and fullness, try a sea salt foam before brushing your strands into place and securing at the nape with a clear elastic.


Klorane Leave-in Spray with Flax Fibre, $19.95; and TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Defining Wave Creating Sea Foam, $8.99.



“It’s a modern lived-in look with tonnes of texture,” explains Naselli. Roughly dry your hair before applying a sea salt spray. Then, using a curling iron take three centimetre sections of hair at random from the crown and create zigzag bends. Once your whole head is complete loosen the sections. Gently brush and smooth back the top half and gather at the middle back of your head. Next, start a three strand braid and once you’ve crossed it over twice, secure the base with an elastic.

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“To minimise frizz and prevent heat damage, apply an oil from your mid-lengths to your ends before styling” – Chris Naselli, TREsemmé stylist 148


Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Curler, $39.95; KMS California HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, $33.95.


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A brand new year awaits, so now’s the time to clear your head – and your bathroom shelf. Get back to basics with a pared-down skin routine that’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 (plus a few little extras). By Sherine Youssef








1 Clarisonic Mia FIT Cleansing Device, $225. 2 Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel To Foam, $16.99. 3 L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, $29. 4 Omorovicza Hydra Melting Cleanser, $125.

“Women men often assume skin hydration dration is related to how much water they drink – this is simply a myth” Dr Eleni Yiasemides

Cleanlin Cleanliness is next to godliness, but not when w it comes to your skin. “People “Pe over cleanse and this causes a lot of skin irritation and inflammation,” explains consulting inflamm Neutrogena dermatologist Dr Eleni Neutrog Yiasemides. Here’s her advice … Yiasemid

A M Cleansing first thing is “not not necessary as it may increase the likelihood of dryness and irritation,” she explains. “Splash your face with water, but only if you don’t have rosacea (cold water can cause symptoms to flare up).”

P M Dr Yiasemides suggests skipping the face scrub (it can be too abrasive on skin) and using a micellar cleanser to gently remove dirt and make-up without stripping skin or leaving behind residue.

Q: I USE VITAMIN A AT NIGHT – DO I NEED TO CLEANSE IN THE MORNING? A: Not necessarily. “Vitamin A causes dryness, so over cleansing will also result in further irritation,” says Dr Yiasemides. “This upsets the pH balance of the skin and can cause increased oil production, which makes the skin greasy.”





We’re seeing more of these emollient cleansers on the market due to improved formulations that “do not provide a heavy feeling on skin and work well with skincare routines”, explains Muriel Pujos, head of scientific communication at Philosophy. 5 Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm, $38.95. 6 Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, $72.





The most common skin complaints Dr Yiasemides consults on include adult acne, rosacea, sun damage and ageing, which is why she recommends a combination of SPF, plus three key ingredients.

RETINOIDS The umbrella term for vitamin A-derived ingredients, including retinol and tretinoin, these help build collagen and elasticity, and reduce pigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. According to Dr Yiasemides, they “are the most effective ingredient in any anti-ageing skincare regimen, along with sun protection”. Available in both prescription and over-the-counter formulas, retinoids also exfoliate, improve pore size, reduce blackheads and boost luminosity. “However, excessive amounts of retinoids may cause irritation, so apply sparingly at night, after cleansing i and nd before moisturising, and use SPF daily,”” recommends Dr Yiasemides.

Taking the form of citric, glycolic or lactic acid, these help refine skin’s texture. At-home treatments offer an intense exfoliation, or you can opt for daily re-surfacing by using “a combination of vitamin A and an alpha hydroxy serum, plus the occasional use of a Clarisonic”, says Dr Yiasemides. If you’re not sure, leave it to the professionals: “Women generally put too much on the skin, which can cause redness, breakouts and irritation, so I advise lots of patients to cut out unnecessary products or treatments.” 1 Endota Spa New Age AHA Transformation Peel 14 Day Treatment, $60. 2 Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA, 50ml, $40. 3 Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum, $32.95.



4 StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Serum, $145. 5 Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, $117. 6 Medik8 Retinol 3 TR Serum, $75.


The delicate skin around the eye contour deserves extra TLC as it’s often where the first signs of ageing appear.








Soothing: 7 Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm, $55. Smoothing: 8 Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm, $75, Firming: 9 Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment, $145.


MUST HAVE: MASKS These have evolved by leaps and bounds in terms of delivery and efficacy. “You can now find masks that do not need to be rinsed off, that stay on the skin overnight (like sleeping masks) and that, thanks to new textures, improve ageing signs, so in addition to their immediate benefits, they provide more long-term benefits,” says Pujos. 13 Glamglow GravityMud Firming Treatment, $98. 14 Estée Lauder New Dimension Sculpt + Glow Mask, $120. 15 Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask, $65. 10





These neutralise free radicals and reduce oxidative stress by “helping protect and improve the repair process in damaged skin cells, resulting in anti-ageing benefits”, explains Dr Yiasemides. Antioxidant ingredients include reservatrol, vitamin C (Dr Yiasmides’s pick) and coenzyme Q. Apply in the morning before moisturiser and SPF. 10 UltraCeuticals Ultra C23+ Firming, Concentrate Treatment, $138. 11 Natio Restore Antioxidant Face Serum, $26.95. 12 Rationale Melaneve Antioxidant Enlightenment Treatment, $95.






16 Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub, $60. 17 Philosophy Take A Deep Breath OilFree Oxygenating Gel Cream, $50.

Climate change is not only damaging our coastlines, it’s harming our complexions. “In recent years, the scientific community has recognised that pollution has a direct impact on accelerating skin ageing and contributing to dark spots,” says Pujos. Expect to see more products on the market targeting this problem.


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DRY VS DEHYDRATED SKIN: THERE IS A DIFFERENCE The former is a result r of inadequate oil in the skin; the latter a lack of water (this is why even oilier skins can sometimes become dehydrated). d Rich moisturisers help with dryness, while hyaluronic acid can treat dehydration. “It’s how you care for your skin from the outside,” explains Dr Yiasemides. “There is no correlation between fluid intake and skin hydration. Some women naturally have dry skin and the only solution is a rich moisturiser, which will trap water in the skin,” she says. 1 Dr. LeWinn’s Eternal Youth Day & Night Cream, $69.95. 2 L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Golden Age Rosy Re-Fortifying Day Cream, $36.95. 3 Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Night Massaging Cream, $110. 4 Comfort Zone Hydramemory Cream Gel, $54. 5 Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation, $55. 6 SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2.4.2, $183. 7 The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, $27.95. 8 Algenist Splash Absolute Hydration Replenishing Emulsion, $61. 9 Chanel Le Lift Restorative Cream-Oil, $188.










Overnight masks redefine the term “sleeping beauty” – simply put one on, hit the hay and wake up to better skin Refines: 10 Caolin Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask, $58. Brightens: 11 Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask, $40. Hydrates and heals blemishes: 12 3CE White Milk Sleeping Mask, $32.






“Colgate Optic White® is an essential to keep my teeth bright and white, so my smile really is my best accessory” JORDAN SIMEK, COLGATE OPTIC WHITE® BRAND AMBASSADOR



If your Christmas and New Year calendar is filling up, take a tip from top model Jordan Simek and get y your best accessory in sparkling form for party season season. The Colgate Optic White® regimen is easy to use and gives you whiter teeth in one day when you use the too toothpaste, mouthwash and whitening pen twice daily. Here’s how …

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HIGH IMPACT WHITE TOOTHPASTE TOOTHPAST High Impact White toothpaste contains the ingredient dentists use to whiten your teeth, hydrogen hydro peroxide. Its enamel-safe formula contains fluoride to help fortify enamel and, with twice daily use, it gives up to four shades visibly whiter teeth*.

TOOTHBRUSH WITH WHITENING PEN The Optic White toothbrush has speciall specially designed bristles to help remove surface stains, plus pl an in-built whitening pen. After brushing, simply si apply the whitening gel to teeth. Store the pen back in the brush for touch-ups when you’re on the go.

MOUTHWASH Rinse with Colgate Optic White® Mouthw Mouthwash to help clean hard to reach places, reduce plaqu plaque and protect gums. Plus, it contains a stain prevention system that helps to maintain your teeth���s natural wh whiteness.



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SPIRULINA This blue-green algae’s fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and peptides help purify and detox the skin, and improve elasticity.



Find it in: 1. Alpha Keri Body Slimfit Heat-activating Slimming and Firming Serum, $49.95. 2. Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, $52.



Sparkly and long-wearing, Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Vega, $36, will be in high rotation this summer.


YOU ’RE GOLDEN Sheer and oil-free as well as sweat- and humidityresistant, Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee, $40 $40, gives every skin tone g den glow. a golden

Bobbi Brown Remedies is a range of five potent skincare blends that can be used individually or layered for a healthy, #NoFilter required complexion. Clockwise from top: No 93 Skin Fortifier; No 80 Skin Relief; No 75 Skin Clarifier; No 86 Skin Moisture Solution; No 91 Skin Reviver, $66 each.

B L O C K PA R T Y ’Tis the season for outdoor fun – and diligent sun protection. Here are five ways to up your SPF game


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1. Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Superspray, $42, is invisible – perfect for that midday top-up. 2. New Banana Boat SunComfort clear spray SPF50, $17.99, allows sand to be easily brushed off. 3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Cream SPF50+, $28.95, now helps fight free radicals. 4. Maritime pine extract in Napoleon Perdis Multi-Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50+, $29, enhances elasticity and water retention. 5. Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+, $10.99, has panthenol to keep skin supple and hydrating.


Beauty Bea “M beauty advice “My to young people is sunscreen, sunscreen, sunsc sunscreen!” Pictured: sunscr Rationale B3-T Rati )FA6C^F:5*:?E65 )FA6 Sunscreen SPF50+, $70. Sunscree

Mariah Carey for M.A.C Blush in You’ve Got Me Feeling, $45.



“Sunglasses are my 8@E@2446DD@CJ@R stage.” Pictured: Michael Kors sunglasses, $329.95, at Sunglass Hut.

Creating make-up is close to the process of creating a song. When creating a background vocal part, it is about the mixture of the different tones and notes and textures; it’s a similar process for make-up or fragrance because you take different notes, textures and tones to create something. My favourite M.A.C product of all time is Pink Swoon blush. We created something similar in Mariah Carey for M.A.C Blush in You’ve Got Me Feeling and I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect pink for your cheeks. I’ve always been a make-up girl. I went to beauty school when I was younger. Over the years I’ve learnt that less is really more. 160

Taking care of your skin is so important. You only have it once! Also I truly believe that glow comes from within. If you are happy and enjoying life, it shines through. During the day I don’t wear much make-up. I stick to M.A.C Lipglass, such as It’s Just Like Honey – the perfect shimmer. On stage it’s Bit Of Bubbly Lipstick, Golden Petals Eyeshadow, My Mimi Skinfinish and a pair of my false lashes. Red lipstick and mascara are just not for me. So for my collection, we went for more nude, pinky lipstick shades and false lashes. The silver and gold packaging is so unique and beautiful. It was inspired by one of my favorite things – diamonds!

“My look in ‘Honey’ is one of my favorites. That video was almost 20 years ago and I think the hair and make-up is still wearable today.” “If I want just a touch of colour during the day, I’ll use Mariah Carey for M.A.C Dreamlover Lipglass, [$39].”


The pop music icon talks blush, beauty school and her bling-inspired make-up collection



DO THIS: Steer clear of dark lipstick and reach for a bright shade to revive the face (a dab of gold shadow on the cupid’s bow takes it to next-level pretty). Try L’Oréal Paris Collection Color Riche in Doutzen’s Delicate Rose, $21.95.


How can I camouflage under-eye circles?

After applying a dewy foundation, “use a peach colour corrector to cancel out any darkness, and then follow with concealer”, advises Tobi Henney, L’Oréal Paris make-up director in Australia. Choose a blendable, full-coverage cream one to two shades lighter than your foundation, tap with your ring finger and finish with a light dusting of finely milled powder to set and reduce creasing. Try It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer (above), $42.


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ON WITH THE GLOW • Bronzer warms up a washed-out skin tone: Nars Liquid Laguna Bronzer (centre), $59. • Blush perks up the face: Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme (left), $36. • “Highlighter on high points of the face adds dimension,” says Henney: Revlon Photo-Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick (right), $29.95.

SHADOW P L AY Do: tap a lustrous gold or soft pink on the lid for a brightening effect. Don’t: use anything too dark. Dior Eye Reviver Backstage Pros Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette (below), $109. $109

TRY THIS For eyes that appear more awake, run a nude pencil on the waterline (it’s more natural than white). Try Charlotte Tilbury Rock ’N’ Kohl Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat, $43.

SKIN SOS Five things to do before you go anywhere near your make-up

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Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells for instant radiance. Try Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Radiance Micro Polish (above centre), $48. Splash your face with cool water to get blood pumping. Smooth on a hyaluronic acidpacked serum and moisturiser (like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream, above right, $25) to counteract dehydration. An eye gel de-puffs (bonus points if you placed it in the fridge last night – it will be extra soothing this morning). Try FAB Eye Duty (above left), $63. A quick squeeze of eyedrops takes care of bloodshot eyes.



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From top: 1 IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Beetroot, Maqui Berry & Goji tastes as good as it looks, $14.95 for 70g, 2 Swisse Organic Chlorophyll Superfood Powder is a source of antioxidants and iron, and (thankfully) berry flavoured, $27.49 for 100g, 3 Kakadu Plum has 100 times more vitamin C than oranges, and five times the antioxidants of blueberries, $27.95 for 50g, 4 Activated Nutrients Daily Superfood for Women – a mix of 55 plants and herbs, is the only certified organic multivitamin powder on the market, $19.95 for 56g, 5 Organic Turmeric – add this anti-inflammatory spice to any dish you’d sauté on the stove, $14.15 for 200g,


Feast You don’t need to eat like a saint at Christmas. Park the kale till 2017 and indulge in “bad” foods that, according to science, are surprisingly good for you



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A 55g serve of tasty cheese offers around 440mg of calcium; more than 40 per cent of your recommended daily intake, says sports dietitian Chloe McLeod. This culinary crusader also helps protect teeth from acid wear. “Compounds in cheese can stop acid erosion that occurs when you’re drinking coffee and wine,” explains McLeod. Need another excuse to hit the gruyère? According to the Journal Of Applied Microbiology, probiotics (good bacteria) survive cheese-making and the ageing process imposed on hard cheeses, such as cheddar. If weight control is the goal, switch to fetta, says accredited practising dietitian Robbie Clark. While lower in probiotics and calcium (just 180mg per 55g serve), it is also lower in fat and kilojoules.

If a busy festive season means more takeaway, supercharge your meals with these easy tweaks by accredited practising dietitian Geraldine Georgeou


Turkey breast is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts levels of the “happy hormone” serotonin in the brain, and although it has a bad rap because of the extra fat, you can eat turkey skin. “There is more good, monounsaturated fat in turkey skin than saturated fat,” says McLeod. “I wouldn’t suggest eating it with abandon, as being high in fat means high in kilojoules. But if you really like it, enjoy a small amount.” Hallelujah. “Go for an organic, antibiotic-free, pasture-fed bird as it’s going to have larger amounts of omega-3s, which are very good for heart health,” adds Clark.


If you love salt-rubbed gravalax or margaritas, you’ll love this. A study of 130,000 people in The Lancet found that a diet of too little sodium – less than 1200mg per day – may be just as likely to increase the risk of heart disease as a diet high in sodium. The ideal amount, reports scientists, is 1600mg to 2000mg daily. But your daily intake should be capped at 2300mg (one teaspoon) per day, advises McLeod. “Opt for salt fortified with iodine [iodised salt], a compound that supports thyroid function,” she adds. On-trend Himalayan rock salt or sea salt does contain more trace minerals – such as magnesium and iron – than table salt, “however, it’s in really small quantities, so the benef benefits f are really small,”” she adds.

PA D T H A I Add lean protein, such as prawns or chicken, and request extra vegies.

S PA G H E T T I BOLOGNESE Order an entrée size with extra mince and a side of rocket salad.

BEEF PHO Ask that extra steamed greens be added to your soup.


CR ANBERRY SAUC SAUCE Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and can ca help deter urinary tract infections, but store-bought store-bou cranberry sauce also contains 40 per cent sugar, suga says McLeod. “Most of the packaged cranberry sauces are made with cranberry juice, plus some som apple or orange juice – as they’re cheaper than cranberry juice,” she reveals. “I suggest making your own, so you know it contains less sugar and more cranberries.” Use raw honey or maple syrup as sweeteners, offers Clark, as they offer bonus benefits such as antioxidants.

Half a cup of cranberries contains only 100 kilojoules and research shows they can also boost the body’s immune system

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1 CROUCHING DRAGON SQUATS A full-body cardio move that tones arms, switches on the core, works the quads and builds ankle strength.

HOW-TO 1. Crouch down low so your butt is resting on your heels, and your knees are wide and low to the ground. Balancing on your heels, tense your abdominals. Move your hands out to the side, flex your fingers to the sky and push through your palms as if pressing against walls. 2. Perform three mini squats: bounce up and down twice, just high enough to lift your butt off your heels, squeezing glutes as you go. On the third squat, rise to standing position. 3. Perform a front kick on the right leg, pushing through the hip and snapping your leg back fast. Repeat with the left leg. Keep your hands firmly in “guard position” (see exercise 3). Repeat steps 1 to 3 for 30 seconds. 168

This traditional taekwondo horse stance is one of the best leg toners of all time. The “heel click” is a plyometric move that boosts your heart rate and metabolism, while the sidekick (yop chagi) sculpts your legs like a boss!

HOW-TO 1. Assume a wide stance, toes pointed to the front. Sink down low as if you’re sitting on an imaginary horse. Hold the squat for a few seconds.

2. Step your left foot to your right foot and pivot the left heel towards the right. Drive your right knee into your chest then, engaging the glute, kick to the side with the edge of your foot. As you kick, punch your arm to the side so your arm is parallel to your leg. 3. Place your kicking leg down and step back to horse stance. 4. Jump up and click your heels together mid-air. Repeat steps 1 to 4 on the other leg; alternate legs for 30 seconds.

HIGH KNEES WITH OBLIQUE TWISTS Twisting through the trunk works the obliques, slimming the waist beautifully, while high knees are good for cardio.

HOW-TO 1. With hips square to the front, run on the spot, bringing your knees up high to your belly. Hold hands in a guard position: both elbows pointing to hips, forearms front-on. 2. Now throw in the twist! Pull your belly into your spine to switch on your core. Twist your upper body side to side so elbows meet opposite knees. Continue for 30 seconds.



ROUND-THE-WORLD GUARD SIT-UPS In taekwondo, we use this 360 move for self-defence, but it’s awesome for cardio and abs, too. 1. Lie on your back with your arms in guard position and bring your knees up to your chest. Keep your hands in guarded position through the whole exercise. 2. Lift your hips and, leading with

your butt, staple your belly to your spine and “crunch” your abs down to the side. Inhale as you lift your hips, exhale as you move to the side. 3. Continue to lift your hips, move your butt and crunch the abs in a circular motion (that is, wiggle), until you’ve completed one 360-degree round of sit-ups. Repeat steps 1 to 3 in the other direction for 30 seconds.


CAT STANCE WITH FRONT KICK This one strengthens thighs and hamstrings and really torches kilojoules. The kick is a dynamic move utilising the biggest muscles in the body – glutes and legs – helping to supercharge your metabolism.


HOW-TO 1. Sink low into cat stance: face both feet forwards and slide one foot in front of the other so your heel is in line with the arch of your other foot. Make sure your weight is entirely on the back foot. Raise the heel of your front foot off the floor so you’re balancing on the ball of your foot (see above). Sink low into a squat, both knees bent, both feet still facing forward. 2. With your back leg bent low in the squat, pick up your front leg and flick it in a front-kick motion. 3. Lightly touch your foot to the floor, lift it again, and flick it forwards. 4. Keeping the back leg bent, continue kicking for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat steps 1–4 on the other leg; alternate legs for 30 seconds. Modify it: Rather than extending the leg in a flicking kick motion, pick up your knee and bring it into your chest. This challenges the thighs and abs without putting pressure on your knees.



Do 30 seconds of speed-skipping (rope or no rope) between moves.

BURPEE-YAYS This is my super-duper burpee. It’s fun and gets results, but only works if you yell “yay” when you jump – honestly. 1. Jump, raising your hands above your head while lifting your knees high. Land in a standing position. 2. Bend down, touching hands to the floor. Walk your hands out into a push-up position, making sure your feet stay put. 3. Perform one push-up. 4. Holding your body straight in push-up position (that is, plank), perform two mountain climbers: bring one foot up quickly to touch the ground beneath your knee, then quickly reverse your feet; imagine you’re running horizontally. 5. Bunny-hop your legs into your chest and jump up into standing position. Repeat for 30 seconds.


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ADD MILK TO TEA According to the International Journal Of Dental Hygiene, casein – the main protein in milk – attaches to the tannins in tea and coffee to help prevent staining.

@awakensisterhood Zen-centric images to lift your spirits.

SCOFF STR AWBERRIES An enzyme in strawberries, malic acid, helps wipe stains off teeth, report dentists.



MY KEYS TO CONFIDENCE Surround yourself with positive people who support your goals. Focus on being the best version of you, rather than comparing yourself to the girl on the treadmill next to you. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks.

Fitness guru Kayla Itsines, author of The Bikini Body 28 Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide (Macmillan, $39.99).

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Bright young Think you need years of experience under your belt to become the boss? Think again …

Jasmin Robertson, 30 is the director of gourmet food company Roza’s Gourmet

“Becoming a CEO was never something I’d planned to do. My mum set up Roza’s Gourmet when I was four, so it’s always been part of my life – but if I’d known that it would grow to the extent it has today, and that I would end up as the CEO, I would have been so overwhelmed! “My mum passed away when I was 14, so my dad and I looked after the business together. My passion was acting, but Dad advised me to do something that would guarantee me a career so I did a business degree and landed a graduate position in a major firm. I didn’t last long – the corporate world wasn’t for me. So I quit and went back to uni to study acting which was my passion. My father was dismayed at my choice and suggested I work in the 172

business as a way to earn income while TOP I studied, and allow him to retire. “After a few years of trying to juggle both, I realised I was giving only 50 per cent attention to each. If I wanted results, I had to make a choice – and the business was an opportunity I had to take. I was 24 when I officially took over in 2011. “At the time we had one staff member and our production was outsourced. These systems weren’t helping us grow, so by bringing manufacturing in-house (literally) to our home kitchen, sticking to the traditional recipes my mother made and then re-branding to reflect what I believe the business was capable of, we

achieved growth. I visited independent TIP grocers and small businesses with [our] sauces to foster distributor relationships. Today we employ 17 staff and sell approximately 12,000 products each week. Our turnover has increased by 600 per cent and last financial year we had a turnover of just under $3 million. This year our target is $4 million. “My youth and inexperience were fantastic attributes; when you haven’t done something before, you approach it with a level of fearlessness. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but they’ve all been learning curves. The mistakes have shaped who I am and where the business has got to.”

“I’m a huge advocate for setting shortterm goals you know you can achieve. They are the building blocks for your future.”


Danni Addison, 29


is the Victorian CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left high school, but now I can see my career decisions reflected an ongoing interest in reform and improvement. I worked at a law firm, studied an Arts degree and did an administrative traineeship in construction and property. Then I worked for the government through a graduate program, where I was challenged by the red tape – which in my view prevented things from actually happening! “I was appointed to my current role in January 2015. The UDIA is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organisation, and the most important work we are doing is creating a voice for Victoria’s homebuyers. I imagine some of the decision makers had concerns about whether I was experienced enough – but now most people say it’s refreshing to see a woman my age, with a child [Danni is mum to one-year-old son, Jackson] doing well in her career – proving we need to look past the stereotypical idea of what a CEO looks like. “I’m a big advocate of work/life balance and for me, that means setting clear boundaries and having a semi-regular work schedule. It also means when I’m in ‘work mode’ I need to be super productive. Because of Jackson I’m very open with my schedule, and have learnt that even the most well-


1 planned day can become completely unhinged by a sick baby. So we keep life flexible and we don’t get too worried if things don’t always go to plan. I’m better at being a CEO, mum, partner and just at being me, when work and life is balanced.”

Be proactive, objective and decisive

“Good decision-makers are proactive in seeking relevant information, objective in evaluating it, and decisive in taking action,” explains human behaviour expert and author of Brave, Margie Warrell. “What they don’t do is spend inordinate amounts of time analysing, reanalysing and sitting on their hands while they wait for more certainty.”


Own it

“A good decision-maker doesn’t wait around too long so that decisions are made by default. I’ve seen many people struggle to take a leap in a new direction and by the time they build up the courage to go for it, the door has closed or the opportunity has gone to someone else.”




“Don’t shy away from difficult conversations – be respectful yet brave and don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo. Set your own boundaries and make them clear and known and they will be respected.”

“Decisiveness is like a muscle; the more you practise, the better you get at it. It also helps you realise that putting off a decision doesn’t make you more secure – it makes you less so.”


Focus on certainties


Explain what you’re doing

“Uncertainty breeds anxiety which in turn fuels self-doubt. Rather than trying to predict the future, you’re better off focusing on making the best decision you can right now, with what you know right now. If things don’t unfold as you predict, then you can make another decision.”

“If your decision is unpopular with others, explain the variables at play that brought you to your decision. What others may not see is that if you didn’t make this choice, it could ultimately put them at greater risk down the track – for example a decision to restructure your business may cost jobs, however not doing that may cost the entire business.”




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s a holiday still really a holiday, or does it just mean working extra hard before and after you go away? Psychologist and author of The Innovation Formula, Dr Amantha Imber, gives advice on how to have a proper break this year. You deserve it!

“Emails are like a drug; every now and then, there’s a piece of great news sitting in your inbox, which is why many people constantly check their email – in search of their next ‘hit’ of positive news. When on holiday, delete the mail app from your phone. Set up an ‘out of office’ reply and include someone else’s contact details for urgent enquiries. People won’t expect a response and you don’t have to feel guilty about not replying until you are back from holidays.”

Train up your colleagues “Think about which of your workmates could take on some of your workload while you’re on leave. Your boss will love this, because you have just upskilled another team member who can pick up work when you are off sick.”

Know it will make you more efficient “If you stay on the hamster wheel and never take a break, you’ll quickly burn out. Annual leave can do wonders for your creativity. You’ll return full of ideas and ready to take on new challenges – what manager wouldn’t love this?”

Communicate “Let everyone know when you’ll be away. Don’t say things like ‘Feel free to contact me if you need me.’ Trust that your co-workers should be able to deal with any crises that may arise.”





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The average employee attends 62 meetings a month, and spends 31 hours in unproductive meetings. Yawn. Here’s how to get more out of those get-togethers …




Ditch the devices

Students who take notes by hand have a clearer understanding of what’s being discussed than those who take notes on their laptop, shows a study of college students at UCLA. At White House cabinet meetings, everyone is made to leave their mobile phone outside the room. There should be no time to check your phone if you’re concentrating on a meeting, right? Those Tinder swipes will have to wait!



Stop at 18 minutes

Stand up

A study of sit-down meetings vs stand-up meetings by Washington University compared the ability of participants to share ideas, work together and produce quality work. The results overwhelmingly showed those standing up had greater collaboration on ideas and were more enthusiastic about creative processes.

Scientists have found the human brain can only pay real attention to something for between 10 and 18 minutes before they tune out. The longer a meeting goes on, the less people are concentrating.


Set a timer

If you can’t get colleagues to stick to the 18-minute rule, try a timer. Research shows that having a strict time constraint means people are more creative and productive than when they have no time limits on their thinking.

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POLLEN Indoor plants and flowers can release microscopic pollen into the air.

CARBON DUST Wood burning fireplaces can emit particulate matter during combustion.

FLOOR TREATMENTS Some carpets, rugs and varnishes can emit fumes from the manufacturing process.




OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION Tree pollen, vehicle exhaust fumes and other particulate matter can find their way into your home.

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SPRING EDIT 2 Our favourite finds from The Parcel by marie claire


1 The Argan Oil of Morocco Haircare Duo-Pack is perfect for travel to help you combat dry, damaged hair on the go. Essano Argan Oil Of Morocco Duo-Pack 50ml x 2, $15.99 2 Mon Amie is a purse-sized heaven of sophisticated scents in très chic packaging, with nourishing shea butter, jojoba and sweet almond oils. MOR Mon Amie Adèle Luminous Body Milk 80ml, $16.95


3 A modern classic, For Her seduces with purity, grace and subtlety. Musk, the heart of the scent, is refined by floral notes and hints of soft amber. Sensual and addictive, For Her is femininity at its most powerful. Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT 50ml, $125*


4 Himalayan bamboo-charcoal and green tea leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicine for their beautifying and detoxifying properties. Enjoy a mud texture with real leaves inside and an authentic aroma of essential oils. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 7ml, $44.95*

6 This multi-usage dry oil nourishes, repairs and softens the skin and reduces stretch marks thanks to its unique ultra-concentrated composition of six precious plant oils. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – Multi Purpose Dry Oil For Face, Body And Hair 50ml, $26.99*



5 Nude make-up is a hot trend. Experiment with 12 nude hues in The Nudes Palette and try anything from a bronzed smoky eye for night to an earthy weekend look. Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette 9.6g, $25.95


8 New SunSense Sensitive Invisible SPF50+ sunscreen is scientifically formulated for sensitive skin with a formulation that feels great and helps protect against sunburn and premature skin ageing. SunSense Sensitive Invisible SPF50+ 75g, $10.95*

9 C Lab & Co Coffee & Coconut Scrub in a handy travel size boasts an allnatural formula containing no sugar fillers to target cellulite, stretch marks and skin imperfections. C Lab & Co Coffee & Coconut Scrub 100g, $9.95



7 St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is quick-drying, non-sticky and long-lasting with no self-tan smell. Best applied with the applicator mitt, included. St.Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse 240ml, $59.99*, and St. Tropez Applicator Mitt, $11.99

10 The light SPF15 Natural Mineral Cover formula is buildable from a sheer to medium coverage and adapts naturally to skin tones to even out complexion, cover redness and pigmentation, and conceal enlarged pores. Nude By Nature Natural Mineral Cover 15g, $39.95*



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marinated calamari with radish and apple coleslaw

marinated calamari with radish and apple coleslaw SERVES 8 1

/3 cup olive oil 1 tsp smoked paprika pinch of chilli flakes 32 small or 16 medium squid hoods, cleaned (see note) 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 lemons, halved, to serve 32 wooden skewers (optional), soaked in cold water RADISH AND APPLE COLESLAW 1 fennel bulb, stalks removed 1 bunch radishes 2 green apples, skin left on 2 tbsps roughly torn dill fronds 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar) 1 tsp brown sugar

1. To make the marinade, combine olive oil, paprika, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt in a shallow dish. Take the calamari hoods and, using scissors, cut along the side of each hood and open out, rinsing under cold water to remove any remaining intestines. If using medium-sized squid hoods, cut in half. Leave smaller hoods as a single piece. Add to marinade, turn to coat, then set aside in the fridge for 1 to 4 hours. 2. Make coleslaw 30 minutes before the squid is ready to cook. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice fennel and place in a bowl of iced water for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice radishes, cut apples into matchsticks and combine in a large bowl. Drain fennel and add to the radishes, along with the dill.

Whisk together extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and sugar and drizzle over coleslaw. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper and toss to combine at least 10 minutes before serving to allow coleslaw to soak up the dressing. Chill until needed. 3. Preheat barbecue grill plate (or chargrill pan) to high. Remove calamari from marinade and thread onto skewers (the calamari can also be cooked without skewers), pressing them flat on the barbecue plate occasionally during cooking. 4. Cook calamari for about 2 minutes on each side until just cooked through; do not overcook. Grill lemon halves, cut side down at the same time, until grill marks appear. 5. Serve calamari immediately with coleslaw and grilled lemon halves.

NOTE Ask the fishmonger to clean and prepare the squid so they are ready to use.



seafood platters and scallops accompanied by the dips, lemon wedges and crusty bread. CHIPOTLE CHILLI AND LIME MAYONNAISE ½ cup good-quality egg mayonnaise 1 tsp finely chopped chipotle chilli in adobo sauce 2 tsps lime juice

1. Combine all the ingredients, season with sea salt and place in a serving bowl. LEMON, GARLIC AND DILL MAYONNAISE ½ cup good-quality egg mayonnaise 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 tsp olive oil 1½ tbsps finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve

oysters with chinese dressing

seafood platter with 3 dips



24 medium-sized oysters in the half shell crushed ice to serve

24 scallops in shells 3–4 cooked mud crabs (depending on size) 3–4 cooked lobster tails (depending on size) 32 cooked king prawns 50g butter 3–4 lemons, cut into wedges baguette or crusty bread to serve

DRESSING 1 /3 cup grapeseed oil (or other mild flavoured oil, not olive oil) ¼ cup rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp finely grated ginger 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp lemon juice

1. Place all the dressing ingredients in to a bowl and whisk until well emulsified. 2. Arrange oysters on a bed of crushed ice on a serving platter and spoon a little dressing over each oyster. 3. Serve immediately with the remaining dressing on the side. 184

1. Make all dips and dressings before preparing seafood (see right). 2. Carefully remove scallops from their shells using a sharp knife to detach them, if necessary. Snip off roe, if preferred, or leave intact. Wash and dry shells. 3. Holding the crab horizontally, lift up and pull off the top shell from the back. Using a teaspoon, spoon out any intestines

and the gills. Cut in half. Remove any larger claws and crack using the flat side of a large knife, don’t crush the shell too hard or fragments will end up in the meat. 4. Slice lobster tails in half lengthways and remove the dark intestinal vein running through it. 5. Slice the heads off the prawns. Arrange prawns, crab and lobster on a bed of crushed ice on 1 or 2 platters. 6. Melt half the butter in a frypan over a medium–high heat until melted and frothing. Cook scallops in batches for 1–2 minutes on each side, until light golden. Cook remaining scallops, wiping out the frypan and replacing the butter as required. Return to shells and either drizzle with the sweet chilli and cucumber dressing or serve another dip on the side. 7. Serve

1. Combine all the ingredients and season with salt. Place in a serving bowl and scatter over extra dill. SWEET CHILLI AND CUCUMBER DRESSING 3 tbsps caster sugar ½ Lebanese cucumber 1 bird’s-eye red chilli, thinly sliced 2 tsps finely chopped coriander 2 tbsps rice wine vinegar

1. Place sugar in a small saucepan with ¼ cup of water and bring slowly to the boil . Cook until sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool. 2. Halve cucumber lengthways then scrape out seeds with a teaspoon. Finely dice. 3. Add to cooled dressing along with remaining ingredients. Divide dressing between 2 or 3 small serving dishes.


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NOTE Hot-smoked trout can be bought from some specialist food shops. Alternatively, buy smoked trout fillets from the supermarket.

smoked trout salad with lime dressing

smoked trout salad with lime dressing SERVES 8 DRESSING 2½ tbsps lime juice 1½ tbsps fish sauce 1½–2 tsps brown sugar (to taste) 2 lime leaves, central stalk removed, thinly shredded ½ bird’s-eye red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped SALAD 100g snowpea sprouts small handful mint leaves

small handful coriander leaves 200g smoked trout fillets (preferably hot-smoked, see note), flaked 50g trout or salmon caviar (roe) 1 punnet micro herbs, such as red sorrel

1. Combine all the dressing ingredients, stir to dissolve sugar then set aside for 10 minutes to allow lime flavour to infuse dressing.

Divide snowpea sprouts, mint, coriander and smoked trout between 8 small plates. 2. When ready to serve, whisk dressing briefly then drizzle over salad. Scatter over roe and micro herbs and serve. For fresh and vibrant herbs, pick the leaves an hour beforehand and store in cold water in the fridge. Drain well and briefly pat dry just before serving.


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Fancy a flutter on the fillies? Fascinated by fascinators? We’ve got the form guide on six of the best races around the world, starting with next month’s Magic Millions


Left: Pia Miller and Demi Harman at the Magic Millions in 2015. Above: Zara Phillips practising her polo skills ahead of next year’s Magic Millions. Top: jockeys gallop down Surfers Paradise Beach.


It’s a date: Summer on Queensland’s Gold Coast is an easy sell. Add a chance to frock up, mix it with the A-list in horseracing, catch an international polo event and view the best of the yearlings, and we’re in. What’s at stake: The Magic Millions is based on a savvy sales model: only horses bought at their prestigious yearling sales are eligible to race. It has made the sales a must for breeders and fuelled a rich prize pool of $10 million (a 2YO and 3YO race each net $2 million). Fancy a flutter?

Bet on a woman. The big races reward bonuses for horses that place in the top four that are all-women owned or leased. The Racing Women initiative has Zara Phillips MBE as patron, and she also saddles up this year for the carnival’s first polo tournament. Global racing star Francesca Cumani and a rather handsome crowd of international polo stars also make this a must-see. Fashions on the field: It’s a fresh international crowd at this carnival. They’re young, way too attractive and elegantly heeled. Opt for sizzling summer colour colour-blocked blocked choices.

KENTUCKY DERBY CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK, USA, MAY 6, 2017 It’s a date: Pack your wildest hat and head to Louisville in the deep south of the US for the Derby. The bourbon is strong, the fashion bold, the pre-race galas are grand. What’s at stake: Bigger than the Super Bowl, this is a US institution. The winning jockey is decked out in a garland of up to 560 red roses. Mint juleps, the race’s signature drink, keep the crowd smiling. Of course, the horseracing is not to be missed: 20 horses who have earned their place in 35 races across the US and abroad within the year compete for the title and $2.5 million. Fashions on the field: Hats are to be a brash statement-maker. Balance the look with minimal dress in hushed hues.

Left: Kim Kardashian makes a hat statement trackside at Churchill Downs in 2009. Below: the Kentucky Derby’s signature drink, the mint julep.

DEAUVILLE RACES HIPPODROME DEAUVILLE LA-TOUQUES RACECOURSE, FRANCE, JULY 30–AUG 31 , 2017 The view across Deauville Harbour towards the village of Trouville-sur-Mer.



It’s a date: For refined racing, there’s no beating this. Marvel at the gents in morning suits sipping champagne and spend a day in the English countryside. With a prize pool of more than $10 million, Ascot is serious business. Fashions on the field: Dress for the Royal Enclosure with conservative elegance. Hemlines need to fall just above the knee or longer, straps must be more than 2.5cm wide, and hats must be hats. No fascinators. Jolly good – especially when the royal procession arrives! Top: Liz Hurley epitomises the elegant dress code at Royal Ascot; men, including Price Harry, are required to wear morning dress and a top hat; the Queen’s own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times.

It’s a date: There’s nothing like a spot of horseracing in an elegant French seaside haven, two hours from Paris. What’s at stake: The area leading into thoroughly chic Deauville is rich with the nation’s best stud-farms. In August, five Group One races are run. Fashions on the field: This is a more relaxed event, with deckchairs and parasols trackside. Swap your hat for a chic band and channel the simple lines of the roaring ’20s when Deauville was in its prime.



Crossing the finish line at Flemington.


Megan Gale and Rebecca Judd in The Birdcage in 2015.

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TO RACE-DAY SUCCES S Ambassador for this year’s Magic Millions, Channel Seven’s Francesca Cumani has your inside giddy-up guide. What makes for an unforgettable racing experience? “Atmosphere. The combination of a lush green track, super-sleek horses, impeccably dressed racegoers and a glass of crisp champagne is hard to beat.” French racegoers, such as journalist Ophélie Meunier (far left), favour chic well-cut suits in classic colours.

What’s your strategy during a race? “Don’t stay in the same spot. Go and look at the horses either in the mounting yard or at the tie-ups and then stand as close to the rails as possible and watch them thunder past.” Your favourite type of race? “Big handicaps, such as the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups – there’s always a shock result.” What’s a common mistake to avoid? “Check the weather! Nothing worse than being cold all day. Magic Millions is in the peak of summer, which makes outfit selection so much easier!”

QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE CHANTILLY RACECOURSE, FRANCE, SEPT 30–OCT 1 , 2017 It’s a date: The most prestigious race in Europe is a must-see, but its home at Longchamp is undergoing a major rebuild. Until then, it’ll be at Chantilly. What’s at stake: The Arc brings the best horses from 188

around the world to Paris for $7 million prize money. Fashions on the field: Wear a demure French autumn ensemble. This is the home of fashion greats so pay respect with a well-cut dress or chic suit.

What are you looking forward to? “I’ll be playing in the inaugural Magic Millions Polo against a number of internationals – including my husband [Australian polo player Rob Archibald] and Zara Phillips. I can’t wait.”


It’s a date: Round off your year on a racing high with the Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria and the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup. What’s at stake: A lot! The Melbourne Cup delivers a prize purse of more than $6 million, with the winner taking home a cool $3.6 million. The big wins, along with a Victorian public holiday, fuel a buzz and energy that’s unique to this race day. The fashion adds to the fizz, with designers and punters embracing a freedom to experiment and create. For the most popular race event in the world, our tip is simple: members or bust. The best fashion can be found in The Birdcage, where luxury brands lure celebs and supermodels to their marquees. Fashions on the field: Lace and tailoring, colour and creativity win the day. There’s scope to go oversized with a hat, or give a nod to the latest millinery fashion. Push the style envelope.



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Mazda’s luckier customers were invited to rub shoulders with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep at the 2016 event, where there was also a cavalcade of more than 50 MX-5s taking a scenic drive to a specially constructed Mazda drive-in theatre.

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my mind is diligent; my soul is serene. A thrilling “me-first” month. You’re confident and charismatic – and Sienna Miller Sie your sex appeal runs high. Others must wait in the wings as you step into the spotlight. The sun nudges you towards new work targets and THIS MONTH, given the good fortune that Jupiter PRIORITISE … PRIO adds, you should expect excellent POWER DATES A heali healing lifestyle. results. Some, however, may have to 15th: Routine goes out of the deal with a professional tug of war. Success should never window. 29th: Your drive to be at tthe expense Still, if you’re going to please anyone succeed is balanced by diplomacy. of your yo health. – it might as well be yourself.



January 20 – February 18

April 21 – May 20

July 23 – August 22

Prepare for a cash catastrophe. One indiscretion too many could cost you your financial comfort zone. After the 23rd, the sun offers a last-minute cash boost to save the day. Soon after comes a demand for recognition – as does an uncanny ability to sense romantic opportunities.

Almost everything has its upside; remember this in early January. Although usually full of energy, even Taurean batteries need recharging. The problem is that you’re feeling lost without knowing why. At times like this it can help to distance yourself from others.

Last month’s spirited spirite theme continues. Just do don’t take on too much too quickly quic or little will be achieved. F Friendships are richer, and your you social life more vibrant. If you you’re in the market for new lov love, friends are a great source of introductions. Pay more attention to professional plans after the 22nd and you’ll be in an advantageous position.

PISCES February 19 – March 20


GEMINI May 21 – June 21

If early January seems sluggish, don’t be fooled. As the weeks pass, you’ll feel tensions mount, until an explosive moment after the 12th sees a charged-up cosmos fling you into motion. At work, your ideas blaze a fiery trail, while your love life looks set for a breakthrough.

January brings a contrast from recent madness. The time is right to get the ball rolling on contracts which hold the promise of long-term success. Relationships may also be due for a revisit – and if you’ve misplaced that special magic, there may be something waiting for you in love’s lost and found around the 23rd.



March 21 – April 20

June 22 – July 22


You’re a versatile soul, but when overloaded you soon burn out. Most of your stress is self-imposed so don’t be too proud to ask for help. After the 19th, there’s more fun, but watch your pennies, as someone seems intent on causing monetary mischief. Relationships benefit from an honest heart-to-heart.

It’s a month when you will feel, feel and feel – although you may choose to hide the depth of these emotions. At the best of times, you can’t stand conflict – so January’s challenges may feel excruciating. Hardly surprising, then, if you withdraw into your own safe shell. It’s a good tactic for a weary Crab.

September 23 – October 22

VIRGO August 23 – September 22 If your efforts feel like all pain and no gain, don’t lose heart. You’re a survivor and this helps in January when your instinct and intellect make a powerful combination. Your goals become clearer, but career and friendships make this a work-hard, play-hard time.

You’re sharp as a tack, Libra, so little sneaks past you. But this awareness can be a bane as well as a blessing. When always on full alert, you rarely relax. So try to slow down and take some time for pleasure. It seems ages since you have allowed some fun and spontaneity into your life.

SCORPIO October 23 – November 21 Change is happening and while things may flow too swiftly, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Further fulfilment may come via travel or study. Look for social, romantic or business opportunities through overseas contacts. Learning to juggle work priorities makes more time for love and fun. Follow your dreams, Scorpio. The time is right.

SA G I T TA R I U S November 22 – December 21 Chances are you’ve felt trapped by regulations lately, but now is the time to break free. Let go of old grievances and be ready to forgive and forget – as when one door closes, another opens. Expect professional progress and material gain. Counter any temptation to high living with moderation and a healthy diet.





As Netflix airs The Crown, its major new series on the early life of Queen Elizabeth II, we remember the woman the royal family preferred to forget – the Duchess of Windsor. By Clare Press

WALLIS SIMPSON Duchess of Windsor

Clockwise from left: Wallis weds her ex-king, Edward, in 1937; the duchess in 1940; first-time bride in 1916 to US navy pilot Earl Winfield Spencer.


he couldn’t wear white, not with having had two husbands already. But the ice blue couture gown by Mainbocher would do nicely, Wallis Simpson decided. It was supremely elegant, high-necked with long fitted sleeves, and bias-cut from clingy silk crepe so that it showed every angle of her impeccably slim body. “You can never be too rich or too thin!” thought Wallis. That had a nice ring to it. She ought to make it a catchphrase. Her fiancé, the Duke of Windsor, who until very recently had been Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, was fussing around straightening a vase of flowers. Wallis couldn’t think why he was bothering – there weren’t any important guests to

see how pretty their borrowed French villa looked today. And it did look pretty. Wallis had arranged for society florist Constance Spry to deck the place out. Spry had outdone herself – there were enough blooms to fill the Chelsea Flower Show in every corner of the Château de Candé. And yet society photographer Cecil Beaton was the only person of note who would see the display. There were only 16 guests. Wallis had not invited her own family to her wedding on June 3, 1937. Almost all of the duke’s illustrious friends had declined to attend. Precisely no-one from the British royal family was coming. Not Edward’s mother, Queen Mary. Not his younger brother, Bertie, who, two weeks earlier, had been crowned George VI. And not Bertie’s wife, the former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, now the new

The new queen, who reportedly loathed Wallis, referred to her as “a certain person”


queen, who reportedly loathed Wallis, referring to her as “a certain person” and refusing to have her in the house. The scandalous Mrs Simpson was being shunned. “Well,” thought Wallis, “we’ll see about that.” Wallis had to believe that her husband-to-be would talk The Firm around. Once they saw how serious he was about her, and how happy she made him, they would soften. Surely. She allowed herself a moment to imagine how fine a particular tiara of Queen Mary’s would look against her jet black hair; she’d have to have the stones reset, of course. Then she snapped out of her reverie. “Darling!” she called, “shall we go down? I am ready now.” Alas, Britain was not ready for its former monarch to marry an American commoner and double divorcée. And one he’d started seeing while she was still married. Just 10 months into his reign, King Edward VIII, 43, chose Wallis, nearly 41, over the throne, shocking the world. He was the first British monarch to abdicate, and in doing, shook the foundations of the institution itself. And for what? A woman! That woman ... On December 11, 1936, the day after his formal abdication, Edward made a speech, broadcast on BBC Radio, explaining: “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.” The next



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At the outbreak of World War II, the couple fled to this villa in Lisbon, Portugal. Above right: in Paris in 1937, soon after the abdication.

day, his brother Albert, now King George VI, granted him the title, his Royal Highness, the Duke of Windsor. For the rest of their lives, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor would remain ostracised, and to all intents and purposes banished to France. Wallis was never given the right to refer to herself as Her Royal Highness, and except for a posting in the Bahamas during WWII, Edward was never given an official job, although he craved one. They were to live out their days in an endless loop of dinner parties, shopping and golf, adored by an army of pug dogs, but no children, and no subjects, with only each other to blame. Over the years, gossips said all sorts of things about Wallis – she was a gold-digger, a brash American, a manipulative seducer who ensnared the king with sexual tricks she’d learnt from a Chinese prostitute, even that she was really a man – but rarely was Wallis charged with being happy.


allis Simpson was born Bessie Wallis Warfield on June 19, 1896, in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. She dropped the Bessie, which she dismissed as a name for a cow, from then on going simply by Wallis. It suited her. The Warfields were well off and well bred, but when Wallis was seven months old, her father, Teackle, died of tuberculosis. In a precarious position financially, her mother, Alice, began

Below left: Wallis’s former husband, Ernest Simpson, with his third wife, Mary Kirk Raffray, formerly Wallis’s childhood best friend. Above right: Wallis greets Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles at her Paris home during the duke’s last illness in 1972.

sewing to make ends meet. While Alice worked, Wallis spent time with her aunt Bessie, an upright woman with a fondness for severe black dresses, and a formative influence. Alice remarried and there followed a period of stability with Wallis at school, but when she was 16, her stepfather also died, and mother and daughter were back where they started. This precarious childhood made Wallis hanker after security and status. She was determined to be presented as the Baltimore equivalent of a debutante, even though Alice could not afford the dress (luckily she could sew). It’s tempting to surmise that Wallis’s controlling nature in later life – she never allowed herself a hair out of place, and famously nagged the duke – has its origins here. At a party Wallis met a dashing US Navy pilot named Earl Winfield Spencer Jr, a whirlwind romance ensued and, in November 1916, they wed. Wallis aged 20 finally had a handsome husband and the security she craved. Except she didn’t. Spencer was a drinker with a terrible temper. According to Ken Bayliss, author of Secret Royal History, Spencer was also a “bisexual adulterer” and when they moved to Washington DC they

both had affairs. They had crazy fights; he once locked her in a bathroom in a fit of pique. In 1922, he was posted to Hong Kong, where, after a sojourn in Paris, Wallis joined him. There, “together, and separately, they went to high-class brothels”, claims Bayliss. “She was fascinated by it all and, being a quick learner, had the girls show her the sensual massage they specialised in. Her husband threw in the towel and succumbed to his more predominant gay side to live with an artist.” Rumour has it Wallis worked for a time as a hostess in Shanghai. What can be said with certainty is that while there she did something else unthinkable in polite society of the day: she filed for divorce. By the time it was granted, in 1927, she’d already started seeing a married man, Ernest Simpson, in the US. When his divorce came through, they married, and in 1928 Wallis became Mrs Simpson. According to Anna Sebba, author of That Woman, The Life Of Wallis Simpson, Duchess Of Windsor, he was madly in love with her; she didn’t feel the same, but was attracted to “his dependability, the air of security and breeding that he radiated. He was good looking and in love with her.” The Simpsons moved to England with Ernest’s job and soon fell in with the society party crowd. Now this was fun; Wallis was in her element. Meanwhile, Edward, then Prince of Wales, was enjoying his glittering nightlife phase. With his mistresses, socialite Freda Dudley Ward and Lady Thelma Furness, he was a much in-demand dinner guest, and trendsetting dresser – his fashion

They were to live out their days in an endless loop of dinner parties with only each other to blame



choices were written up in the newspapers. He met Wallis around 1934, and was soon in love, but there was the small problem of Ernest. Edward was a new style of royal. Gorgeous and a little frivolous (he once had a fling with a French courtesan), the prince was seen as rather dangerous with a mind of his own and a social conscience. He didn’t want to be like his father, the stuffy George V. “The monarchy must change with the times,” Edward said in an interview in 1970, noting that through history it had done exactly that. It was the grieving widowed Queen Victoria who ushered in the famously austere era named after her. But when she was young and newly married, the court had been fun, and before Victoria was crowned, it had been dissolute. Edward wanted to do things differently. Some said he never wanted to be king. Many accused Wallis of plotting to become queen, but according to Anna Sebba, she wanted nothing of the sort. In fact, Sebba writes, Wallis tried to leave the king at the height of the abdication crisis. “Wallis was utterly genuine in her desire to disappear from the king’s life, if only to preserve her own sanity rather than from motives of altruism or to protect the king, let alone the institution of the monarchy.” But the king was both too stubborn and too smitten to back down.

Queen Mary never forgave her son for neglecting his kingly duty. She died in March 1953, and he returned, briefly, to attend the funeral. “My sadness was mixed with incredulity,” he wrote to Wallis who, still persona non grata, remained in Paris, “that any mother could have been so hard and cruel toward her eldest son for so many years ... I’m afraid the fluids in her veins have always been as icy cold as they are now in death.” With no palace to inhabit or official duties to perform, Wallis turned her talents to creating the illusion of a regal existence through style. Hiring the best decorators, she filled their houses at Le Moulin de la Tuilerie in the Chevreuse valley, and in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, with elegant antiques, while the walls were hung with imposing royal portraits. Her wardrobe was chic with exquisitely cut suits and pieces by Balenciaga, Chanel and Givenchy. She dieted obsessively, and had her hair dressed by Antoine of Paris. All of this set off her jaw-dropping jewels. Edward had made a habit of ordering elaborate pieces from Cartier, sometimes resetting old family stones. Working with Cartier’s chief designer, Jeanne Toussaint, became a passion. At Cartier, at least, the duke and duchess might carry on like proper royals.

Wallis turned her talents to creating the illusion of a regal existence through style


The duke died of throat cancer in May 28, 1972, in Paris. Wallis became increasingly paranoid that the royal family, led by Lord Mountbatten, planned to spirit away her husband’s possessions and leave her destitute. While she still ate like a bird, she upped her drinking, and a series of falls saw her in hospital. At one point, she broke her hip. Wallis died in 1986, and was buried, according to Edward’s wishes, by his side at Windsor Castle, embraced in death by the country that had never welcomed her in life. Her final decade was one of misery and mystery. If the couple had been fairly isolated in exile, in widowhood the duchess was reportedly forced to be a complete recluse. In Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story Of The Duchess Of Windsor, biographer Hugo Vickers claims she was kept prisoner in her rooms by her so-called carer, an evil lawyer named Suzanne Blum. Too frail to protest, Wallis was fed by a tube, her friends kept from seeing to what depths she’d sunk. It wasn’t the royals who stole her antiques, writes Vickers, it was Blum. Turns out you can be too rich and thin after all.


Destined never to be a royal highness, Wallis dressed as if she were one. Clockwise from left: with Edward in Miami, 1941; wearing an emerald necklace – a gift from the duke – at Versailles in 1953; a seated portrait of the duchess, 1964; the couple on holiday in Italy in 1953.

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