Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Inbox -

I am one week post ma­jor ham­string-ten­don surgery, read­ing your March edi­tion, which I had bought in prepa­ra­tion for my long re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pe­riod.this is not a sym­pa­thy plea, rather a huge com­pli­ment to your at­ti­tude of em­brac­ing a woman who is a lit­tle down for the mo­ment but not out. I am re­fer­ring to you in­clud­ing the beau­ti­ful model Ally, on crutches and with her leg in a cast, in the “Un­der Con­struc­tion” pho­to­shoot. In pain and a bit teary (hat­ing my full-length leg brace), I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes when I saw her with crutches and stylish black cast in your glossy pages! It was the last thing I ex­pected. Sin­cer­est con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing ac­com­mo­dat­ing and flex­i­ble in se­lect­ing Ally for this shoot. In do­ing so, you’re pro­mot­ing sub­lim­i­nally that we can get up, get dressed, get on with it (as much as we can) and look and feel beau­ti­ful, no mat­ter what. Life is 10 per cent what hap­pens to us and 90 per cent how we re­act to it. I have a long, long way to go, but thank you, BAZAAR, for putting a smile on my face when I needed it. Wendy, Queens­land

Carine Roit­feld’s “Un­der Con­struc­tion” shoot.

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