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BIN THE DRESS CODE: NEW WAYS TO DO WEDDINGS, HOLIDAYS & PARTIES
REBEL WILSON MAKING HOLLYWOOD A HAPPIER PLACE SEX
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My summer holiday plans usually pan out something like this: about six months beforehand I’ll meticulously plot a break that I think will be relaxing and cultural enough for me, but fun and adventurous enough for the rest of the family. The week before take off, I’ll work stupidly late trying to get everything done, then head home to do all the packing. At the airport, I’ll be grinding my teeth with stress and panic that I’ve forgotten something, then the relief of arriving at the resort/villa/campsite will be cancelled out by a single moan from my loved ones (‘Mum, you’re a fun sponge’). At this point, I will explode with frustration and dissolve into a pile of tears. But hey, at least I’ll have a week to recover from it all. This year, though, things will be very different, as I will be heading to Sicily, having taken on board the advice in How To Go On Holiday (page 102). It may seem bonkers to suggest that vacations should come with a user’s manual, but given how much we invest in them (emotionally and ﬁnancially), they do need to be handled with care. And allowing yourself to get totally frazzled beforehand really does defeat the object. For that reason, I’ll also be heeding advice in The Feel-Good Factor (page 154), which has some great new health and beauty ideas. And, if you’ve bought this copy en route to your holiday, you’ll ﬁnd lots of fab reads to make the journey ﬂy by. I particularly enjoyed Mickey Rapkin’s interview with our cover star – Rebel Wilson (page 138). Enjoy the issue.
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FRESH FASHION IDEAS SPRAY IT, DON’T SAY IT Meet the grafﬁti girls THAT’S SO GUCCI! Fashion’s big obsession SEX Cup of tea, anyone? What happens after a threesome REBEL WILSON Making Hollywood a happier place FEEL-GOOD SUMMER Relaxed, ﬁtter, stronger
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TRENDS: THE CLASH, DELICATES CYCLE AND IN THE CLEAR SUMMER STYLE MASTERCLASS Rewrite the wedding, party and BBQ dress codes FASHION DETAILS MY STYLE 9-5 THE ONE #SHOESFIRST STYLE SPOTLIGHT Philosophy di Lorenzo Seraﬁni STYLE EDIT MARIE CLAIRE GOES SHOPPING FINISHING TOUCH
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BULLETIN CAN THESE GIRLS GROW UP TO LOVE THEIR BODIES? Why we should start loving ourselves more CRAIG 2.0 Comeback king Craig David ARE YOU TRYING TO DATE YOUR DAD? How the bond you have with your father affects your love life HOW TO GO ON HOLIDAY LIFE STORIES Susan Sarandon REPORTER WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PERIODS Win the monthly battle DELUXE Food, interiors and more TRAVEL Mexico’s red-hot Paciﬁc coast
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Left: The gorgeous @RebelWilson on our July cover shoot in LA and with fashion director @jaynepickering_marie claire (above)
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Top, £370, Rebecca Taylor
Jacket, £295, Topshop
Earrings, £122, Radà
THE CLASH The mega mash-up is hotting up. Do not adjust your set
If a head-to-toe colour clash is too much, style it out with this standout accent mule instead
Shoes, £120, KG Kurt Geiger
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
Dress, £75, Finery London
Sleeveless jacket, £1,600, House of Holland
Necklace, £29.99, Mango
Skirt, £620, Jonathan Saunders at Avenue32.com
Bag, £525, Coach
Clutch, £55, Dune
Dress, £208, Free People
Skirt, £39, Very.co.uk
Brooch, £280, Chanel
Dress, £270, Self-Portrait
DELICATES CYCLE Bold shades and punchy patterns: behold the new-season lace lift Shoes, £139, Pretty Loafers
Skirt, £125, Relatedapparel.com
For a cool 90s take, team your lace with a logo tee and low-key trainers
Shirt, £680, Gucci at Browns
Bra, £52, and briefs, £32, both Triumph.com
Trousers, £65, Autograph at Marks & Spencer
Trainers, £460, Valentino at Harvey Nichols
Jacket, £1,580, Stella McCartney
Top, £29.99, H&M
Earrings, £245, Maria Black Jewellery
Shoes, £295, Houseof meandher.com
Socks, £9.99, Sibling X SockShop at Selfridges
IN THE CLEAR
Dress, £285, MM6 Maison Margiela
Skirt, £422, Barbara Casasola at Net-APorter.com
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Float through summer in romantic sheers – think dreamy (not steamy) Bra and briefs, £99 each, both Hanro
Bag, £420, Emporio Armani
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For a pretty peekaboo effect, layer sheer pieces over lingerie in a contrasting shade
Top, £28, Neonrose. co.uk
Shoes, £395, Paul Smith
SUMMER STYLE MASTERCLASS
The invites are in, but you’ve got nothing to wear, right? Ditch the dress code – the hottest looks have landed
Play it by ear
Showcase earrings are your staple accessory for seriously easy glam LO
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THE RIGHT STRIPES
FASHION FIRST Bag, £370, See By Chloé Jacket, £425, and trousers, £495, both Victoria, Victoria Beckham
Top and trousers, £175 each, both Whistles
Sandals, £50, Topshop
Cool vs classic Whether you’re a trouser or dress girl, there’s a standout new-season style solution for you
Dress, £542, Isa Arfen
Sandals, £466, Laurence Dacade
Bag, £495, Tory Burch
Dress, £445, Preen Line
Necklace, £130, Dinny Hall Dress, £665, AWAKE Dress, £650, Bella Freud
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS ...
Give your look a fresh spin with the fail-safe perennial print
Statement go-tos Wedding? Garden party? Summer soırée? These key mix-and-match separates are all over them
Coat, £319, Baum und Pferdgarten
Skirt, £550, Suno
Shoes, £68, Ofﬁce
Ring, £5.99, H&M
E M I LIA W I
Top, £425, Marques’ Almeida at Matchesfashion. com
Bag, £2,080, Marni Culottes, £125, Karen Millen
£572, Chrissie Morris
£425, Bionda Castana
£180, Kurt Geiger
£450, Jimmy Choo MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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PIN CODE Need a quick style fix?
Update your jackets with a bold brooch – the more the merrier.
Brooch, £375, Gucci
FASHION DETAILS HOT IDEAS AND CHIC LOOKS FOR AN INSTAGLAM WARDROBE
Fashion blogger Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller) and hot brand Atea Oceanie have teamed up to create a limitededition collection. Expect bold stripes and classic shirts with a twist. Available exclusively at boutique1.com.
LUST ITEM Embrace everything ﬂoral with Fendi’s pretty Flowerland collection for SS16 at Selfridges. This botanic backpack is the pick of the bunch.
Bag, £1,630, Fendi
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Tempted to try a slip dress, but don’t want to show much skin? Layer one over a mesh or lace top and rock two trends in one.
COOL COLLAB ALERT
Shirt, £39.90, Uniqlo And Lemaire; top (worn underneath), £49.99, Zara
Dress, £370, Tree Graces; top (worn underneath), £195, Max Mara
MY STYLE 9 TO 5
Philosophy dress, Bella Freud shirt, Topshop shoes, Cubitts glasses, Laura Gravestock earrings and necklace
LAURA JACKSON, TV presenter and brainchild of Jackson & Levine supper club, lets us in on her wardrobe secrets
Right: East London Food book; Orla Kiely candle; Chanel lip balm; vintage necktie and Laura’s favourite sunglasses
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Miu Miu sweater, Related Apparel shirt, Osman trousers, Northern Cobbler trainers
I love my job, because no two days are the same – from presenting great shows to working with Alice [Levine, her business partner] on our supper-club book. And I get to meet lots of exciting people along the way. Dressing differently every day 6 is my thing. I can switch from a ﬂoral dress to jeans and an oversized tee. It’s good to mix things up – that way it’s more interesting. Mixing and matching is key to creating a great look. I like to combine vintage, high-street and designer clothes. My favourite brands are Erdem, Chanel and Gucci. Warehouse is one of my high-street faves, and I ﬁnd secret buys at Felt, a lovely store in Chelsea. I always sale shop. It’s a must if you want to discover designer gems. Every woman should own a silk shirt and a pair of Levi 501s. Both of these pieces are timeless. The item that’s at the top of my wish list? Gucci loafers. I need them in my life. My top fashion tip is buy men’s clothes. They ﬁt so much better and look a lot cooler. What one thing couldn’t I live without? My dog! 10
Rixo London dress, Laura Gravestock earrings and necklace
11 1. Necklace, £53, Laura Gravestock 2. Dress, £295, MiH Jeans 3. Shoes, £115, Russell & Bromley 4. Top, £260, Marques’ Almeida at Matchesfashion.com 5. Shoes, £480, Martiniano at Net-a-porter.com 6. Dress, £183, Vivetta 7. Necktie, £65, Marc Cain 8. Shirt, £30, Topshop 9. Culottes, £145, MICHAEL Michael Kors 10. Watch, £115, Fossil 11. Glasses, £425, Linda Farrow
FASHION FIRST Leather and metal bag, £2,050, Dior (available at Dior, 160-162 New Bond Street, London W1S 2UE)
FORCE OF NATURE
Dior’s fauna-inspired shoulder bag will take you straight to the top of the style chain Photograph by BEATE SONNENBERG Styled by DES LEWIS
FASHION FIRST 1. £415, Tabitha Simmons 2. £350, Jimmy Choo 3. £24, Next 4. £39.99, Mango 5. £260, Toga 6. £80, Uterqüe 7. £375, Stuart Weitzman 8. £39.99, H&M 9. £335, Robert Clergerie 10. £530, Sanayi 313 11. £505, Paula Cademartori 12. £530, Amélie Prichard x Pamela Anderson
Inject a pop of colour into your SS16 look 8
SUPER NATURAL Rope, rafﬁa and woven ﬁnishes – craft-inspired footwear gets a SS16 spin
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DI LORENZO SERAFINI PHILOSOPHY HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SHY YOUNGER sister of famously feminine Italian house Alberta Ferretti, but since creative director Lorenzo Seraﬁni took the helm last year, she’s got a whole new attitude. Before getting the job, Seraﬁni had been working behind the fashion scenes in Milan for almost 15 years, as lead womenswear designer for Roberto Cavalli and then Dolce & Gabbana. ‘I’m not someone who likes to be in the spotlight, but ﬁnally being able to say I work for myself is priceless,’ he says. ‘I don’t have to wait for a yes or no from anyone.’ Seraﬁni has brought Philosophy back to its romantic Alberta Ferretti roots, but with a young, cool twist. ‘Ferretti is timeless, whereas Philosophy is about the spirit of now. It’s less classic, with a touch of glamour,’ he says. Working with soft, ﬂuid fabrics, Seraﬁni creates oh-so-pretty pieces like perfect printed summer dresses, adding cowboy or eighteye lace-up boots to stop it all becoming too saccharine. ‘Femininity always has to be mixed up with something stronger. I love to play with a tougher edge using accessories.’ For pre-fall 16, the Philosophy girl is tiptoeing away from bohemian innocence and diving into 90s grunge. There’s still the frilly Victoriana spirit in spades, but with a darker edge. Here are a few of Seraﬁni’s inspirations for his pre-fall and SS16 collections… MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
‘My SS16 collection, with a Victorian spirit, was inspired by [photographer] David Hamilton,’ says Seraﬁni.
‘Pictures of a young, grungy Kate Moss were all over my pre-fall mood board. I like her independent spirit.’ 51
STYLE EDIT ADD EDGE TO LONG AND LEAN SILHOUETTES WITH BOLD SHOTS OF COLOUR AND STANDOUT ACCESSORIES Photographs by BRIAN DALY Styled by DES LEWIS
FRILL SEEKER Dress, £360, MSGM; trousers, £215, Stills Atelier; earrings, £160, Dinny Hall; cuff, £136, DVF
ON THE FRINGE Jacket, £190, Comptoir des Cotonniers; top, £155, Kéji; skirt, £108, AllSaints; trousers, £340, Zeus + Dione; shoes, £80, Uterqüe; earrings, £155, The Hoop Station; necklace, £228, Cornelia Webb; bag, £525, Toga Archives
PLAY IT STRAIGHT Dress, £310, Isabel Marant; trousers, £600, and shoes, £460, both Acne Studios; earrings, £155, The Hoop Station; bag, £505, Kenzo
EASILY SUEDE Top, £559, Baum und Pferdgarten; vest, £28, Next; trousers, £320, Blake LDN; large hoop earrings, £8, ASOS; twisted hoop earrings, £160, Dinny Hall; cuff, £136, DVF
MAXI EFFECT Jacket, £883, Rejina Pyo; dress, £38, River Island; shoes, about £490, Sanayi 313; earrings, both as before; bag, £425, Pedro Garcia
LINEAR TOUCH Shirt, £130, Essentiel Antwerp; skirt, £499, Hobbs; earrings, £155, The Hoop Station; bag, £425, Rag & Bone
LAYER GAME Yellow shirt, £85, RI Studio; orange shirt, £215, Stills Atelier; dress (worn underneath), £419, Rebecca Taylor; earrings, £160, Dinny Hall; belt, £52.50, Marni at Theoutnet.com
Dress, £675, Moka at The Shop at Bluebird; shirt, £529, Barbara Casasola; skirt, £620, Marni; shoes, £460, Acne Studios; earrings, £155, The Hoop Station; necklace, £135, APC
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They’re Insta-famous – and you’ve deﬁnitely seen their work – but good luck ﬁnding out their real names. Corinne Redfern meets the female artists illustrating Britain’s streets
GALLERY ‘MOST OF MY ART IS LEGAL, BUT OCCASIONALLY I BREAK THE RULES’ When Zabou, 25, moved from France to east London, she discovered street art. Since then, she’s painted all over Europe and works part-time as a graphic designer. ‘Sometimes I take on big subjects, like challenging perceptions of beauty and things like that. But other times I’m just trying to play with my environment or getting people to look at a certain space differently. I walk or cycle around cities a lot, looking for blank walls I’d like to paint, then I ask whoever owns them if I can do some work there. About 50 per cent say yes, but, occasionally, I do break the rules and take a risk on an abandoned property or empty bit of land. The trick is to do it in daylight and look like you’re meant to be there – you’re less likely to be stopped that way. It’s not like you’re doing anything bad. As an artist, I’ve never experienced any sexism, which is kind of incredible, I guess. But there’s an all-female street-artist festival called Femme Fierce, and last year some of my male friends actually dressed up as women to come along. Then they were like, “When is the next all-male festival?” But it was a nice gesture.’ @zabouartist
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THE THING THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO REALISE, SAYS Joy is that very few street artists just rock up to a random wall and start spray-painting it. Some people take weeks to plan their work, designing it meticulously, scouting locations and prepping materials. Even if you’re more spontaneous than that, it’s rarely a matter of just tagging your initials on the side of some train tracks. ‘In the past, the very act of street art was about rebellion,’ Joy explains. ‘But, these days, it’s more about the message within the piece that you paint. No one bats an eyelid if they see a wall with an image on it any more, so you
want to make sure that the image itself is thought-provoking.’ At the forefront of what she describes as a ‘creative gender revolution’, Joy is one of a growing number of female street artists who is transforming the spray-paint scene. ‘There are deﬁnitely more women getting involved than ever before,’ she says. ‘But men still dominate a lot of spaces, and it’s funny how they’re really supportive of you until you suddenly start winning competitions or getting sponsorship. It’s only when you team up with other women that it stops feeling like that. Then everybody’s just there to paint and have a good time.’
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‘NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT THE PRACTICALITIES OF GRAFFITI’ After exhibiting at the Tate Modern, Artista, 30, wanted a new challenge. So, the south London-based artist began using walls as her canvas instead. ‘Everything I own is covered in paint. I try to keep a couple of nice outﬁts for nights out, but it never happens. It just gets everywhere, and is impossible to wash off. That’s why I wear gloves when I’m painting – but they’re generally made with men in mind, and my hands are tiny, so they feel like a bit of a barrier between myself and my art. It’s the same with the mask – I hate it, because it’s so big and it gets in the way. But there are long-term health risks associated with spray-paint fumes, so if I don’t wear a mask, I’ll be buzzing for hours afterwards. No one tells you about the practicalities of grafﬁti. Getting on the Tube with my equipment is a nightmare and I don’t drive, so I’ll be wandering down Brick Lane with 50 aerosol cans and a ladder. By the time I reach my destination, I’m exhausted. But I love my job, and the fact that more women are getting involved, too. It shouldn’t ever be an “us versus them” situation, but it’s funny how different the approaches can be, even though the results are pretty similar. When you’re painting with a group of guys, everyone tends to be silent; it’s all about the “message”. But when you’re with other women, you’ll work for a bit, then someone will get out some snacks and you’ll have a chat.’ @itsartista MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
GALLERY ‘MY WORK IS INFLUENCED BY MY DAUGHTER’ Uncandy, 36, from Macau, China, has been painting for over ten years. She gave birth eight months ago. ‘The street-art scene can be quite cliquey. But, at the same time, the only thing stopping you from getting involved is yourself; you just have to do your own thing. For instance, I’m really interested in the female form, because I can relate to it and I like ﬂuid, curvy lines. As a result, I use a lot of brushes – many street artists rely on marker pens and spray paint. But I grew up in China, and when we were little, we had to practise traditional brush calligraphy for hours – I’m proud of my culture. When I was pregnant last year, I couldn’t paint for nine months due to the fumes. A few weeks after giving birth, I entered a big competition in London. Being a new mum, I barely had any time to prepare, so I knew I wouldn’t win, but I had to do it. The end piece was a family portrait – a tribute to my daughter.’
‘I’VE PAINTED A SEVEN-STOREY TOWER BLOCK’ Cbloxx, 33, started painting in her cellar in her twenties, before taking her work to the streets of Manchester nine years ago. She’s now one half of female street-art duo, Nomad Clan. ‘My life is completely unpredictable. One day I might be in a cherry picker painting a tower block; the next I could be in a meeting with a business developer. When I started out, painting was just a hobby. I’d go to “legal walls” to practise, and it was always just me and a tonne of guys. But three years ago, I met another woman called Hayley, and we teamed up to become Nomad Clan. Since then, we’ve been featured on some of the world’s leading street-art blogs and sponsored by a spray-paint company, which is pretty much unheard of in the UK for men or women. After that, we were even commissioned to paint a seven-storey tower block in Liverpool. It took us weeks to ﬁnalise the design, and in the end we went with a really tough-looking earth mother ﬁgure. It’s funny, because women are featured in grafﬁti all the time, but when men draw them, they’re very clichéd and sexual. I’m much more interested in painting the girls I see in real life.’ Q @cbloxx_nomad
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The horriﬁc meaning of this necklace The ‘beading’ tradition in Kenya sees girls under ten repeatedly raped by their relatives – in exchange for a coloured necklace. Corinne Redfern meets the woman ﬁghting back
THE BEADS CIRCLE SABINA’S* neck 100, maybe 200 times. Spiralling out over her shoulders, the sixyear-old has to push them back up with her hands when she bends to play in the dust. When one of her uncles walks past, he nods approvingly. The red necklace means she’s been chosen by one of the Samburu tribe’s ‘moran’, or warriors. From now on, the moran – usually in his twenties – can rape her repeatedly, in order to ‘practise’ having sex. ‘It’s called “beading,”’ explains Josephine Kulea, who grew up in the Samburu village and witnessed the tradition ﬁrst-hand. ‘Men have to be circumcised between the ages of ten and 15, then they’re given time to “grow up” before they get married at 30. Girls get married at about nine, ten or 11. But the young men are not allowed to sleep with other men’s wives, so instead, they have to pick the younger girls from the clan, who are maybe six, seven or eight. ‘There’s no stigma. The moran will approach the girl’s parents, then they’ll have sex in her hut. Afterwards, he’ll give her the necklace, and she belongs to him until he gets bored of her or meets a wife. Meanwhile, she’ll be even more eligible for marriage, because people will see that she
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knows what she’s doing. It’s not uncommon for girls of four or ﬁve to see their sisters’ necklaces and ask for them too. They don’t understand what it means.’ Without contraception, pregnancy is a serious concern. As part of the Corinne meets same clan, the babies would be born the inspirational out of incest, so the girls are given Josephine Kulea abortions – or the families wait until the children are born. Then they kill them. ‘Killing the baby is a last resort, but I saw so many of my friends from school die during abortions anyway,’ recalls Kulea. ‘They’ll go to the older women in the village, and they’ll press down on the girl’s womb to crush the foetus. But if the girl lives, she becomes more desirable, because then the men know she’s fertile.’ Kulea escaped the tradition – something she credits to her mother placing a priority upon education. But she still underwent female genital mutilation on her wedding day, when she was only 16 years old. After realising that she was being mistreated, she began protesting for women’s rights – leaving her husband, and launching an initiative to save Samburu girls from beading, child marriage
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07 16 and FGM. ‘I just looked at our laws and culture and realised it was all wrong,’ she says. ‘We have laws for protecting kids, but nobody follows them. So I started standing up for the truth. It’s really tough, because sometimes it feels like everyone hates you.’ Working with the police to take the girls away from their families as soon as she learns they are in danger of abuse, Kulea and her small team of volunteers have rescued over 250 children so far, providing them with housing and school fees, and taking care of their mental health. At 30 years old, Kulea struggles with the responsibility and admits she receives death threats – often from members of her own family. ‘One day, I heard that my uncle had taken one of my cousins out of school and was planning to marry her off. She was only ten, so I had to
intervene. We took her back to school and warned him – but the next day, I heard there had been a wedding anyway. He had married off her seven-year-old sister instead. So I had to get the police to come out again, and we arrested my uncle. Nobody could believe I did that – the repercussions are too scary to think about. ‘My mother is my main supporter,’ Kulea continues. ‘When people tell her they want to kill me, she reminds me to stay strong, and to do what I’ve got to do. The men hate me, but many of the girls’ mothers understand. They’ve suffered through this themselves. I’m just the ﬁrst person to provide an alternative.’ Q Josephine Kulea was interviewed at the auroraprize.com – an event celebrating everyday people who do extraordinary things. Support her initiative and sponsor a girl for £1,000 a year at samburugirls.foundation.
EMMA GANNON 26, blogger at girllostinthecity. com, co-founder of the #IRLpanel events, presenter of the Ctrl, Alt Delete podcast and author My inspiration I started my blog in 2010. It’s evolved over time but the central point has always been talking about things that matter to me. It’s all about opening conversations.
My motivation Someone emailed me recently to say she read one of my blog posts whilst having a panic attack. The piece was about taking hold of your life and it was the only thing that calmed her down.
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Put your oxygen mask on ﬁrst As women, we’re encouraged to ﬁnd acceptance through caring for others, but it’s time to take note of the famous in-ﬂight advice and be more selﬁsh Why? It’s good for your health We know Why? It makes you a good feminist
a healthy diet, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep makes us more efﬁcient. But if you’re using the excuse that you don’t have time, think again: a study by the University of Georgia found that those who did regular exercise became more productive as a result. Why? It’ll improve your love life The secret to a happy relationship is to maintain your own interests, says a study by the Journal Of Marriage And Family. You may think that spending every night together watching Netﬂix is building intimacy, but it’s actually putting huge demands on your partner if you are looking for them to tick all the boxes in your life.
Michelle Obama admits she often puts herself ﬁrst, saying, ‘One thing I want to model for my girls is investing in themselves as much as they invest in others.’ And as the Institute of Public Policy Research reveals eight out of ten wives still do the majority of household chores, we need to set an example to the next generation. Why? You may not be helping Saving a friend whenever she’s in trouble, or staying late to help colleagues will have negative effects in the long term. Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity (£9.99, HarperOne) explains, ‘When we do for others what they have the capacity to do themselves, we actually disempower them.’
My highlight Lena Dunham picked me as one of her favourite London women in an interview last year. When women give others a pat on the back to say ‘I support you’, it’s a massive conﬁdence boost.
My goal I’m working on a TV script – I’d love to experiment with different platforms. My ﬁrst book is out in July, too. It’s directed at young adults, but I want to help teenagers ﬁnd inspiration, too. Gannon’s book, Ctrl, Alt, Delete is out on 7 July (£12.99, Ebury Press)
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Can these girls grow up to love their bodies?
…Because enough is enough, argue three writers who say it’s time to break the cycle of body anxiety ‘I’d like my nieces to see me happy with myself, even if I’m faking it.’ Sara Pascoe is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer who has starred on Live At The Apollo, QI and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. ‘When I was a child, my mother was young and looking for love. She exercised obsessively, drank Slim Fast and stood in front of mirrors berating her body. I always thought her stunning and told her so. “You’re not fat, you’ve got MASSIVE boobies,” I tried to reassure her. But then I began to look very much like her. I inherited a body shape that I’d heard repeatedly denigrated. Now I stand in front of mirrors in a similar way (half-naked and weeping) and sometimes I wonder if I MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
would be more conﬁdent – if I would care less – if she had. ‘I don’t know how to break the cycle, but I want to try. Because hating our bodies takes time, energy and focus away from our work and pleasure. Think of us, all 51 per cent of the population, crouching in bathrooms, pummeling our bum cheeks like imbeciles, when we should be taking over this crazy world and stopping all the wars. I am so lucky to be healthy and alive, how stupid it is to have tantrums about how I look in a bikini. ‘I don’t blame my mother, or any mother. But I’d like my nieces to see me happy with myself, even if I’m faking it. I compliment their actions, activities, minds and behaviours rather than their (cute, cute, CUTE) outﬁts. The great thing about small children is that they do not give a fuck. Imagine if a shade of that remained with them into adulthood. If it never occurred to them to diet, or cut
out foods. If their generation was like “remember the olden days when women were calorie-counting idiots?” ‘When I started writing my book, I enrolled on a course for body conﬁdence. A burlesque performer with a degree in psychology would teach a small group of us to love our bodies. “This will be great for research,” I told myself (which was a lie). I was going because I wanted to stop hating my body. When you are a great liar like me, deceiving yourself is easy. “#ﬁrstworldproblems,” I would say sarcastically if I was planning to go on a course like this for myself, “Maybe I can take a class in vapid self-obsession afterwards.” ‘So I received an email telling me to attend the ﬁrst class wearing my sexiest outﬁt. “The outﬁt you feel sexiest in,” they clariﬁed, in case I was so busy feeling sexy in an outﬁt that I hadn’t heard the ﬁrst time. ‘If I was in possession of such an outﬁt or feelings I would clearly not need conﬁdence classes. And I wouldn’t feel like such a total failure of a feminist. You’re right, of course I didn’t go. ‘The world needs strong, compassionate, clever women to save it. Anything that distracts us from that task should be our united enemy.’ Animal: The Autobiography Of A Female Body is published by Faber & Faber (£12.99). Sara Pascoe is on tour with Animal until July; sarapascoe.com/gigs
‘Girls grow up with the thought that women are pure and almost hairless’ Cherry Healey is a television presenter, famous for her BBC documentaries about food, relationships and the body. ‘You might think at the age of 35, I’d already know exactly what being a woman means, but it’s taken this long to really come to grips with the huge difference between what women are meant to be and what we really are. ‘Writing Letters To My Fanny was a cathartic journey for me. A love letter to my body after years of punishing it with diets, Spanx and waxing. I wanted to demystify the female body. From what we name our fanny, noo-noo or love tunnel, to how much we really masturbate, period sex or the politics of ﬁngering, I wanted to explore what it’s really like to inhabit the female body, without the gloss. ‘Boys grow up with masturbation jokes, they share stories, swap magazines and tease each other with ease – it’s just an accepted part of their early sexual life. Wanking, wet dreams, hard-ons in inappropriate moments – all fair game. Women’s anatomies are dark, hidden places, with sexual functions that are rarely discussed with such frankness. They are mythologised, romanticised or eroticised in absurd ways. ‘Have you ever seen a ﬁlm where the female love interest has to deal with period sex, or the real problem of post-sex ﬂuid management? Where the man politely fetches a ﬂannel for the woman, so she can shove it in between her legs in case his donation comes out? I’d have loved a heads-up on this. It’s highly vexing if you’re on your way to work afterwards and gravity does its thing when there are no public facilities. ‘The ﬁrst myth little girls grow up with is that women are perfectly clean, pure, almost hairless and most certainly do not want to touch themselves. The fanny is right in front of us and yet, for many women, it’s a foreign land that we do not know our way around and just visit occasionally for a dirty weekend. We’re told women don’t have sex drives to match men and the subsequent shame we feel as girls when we realise that, in fact, they do and great sex and masturbation feels amazing (free, without risks and less caloriﬁc than eating cake), is overwhelming. ‘When I was younger, I looked around for any sign that another girl or woman might also enjoy the delights of “me time” and found I was seemingly alone. Real women never talked about it, so the message I got loud and clear is that women do not, and should not, wank or even want to wank. ‘When I did see it depicted, it was nothing like the real thing. Most real women do not – I’m pretty conﬁdent in saying – put on lacy underwear before they do it. We do it while we’re in our favourite tracksuit bottoms that should have gone in the wash a week ago. We do not arch our backs or stroke our décolletage. We are fully engaged in something delicious that is just for us – we don’t care what we look like. ‘I’m 35 and I still don’t know how to give myself a multiple orgasm. I would struggle to draw a detailed
OPINION picture of the biological make-up of my love tunnel. And I have only recently learned that female ejaculation really exists. It’s like having the elusive Nando’s Black card and never getting to go there. What a waste. ‘Joyfully, though, the solution is in all of our hands. We need to be as open and honest with each other about our bodies and sexuality as we can: laugh about it, tease each other and gradually break down the myths, so that we start to realise we’re all made up of ﬂuid and desire, and that doesn’t make us any less feminine at all. Because being a real woman sometimes requires the odd ﬂannel.’
Lindy West is a columnist and outspoken feminist activist. She writes for The Guardian, GQ magazine and her own blog. ‘Pretty much every day for the past ﬁve years, and intermittently before that, at least one stranger seeks me out to call me some version of “fat bitch”. Mostly online, though I’ve also been yelled at on the street, insulted from moving cars, shamed in department stores. Usually the delivery is more subtle and harder to prove to the sceptical: a glance, a smirk, a noticeable lack of service and care. Being harassed because of my body is such a common part of my life that I’m always surprised when other people ﬁnd it surprising. You’re telling me you don’t have hundreds of men popping into your cubicle to inform you you’re too fat to rape? Weird. Because that’s my normal. At no point am I allowed to forget my body is wrong. ‘Women’s bodies are policed so aggressively that girls develop eating disorders before they’re ten; mothers are told that breastfeeding their children is obscene; we still blame rape on women’s clothing choices and bodies rather than rapists. American comedian Amy Schumer drew ire in April when she objected to being included in a list of plussize stars on the cover of a women’s magazine. “Plus-size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8,” Schumer wrote on Instagram, “[They] put me in their plus-size-only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn’t feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?” ‘Though Schumer’s message was a body-positive one (“There’s nothing wrong with being plus-size,” she wrote), many plus-size bloggers and activists found her rejection of the “plus-size” label insulting, particularly in light of the fact that Schumer frequently characterises herself as fat for laughs in her stand-up. While Schumer is happy to mine the struggles of fat people for punchlines, she does not have to take those struggles home with her. ‘As she acknowledges, she isn’t, in fact, plus-size. She doesn’t have to shop in specialty stores, purchase two seats on an airplane, worry about size discrimination in job
interviews, face higher conviction rates from biased juries, be told by her government and her community that her body is a scourge to be eradicated, or make certain that she never leaves the house without bike shorts on so her inner thighs don’t turn to beef tartare. By contrast, fat is not an identity that fat people can take on and off at will. It shapes every moment of every day of our real lives. ‘This is where “body positivity” stumbles. All people – especially women – struggle with body-image issues. It is hard to have a body. Bodies break down – they ache, they leak, they embarrass us, they kill us. Bodies tell other people how to think about us – disabled bodies, black bodies, fat bodies, female bodies, trans bodies. They all come with a coterie of stereotypes that ﬂatten our humanity into a formless mass, making it easy to ignore and mistreat us. Bodies pit us against one another – we rank each other and are cruel to those “below” us on the ladder. My teenage stepdaughters are tall and slender, and even they’ve felt the venomous ﬂick of “fat” used as a weapon. But, like Schumer, they don’t have to weather that sting while also coping with life in a fat body. ‘To fold fat people’s oppression into the umbrella of “body positivity” is to erase the truth of what it means to be plus-size. I want acceptance and self-love for all bodies, but it’s always been fat women at the helm of that movement. ‘I’ve been writing about my fat body for six years now, and I’m tired of being tough. So I actually appreciate Schumer reminding me we still have work to do – there’s still room to move the world in some beautiful and necessary ways; my body still has a purpose.’ Shrill is published by Quercus (£16.99) MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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n June, the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey will echo not with the angelic sounds of the choral service but instead with the click of camera phones and the buzz of front-row chat. The Abbey has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, but Gucci is making history of a different kind, staging the ﬁrst-ever fashion show there for its Cruise collection. But then, creative director Alessandro Michele is hardly one for an understated approach. It’s been three seasons since he was plucked from the ateliers and given the keys to the kingdom. It was a surprise move, following previous creative director Frida Giannini’s departure. ‘The Michele Effect’ has taken hold of fashion, sparking the most seismic shift since Phoebe Philo gave the world a minimalist makeover on arrival at Céline. ‘I think that fashion… has been in a prison. Without freedom,’ Michele recently told The New York Times. ‘I’ve worked in fashion for a long time… years and years of product, product, product. It’s something that kills everything. A product without an idea, a soul, an attitude. If you don’t give people the idea that they belong to a tribe…’ He’s certainly made everyone want to be in the Gucci tribe. Whether you’re in Mayfair, Hoxton or Sao Paulo, you can’t move for Gucci loafers (in all their backless, furlined, printed variations). And on the high street, the pile-iton, vintage-tinged vibe – lurex, frills, blouses, magpie-worthy accessories – comes direct from his rococo imagination. ‘Michele has created a tidal wave through fashion,’ says Marie Claire’s fashion director Jayne Pickering. ‘The quirky, individual way each look is put together, his mix of historical and modern ideas, and the sheer beauty of each piece is so exciting to see.’ And it’s no one-season wonder, this. Net-aPorter’s Sarah Rutson reports that since Michele took over, the demand for Gucci has only been building, and currently there is ‘no ceiling’ on sales. Herein lies his genius – the look is a mash-up of vintage silhouettes with new ‘must-have’ pieces. Whether your budget is £5,000 or £50, the sheer exuberance of his aesthetic is yours for the taking (or imitating). ‘His reinvention of Gucci is that there isn’t a uniform look,’ says Anna Murphy, fashion director of The Times. ‘Each Michele collection spotlights a veritable galaxy of Gucci girls. He refuses to dictate to his clients, and he gives women lots of ways to buy into the brand.’ The catwalk look is ‘hypnotic’, points out Victoria Moss, The Telegraph’s senior fashion news and features editor. ‘But break it down and it’s full of separates that can be shopped in a million different ways – the gold pleated skirt might be too much for you, but what about that well-cut navy blazer?’ Michele’s inside-out knowledge of the Gucci archive was one of the reasons he got the job over other, starrier names, apparently blowing executives away. It allows him to play with the house heritage to dazzling effect – see his collaboration with Instagram artist GucciGhost, who spray-painted ‘REAL’ on a tote, and the double-G logo on to a fur coat that will retail at £18,500. A romantic with a penchant for history, he put Catherine de’ Medici through the blender with AC/DC for AW16. ‘He’s brought the joy back into luxury,’ says Murphy. ‘Specialness is at the heart of what he does.’
The spray-painted handiwork of Instagram grafﬁti artist GucciGhost, who collaborated with Michele for AW16
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Frills, ﬂounces, blazers and blouses reigned at Gucci AW16
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What happened next? Affairs, threesomes, sleeping with your BFF: new sexual experiences can be unexpected and thrilling, but what about when you leave the bedroom? Three women reveal the emotional impact
AFTER… HAVING A THREESOME Group sex was always a turn-on for Becky*, 28, but its effect on her relationship was more important. ‘It was three o’clock in the morning and I really wanted to go to sleep, but my boyfriend of nine months didn’t seem tired, and neither did the woman we’d just had sex with. My eyelids were drooping, but I was determined not to be the one to break it up, or go to bed ﬁrst. ‘“Shall we open some more wine?” MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
Laura* suggested. My boyfriend read my expression, knowing from looking at me that the last thing I wanted was to stay up even later, drinking even more. “I think we should head to bed,” he replied. I felt grateful – until I realised that his suggestion had opened a whole new can of worms. We had discussed the sleeping arrangements earlier – along with everything else – but that was before, and this was now. I remember feeling slightly panicked that James* would forget what we’d agreed, or that Laura would be upset with the plan.
“I’ll get the sofa bed out,” James announced, leaving a long pause. “I don’t mind sleeping in here with you guys,” replied Laura. ‘If I’d been holding James’s hand, I would have dug my nails in, but Laura was sitting between us with our duvet pulled up to her shoulders. I tried to look like it didn’t bother me – I don’t think I did a very good job, because James took over. “I just think it’ll be a bit cramped,” he said. “Do you want tea?” Not wanting to share a bed with Laura wasn’t about what we’d just done – we’d been planning the threesome for about six weeks and I was happy we’d gone through with it – but the bed really wasn’t big enough for three. I also didn’t want to sleep next to someone I barely knew. ‘James and Laura went to the kitchen together and I thought about changing the sheets, but I don’t when just James and I have sex, so I didn’t. I knew it would look like I was freaking out. ‘The next morning, we slept late and had breakfast together, but I wanted Laura to go, so I could be alone with James. I wanted to talk about what had happened and to go back to bed and enjoy each other all over again. When she did eventually leave, Laura kissed me on the cheek and James on the lips. The night before, I’d watched her have sex with him without a twinge of jealousy, but now, as I watched her kiss him, I was overcome with it. ‘We still see Laura occasionally, socially, and the fact that we’ve been together isn’t something I’ve ever tried to hide from. I don’t regret it; it’s still one of my hottest memories – the one that James and I talk about the most in bed. However, there’s more to it than that. The way James treated me, the fact he was so sensitive to my needs and emotions, was a foundation on which I’ve built my trust for him ever since. ‘I think of what happened that night as a bit like bungee jumping. I’m glad I tried it – it was fun – but that doesn’t mean it’s changed me as a person, or that I’m in any rush to do it again.’
Edie, 32, had a three-month affair with a colleague in 2014, which ended when her husband discovered an illicit email. She has been married for four years. ‘I’m not the kind of girl who has affairs. I used to believe that people were uncomplicated; life is that clean-cut. You were the good wife or the mistress, nothing existed in between. Will* and I had been together for ten years when it happened. We’ve always been mad about each other – the lovable pissheads who met at university. He works for an NGO; I make us banana bread on Saturdays; we volunteer at a homeless shelter and grow our own veg. Where do lies and covertly bought lingerie ﬁt into that picture? ‘It’s been two years since my affair with Rob* ended, but he lingered. Even when we moved house (Will’s idea – a “fresh start”), he came with us – the unacknowledged presence over our morning coffee and lying between us in bed each night. Why did I do it? I’m still ﬁguring that out. I was ﬂattered by the attentions of an older man, had no career to speak of, was uneasy at entering my thirties and all the expectations that brings, I was horny… Does it really matter, though? You can tell yourself anything to justify what you want. It doesn’t change the outcome. ‘Nothing can prepare you for the fallout of an affair. After the harsh words and hot tears subside, there’s a moment where you look at the person you love, at the resignation in their eyes, and realise that even if they’ve forgiven you, they’ll always be a little bit damaged. And that guilt will haunt you. At ﬁrst, I didn’t feel remorseful when I was with Rob; I was too caught up in the immediacy of it all. In the weeks and months that followed, regret was always accompanied by longing. I craved it all: the tickle of Rob’s beard, his smell – it wasn’t sophisticated (Lynx and tobacco), but it was different. And after spending a third of your life with the same person, novelty is a hard drug to kick. It took a long time, but I now know it wasn’t Rob I was missing, it was that feeling of being utterly in the
‘Nothing prepares you for the fallout of an affair. Even if your partner forgives you, they’ll always be a little bit damaged’ chemical, and I nod and kid myself that I’m not responsible for the devastation. ‘Things have been better lately. I quit my job to go freelance six months ago and that physical distance from Rob has massively improved my relationship with Will, although trust will always be an issue. In the early days, he used to check my emails when he thought I was asleep. I don’t blame him – loss of privacy is a small price to pay for what I did. I hope he’s stopped now, but I’ll never ask. My career has taken off. Will is so proud. Me? My success feels tainted – dirty and undeserved. I’ve somehow proﬁted from hurting the person I love most in the world. ‘A friend recently asked whether we had closure. I used to believe in the concept – that if you intellectualise something enough, read a few self-help books, go on a Spartan retreat and do some chanting, you’ll have exorcised your demons and can move on. But no amount of afﬁrmations or rituals will neatly process your emotions. You’re not over something until you’re over it. The wounds caused by an affair never fully heal, they simply became part of an ongoing shared narrative. ‘I no longer believe in absolutes. Even good wives can cause pain. I’m not the kind of girl who has affairs, but I did. Because, like life, I’m complicated.’
AFTER… SLEEPING WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND For Danielle*, 32, sex with Sam* seemed to be consequence-free – until three years later. ‘I didn’t have a sudden moment of waking up and realising that I’d slept with my oldest friend, because I hadn’t been to sleep. We’d had sex four times, and for the ﬁrst time ever I’d orgasmed from penetration alone. The fact that it had all happened with a guy who I’d known for over ten years – and who I’d never been attracted to – only dawned on me three hours later, when we were dressed and sat on separate chairs on opposite sides of the living room. ‘“I’m probably not going to mention this to anyone,” Sam said casually. “They don’t really need to know, right?” I laughed – a little too hard, perhaps. “Of course not,” I replied, feeling myself go red. His comment stung, and I wasn’t sure why. That afternoon, we hugged goodbye and later texted each other about unrelated, non-sexual things, as a conscious show of “seeing each other naked changes nothing”. ‘Aside from predictably confessing all to one of our mutual friends later that week, I easily put the whole thing to the back of my mind. One-night stands in the past had come with a morning dose of guilt, like I’d sold myself short somehow. This felt different. I didn’t want a relationship with Sam, but it hadn’t been meaningless. When he rang me out of the blue six months later to say he’d tested positive for chlamydia and was worried he’d given it to me, our friendship made things easier again. I genuinely meant it when I said that I wouldn’t be angry if he had passed it on, and he knew he could believe me. ‘It’s been three years since that night, but I’ve only recently realised that now when Sam stays in London, he no longer uses my ﬂoor as his crash pad. We’re both in long-term relationships and I don’t know if his girlfriend knows we slept together. When I told my boyfriend, he seemed unfazed – he’s slept with some of his female friends, too. But he still can’t make me orgasm through penetration, and when he asked me who had, I lied.’ MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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moment. No stressing about my next move professionally or the right time to have a baby – just being. ‘Will knew I wasn’t over the affair and tried to understand, to give me space to disentangle, but there were nights when I could hear him crying himself to sleep and it was the most crushing thing in the world. Last year, he had a bad spell of mental illness. He’s been suffering from depression for years, but this time he was crippled by anxiety, too. He assures me it’s all
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Craig 2.0 The noughties garage idol and his immaculate facial hair are back in the charts after years in the wilderness. Here’s why Craig David is doing things differently this time around – including his very own feminist agenda Words by LUCY PAVIA Photograph by RIO ROMAINE
IS CRAIG DAVID THE NICEST MAN IN MUSIC? I am told as much before we meet, but even with advance warning I can’t say I’m entirely prepared for the human freight train of positive energy that steams into our Heathrow hotel meeting place – the sort of venue totally at odds with this level of unbridled joy – for an interview that begins with a hug (‘come on Lucy, bring it in’) and ends with Craig dashing back to his hotel room to retrieve a supersized bar of milk chocolate – ‘It’s a present for you. Look how happy you are! Chocolate makes people happy!’ Craig is all about the positives right now, riding high on a massive pop comeback after nearly a decade in the wilderness. If you were born before 1990, you’ll be familiar with the rise and fall of the Craig David empire. He was the Southampton teen who got his big musical break in the late-90s garage wave with Artful Dodger track Rewind (which, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have just read as
‘Re-ee-wind’), that propelled him to early Noughties stardom, an 8 million selling debut album, Born To Do It, and as many white beanies as he could get his hands on. There were solid follow-ups in Slicker Than Your Average and The Story Goes..., but by 2008 things had started to go off the boil. Lacklustre sales of his fourth album Trust Me were followed by a greatest-hits CD (pop’s answer to an RIP). Arguably, there was another contribution to Craig’s waning career: abstract comedian Leigh Francis and his show Bo’ Selecta, which starred Francis as a rubber-face ‘Craig’ in a series of unﬂattering skits. The relentless drubbing would have tested anyone’s patience and Craig once claimed the show had both damaged his brand and ‘humiliated’ him. Today, he insists there was no beef. ‘It was one of those things where, at the time, I was torn between so many different people with opinions,’ he tells me once we’ve settled into a couple of leather chairs. MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
INTERVIEW ‘They were like, “Oh, you need to show mad love”, then, to the next thing and let the new trends come through”, “No, you’ve got to be like you hate the guy,”’ he adds. I would have been like “No, no, no, I’m all about it!” ‘Weirdly enough, I genuinely wasn’t fazed by any of it.’ But looking back in hindsight, it was the most beautiful I was like, “This is like Spitting Image back in the day, which thing ever.’ The years in Miami also appear to have given had all kinds of characters”.’ Even if he was more hurt by him a tendency towards Zen, mindful turns of phrase. it at the time than he’s letting on, it’s all water under He says at one point that there was a ‘candle inside of the bridge after the pair cleared the air at the wedding of him that needed to be stoked’ and that we all need to ‘lean their mutual friend Fearne Cotton – Craig walked across into the unknown’ and ‘create.’ a room full of guests to give Leigh a reconciling hug. Craig 2.0 is in immaculate shape, all muscular arms and signature facial hair so neat it could He might be feeling a little more have been drawn on with marker pen. magnanimous given his recent shift As his huge Instagram following will of fortune. If you’ve been paying attest, for a while he was a strict attention, you’ve probably noticed disciple of the #EatCleanTrainDirty that Craig met-this-girl-on-Monday movement – something he thinks David is enjoying a major return to Slicker than your average… might have stemmed from being the spotlight, a comeback that few overweight as a child. ‘I was cancelling people (least of all he) really saw going out with friends because I was coming. It started in Miami, where like, “Nah, I’ve got to do my cardio Craig had moved to after his career tonight,”’ he says. ‘What life was that? stalled, taking up residence in a Who was I doing it for? I’m not a body gleaming bachelor pad of white builder.’ Now he’s relaxed things. ‘I leather sofas, Buddha statues and a was ripped, but no one gave me the balcony worthy of a Nelly video. He memo that having a body like that can began to throw informal Sunday night Have an all-white Miami pad also make you look 40 years older. pre-parties for friends, ‘You know, a You look so gaunt and drained.’ couple of shots of tequila before we go He also has a zero-tolerance policy out, a little pre-gamer,’ he says. Soon towards anti-women lyrics. In a recent the reputation of these parties remix of Chris Brown’s Loyal, he (nicknamed ‘TS5’) grew. ‘It built from switched ‘these hoes ain’t loyal!’ to ten people to 20, then all of a sudden ‘I’mma make you loyal!’ He says it all we’re getting 80-100 people and we comes back to the close relationship needed security on the door.’ His he has with his mum. ‘I was like, friends asked him to upload his party Sleep on personalised pillowcases “There are so many ways you can talk playlists to SoundCloud, which were about women in an empowering way, then picked up and played on UK why have we found this is OK?”’ He radio stations Kiss and Capital. feels just as strongly about equal pay. But he made his biggest splash in ‘It’s just nonsense that we’re in the September last year with a surprise 21st century, talking about how appearance on Radio 1’s Live Lounge far we’ve come with technology, and with British DJ Sigala and a cover of See we haven’t moved forward on this.’ You Again. A run of sell-out TS5 gigs in Amen to that one, Craig. London – with a crowd ranging from Post pensive shots of aeroplane windows He tells me about a full-circle teens, who were babies during his ﬁrst moment he had earlier this year, burst of success, to people in their which perhaps best sums up how he’s thirties, delighted he was back – handling his second burst of fame followed, along with a brand-new Sony differently. He had gone back to his record deal. If someone had said to you hometown of Southampton to play a this time last year that Coldplay, Ellie club night at one of his original Goulding and Craig David would haunts. ‘Afterwards I [thought], “I’ve be leading the line-up of a major music gone 15 years, man, and I’m back festival this summer, it might have Take mirrored sunglasses selﬁes exactly where I was,”’ he says, ‘And sounded like a slightly weird dream, but this was the part that I loved – this is exactly what will soon happen at getting on stage and performing, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend (Goulding seeing the crowd light up to herself recently said how gleeful she is those songs. The rest of it is all about Craig’s return to pop). a dream and an ego thing. And the At 34, Craig’s years in the musical sooner you get out of that, the more wasteland, he thinks, have paid off. fun you’ll have with all of this.’ ‘Back in 2010, if someone had said to Craig David’s new single One More me, “Listen, just go away for ﬁve Set a dove free Time is out now years. Just be quiet, let people go on
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ARE YOU TRYING TO DATE YOUR DAD?
Sexual imprinting - turns out it’s not just a thing in Twilight. In fact, understanding your father/daughter bond is key to breaking negative relationship habits, says Kate Wills IT’S A HACKNEYED THERAPY joke that all women end up with a version of their fathers. Carl Jung called it the Electra complex – a latent desire to kill our mothers and possess our fathers – declaring it a stage of development every girl goes through between three and six years old. But while that might sound like a slightly creepy cliché, for many of us, a quick tally of our exes will bring up some uncomfortable similarities with the ﬁrst man in our lives – whether you were aware of it at the time or not. Relationship therapist Dr Judith Wright says it’s quite straightforward. Basically, the interactions we have with our fathers as young girls are our earliest opportunity to practise communication with the opposite sex. ‘It’s called pre-sexual programming,’ MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
she explains. ‘As infants, we develop an unconscious schema of what love is, based on the way we are treated by our primary caregivers. Then, as adults, we’re attracted to people who stimulate us in the same way. It’s very common for a woman to say, “Oh, he’s too nice” about a potential partner, which is a sign that they had an unavailable father, either emotionally or physically.’ And while the thought of swiping right on a guy who’s the spitting image of your dad might make you shudder, sexual imprinting – where women actively, if subconsciously, seek out a mate resembling their father – is surprisingly common. A 2008 study from the University of Pécs in Hungary found signiﬁcant facial correlations between women’s longterm partners and their dads,
especially when it came to proportions in the nose and eye area. Comparing pictures of Brad Pitt with Angelina Jolie’s dad Jon Voight, Norman Cook with Zoë Ball’s dad, Johnny, or Nigella Lawson’s ex Charles Saatchi with her father Nigel, it’s easy to spot this phenomenon at work. Previous studies have shown that women use their primary father ﬁgure as a template for picking a mate even if they are adopted, suggesting that sexual imprinting is led by experience and not simply genetic.* While I can’t say that any of my boyfriends have physically resembled my dad – balding and bifocals? Um, no thanks – I can recognise that I’m drawn to guys who are similar to him, often in surprising ways. Growing up, I idolised my father, but his alcoholism and my parents’ messy divorce made me determined not to end up with anyone remotely like him. And yet every time I’ve fallen for a guy who on paper seems completely different, certain characteristics – whether it’s
an addictive personality or a similarly dry sense of humour – eventually come to light. At times, it feels like I’m doomed to date men like my dad, and the patterns of behaviour I’ve learnt from my parents are a vicious cycle that can’t be broken. ‘This is your psyche returning to the scene of the crime,’ explains Wright. ‘You’re picking somebody who has the same issues [as your father] so that you can ﬁx it and do a better job this time around.’ In other words, despite recognising that your relationship with your father is unhealthy or even abusive, that doesn’t stop people craving what’s familiar. ‘You might think that you’re dating the extreme opposite to your father, and yet the unconscious mind ﬁnds a way of slipping back to what’s comfortable,’ says Wright. ‘I had a client who thought she was attracted to wealthy men as a way of rebelling against her father, who had been very poor. But it turned out these men were also dishonest and distant, just as her father had been. How much money they had in their bank accounts was just a distraction.’ Recent studies have shown that a daughter who has a secure, supportive, communicative relationship with her father is the most likely to create and maintain emotionally fulﬁlling relationships with men in later life.** But even having a great relationship with your dad doesn’t always make dating easy. Jennifer, 35, was single for most of her twenties because she found it hard to meet a man who could measure up to her father. ‘To me, my dad is basically the best man there is. We’re very close, but he also has what I consider sterling attributes: he’s reliable, solid, dependable, kind and funny. As a builder, he’s practical enough to change a fuse with his eyes shut, but also smart enough to know how to invest money, talk world politics and spark conversation with anyone, irrespective of class. What I ﬁnd striking is the disparity between the traits and actions that come so naturally to my dad, versus what the
‘Being attracted to someone similar to your dad isn’t a bad thing, as long as your partner shares his best qualities’ generation of guys I’m dating seem completely unable to do, such as arranging a date without ghosting/ ﬂaking, planning ahead or just being able to straight-talk about things. My dad is the model that I wish other guys would live up to.’ But if the bond you have with your father is your blueprint for all future relationships, what does it mean if you grew up without knowing your dad? Sarah, 27, didn’t meet her father until she was 16. ‘As a teenager, I always defended the fact that I didn’t have a dad and insisted it didn’t matter. But I’m realising now that I’ve always gone for boyfriends who are unavailable in some way – guys who’ve just got out of long-term relationships or are based in other countries. If someone really likes me, I freak out, because I feel too vulnerable. I don’t have any male friends and I’m sure that’s because I have no template for what a non-sexual dynamic with a man would be like.’ Wright points out that women who haven’t had a male role model tend to be attracted to older men, not just because they want someone to fulﬁl that stable, powerful, father-ﬁgure role, but also because, as young girls, they might have imprinted on a grandfather, who was ﬁlling in as their primary male caregiver. Mirroring your parents’ dynamic doesn’t just happen to heterosexual women, either. Sophie, 28, ﬁnds herself dating women who remind her of her mother. ‘My mum’s cheekbones and little snub nose are the things I’m always attracted to in girls. Personality-wise, my mum can be a bit ofﬁsh with me, so I think that’s why I never like the girls who are immediately into me.’ In her current relationship, Sophie takes on a role similar to her dad. ‘I’ve just got back from a holiday with my girlfriend
and I was the one who did all the map-reading and took charge of where we would eat, just like my dad would. Although you’d think those sorts of gender dichotomies wouldn’t exist as much any more, they really do. I think queer women grow up surrounded and inundated by heterosexual culture, so really it’s no wonder if we imitate what’s around us as our model of relationships.’ So what can you do if you feel you’re stuck in a rut of dating people just like your parents? Wright points out that being attracted to someone similar to your dad (or your mum) isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as your partner shares their best qualities. ‘Ideally, your partner will be an improved, evolved version of your mother or father.’ She advises writing a list of all the attributes your exes have in common with your dominant parent. ‘Just recognising these triggers and becoming aware of what patterns of behaviour you’re at risk of falling into can help break negative cycles of behaviour.’ Psychotherapy or counselling can help you to understand the motivations behind your relationship choices. Wright also recommends being upfront with partners when ‘daddy issues’ crop up. ‘Instead of panicking and running away, use it as a learning experience. By talking honestly about these impulses and where they come from, you’ll understand more about yourself and connect with your partner.’ Personally, I ﬁnd it helpful to remind myself that however similar he sometimes seems (and however many dad jokes he tells), my partner is not my father and, ultimately, I am responsible for creating a new story – one that’s hopefully nothing like my parents’ marriage. ‘It’s hard to mentally divorce yourself from your parents,’ adds Wright. ‘But it’s only by separating yourself from them, and seeing your relationship as your new family, with its own traditions and rituals, that women can break free from the Electra complex and fully move on.’ MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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AS #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS GO, NOT HAVING enough holidays comes somewhere between ‘struggling to ﬁnd a cool bit of the pillow’, and ‘running so low on champagne you have to start on the prosecco’. After all, the UK provides more paid annual leave than anywhere else in Europe (except France), and employers in the US don’t legally have to give their staff any paid leave at all. Plus, as the average cost of a week-long family holiday tops £2,000, having the spare cash to go away more than once a year is increasingly rare. And yet, regardless of how lucky I am – and regardless of whether I spend two weeks backpacking through Thailand or opt for ﬁve days at a yoga retreat – I always seem to return to work feeling like I haven’t made the most of it and I need to go away again. Stat. ‘One of the reasons why people are struggling to feel satisﬁed with their holidays is because they’re not utilising them to the best of their abilities,’ explains life coach Wendy Smith. ‘You might be cramming so much into your breaks that you feel drained by the end, or you might be so desperate to be spontaneous that you don’t make any plans in advance, and end up missing out.’ She tells me to think of one thing I want to achieve while I’m away – be that reading a book, visiting a speciﬁc museum or having a great night out. ‘By setting yourself a goal and realising it, you’re more likely to feel revitalised,’ she advises. But while my holiday structure needs work, Wolf reckons my general dissatisfaction is symptomatic of a bigger issue. She says she sees more and more ‘burnt out’ millennials who consider holidays their only opportunity to recharge. ‘You shouldn’t be using ﬁve days away as an excuse to overwork yourself for a month in advance,’ she says. ‘Delegate tasks weeks ahead so you’re not abandoning them halfway through. Also, don’t worry about answering every email before you go – an out-of-ofﬁce will do. And make sure you leave work on time on your last day. You don’t want to waste the ﬁrst three days away remembering how to switch off.’ Her sentiments are echoed by Clint Johnston, a full-time travel writer and founder of triphackr.com, who believes that as well as setting activity goals, I should work out my emotional intentions before booking a getaway. ‘You physically can’t do everything when you’re on holiday, so my goal is always to maximise every day and every dollar,’ he says. ‘If I want to lie on a beach, then DAYCATIONS I know I probably want to go home feeling Already big in France, day-long rejuvenated, so I’ll make sure I book getaways have hit the UK. Book a accommodation that ﬁts that description. hotel room at a reduced rate ‘for the If I want to go hiking all day, I need to be day’, to use as a base. Drop off your able to relax afterwards, so I need to make bags, use the pool and explore – or sure there’s stuff I can do when I’m not up just order room service and have a mountain.’ I explain that I want to feel like a nap. Dayuse.com I’ve had an adventure – but like I’ve switched off, too. Clint advises a trip that involves trekking somewhere for a couple of days, bookended with a couple of nights in a nice hotel. ‘It’s all about balance,’ he says. ‘If you pay a little extra for accommodation in a prime location, you’ll cut down on travel costs while you’re there, not to mention stress. Little details make all the difference.’ MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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As cliché would have it, you need to leave the country if you want to ﬁnd yourself. But what if there’s another way? YOU’VE LOST YOUR JOB AND your boyfriend ‘isn’t sure if he loves you’. Or maybe your LinkedIn proﬁle is going in the wrong direction and your most satisfying relationship is with your shelf in a shared fridge (and even that smells a bit). ‘I need to get away,’ you say, pouring milk over the cereal you’re having for dinner and wanting to cry. ‘If I lived in [insert name of country], things would be different.’ ‘We’re made to think travelling is the only way to ﬁnd ourselves,’ says Dr Laura Hyman, a University of Portsmouth lecturer who specialises
in the psychology of travel. ‘Western society views happiness as something that comes from within – instead of focusing on relationships with others, we’re made to feel we have to build up our self-esteem on our own. One way to do this is with new experiences, so it’s no wonder we’ve placed such importance on the idea of going away.’ Life coach Dr Caroline Hough agrees. ‘So much personal development comes from getting outside your comfort zone,’ she says. ‘But if you sign up for a language class, or start training for a marathon, you’ll still be challenging yourself. You need to ask
yourself what you want to achieve. If you drop out and travel for a year, your Instagram feed might look pretty, but will your life be any different 12 months down the line?’ As for Hyman, she believes running away can make your problems worse. ‘Wherever you go, you’re still the same person,’ she warns. ‘If you’re unsatisﬁed with your life at home, you’re likely to be unsatisﬁed with it abroad, too – and you won’t have friends around to pick you up when you’re down. Travelling is fun, but you shouldn’t see it as an alternative to facing your fears.’
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Meet new people and boost your self-worth by volunteering for a cause you care about. From dog walking to teaching English or helping refugees, do-it.org has all the info you need to get started.
Check out Gaia House in Devon for week-long meditation and silent retreats, costing upwards of £430 for nine days, including accommodation, food and one-to-one guidance. Gaiahouse.co.uk
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scallops. The world’s 34th best restaurant, Faviken Magasinet (favikenmagasinet.se), can be found here – at £120 per head, it only seats 12 at a time, so book in advance. But if that’s too extravagant, the region’s ‘Join Us For Dinner’ scheme means you try local fare in a local house for £18.
FOR CULTURE: IRAN If you like sprawling souks and ancient history, head to Tehran and lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar for a few days. For modern comfort and a central location, check into the Ferdowsi hotel or, for larger groups, check out the recently launched orientstay.com – Iran’s equivalent of Airbnb. (NB: Women visiting Iran should wear a headscarf, although it doesn’t have to be tightly wrapped.)
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FOR NIGHTLIFE: GHANA Think Ibiza, but hotter – and happier. Fly to Accra from London from £350, then head out to Kokrobite beach for Afro-house parties and seaside raves throughout the summer. For a more laid-back vibe, Busua, on the south coast, is pretty much the Ghanaian equivalent of Newquay. Hire a surfboard in the afternoon, then dance all night long. Or forget the surfboard.
FOR SKIING: CHINA With Beijing conﬁrmed to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, skiing in China is taking off in a big way. Club Med (clubmed.co.uk) has just announced the launch of a second ski resort, located in the Beidahu region, and while there’s less in the way of après, there’s a lot more in the way of peace and quiet. Plus, since skiing is still fairly new to China, there are tons of green runs.
FOR FOOD: SWEDEN Get your stomach to Östersund, in rural Sweden, for some traditional Scandi snacking on the likes of fresh herring, nettle soup and wild
With temperatures of around 30˚C in August, head to Mostar for a sunny city break on a budget. Flights to Sarajevo from London cost about £150 return, and you can rent a balcony apartment on the Neretva river for £25 a night on airbnb. Spend days lounging by the water watching bridge divers, before visiting the Disney-esque Kravice waterfalls outside the city.
FOR THE UK: ISLE OF MAN Whether you fancy kayaking with seals and exploring hidden coves, or want to hole up in a lighthouse-turnedholiday cottage and gaze at the stars, the Isle of Man is perfect for British city dwellers in need of an easy getaway. No surprise then that it’s just been given UNESCO biosphere status! Check out visitisleofman.com.
LOVE INN Forget Venice and Paris – these days, romance is to be found at hideaways such as the Stay & Pleasure package at Hotel Claris (derbyhotels.com) in Barcelona. Bedrooms come complete with chocolate-covered strawberries and sex toys. We’re assuming the walls are soundproof, too.
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She has an Oscar, a ping-pong club and a Twitter feud with Piers Morgan under her belt (she won, naturally). Turning 70 later this year, the activist and actress may be the coolest septuagenarian out there Words by CAROLINE CORCORAN
WEARING ANKLE SOCKS AND A knee-length skirt, Susan Tomalin was nine years old when – in the middle of a lesson at her strict Catholic school – she asked her teacher a question. ‘The only way you’re married,’ the teacher had just told the class, ‘is in the Catholic church.’ Calculating the timelines, Susan felt confused and asked, ‘Well, how were Joseph and Mary married, then, because Jesus didn’t make up the church until later?’ Hauled out of class and told that she had an ‘abundance’ of ‘original sin’, Susan spent every break time for the remainder of her school years praying fearfully, while her classmates kissed boys in the confession booths nearby. It was only when she left her suburban home in New Jersey and moved in with her grandparents that Susan began to shake things up. Aged 17, and free from the chaos of eight younger siblings, she began an English and drama course at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. She dated Chris Sarandon, a fellow student four years her senior, who read her poetry and took her to see blackand-white ﬁlms. Facing pressure from her traditional parents, the pair were married within three years. Susan was ﬁnally free to live on her own terms. Ditching the dogma and beginning a new life as an actress, Susan rebelled. She signed on to play Janet in the 1975 ﬁlm version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (in which she writhed around begging ‘touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me’). Roles as the victim of a bisexual vampire and a sex worker MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in 2005; as a young actress, Susan rebelled against her strict upbringing; with former ﬂame David Bowie; with Tim Robbins and daughter Eva
followed, while she began spending her free time smoking dope and taking hallucinogens. Finally, after 12 years of marriage, she committed the ultimate Catholic act of dissent and got divorced, keeping Chris’s surname, simply because she liked it. Soon Susan’s career was hurtling ahead at full speed and in 1982, aged 35, she received her ﬁrst Oscar nomination for Atlantic City, then along came Thelma & Louise and Stepmom. Her love life was as glossy as you would expect from a Hollywood actress, and she had relationships with high-proﬁle names, including director Louis Malle and (secretly) David Bowie. In 1984, she brieﬂy dated director Franco Amurri and fell pregnant – she hadn’t used birth control since her twenties when she’d been told endometriosis meant she couldn’t conceive. The news was met with alarm, mostly by men in the industry who believed being a mum would desexualise her, and adversely affect her box-ofﬁce popularity. Susan’s
response? She laughed, and ignored them. ‘I was ready to do it on my own, even though a lot of people counselled me against it, saying that it would be the end of my career,’ she said. ‘It was just such a freak [thing] that I got pregnant... And so I jumped.’ In 1985, Susan’s daughter Eva was born and, three years later, her ﬂing with Franco long over, she began a relationship with actor Tim Robbins, who she met on the set of Bull Durham. The pair had two sons, Jack Henry (in 1989) and Miles (in 1992), and put their Oscars alongside each other in the loo (Susan’s for 1995’s Dead Man Walking and Tim’s for 2003’s Mystic River). They became known for controversy: ﬁrst for shunning marriage; then when they were banned from the 1994 Academy Awards after using the previous year’s ceremony to raise awareness of HIVpositive Haitian refugees. (This was decades before it was de rigueur to use the thank-you slot to champion a cause.) But if Hollywood thought it had
ﬁnally found its happy-ever-after love story, it was mistaken. In 2009, after more than 20 years together, Susan and Tim split. Tim admitted to going through a ‘midlife crisis’ after the collapse of a ﬁlm project a few months earlier, and Susan, then 63, was linked to Jonathan Bricklin, 32, her pingpong club business partner, who she’d met on a road trip through Chile. Susan got a tattoo around her wrist with the letters A. N. D, standing for ‘A New Dawn, A New Day’ and embraced her freedom; much to the alarm of her now-adult children. ‘One said, “I’m not sure who you are any more,”’ she’s since shared. ‘I said, “I’m the person I was before you came along.”’ In 2015, she and Jonathan made a reality show charting their relationship (tears and tantrums included) before breaking up later the same year. Not one to dwell on heartbreak, Susan, armed with granola bars and socks, headed off to spend Christmas with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. Then, at the age of 69, she was hired as a new face of L’Oréal. ‘I look forward to being older,’ she said at the time. ‘When what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.’
What she is, of course, is an activist, a businesswoman, an actress – her latest movie is The Meddler with Rose Byrne – and a mother. She’s talked brieﬂy about her difﬁcult relationship with her parents but has never gone into detail out of respect for her family, although politics (her mother is a staunch Republican) certainly came into it. But when it comes to her own children, there are no such oppositions. Eva, 31, an actress, describes her as ‘incomparable, lovely and amazing.’ Eva’s husband Kyle Martino says that Susan’s words to him at their wedding came back to him years later when Eva suffered a miscarriage in 2015. She took him to one side, telling him of his new family: ‘We are your tribe. Use us.’ Not surprisingly given her forwardthinking outlook on life, all three of her children seem to ﬁnd something fundamental in their relationships
with Susan. As a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, she is vocal in her support of her 24-year-old musician son Miles’s cross-dressing. For Jack Henry, 27, the link is with his mother’s activism – he credits her with making him incorporate it into his work as a director. Last year, they made Storied Streets, a ﬁlm exploring homelessness across the US. ‘Activism has to do with your heart,’ he says. ‘I inherited my heart from my mother.’ Here, then, is the thing about Susan Sarandon (and perhaps as a reaction to that earlier traditional upbringing): nothing about her is predictable. She eschews the belief that because she is a Democrat and a woman she must worship at the altar of Hillary Clinton (‘I don’t vote with my vagina’) and was instead loud in her praise of Bernie Sanders. She’s the epitome of what 2016 views as a feminist, yet rejects the deﬁnition and prefers ‘humanist’ instead. She called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi, campaigns to increase tax for the rich – despite a personal net worth of approximately £35 million – and she rides around Burning Man festival on a Segway. And when Twitter aggressor Piers Morgan took her to task for wearing a visible bra to present the ‘In Memoriam’ section at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, she responded with a #TBT image of her younger self, wide-eyed and sans top. ‘I’ve done everything wrong, so there’s really no explanation as to why I’m still around,’ she muses on her longevity. ‘I’ve taken movies that people told me I shouldn’t, I’ve taken years off to have children, I’ve been outspoken politically, and here I am... I’m here because all my plans failed.’ Q MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT With children Jack Henry and Eva at this year’s SAG Awards (in the outﬁt that started that Piers Morgan feud); the ultimate road trip with Geena Davis in Thelma And Louise, 1991; gaining cult status with Barry Bostwick in 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show; visiting a Haiti hospital, 2010
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Soldier, doctor, lawyer… career opportunities within the Army are diverse and rewarding. Marie Claire’s Jemma Rossiter spent the day with 22 Field Hospital unit to investigate what the military is like as an employer JOB SATISFACTION IS HIGH IN the Army, as our girl Jemma discovered when she met the doctors, nurses, and combat medical technicians of the 22 Field Hospital unit. ‘Even though their roles are challenging, everyone I talked to explained they’re rewarding, too,’ says Jemma. ‘This unit provides medical care to soldiers in the field and on base, but other medical regiments in the Army Medical Services (AMS) also take part in humanitarian aid work.’ Jemma took part in an evacuation reconstruction to get a taste of what it’s like on the front line. ‘We had to get an “injured” soldier out of a “battlefield”. Even though it wasn’t real, it was an adrenaline rush. This isn’t an ordinary 9-5 job and I can see how that can be appealing.’ Training is something that also impressed Jemma. ‘All the soldiers explained how the Army invests in your training to help you rise through the ranks if you crave responsibility at an early stage of your career,’ she says. ‘You have to earn your promotion, but there’s a definite career path you can follow, and many of the nurses and doctors I met felt they were way ahead of where they’d be in the civvy world because of all the courses they’re sent on.’ And the Army goes far beyond what a lot of civilian employers offer in other ways, too: from offering degrees in subjects like medicine and
MC staffer Jemma took part in an evacuation reconstruction. ‘My job seems slightly dull now’
languages to travelling the world. ‘Some of the soldiers recently went to Germany to go rock climbing as part of the Army’s Adventurous Training programme, which fosters leadership skills and teamwork’ says Jemma. ‘My day was amazing. I left realising military life isn’t just about ten-mile marches and hundreds of sit-ups,’ she says. ‘The Army is a place where you can make a difference and also excel on a personal level because you have a clear promotion structure to follow. Each new rank brings more responsibility and more satisfaction.’
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DIVERSE ROLES, GREAT CAREER There’s definitely more to regimental life than press-ups and assembling a rifle in under 60 seconds. Roles include everything from engineering officer, physical training instructor and musician (yes, really) to intelligence operative and pilot. In fact, there are over 200 types of jobs in the Army, all of which come with a clear and rewarding career path.
OFFICER From commanding a platoon of soldiers on operations to rebuilding lives after a natural disaster, ofﬁcers like Lieutenant Becky Jenner always take the lead.
‘Many of the women I met joined the Army because they knew it was a place where they could have a very successful career,’ says Jemma
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Miss independent MAIKA MONROE continued...
Great surname. ‘It’s a lot to live up to! The best thing is when I’m staying at a hotel and they call me to say, “Your food is ready, Miss Monroe.”’
INTERVIEW BY HOLLIE BROTHERTON. FILM REVIEWS BY JAMES MOTTRAM. ADDITIONAL WORDS BY LUCY PAVIA. PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, ISTOCK BY GETTY, PHOTOFEST, REX FEATURES
Maika means business in Independence Day: Resurgence
What can you tell us about the new Independence Day reboot? ‘I feel like there are so many spoilers, I have to be careful that they don’t come out. My character, Patricia, follows in her father [the president]’s footsteps and works in The White House, but she’s also a ﬁghter pilot.’ So she’s a bit of an action woman? ‘The ﬁghter-jet scenes look so cool on screen, but in real life I’m just sitting in a fake cockpit on set. It’s actually quite funny to watch.’ How did you deal with the controversy regarding you replacing [the original president’s daughter] Mae Whitman in the role? ‘The only thing I can say is that I auditioned for the part, I was up against other girls and it was kind of a bummer that it came out that way.’
Do you now feel like you’re ready for a real-life alien invasion? ‘There has to be something outside of just us. I don’t know what it is, but I feel pretty prepared to take it on!’ We heard that you used to be a professional kitesurfer… ‘Yes! Dad taught me when I was 13 and I fell in love with it. I trained in the Dominican Republic for three months, because kiting is huge over there. I don’t have time to compete any more, but it’s a good way to switch off.’ How did you make the transition from kitesurﬁng to acting? ‘I grew up doing dance, and a production company contacted my studio asking for backing dancers for a ﬁlm. I got into acting after that. My ﬁrst movie, Bad Blood, wasn’t my best work, but I became in awe of the process.’ You’ve starred in some scary movies. Are you now less easily spooked? ‘I’ll say yes. When I did The Guest, we were in this haunted maze and they had actors playing clowns. I hate clowns, so that time I really was scared.’ Who have you worked with that you’ve felt in awe of? ‘I just did The Tribes Of Palos Verdes with Jennifer Garner – she is incredible. She told me to make sure I have a good group of people around me, as the industry can get crazy.’ Independence Day: Resurgence is in UK cinemas from 23 June
THE ALIEN MOVIE VENN DIAGRAM Big Hollywood cast
We (mostly do not) come in peace
MUST-SEE MOVIES ADULT LIFE SKILLS +++ A tragi-comic tale of grief and growing pains, this Brit debut from Rachel Tunnard marks her out as a director to watch. Jodie Whittaker charms as the 29-year-old still living at home.
LEARNING TO DRIVE +++ Evoking memories of Gandhi, Ben Kingsley delivers another remarkable performance as a Sikh driving instructor in this quietly moving mid-life gem. The Green Mile’s Patricia Clarkson co-stars.
RACE ++++ Stephan James excels as Olympian Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games, in this stirring bio. Watch out for Jason Sudeikis – he’s simply superb as Owens’ coach.
Aliens Independence Day
Set on earth
Attack The Block
The aliens want to kill us (aaaaah!)
TALE OF TALES ++++ Sea monsters and Salma Hayek head this daring, darkly funny fairy tale from Italian maestro Matteo Garrone. Bizarre, bonkers and unlike anything else you’ll see this year.
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Your life in literature ‘At 18 the true narrative of life is yet to be commenced. Before that time we listen to a tale, a marvellous fiction; delightful sometimes and sad sometimes; almost always unreal.’
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
Brilliant new book 100 Years has a literary quote for every year of your life. Here are some gems… ems…
‘It sometimes happ pens that a woman is hand dsomer at 29 than she was s ten n years be before; and, gen nerallyy speaking, ng, if there has s been n neither ill he health nor anxiety, a y, it is a time e of life at which w h scarcely an any charm is s lost.’’
Jane ane Austen, n, Pe Persuasion
Jail books What these Orange Is The New Black stars would read if they really got sent to the clink
KATE MULGREW (RED) ‘War And Peace by Tolstoy, because Tolstoy is inﬁnite.’
‘At 39, everybody’ dy’s y their own problem’ em’
‘At 66 I am more rebellious than I was at 16. Now I know the whole structure must topple, must be razed.’ Henry Miller, Art And Outrage dO
John Updike, Rabbit Remem d mbered
LEA DELARIA (BOO) ‘A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I just love that book.’
‘When we are 41 we all think it would be nice to make a fresh start. It’s the kind of thing we laugh at when we’re 42.’
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V.S Naipaul, Guerrillas
100 YEARS Selections by Joshua Prager and Visualizations by Milton Glaser, is published by W.W. Norton Ltd, £11.99 MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
EMMA MYLES (LEANNE) ‘Eve Ensler’s In The Body Of The World. There is power in taking your pain and using it to do something worthwhile.’
‘I am almost a hundred years old, waiting for the end and thinking about the beginning.’ Meg Rosoff, What I Was
Beyoncé Fetty Wap
Giraffes at London Zoo
Chanel mascara Superga trainers
The Aussie model on East End roasts, hip shopping haunts and Shameless marathons London is one of my favourite cities. I think it’s because I’m Australian and there’s a similar vibe. Most of my British friends live in Hackney and Dalston, so when I’m visiting I spend a lot of time east, where I go for a pub roast. I also love London Zoo. I don’t cook for myself, so I’m either having a really nice meal out with friends or eating a can of tuna. My favourite restaurant is The Diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s new American farm-to-table food with a menu that changes daily. I’ll always
order one of their ‘ﬁlthy martini’ vodka cocktails. I’m very conscious about what I put on my body, as well as into it. People forget that skin is your largest organ; we’re too quick to throw chemicals on top of it. I like to stay natural, so most of my products are from Lush. I get through a lot of their Gorgeous moisturiser and Coalface cleanser. I’d never spend a whole day shopping, but if something catches my eye, I’ll buy it there and then. In New York, there’s this really cool place called INA, which sells second-hand designer clothes. I also love Superga and have a pair of the black ﬂatform trainers. Right now I’m watching US Shameless. I know I’m really behind! I loved True Detective, too; it was so like watching a movie, I ﬁnished it in two days. A TV series feels like such guilty splurge for
me, so if I can’t sleep I’ll watch a ﬁlm. I’m not one to idolise celebrities, but Beyoncé is incredible. A few years ago, we walked in the same Tom Ford show. I just remember coming into the room and she was looking radiant in jeans, a T-shirt and not a scrap of make-up. She came over and introduced herself like I didn’t know who she was! You can see everything with an HD camera these days, so if there’s an event where I’m going to be photographed, I’ll wear foundation. On a daily basis, I don’t wear much make-up beyond MAC eyeliner and Chanel mascara. Sometimes I’ll do a dark lip with a Nars pencil. Lipstick goes everywhere; I can’t keep it on. Living in LA, it’s hard not to be into hip hop, as you’re surrounded by it. All you hear on the radio is Future or Fetty Wap and Travis Scott. If I had to be stuck on an island with one album, it would be Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City; I love it. Abbey Lee is the face of Superga MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
INTERVIEW BY HOLLIE BROTHERTON. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAMY, GETTY IMAGES, MEL BARLOW, PHOTOFEST, REX FEATURES
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID ROEMER. STYLED BY JAYNE PICKERING. COTTON LACE DRESS, £3,780, ERDEM; LEATHER BOOTS, £1,295, NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD; 22CT GOLD VERMEIL, AMETHYST, TSAVORITE AND TOPAZ EARRINGS, £295, SMITH/GREY
Instant-update pieces from the hottest pre-fall collections. Plus, badass queen of comedy Rebel Wilson talks careerenhancing hallucinations, girl power and making her family proud
From striped berets at Gucci to jewel tones and tulle at Stella McCartney, we walk you through pre-fallâ€™s cool, directional collections Photographs by DAVID ROEMER Styled by JAYNE PICKERING
Previous page: studded cotton shirt with silk ﬂower brooch, £585, silk crêpe dress, £2,210, leather and snakeskin shoes, £665, straw beret, £170, and crystal and glass earrings, £525, all Gucci This page: black silk-velvet dress with white cotton collar, £2,725, green and grey alpaca-wool tights, £805, brown and black silk-velvet shoes, £580, and brown and-white leather bag, £1,300, all Prada Opposite page: cotton blazer, £868, cotton trousers, £790, patent leather shoes, £474, and alpaca-wool scarf, £355, all Delpozo; goldplated earrings, £320, Marni; silver ring, £170, Dinosaur Designs
This page: black leather jacket, £2,550, beaded black silk-georgette dress, £5,500, and studded black leather boots, £910, all Louis Vuitton; black microﬁbre socks, £3, Calzedonia; silver earring (just seen), £200, Jennifer Fisher Opposite page: beaded silk jacquard top, £1,370, silk jacquard trousers, £575, silk tulle skirt, £615, and metal and alter nappa bag, £935, all Stella McCartney; plated gold hoop ring (just seen), £800, Repossi MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
This page: black cashmere sweater, £785, and blackand-green cotton trousers, £635, both Michael Kors Collection; black leather boots, £750, Nicholas Kirkwood; green snakeskin bag, £663, Tonya Hawkes; 14ct-gold earrings (just seen), £516, Sophie Bille Brahe Opposite page: wool coat with leather belt, £1,993, and silk tulle skirt, £977, both Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; leather and metal bag, £373, Simon Miller
This page: cotton dress, £750, cotton trousers, £580, gold-plated earrings, £240, and leather bag, £730, all Marni; goldplated bracelet, £260, Marni at Net-a-porter.com; mohair sweater, £800, Rochas ; patent leather boots, £575, Laurence Dacade Opposite page: black patent leather coat, £3,050, black-and-white bouclé jacket, £1,950, and purple silk trousers, £830, all Giorgio Armani; silver and black chromium stacked ring (on model’s ring ﬁnger), £2,500, and black chromium-plated gold hoop ring, £800, both Repossi
This page: suede dress, £3,080, wool trousers, £537, leather shoes, £569, and gold-plated brass earrings, £285, all Céline Opposite page: black-and-white silk top, black-andwhite silk trousers, and black-and-white wool jacket with beaded brooch, all from a selection, Dolce & Gabbana; 24ct gold-plated earring, £220, Alighieri Hair by Sébastien Le Corroller at Airport Agency using Bumble and bumble. Make-up by Eny Whitehead at Calliste Agency. Nails by Julie Villanova at B Agency. Model: Sibui at Next. Production by Julie Sauvage MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
When the author of Pitch Perfect, Mickey Rapkin, first met badass actress Rebel Wilson on set, she’d not long left her native Sydney. Five years on, she’s America’s undisputed queen of comedy. Time for a hike through the Hollywood Hills and a long overdue catch-up…
Rebel Photographs by ALEXEI HAY Styled by JAYNE PICKERING
THE WEATHER IN LOS ANGELES IS GLORIOUS ALL YEAR ROUND, BUT there’s something particularly refreshing about a Tuesday morning in spring when the ﬂowers are in bloom and the whole city smells like lavender and Rebel Wilson suggests a hike. We’re pushing through Grifﬁth Park – a rambling collection of trails in the shadow of the famed Hollywood sign – and she’s dressed like a particularly ﬁt cat burglar in black leggings, dark sunglasses and one of those space-age workout shirts engineered to wick sweat away. She’s more subdued than she appears on screen; her skin is ﬂawless, her face is gorgeous. But she’s quick with a joke. We pass ancient trees with full, lush branches gracing a babbling stream, and Rebel stretches out her hand like a tour guide, urging me to watch out for dinosaurs. It’s a perfect, Pixar rendering of Mother Nature. And we’re not the only ones to notice. I mention spotting a ﬁlm crew near the park’s entrance, and she raises an eyebrow. ‘Come on. We’re available to be in their movie.’ Pause. ‘For $4 million dollars.’ I laugh, but the thing is she’s probably worth more these days. Since coming to Hollywood from the suburbs of Sydney in 2010, Rebel has made a career
out of stealing scenes from more famous co-stars. She’s a fearless physical comedian and a deft improviser, as lethal with an under-her-breath zinger as she is with a pratfall. She played Kristen Wiig’s obnoxiously nosy room-mate in Bridesmaids (confusing Wiig’s diary with a ‘sad, handwritten book’) then doubled down on crass with a character called Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, the surprise hit comedy about a cappella competitions. Fat Amy made jokes about herpes and slapping man boobs, but what made the character such a cultural touchstone was her sensitivity. Pitch Perfect was a story about ﬁnding a family in an unlikely place and, as Fat Amy told her aca-sisters, ‘Even though some of you are pretty thin, you all have fat hearts.’ The ﬁlm’s sequel made more in its ﬁrst weekend in the US than the original took home in its entire run, and a third is set to be released in 2017. Before then, she’s fulﬁlling a lifelong dream of working with Jennifer Saunders with her cameo role in this summer’s much-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. With success, though, comes trolls. Last year, an Australian tabloid outed Rebel for lying about her age – she was apparently 36, not 29. Rebel took to Twitter to dismiss the non-scandal, tweeting a perfect who-cares response to her 2 million-plus followers: ‘OMG I’m actually a 100-year-old mermaid.’ Because, who has time for haters when you’re focused on longevity? Rebel now has six ﬁlms in development, including a remake of Private Benjamin, and she’s already learned the most important lesson in Hollywood – the only way to have control is to create your own material. ‘I’ve always tried to use my brain to get places,’ she says. ‘There’s so many glamorous people in Hollywood I just never want to compete with that… even the men get their skin lasered.’ As a result, or in spite of this, so much of the media’s fascination with Rebel has centred on her curves. Fair enough – she’s a role model for full-ﬁgured women, producing two capsule collections with the online retailer Torrid, a company that caters to US sizes 12 to 28. (Must-have items included T-shirts printed with gangster koala bears and sweatshirts emblazoned with the word REBEL.) But must we reduce this hardworking, funny-as-hell woman to a dress size? I’ve known Rebel since 2011, when I ﬂew to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the set of Pitch Perfect, a movie that was loosely based on a book I wrote about the weird and awesome world of competitive college a cappella groups (also called Pitch Perfect). Nobody was more surprised about the whole thing than me. The book was a true story published in 2008 – then lovingly translated for the screen by two genius women, producer Elizabeth Banks and screenwriter Kay Cannon (and yes, some men, too). When I arrived, the all-female a cappella group were ﬁlming one of the big musical sequences, where Rebel sings a spirited rendition of Turn The Beat Around. It was a brutally hot day and Rebel was ﬁghting bronchitis; she’d been shot up with steroids, though you’d never know it. At the end of the scene, her character rocks so hard she can’t help but rip open her sweater and tear the buttons off her shirt. That bit was Rebel’s idea. ‘Wardrobe didn’t even know about it,’ she told me at the time. ‘I said to them, “Did you rig the jacket and the shirt because I’m probably gonna tear it off.” They’re like, “No. Who decided that?”’ Rebel hadn’t been in Hollywood very long but she’d sensed her moment coming and wasn’t about to squander it. Though she and I have met a few times over the years, I never realised quite how personal her journey was until today. ‘This hike is about to become a bitch,’ she says, checking her Fitbit. Indeed. As we hike, she ﬁlls me in on her backstory – some of which I’ve heard on talk shows, but which bears repeating because it’s fantastical, like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale with a helping of reality show fairy dust. She and her siblings (the awesomely named Ryot, Liberty and Annachi) were raised in a ‘ghetto’ of Sydney. Her parents were professional dog handlers (think Best In Show) and also sold dog toys out of a caravan. Money was tight but they found a way to send her to a boarding school, where Rebel excelled and contemplated a career in law – until
ome c e b t ’ ‘I didn because ess r t c a be n o t a d e t I wan s. I did it famou I was so se becauusually shy, un na o g n i r borde disorder’ social
Previous page: coat, Marina Rinaldi; earrings, Shourouk This page: shirt, Donna Salyers; skirt, Eloquii; bag, Roger Vivier; earrings, Vickisarge
Green and gold jacket, Tim Ryan; pink with blue shimmer custommade top and skirt, ASOS Curve; silver shoes, Jimmy Choo; blue violet pearlescent clutch, Edie Parker
life intervened. While in Mozambique, as an Australian youth ambassador, she was struck with malaria and suffered a medicine-induced hallucination in which she saw herself winning an Oscar and rapping her acceptance speech. It was then she decided to become an actress. ‘It’s 100 per cent true,’ Rebel tells me. The hallucination ‘was so clear. I can still see it if I want to recall it.’ What’s less known about her childhood is the crippling social anxiety she suffered and how it later fuelled her art. ‘I didn’t become an actress because I wanted to be famous,’ she says, as we pass some housewives and their puppies. ‘I did it because I was so unusually shy, bordering on a social disorder. So my mum – one day she drives me to this community acting class. I was holding on to the car door and crying. She had to peel me off the car. She’s like, “I’ll pick you up in two hours.” And she left me.’ Inside the classroom a 14-year-old Rebel started speaking in an American accent. ‘Because the me who I was couldn’t talk to people. I had to kind of invent this thing. The teacher said, “Where are you from in America?” And I just started making up shit.’ Rebel laughs now recalling that seminal moment. ‘Good on my mum for seeing I had a problem,’ she says. ‘She may not have dealt with it in the most delicate of ways but I was sick of not having any friends. That’s why the creative arts are so important for young people. You can ﬁnd self-esteem.’ Rebel made a name for herself in Australia, writing, producing and starring in a musical comedy series called Bogan Pride (about an overweight chav girl), but was hardly ﬂush when she came to Los Angeles in 2010. She had enough money to last just six months. And so she set out to conquer America – on a deadline – renting an apartment in Venice for $1,000 (about £700) a month. ‘I called it the Venice drug den,’ she says, as we make our way up a dusty incline, hugging the side of the path for shade. ‘It was dodgy. This other Australian actress who I thought was legit said, “Oh, I have a place in Venice you should rent it off me.” Then it was just like this one bed and a chair. I was like, what the fuck? There were a lot of drugs in that area. I didn’t feel safe. I wouldn’t go out at night. I was too scared. And I’m tough!’ As if on cue, her mobile rings. Do you need to get that? I ask. ‘It’s my lawyer,’ she says. ‘I’ll call him back.’ This is how fast your life can change. Bridesmaids was her 30th audition. She only worked on the ﬁlm for four days but it completely changed her career. She went on to book six movies and sold a show to ABC, the ill-fated Super Fun Night. Her work since can basically be divided into two categories: the outspoken voice of sex-positivity in girl power movies like Pitch Perfect and How To Be Single or the funny girl who exists solely to support an A-list star (Grimsby, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb). She’s the funniest thing in both. How To Be Single – about a group of girls in New York making their own dating rules – may not have been groundbreaking, but the casting was. Since the majority of the budget went on hiring famous women like Rebel, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann, the men in the ﬁlm are handsome and talented but much less famous; the kind of roles women are usually forced to play. That’s girl power. The hot topic in Hollywood these days is pay disparity but, says Rebel, ‘I don’t really have that problem. For me, I’m in all of these pro-female girl power movies where the girls are the stars. Like, with Pitch Perfect, it’s the boys complaining.’ Still, she’s had to stand up for herself in ways she never expected. In Grimsby, she played Sacha Baron Cohen’s potty-mouthed girlfriend. We see her sitting on a couch in a tight, leather skirt as she tries to recreate Sharon Stone’s famous crotch-baring scene from Basic Instinct. ‘I’m exactly like Sharon Stallone in Basic Instincts,’ her character mumbles, before she lets out a massive fart. The more frustrating bit was that Sacha wanted Rebel to get naked for the ﬁlm. ‘They wanted full-frontal nudity,’ she says, and she’s not really laughing. ‘We write in the contract, speciﬁcally, “No nudity”.’ Still, on the day of the shoot, he tried to get her to take off her clothes. ‘They got in another girl – this larger burlesque dancer from South Africa – to be a nude double,’ Rebel says. ‘And they
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got her to do all this stuff. Sacha would go, “See, she looks good”. I’m like, I’m not doing it. I don’t care what you say.’ When it comes to nudity, she says she’ll only do it for an Oscar, adding with a smile, ‘you want to know that the people [behind the camera] have a certain sensibility and decency. And a lot of times in comedy they’re not those people.’ That’s what makes this next phase of Rebel’s career so thrilling. We’ll get to see Rebel unleashed. In a way, she’s trying to continue the path lovingly paved by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. ‘When I was a teenager, I was working in a video shop and I’d put on Ab Fab instead of working. Jennifer Saunders was the ﬁrst woman I ever saw on TV who wrote and performed her own material. I’d never seen a woman do that before.’ In some ways she’s still a big kid at heart. She celebrated her last birthday at Universal Studios theme park, and named her production company, Rebel River Rampage, after an Australian water ride from her childhood. But she’s thinking like a grownup. The Venice drug den is long gone. In 2014, she bought a $2.2 million (about £1.5 million) house in the Hollywood Hills, with a chic pool and absurd city views. The following year she bought a waterfront, A$3.76 million (about £1.9 million) home in Sydney’s posh Birchgrove. She’ll go out to a club, say, for Brittany Snow’s birthday, but she prefers going to the movies with friends or spending her nights online shopping. ‘I buy everything,’ she says. ‘I think I’m addicted. Do you know Net-a-Porter? Fucking yeah. $100 bath gel, these shoes… I love it.’ She’s often trailed by the paparazzi, and spots two of them during our hike, pointing across a ravine at a longrange lens. She had a dose of unwanted tabloid attention last year when she split from her boyfriend, actor Mickey Gooch. ‘That’s the ﬁrst relationship I put on social media. And I was questioning whether that was the right thing to do. Is it fair to them? Because they get put in the spotlight a bit.’ I point out that Gooch is an actor, not a civilian. ‘Yeah,’ she says, ‘but still, people write terrible things. It’s someone I really cared for, and you don’t ever want them to be in a situation like that.’ Whether she’d go public again with a boyfriend remains to be seen. She’s in no rush to settle down. ‘I’m very independent,’ she says, ‘to the point where I’m too independent. If you’re a successful woman you want to ﬁnd the right person, but you don’t necessarily need them.’ She thinks about these words. ‘I don’t know whether that sounds weird, but there’s a whole crop of young women who are in that situation now. I don’t want to settle for someone if they’re not right but, because I get to do such awesome fun stuff all the time, I really want to share that with somebody. We’ll see. I’m deﬁnitely on the look out. I’m trying to put it out there, but I don’t know whether the right person is in Hollywood – you only meet actors or musicians here.’ We reach the top of the mountain – sweaty and sun-kissed with a sense of accomplishment. Forgive the cliché, but we’re staring directly at the Hollywood sign when I notice Rebel blow a kiss in its direction. ‘I feel like the Hollywood sign brings me luck,’ she says. ‘Whenever I see it, I do this. I know it’s weird, but there’s something about it.’ It gets me thinking about this journey and the sacriﬁces she had to make. Her father passed away not long after the ﬁrst Pitch Perfect ﬁlm wrapped. What was he like? I ask. ‘The one thing my dad really believed in was a good education and so I was lucky,’ she explains. ‘He would work all sorts of jobs, including nights at a gas station, to be able to afford to send us to a great school.’ She continues, ‘My parents separated when I was a teenager and there’s a lot of darkness on my father’s side of the family tree. I’m a good balance. Like the lightness of my mother and the darkness of my father created this interesting personality, I guess you could say. So I’m grateful for it.’ Did he live to see your success? ‘The last time I saw him,’ she says, ‘we did a family-and-friends screening of Pitch Perfect, so he was there with all of his friends. He knew…’ She stops herself, ﬁghting back a tear. ‘I’m getting emotional about it… But that was really good. He sensed what was coming.’
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From warm mimosa to zesty citrus, hit refresh with these hot holiday fragrances Photograph by JONATHAN MINSTER Words and styling by CHARLOTTE CLARK 1. YSL Les Vestiaire Collection Saharienne EDP, £195 for 125ml With sage, rosemary and thyme, one spritz will transport you to an aromatic herb garden in Provence. 2. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle EDT, £49 for 50ml Looking for a holiday romance? Let this powdery mimosa and iris scent whisk you off your feet. 3. Stella McCartney POP EDP, £42 for 30ml Alluring tuberose combined with
sensual sandalwood make this a perfect ﬁrst-date perfume. 4. Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDP, £36 for 60ml Juicy apricot and mandarin combine with vibrant rose for a fun, girls’ night-out fragrance. 5. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush EDP, £54 for 50ml Powerful rose and violet notes are ideal for a summer wedding. 6. Prada Candy Kiss EDP, £46.50 for 30ml Fresh, white cotton and creamy
vanilla have us daydreaming of a weekend away in a country cottage. Sheer bliss. 7 Shiseido Ever Bloom EDP, £40 for 50ml Unleash your inner party girl with this orange blossom and gardenia scent. We know Kate Moss would approve. 8. Thierry Mugler Mugler Les Exceptions Cuir Impertinent EDP, £135 for 80ml Leathery beech wood and spicy star anise makes this the ideal partner for an afternoon in a hammock.
9. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita EDP, £47 for 75ml A gorgeous citrus scent that mixes Calabrian bergamot with sweet pear and lemon to create a light, everyday fragrance. Think summer in a bottle. 10. Dior Poison Girl EDP, £99 for 100ml Like a double-scoop ice cream at the beach, this sweet vanilla and tonka bean concoction will leave you wanting seconds.
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THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR FROM GUT HEALTH AND STRETCHING TO TANNING AND TONING, WE’VE GOT THE LOW-DOWN ON EXPERT BODY HACKS FOR THE ULTIMATE SUMMER BOOSTS. HERE COMES THE SUN… Photographs by SIMON UPTON Words & Styling by LISA OXENHAM
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The microbiome (the human internal ecosystem) is a huge topic right now, with a crop of new diets targeting bacteria in our digestive tract. ‘It’s a proven fact that the gut is the root of many disorders from bloating, exhaustion and anxiety to back pain, sleep issues and weight problems,’ says Dr Benedetto-Reisch, expert in Mayr health (a practice that brings your digestion closer to its ideal condition) at Austrian medi spa Lanserhof Tegernsee. ‘Intermittent fasting helps. Not eating for three days cleans, repairs and regenerates the gut, improving the function of the intestines and metabolism while balancing hormones.’ But it’s not for everyone. ‘We do not recommend fasting if you are pregnant or have a hectic working week.’ For those who can fast, she advises drinking two litres of mineral water a day and resting a lot. ‘By the last day you will be ﬁlled with energy, your mood will be calm and your immune system will be stronger than ever.’ LISTEN TO YOUR GUT Want a ﬂat tummy? First, you need to take care of your gut. Melanie Waxman, a nutrition and health counsellor at SHA Wellness Clinic, shares her ten pro tips. 1. Eat wholegrains. They are packed with minerals, including magnesium, which is vital for toning. 2. Try fermented foods. They contain enzymes and bacteria that aid good digestion. Eat sauerkraut, pickles (such as kimchi), miso soup, natural soy sauce and tempeh. 3. Increase vegetables and salads to around half your daily food intake. 4. Include alkalising lemon and ginger in dressings, or add to juices, teas and stews. 5. Eat beans. They are high in ﬁbre and B vitamins and will help strengthen intestine cells and improve absorption of nutrients. 6. Add chia seeds to your diet to reduce inﬂammation and lower cholesterol. 7. Boost your protein intake. Protein is essential to build muscle as we age. Ditch the protein powders for lean meat, nuts and pulses. 8. Get more vitamin D3 from the sun. Around 15 minutes a day on your face and bare arms is ideal, or eat vitamin D-rich foods, such as mushrooms, cod-liver oil and oily ﬁsh. 9. Sneak super herbs into your food. Herbs like ashwagandha help with everything from ﬁghting fatigue to boosting metabolism. 10. Eat leafy green vegetables like kale and watercress. They are full of phytonutrients. Cook lightly to preserve the goodness. Jacket, Rip Curl; bikini bottoms, Triangl
Building lean muscle is the key to keeping your body looking younger. ‘From the age of 30, we can lose up to half a pound of lean muscle every year,’ says Dalton Wong at TwentyTwo Training, personal trainer to J-Law and Amanda Seyfried. ‘The less muscle you have, the fewer calories you burn – so the easier it is to put on weight.’ Reverse this with Wong’s expert advice for toning up. 1. To get lean muscles, start off using resistance bands or light weights that are 2-3lb, max. 2. As you become stronger, build up to heavier weights. You have to keep progressing in order to continue to build muscle. 3. Work your muscles to exhaustion. This could be through doing more reps with lighter weights, or less reps with heavier weights. 4. Slow down. Focus on quality, not quantity. Fast movement relies more on momentum than muscle effort. 5. Burn fat by varying the pace of the workout. Switch up a gentle jog with a fast sprint. This also helps boost the growth hormone, which increases lean muscle mass. 6. Take a day’s rest to stop the strain on the immune system and replenish lost minerals and energy. 7. Cut down on endurance exercise, such as long-distance running or spinning. It might give you that happy high, but it puts stress on our mind and body. We lose zinc and produce cortisol, plus, after 60 minutes exercising, our body eats into muscle.
THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT For most women, the hips, stomach and thighs are problem areas – and they are also the toughest to tone up. But Wong’s focused exercises hit the spot. 1. Dumbbell step-up: in front of a step and holding a weight in each hand by your side, plant your right foot on the step and drive up, keeping your left leg straight until your left foot is beside the right. Step down and repeat on the left, alternating sides for 60 seconds – it’s the best bottom ﬁrmer. 2. Lateral lunge: With feet shoulderwidth apart and a weight in each hand, bend your right knee and lunge
to the right. Balance 80 per cent of your weight in your right heel. Step to the centre and repeat on your left. Repeat 30 times on both sides. 3. Ab fab: lie on your back and start with your knees at right angles. Keeping abs pulled in tight, slowly straighten your legs. Hold your legs out for 25 seconds, then rest for ﬁve. Repeat. The lower your legs hover above the ﬂoor, the more challenging the exercise is.
‘Stretching can be a firming workout in its own right – three times a week can increase lean tissue’ STRETCH INTO SHAPE There’s currently a move away from bootcamp workouts towards focusing on ﬂexibility, strength and endurance – just like professional athletes. ‘Stretching can be a body-ﬁrming workout in its own right,’ says Suzanne Wylde, Triyoga practitioner and author of Moving Stretch: Stretch Your Fascia To Free Your Body (Lotus Publishing). The phenomenon of ‘mechanotransduction’ involves repeating an activity that places our body under pressure. As the body adapts to the pressure, it creates real physical change. Stretching also stimulates the production of collagen. ‘Resistance stretching is the act of moving against muscular tension, just like when you yawn and stretch in the morning, and it simultaneously releases tension, strengthens the muscles and removes the restrictive fascia. If you stretch three times a week, it’s been shown to increase lean muscle.’
CLEVER CLOTHING Sportswear is now smarter than ever. The technical stretch fabric making up Ultracor Ultra Silk Leggings, £195, is powerful enough to engage your core, whereas Fitness Partner Slim shorts, £86.50, by Germaine De Capuccini are designed to sculpt and slim legs, thighs and buttocks using ﬁbres that absorb heat and transform it into infra-red rays – clever. Swimsuit, Norma Kamali
The latest developments in bodycare contain some exciting new ingredients. You heard it here ﬁrst… PRO PRODUCTS THAT WILL… Help tackle fat Environ Body Proﬁle, £35, contains natural ingredient Myriciline which decreases the development of mature fat cells, increases the destruction of accumulated fat and avoids the creation of new fat deposits. Curb cellulite A slathering of Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs, £45, will drain excess ﬂuid. For maximum results use thumbs to push up from ankles to the backs of knees where the lymph nodes can be activated using circular movements, then move up over your thighs. Lie ﬂat with your feet up against the wall to encourage ﬂuid to ﬂow up your legs. Streamline your shape Aromachology in Shiseido’s wonder product Advanced Body Creator Super Slimming Reducer, £53, and Decléor’s Aromessence Slim Effect Draining And Contouring Serum, £45, sends a message to the brain to produce the hormone noradrenaline. This triggers increased production of the uncoupling protein, which, combined with caffeine, helps to break down fat. Moisturise and tone Always have a bottle of Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, £40, in your bathroom – it’s the best ﬁrming body oil and helps to tone and condition the skin. A close contender is Mio The Activist Body Oil, £29.50, which improves the look of the skin and smells delicious, too.
Tired and anxious? When we’re stressed, the hormone cortisol is released, which prompts the body to store fat, particularly around the tummy. This is where meditation comes in. ‘Meditation alters gene activity and increases the level of telomeres and enzymes that control the length of your chromosomes, thus slowing and reversing ageing,’ says spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. ‘Other biological markers are affected: metabolic rate, cholesterol levels, hormones, sugar, metabolism and a reduction in inﬂammation in the body.’ Feeling calmer increases wellbeing, which has a positive effect on your body. Here’s how to meditate… 1. Set aside ten minutes a day. 2. Reflect. Think – who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? 3. Check your posture and observe your body for any tension or discomfort, scanning your body from head to toe. 4. Focus on your breath. Breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds and breathe out for five seconds. 5. Prepare to finish. Become aware of your fingers and toes and the noises around you, then slowly open your eyes. PRO TIP Essential oil blends have clinically proven therapeutic properties. Ila Bath Salts for Inner Peace, £49, calms, while Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence, £19, helps you breathe more deeply. Bikini top, La Perla
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HOW TO FAKE IT ‘Don’t skip the prep. Avoid streaks by exfoliating at least 24 hours before tanning with an oil-free scrub or an exfoliating mitt,’ says Heptonstall. ‘Moisturise areas known for over-absorbing colour: your knees, ankles, elbows, wrists and knuckles. When it comes to the formula, the most foolproof approach is a product that allows you to build colour over time.’ We love St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion Golden Glow Medium, £14.50, but for more impact, oils like Tan Organics Self-Tanning Oil, £24.99, are good on dry skin and a mousse like St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, £21, is great on normal skin. Want to add extra deﬁnition, shading and the illusion of a more toned appearance? Heptonstall recommends applying an additional layer of colour on the underside of your arms, to your thighs, or on your stomach. ‘To keep your tan looking ﬂawless for days take short, cool showers, pat yourself dry and ensure skin is hydrated with rich aloe vera moisturiser,’ he says. Use a waterresistant SPF and apply a tan-extending formula daily. Alternatively, bronzing make-up will add radiance without the commitment – Estée Lauder Shimmering Body Oil Spray, £29, gives an all-over sheen. Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez
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A tan can create the effect of trimming inches from your waistline. But it’s important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, so go for a glow that comes from a bottle. Self-tan cynics, listen up. ‘Technology has changed dramatically,’ says Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez’s celebrity tanning expert. ‘New tanning formulations dry quickly, appear instantly, and can be washed off.’
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he 90s have a lot to answer for: namely the complete destruction of our eyebrows. Our heroes at the time – Drew, Kate and Gwen – inspired our heavyhanded attitude towards tweezers and we plucked our youthful baby brows with naive abandon. Fastforward a couple of decades and brows are the ultimate facial accessory, led by catwalk icons like Cara Delevingne and Hollywood stars such as Lily Collins. And the browgrooming market is booming, too. Julie Bell, executive vice president of global marketing at Beneﬁt explains, ‘There are 23 million brow searches on Google every year, which is huge! We’re even predicting the brow market to be as big as the mascara market within the next ﬁve years.’ But what about us? The former over-pluckers whose brows look a little starved? Well, there’s now some serious brow-enhancing tricks, products and services out there to regain your brow power. So, here’s everything you’ll ever need to rehabilitate your brows back from the brink. Over-plucked or seriously neglected – whatever your dilemma, our brow pro, Beneﬁt’s head make-up artist & brow expert Lisa Potter-Dixon, has the solution. ISSUE: ‘My brows are seriously thinning – help!’ THE FIX: ‘Firstly, don’t panic. Use a thin brow pencil to draw on ﬁne strokes of “hair”. Follow with a brow gel containing ﬁbres that deposit on to the skin, so it looks like you have some natural hair-like texture there. The temptation, when you have very little to work with, is to draw in a heavy brow. Do. Not. Do. It.’ MC loves: Shavata Deﬁning Pencil. ISSUE: ‘I have red hair, what shade should I use?’ THE FIX: ‘Redheads tend to have fair
Eyebrows. We get it: they’re tricky customers. Here’s how to create A-list arches, every time Words by SUZANNE SCOTT
Bobbi Brown LongWear Brow Gel in Rich Mahogany, £17 For bold brows, use a ﬁrm angled brush to apply this gel/wax formula.
MAC Big Brow Pencil in Coquette, £16 A chubby, foolproof pencil for fast brow action when time is of the essence.
Shavata Deﬁning Pencil in Blonde, Dusk and Dawn, £15 each Superb for sketching in ﬁne life-like hairs for natural-looking brows.
brows, so look at the underneath of your hair at the back of your head – where it’s naturally darkest – and match that shade. Lots of redheads have green or hazel eyes and, by making your brows a touch darker, you’ll accentuate your eye colour.’ MC loves: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Brow Gel. ISSUE: ‘My hair is turning grey’ THE FIX: ‘When people go grey, their brows don’t necessarily follow. Making your brows lighter will completely change your face. Instead, use a shade close to your old natural colour so your brows are darker than the rest of your hair and it will enhance your complexion.’ ISSUE: ‘My hair grows downwards’ THE FIX: ‘This tends to happen to Asian hair and can cover your brow bone, making your eyes look smaller. You’ll never be able to create a high arch, so ﬁll them in to add deﬁnition, then use a
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clear brow-setting gel to sweep the hair sideways. The gel will set the hairs in their new position, lifting the whole area.’ MC loves: Beneﬁt Ready, Set, Brow! ISSUE: ‘I have hooded eyes and I don’t have much lid space.’ THE FIX: ‘Brush up the front of your brows, rather than in the direction of growth. This gives the illusion of a lifted brow area. Fill in your brows and blend a highlighting pencil underneath on the brow bone for lift.’ MC loves: Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil.
Beneﬁt Ready, Set, Brow!, £18.50 Holds brows in place for 24 hours, come rain or shine. Lancôme Le Sourcil Pro in Châtain, £18.50 We love a multitasker. This is a brush and brow pencil in one.
Semi-permanent make-up: Microblading is a less daunting prospect than brow tattooing. A pen-like machine is used to draw individual ﬁne hairs on to the skin. The results last around three years, but you will need a follow-up session for touch-ups. Perfect if you have no eyebrows to speak of or if you’re undergoing treatment that causes hair to fall out temporarily. Try: KB Pro Microblading at Karen Betts, £895 (lasting one hour). Temporary ﬁller: Hyaluronic acid can do more than just hydrate skin; it can plump and lift it, too. Gel-like hyaluronic acid is injected beneath the skin around the eye area to ﬁll hollows that may have appeared with age, and lift contours to their former position. It naturally breaks down over time with results lasting around 15 months. Try: Juvéderm Volift from £595, available nationwide
Givenchy Mister Brow Filler in Blonde, £17.50 This waterprooff formula will d even withstand swimming and your boxercise classes. Christian Dior All-in-Brow 3D Long-Wear Brow Contour Kit, £42.50 The cutest brushes, two shades of powder and gel to set – it’s your clutch bag must-have.
ISSUE: ‘I have a square-shaped face and my features can look a little angular.’ THE FIX: ‘As with any face shape, it’s so important to make sure your brows are correctly positioned. Place a make-up brush at the corner of your nose and point it upwards – that’s where your brow should start. Then angle your brush straight through your pupil and mark the skin – that’s where the highest point of your arch should be. Finally, angle the brush so it passes the outer corner of your eye – that’s where your brow should end.’
L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Maker in Dark Brunette, £6.99 Accentuate with the waxy crayon and buff with the brush for a bushy texture.
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MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette, £16 Long-wearing, waterproof and richly pigmented. Winner.
The non-surgical brow lift: Medical thread made of polylactic acid (PLA) is woven under the skin to lift the brow. You’ll need ﬁve-to-seven days to recover and you’ll be sore and bruised afterwards, but no scalpels are used and the treatment has the added beneﬁt of stimulating collagen production. You’ll see results immediately and they should last around 18 months. Try: Silhouette Soft, from £1,600 at Absolute Aesthetics (lasting two hours).
ISSUE: ‘I have wide-set eyes – there is a lot of space between my brows.’ THE FIX: ‘With wide-set eyes, your brows may be too far apart. Use a ﬁne pencil to sketch life-like hairs on to the skin to bring them closer together. Wide-set eyes can make your nose look wide and by narrowing the set of your brows your nose will look thinner, too.’ MC loves: Lancôme Le Sourcil Pro in Châtain.
Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil, £3.49 The perfect all-skin-tone highlighter for blending under your brow.
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Words by SUZANNE SCOTT
There’s somewhere in the region of 2.1m ‘beachy hair’ tutorials on YouTube. That’s a lot of surf spray. And despite our love of sleek locks, come summer, we’re obsessed with channelling Brooke Shields washing ashore in The Blue Lagoon with her wild and endless mane. It takes effort to create sea-swept chic, though – there’s a ﬁne line between that and entering Bear Grylls’ The Island territory. For serious surfer-girl hair, you need to protect your colour, fend off UV rays and add texture. Load up your Anya Hindmarch tote and let’s go. MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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Wet Brush-Pro Original Detangler, £11.99 Surfer waves are cool. Surfer tangles? Buzz kill. Take the ‘ouch’ out of your post-beach brush-through with ﬂexible bristles designed to navigate knots. Redken Beach Envy Re V Volume Texturizing Shampoo, £14 S Swap your salt spray for this genius shampoo. It cleanses, adds volume and leaves hair with a cool, matte, sun-baked texture.
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Kevin M Murphy urphy Re.S Re .Sto .S t re Re.Store Repairing Cleansing Treatment, £25 Two weeks on a boogie board in the sun strips hair of its protein. Use this to rebuild strength.
Charles Wo Worthington Wort rthi rt hiing hing ngtto to Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner, £5.99 Parked poolside? Apply this beforehand – the argan oil formula is super nourishing, plus it smells awesome.
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MY BEAUTY RULES
2 Posing up a storm with Karlie Kloss
Russian model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova shares her make-up rituals and skincare secrets
Interview by ANITA BHAGWANDAS 4
Knowing what skincare works for you is vital. I’ve used Guerlain Super AquaDay Comfort Cream for seven years and I rely on it. It just suits my skin. Great haircare is deﬁnitely worth investing in. I use Christophe Robin Antioxidant Cleansing Milk With 4 Oils And Blueberry shampoo followed by Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner because they’re really thickening. I also adore Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs De Jasmin – it’s an intensive treatment. As I live in Paris, I also visit the Leonor Greyl salon every few weeks for a two-hour mask and head massage – it’s so good! The original Guerlain Shalimar is an iconic perfume. It’s a favourite, but I also adore the newer Guerlain Shalimar Soufﬂe De Parfum. It’s light and more suitable for modern, everyday life. I am not religious about anything in my life, except having hot water and lemon in the morning. For the past ten years I have also followed the Blood Type diet. Back then it was life changing; now it’s a part of my everyday routine. I had a bad stomach and poor digestion, but now my energy levels are better. I deﬁnitely have a sweet tooth. The macaroons and fresh croissants are amazing in Paris – they smell amazing.
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he very earliest beauty memories I have come from my grandmother. She had a strict beauty regime and, even though she didn’t have access to many products in those Soviet times, she always wore red lipstick and had her red hair in a high updo. When I was 14 she even stopped me from plucking my eyebrows. I’m thankful now, because they’ve become a big part of my look. When I became a model I couldn’t change my hair or my eyebrows. But when I turned 30, I started to colour my hair, adding in more blonde. I’m ready to experiment with my looks now, but if I did anything too crazy it might scare my boyfriend! I apply make-up every day, even though I think it would be easier not to sometimes. But spending ﬁve to ten minutes doing it on a daily basis has become a ritual – even if it’s just some Charlotte Tilbury Rock ’N’ Kohl eye pencil and a slick of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment tinted balm. Between modelling, running my charity Naked Heart Foundation and being a mother, it can be tough to ﬁnd the time. But it helps me to love myself a little more.
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BREAK OUT OF THE ADULT ACNE TRAP
Want to put your best face forward? Dermalex Acne Treatment is a new skincare solution that not only tackles acne symptoms, but also strengthens skin to help keep blemishes at bay
Not just a teen problem – acne affects 17% of the adult population* So how does it work and what makes this overthe-counter treatment different from many prescriptive treatments? The biggest difference is that it moisturises instead of drying out the skin, and it’s also developed to be suitable for daily use. Dermalex Acne Treatment focuses
on helping the skin to restore its own natural balance, which sets it apart from purely cosmetic treatments that only tackle the symptoms of spots and the antibiotics that can end up killing good bacteria. This restoration of the skin’s natural balance is all down to Dermalex’s breakthrough technology, MEC4 complex.
New skin tech This unique, dual-action technology decreases the growth of P. acnes (acne-causing bacteria) and does not inﬂuence other, helpful bacteria to ensure the skin’s sensitive balance isn’t disrupted. It also strengthens the skin with two key ingredients: PPG12/SMDI copolymer and glyceryl stearate. These work by hydrating the skin with lipids while also creating a protective barrier that helps protect against external factors and also locks in moisture. This hydration ultimately inhibits the overproduction of sebum in the skin, which in turn reduces the likelihood of clogged pores and acne. Just apply a thin layer of the cream to your entire face after a thorough cleansing and before moisturising. n Healthy complexion here we come.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Find Dermalex Acne Treatment exclusively at Boots stores in the medicated skincare aisle. Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, it’s also free from perfumes, antibiotics, steroids and parabens. Visit dermalex.co.uk to ﬁnd out more.
HANDS UP WHO THOUGHT ONCE WE grew up spots would be a thing of the past? Unfortunately, for many of us that’s just not the case. Acne is caused by an increase in androgen hormones, and this increase can happen at any stage of our lives. These hormones affect the sebacious glands in the skin and result in increased oil production. Enter Dermalex Acne Treatment. Developed by dermatologists speciﬁcally for adults, it’s clinically proven to treat mild to moderate acne symptoms such as acne spots, redness and swelling. In fact, 76 per cent of users saw reduced acne symptoms when used twice a day over four weeks.
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We know a diet high in fat and sugary foods is no friend to our complexions. But can certain foods play a key role in keeping skin clear?
Anti-inflammatory Underlying inﬂammation can contribute to skin issues such as acne. A good way to reduce inﬂammation is through a diet rich in essential fatty acids, which help to support the skin’s renewal process and are found in salmon, eggs, dark-green leafy vegetables and almonds.
Vitamin and mineral levels A study published by the National Institute of Health in America indicates that acne sufferers tend to have lower levels of vitamins A and E and also zinc. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, whilst dried apricots can boost your vitamin E levels. As for zinc, spinach, beef (go for grass-fed) and pumpkin seeds are great foods to help up your intake.
Low glycemic index foods There seems to be a link between steady blood sugar levels and skin health, so a diet rich in foods with a low glycemic index (GI) could help with acne issues. Why? They help regulate sugar levels, so try swapping white bread and pasta for brown rice and wholegrain bread.
We need to talk about periods Fed up of being at war every month with your period? Here’s how to navigate it – and win Words by AMY MOLLOY
WE CURRENTLY LIVE IN AN ERA of oversharing, and yet one bodily function is still hidden by euphemisms, code words and tampons smuggled in purses. But in the past 12 months, periods have been everywhere – from the public push for the removal of tampon tax to women live-tweeting their periods. The latest development? Bristol-based company CoExist is offering employees ‘period leave’. Despite this, a recent study of 90,000 women found that we refer to our periods with more than 5,000 ‘code words’ to avoid even having to utter the word. Which would be comedic in one sense, except that MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
many women are suffering from pain, fertility issues, medical conditions, fear and discomfort in silence. It’s time to shine a light on menstrual health – here’s what you should know.
Eat right for your cycle Step away from that extra-tall caramel latte. According to a Harvard Medical School study of girls between nine and 14, those who consumed more than 1.4 servings of sugary drinks a day tended to start menstruating earlier than girls who drank less. The
cause? Increased insulin levels, which can affect sex hormones. The white stuff is just as troublesome in adulthood. ‘One of the biggest fertility disruptors in our modern diet is sugar,’ says Dr Nat Kringoudis, author of Well & Good: Supercharge Your Health For Fertility & Wellness. ‘Your hormones are forced to ride insulin highs and lows, which leaves our bodies and endocrine system exhausted. And sugar is inﬂammatory, which can heighten period pain.’ Sugar’s not the only food to avoid: ‘Cold and raw foods can aggravate symptoms of menstrual issues such as endometriosis,’ adds Kringoudis. ‘Our body has to heat food up to 37°C before digestion occurs and, with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) or endometriosis, any stress load on the body worsens symptoms. Warm foods help blood to circulate, which can ease period pain.’ Small changes can also make a big difference. A study in the Journal Of Clinical And Diagnostic Research found that adding less than a teaspoon (420mg) of cinnamon to your diet daily reduces period pain, because it acts as an anti-inﬂammatory.
Work out smarter Exercise can assist uterine contractions during periods, helping to expel the uterus lining. But, instead of following the same regime every week, take your cycle into consideration. ‘On the ﬁrst day of your period, lower back pain and cramping can be a symptom of inﬂammation and often hypermobility in the lower back, which can be dangerous if you’re doing weights or an intense yoga class,’ says Niki Rein, founder of the ballet-inspired regime Barrecore. ‘Lay off the workouts on the ﬁrst two days – or stick to endorphinboosting sprints or even a brisk walk. After day three, carry on with your usual workouts. It is often days three to six when we feel strongest, so schedule power sessions, such as spinning and boxing then.’ Consider the week before your period, too. Researchers at the University of Texas found that a woman’s knee joints can become more unstable at this
HEALTH time, because the nerves around the knee ﬁre more often in the ‘late luteal phase’ of the cycle. But when you’re ovulating (roughly halfway through your cycle) oestrogen levels peak, so it’s a good time to up the intensity. Studies at the University of North Carolina found that endurance increases as oestrogen is elevated. Women on a treadmill could run an extra ten minutes or more when their oestrogen levels were higher. Cheeky 10k anyone?
Take on cramps According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation) affects one in ﬁve women. Cramping is caused by the muscles in the uterus contracting to dispel blood, but it can be a sign of a greater problem, such as endometriosis, ﬁbroid issues or an infection. Studies have shown that magnesium can relax uterine muscles, so include leafy greens in your diet, as they are rich in the mineral. Researchers at the University of Maryland also found that increasing your calcium intake may help.
It could be time to switch your usual towels or tampons, too. There’s been a renewed interest in the Mooncup – the reusable silicone vessel designed to collect blood that ﬁrst found popularity in the 80s – to deal with period pain. It’s reportedly more comfortable than a tampon as it sits lower down in the vagina. If you have a heavy ﬂow, menstrual cups can hold up to 28g of ﬂuid at a time, which is far more than the average tampon. Prone to thrush? Choose tampons made from unbleached cotton, so they’re less likely to cause irritation.
Ask your GP for help Figures from the NHS state that over 2 million women in the UK suffer from endometriosis. This is a condition where cells from the uterus migrate to other parts of the body, such as the ovaries, bowel or bladder, causing symptoms that include abdominal pain, heavy bleeding between periods and pain during sex. Another common
condition is irregular periods due to an overproduction of male hormones or PCOS. If your period disappears or is erratic, or you notice excess facial hair, it could be PCOS. But both conditions are hard to diagnose, because the symptoms vary. However, they are among the leading causes of female infertility, so see your GP if you are concerned. Commonly prescribed treatments for endometriosis include Lupron, which Lena Dunham, Girls creator and sufferer, was injected with in an online video. Lupron temporarily stops a woman’s period to alleviate the symptoms. PCOS sufferers are often prescribed Metformin, a diabetes drug that helps to regulate high insulin levels (that PCOS sufferers can have). But if you favour a more natural approach, dietary changes could help. A Rome-based 2012 study found that endometriosis pain decreased after 12 months following a glutenfree diet. PCOS symptoms can be reduced by following a low-GI, unprocessed food regime that aims to stabilise hormones.
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It’s not in your head In the two weeks before their period, three in four women suffer from behavioural shifts. ‘PMS is a real condition that can cause severe depression and suicidal thoughts,’ says Nick Raine-Fenning, medical director at Nurture Fertility. Five per cent of the population suffer such extreme side effects, and one in ﬁve women* say that their ﬂuctuating hormones hold them back in life. So, what’s the solution? ‘You could try the combined oral contraceptive pill or the contraceptive coil with oestrogen tablets or patches,’ says Raine-Fenning. These stop ovulation – the time when PMS often peaks – by adjusting oestrogen and progesterone levels artiﬁcially. There are alternative treatments, too. ‘Irritability will also be worse if a woman is low in magnesium because it’s key in stabilising mood,’ says nutritional therapist Alison Cullen. ‘To help, you can take magnesium supplements or top up levels with foods such as almonds, buckwheat and kidney beans.’
WORK WITH YOUR CYCLE Sadly, not all companies offer period leave. So Alisa Vitti, author of the TED talk ‘Loving Your Ladyparts As A Path To Success, Power And Global Change’, reveals how to maximise your menstrual cycle at the ofﬁce DAYS 1-7: Menstrual stage This is the time when you have the clearest conversation between the right and left hemisphere of the brain because hormone circulation is at a low so we can think clearly. Neurologically, it’s a prime time to analyse, review and think strategically. Look back on last month – how did it go? DAYS 7-14: Follicular stage When the eggs are coming to maturity during the follicular stage, you have the most access to creative energy. A slight increase in oestrogen and the follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) makes you naturally more interested in trying new things. This is an ideal time to get planning and compile a to-do list. DAYS 14-21: Ovulatory stage Oestrogen peaks this week and stimulates the verbal centres of your brain, which optimises your communication and relationship skills. Schedule meetings that focus on brainstorming, collaborating, negotiating or interviewing. It’s an ideal time to ask your boss for a raise – you’ll have the power of persuasion. DAYS 21-28: Luteal stage Progesterone enters the picture and stimulates a woman’s nesting instinct. At work, that means you’re eager to get things done. Review your to-do list from the follicular stage and carve out time to check things off it.
GET FIT FOR SUMMER Ready for the pre-holiday health and fitness kick? Almased® – a meal replacement programme from Germany – is designed to boost your metabolism, fitness and well-being. Sun, sea, sand, here we come
SUMMER’S HERE AND SO is the desire to shift those niggly extra pounds and get fit. Almased®, Germany’s number one scientifically proven weight-loss product, could be the helping hand you need. It can be used as part of a meal replacement programme, but what makes Almased® different is that it’s much more than a means of losing weight. Made from high-quality raw ingredients, including fermented soya, yogurt and enzyme-rich honey, the powder is consumed as a shake and formulated to provide your body with nutrients your regular diet may lack. It’s ‘vital nourishment’ in the true sense of the word and is designed to support metabolic activity and increase fitness levels and your general well-being.
STRONG NOT SKINNY Almased® helps you lose fat, not muscle mass. How? It has a very low glycemic index (GI). Foods with low GI are slowly absorbed, which means blood glucose levels are only raised slightly and the body releases a respectively lower amount of insulin. A lower insulin level can result in greater fat loss because instead of using
protein from muscle mass, the body will take its energy from fat stores. Clinical research on Almased® has shown that even during the weight loss process, essential muscle mass is retained, which is key for overall health and well-being.
FEEL AMAZING INSIDE AND OUT Vital nutrients in Almased®, such as vitamin B12 and B6, support normal energy-yielding metabolism and reduce fatigue to keep you going during the holidays. Not only that, but Almased® is fortified with minerals such as biotin and zinc which can help with the maintenance of hair and skin. And the feel-good benefits don’t stop there. Almased® contains amino acids and enzymes that support digestion.
PURE NATURE NOTHING ELSE Using natural ingredients, Almased® contains no artificial flavours, fillers, preservatives, stimulants and only naturally occurring sugars. It is also gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian and because of its low glycemic index it is suitable for people with diabetes.
PROMOTION EXERCISE MADE EASY
Pump up the volume Music motivates – and distracts from the effort of exercise – so create several playlists: one for running, one for the gym and one for your at-home workouts.
Lift a little Definitely pick up some dumbbells. Why weights? After each session your muscles need energy to repair their fibres, which boosts your metabolism so you can even burn calories while you get that post-workout, pre-holiday pedicure.
Take a walk Not a gym bunny or runner? Walking can burn as many as 400 calories in an hour. Include hills on your route to vary your heart rate.
Challenge yourself Choose a fitness app that not only creates workouts for you, but also keeps your exercise logs. These will show your progress and help push you on when the going gets tough. Visit almased.co.uk to learn more about the product. Download your FREE 14-day Figure Plan at figureplan.co.uk and enter code MC4. Each can of Almased® replaces 10 meals. It’s available only at Boots or Boots.com.
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From headlining festival food and drink to a light cucumber soup, we bring you the hottest alfresco fare
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SOUND BITES From country cider to sashimi, ﬁve musicians share their favourite festival fuell Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers) ‘Some fans once caught me chowing down a corn dog – basically a hot dog covered in batter, fried, then served on a stick – while watching Cat Power at Bonnaroo.’
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Cooling cucumber soup with aromatic lemon salsa
Keep things light in bikini weather with this fresh, citrus hit TO MAKE THE SALSA Q Place all the preserved lemon salsa ingredients other than the oil in a blender and blitz. Then add the oil and blend until just incorporated. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
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TO MAKE THE SOUP Q Clean out the blender and mix the yogurt, cucumber, spinach and brine. Season and pour into two bowls before adding a generous topping of the preserved lemon mix. ‘The salsa in this recipe is a game changer: you can put it on anything and everything – ssalads, pasta, egg-based brunches,’ sayss food maker, writer and stylist Henrietta Clan ncy. ‘Just be aware that nothing will get notiiced as much as the salsa.’
Ingredients (Serves 2 as a starter)
FOR THE PRESERVED LEMON SALSA • 20g parsley leaves • 20g coriander leaves • 20g pitted green olives • 50g preserved lemons, pips removed • 6 tbsp water • 2 tbsp olive oil
FOR THE SOUP • 100g natural yoghurt • 1 large cucumber (300g) • 1 handful baby leaf spinach • 2 tsp preserved lemon brine from jar
Takeen from Just Soup: Everything You u Need In A Bowl by Henrietta Clancy (£12 2.99, Short Books)
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DELUXE Nina in Capri, the inspiration for her new book
Fruit salad - just add whipp ped whipped nutt cocon crea am c eam
Because ‘lady petrol’ season is upon us
Alfresco food hacks
Say no to limp salad. Super chef Nina Parker shows us six ways to raise our picnic game
OUT Boring hummus with carrot batons IN Roasted sweet-potato hummus with blanched broccoli ﬂorets ‘If you don’t have time to make everything from scratch, blend shop-bought hummus with cooked sweet potato, cumin and peppers, which will turn it a really pretty orange colour.’ OUT Overcooked chicken drumsticks IN Mini lamb chops with salsa verde ‘These keep really well for a picnic. Just grill the chops to medium rare the night before and make a salsa verde of olives, capers, anchovies, parsley and mint, which you
OUT Balsamic and olive-oil salad dressing IN Homemade chilli oil ‘You can make this yourself by adding chopped garlic, chillies and caramelised shallots to a bottle of sunﬂower oil and leaving to infuse. The sweet shallots offset the chilli, so it’s not too spicy. It goes on everything – meat, salad, noodles – or add it to your existing balsamic dressing.’ OUT Ice cream in a cardboard-tasting cone IN Fresh banana ices ‘Chop up a banana and freeze the pieces. Once frozen, whizz them up in a blender and they’ll turn to a delicious ice-cream consistency. Eat drizzled with honey and roasted pecans.’ OUT Shop-bought sauces IN Homemade mayonnaise ‘Flavour yours with lemon, garlic or saffron – delicious with cold chicken or seafood.’
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Find the recipe for Caprese salad in Nina’s latest book
‘Why don’t we do this more often?’
can dress them with when you get to the picnic.’
OUT Flat gin and tonic IN Pink margari ritas ‘A normal margaarita blended with freesh raspberries mak kes a pretty, summeeryy drink.’
TWO GLASSES Picnic showstopper: chocolate mocha cake from Nina Capri
OUT Bruised strawberries IN Strawberry fruit salad with whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of roasted almonds ‘Summer desserts can contain a lot of cream, so coconut makes a lighter alternative. It’s also delicious on cakes with a sprinkle of icing sugar.’ Nina Capri by Nina Parker is out this month, (£25, Orion) @antonina parker
NINA’S DREAM PICNIC SPOTS Marina Piccola, Capri ‘A beautiful pebble beach, where you can swim under the stone arches after llunch.’
Brock kwell Park, London ‘You ccan see all the way acrosss the city. Head to t farrmer’s market on the H ne Hill to pick up Hern Pink some goodies ehand.’ margarita, before anyone?
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Picnic-setting perfection: Marina Piccola
On th he riverbank, Henle ey-on-Thames ‘For d drinking Pimm’s and watching dishy rowers!’ watch
‘Sod it, I’m having another. It’s Thursday night and I need this after the day I’ve had.’ THREE GLASSES
‘You know we have to spend a week in France with his parents? I’m going to kill someone.’ FOUR GLASSES
‘Oh my God, I love you guys! It makes me so sad we hardly do this any more.’ BOTTLE
‘Pleash don’t go home, you’re jush so boring. Lesh go dancing.’ PS We’ll be drinking the Domaine Maby Tavel Cuvee Prima Donna Rose, £9.50
PACIFIC HEIGHTS Palm-lined beaches, zip-lining thrills, Hollywood glamour and red-hot tacos – Martha Hayes discovers Mexico’s coolest region
Puerto Vallarta’s exclusive St Regis Punta Mita resort
bout ten miles south of Puerto Vallarta, on the Paciﬁc coast of Mexico, lies a quaint little bay called Boca de Tomatlán; ‘Boca’ to its locals. The surrounding hills on our short trek to where we’ll be sea-kayaking are colourfully abundant in papaya, banana and hibiscus. The sand is soft, the breeze is warm and the sea appears to be gentle, if the trio of delightful little ducks gliding along the water’s edge are anything to go by. But looks can be deceiving. An hour later I’m shouting expletives as I try to claw my way out of the water, having capsized on my way back on to the dock, my ﬂip-ﬂops nowhere to be seen. The wood is slippery, the waves are ﬁerce, and I’m basically doing pull-ups for the ﬁrst time in my life to stop myself from drowning. #Fitspo this isn’t. Frantically looking around for a helping hand, I think to myself, ‘What would Elizabeth Taylor do?’ Well, it’s unlikely she would have got herself into such a pickle. Firstly, bad weather is a rarity here (our Mexican guide, Elvira, reckons she’s never seen waves like it before), with the best time to visit between November and May. Secondly, Puerto Vallarta was merely a sleepy ﬁshing village back in 1963. As legend has it, the Hollywood actress followed her lover Richard Burton to Mismaloya (a beach just up from Boca) where he was ﬁlming The Night Of The Iguana. A media frenzy ensued, putting Puerto Vallarta ﬁrmly on the map, and it continued to attract tourists (albeit mainly American ones due to its hard-toreach location) when the couple purchased property here the following year. To reference the Burton/Taylor connection is to scratch only the surface of what makes Mexico’s Paciﬁc coast so captivating. Today, with direct ﬂights to Puerto Vallarta now available from London and Manchester, it’s a destination that is rivalling the better-known Riviera Maya on the Caribbean side. In contrast to mainstream resorts like Cancún – popular with debauched students on a tequilafuelled spring break – Puerto Vallarta, with its isolated coves and palm-studded beaches poking out of forests, feels like a paradise largely uncovered. As Elvira puts it, ‘Cancún is becoming an extension of North America. It’s seen as artiﬁcial. People come to Puerto Vallarta to experience the real Mexico.’ Cue sunsets, sumptuous seafood and deﬁnitely no debauched students. Here, they refer to them as ‘spring monsters’. Enough said! Back on safe land, my boyfriend Chris and I make the 30-minute drive to Marina Vallarta, where we started out earlier this morning. A walk along the Malecon (the boardwalk) and a thirst-quenching ice-cold cup of ‘Tuba’ (a coastal favourite made of coconut palm sap) at the beach takes us into the cobbled old town and the beating heart
FROM TOP Elizabeth Taylor adorns the wall of her former love nest, Casa Kimberly; a traditional Mexican street celebration in Puerto Vallarta; soak up the scenery in an opulent bath with a view at Casa Kimberly
TRAVEL CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Tantalising ﬁsh taco; the stunning Riviera Nayarit; parrot-spotting in Puerto Vallarta; hanging out on a zip-line adventure; Martha on a mule ride in the mountains
of Puerto Vallarta. Commercial developments in a place like this are as inevitable as they are unsightly, but the ‘Romantic Zone’ certainly makes up for it in authenticity. Boutique treasure troves (jewellery fans will love local designer Cassandra Shaw whose Chihuahuas, Leo and Bean, ‘model’ her accessories) pave the way for scattered street-food stalls – an altogether rougher diamond. The best tacos I eat all week are served up on a plastic plate by a tattooed guy in a baseball cap watching football in the background. And they cost about 70p for three. How do I know they’re the real deal? It’s all about the quality of the salsa, apparently. ‘This place is one of the very best,’ smiles Elvira, proudly spooning three different strengths of spicy sauce on to her plate. It’s the beginning of a gastronomical tour that would make Heston Blumenthal weep, as we discover the best way to eat here is little and often, and with a very open mind. After our taco ‘snack’ we head off to Mariscos El Guero, a modest seafood restaurant popular with locals and only open in the afternoon. Specialities here are marlin (a meaty ﬁsh, delicious in tacos) and seafood cocktails (a cross between a prawn cocktail and gazpacho, and quite an acquired taste).
Far from feeling like a tourist trap, I’m impressed by how adventurous local eateries are. Puerto Vallarta has a long way to go compared to inventive ‘foodie’ destinations like Oaxaca in southern Mexico, but what it lacks in variety it makes up for in ambition. A case in point is El Arrayán, in the old town. Its bohemian owner, Claudia, was so fed up with ‘Tex Mex’ being passed off as Mexican, she’s now pushing boundaries with a menu that includes Roasted Crispy Cricket Tacos. ‘It’s easier than raising a cow,’ she reasons. Waking up the next morning in Casa Kimberly – a nine-bedroomed hilltop B&B well worth the walk up from the high-rise hotel mile – it’s time for a quick dip in the original blue-tiled pool left from the days when this was the house that Burton bought Taylor for her 32nd birthday. It’s supremely peaceful, as we’re the only guests, save for an ageing lady with pink-dyed hair who’s tottering, fag in hand, around the poolside in high-heeled mules and a bikini. I’m sure Taylor would approve. Next, it’s back off to Boca, this time via Nuevo Vallarta (to the north of Puerto Vallarta), where a small group of us pick up a high-speed boat back across the bay. It’s a thrilling start to a 16-activity ‘outdoor adventure’ with Vallarta Adventures, which boasts a scenic mule-ride up into the mountains, 1,000ft-long zip wires and a waterslide with the third-highest drop (846 feet) in the world. If this is the Mexican idea of organised fun – and it is meticulously so, with guides including Chai, Warrior and Angel there to high-ﬁve us at every stage – Puerto Vallarta has it nailed. That night we move on to a beach-front boutique hotel,
Dine al fresco or chill out in the spa at the St Regis Punta Mita (above and far right); stop by surf town Sayulita (above right); colourful souvenirs in Riviera Nayarit
and personal butlers and couples massages reign supreme. No wonder it attracts the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kirsten Dunst. It’s also a stone’s throw away from Hollywood entrepreneur Joe Francis’ private villa. Keeping up (with the Kardashians)? Kim and Kanye are frequent visitors. If Puerto Vallarta is an emblem of old Hollywood, Riviera Nayarit is fast becoming a status destination for the instaglam generation. Whether Kim and her Snapchats are the best advert for this dream coastline remains to be seen, but you could have said the very same thing 50 years ago about Taylor and Burton’s ‘Le Scandale’. And so, to answer the original question, if she were alive today, what would Elizabeth Taylor do? Well, she’d pour herself a drink, put on some lipstick… and probably take a selﬁe or two.
BOOK NOW Thomson (thomson.co.uk) has direct ﬂights to Puerto Vallarta from Gatwick and Manchester. Transfers, tours and guides are best arranged through your hotel. For car hire, see carrentals.com. Stay at Casa Kimberly (casakimberly.com), Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa (premiereonline.com.mx) and St Regis Punta Mita Resort (stregispuntamita.com). For adventures and activities including sea kayaking, hiking, zip-lining and boat trips with snorkelling, visit ecotoursvallarta.com, vallarta-adventures.com and puntamitaexpeditions.com. For more information, see visitpuertovallarta.com, rivieranayarit.com and visitmexico.com. MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK
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Villa Premiere, that’s so luxurious there’s a welcome massage and a pillow menu to peruse on arrival. It’s just what the doctor ordered after swinging around the jungle like a pair of monkeys all day, not to mention being thrown about in a speedboat on the rough seas. Ever been on a roller coaster in the pouring rain? It’s a bit like that. But it’s not until we go down for breakfast the next morning and are told to stay indoors, we realise how bad the storm has hit during the night. The hotel manager is holding poolside crisis talks while staff in wellies try to sweep puddles into drains against a backdrop of thrashing waves. It’s like the world has come to a standstill; the Mexico equivalent of Britain when it snows. And so, with high hopes for some sunshine, we drive north for 40 minutes to Riviera Nayarit, a glorious 192-mile stretch of coastline – and we’re not disappointed. The sea here is calm enough for Chris and I to go paddle boarding (occasionally standing up, mainly sitting down!) on the Marietas Islands, then we stop for lunch at Tuna Blanca in nearby Punta de Mita. The high-end, LA-style cuisine exempliﬁes what this seemingly modest ﬁshing peninsula has to offer. Because, despite the efforts of neighbouring surf town Sayulita and the cultural centre of San Francisco (generally known as San Pancho) to remain bohemian, this region is really anything but. That’s all thanks to the development of a resort in 1978 considered one of Mexico’s most exclusive luxury communities. At the £1,000-a-night St Regis Punta Mita Resort, lavish tasting menus replace the humble ﬁsh taco
PROMOTION Q: Where can I have my treatment done? A: ‘First, take your time over the decision – some women consider a treatment for up to a decade before taking the next step. Then view your research and consultation as the biggest part of the process. You need to see a qualiﬁed aesthetic practitioner, who will ensure you’re getting the best treatment possible,’ says Hadley. ‘I would advise asking to see before and after pictures of past clients if in doubt.’
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Almost three million women say they’d consider facial fillers. If you’re one of them, you’re going to want to know all about how they work. We talk to aesthetics consultant Dee Hadley ONE OF THE BIG SIGNS OF ageing in our faces is the loss of volume. Collagen levels decrease as we get older, and our facial structure drops, too. And while spending a fortune on creams, oils and potions can help, sometimes the effects aren’t as great as you’d hoped for. That’s where facial ﬁllers come in. For most women, it’s not about looking ﬁve years younger – it’s about looking the best for their age. Here, aesthetics consultant Dee Hadley answers your questions on facial ﬁllers.
Q: Are ﬁllers natural? A: ‘Some ﬁllers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies,’ explains Hadley. ‘When we are born we have plentiful amounts, but as we get older, this store diminishes, leaving the skin less supported, which allows lines and wrinkles to develop. When a facial ﬁller containing hyaluronic acid is injected in small amounts under the skin, it can lift and smooth targeted folds and wrinkles by replenishing and adding subtle volume.’
Q: What types of ﬁllers are there? A: ‘Temporary ﬁllers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is broken down over time. Permanent ﬁllers can comprise a variety of active ingredients, so the results can be unpredictable,’ explains Hadley. ‘Juvéderm, a range of temporary ﬁllers, is designed to be tailored to different parts of your face.’
Q: What areas of my face can ﬁllers be used on? A: ‘Fillers can be used to temporarily restore volume-loss, smooth lines and ﬁll folds, and areas that are commonly treated include the lips, mouth area, nasolabial folds [smile lines] and cheeks. It’s often just the smallest amount of ﬁller that makes a difference to our faces,’ says Hadley.
Q: Will it be obvious I’ve had something done? A: ‘People might comment that you look less tired. The key to a subtle, natural-looking outcome is for the practitioner to choose the correct type of facial ﬁller for the speciﬁc area on the face that needs treating.’ Q: Are there different types of ﬁllers I can have? A: ‘The Juvéderm range of ﬁllers with Vycross technology are designed to suit different areas of the face and can last between 18-24 months. Volbella, for example, has been developed for ﬁne lines or sensitive areas, such as the lips. Voluma is ideal for restoring youthful volume – think cheeks, cheekbones and chin. Lastly, Volift can be used to ﬁll out deeper lines and for facial contouring. Your aesthetic practitioner will know what to use, but they will be able to discuss the treatment approach with you,’ says Hadley. Q: Does it hurt? A: ‘You should expect some discomfort. But most aesthetic practitioners will numb the area they’re injecting with a topical anaesthetic. Some facial ﬁllers are formulated with the anaesthetic lidocaine.’ Q: Are there any side effects? A: ‘Side effects are usually temporary and clear within a few days but can include tenderness, redness, swelling and bruising on the injection site,’ explains Hadley.
WHAT’S NEXT? For more information and to ﬁnd the right practitioner for you, visit locator.juvederm.co.uk
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