Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Editor’s Letter -

Last year, my youngest daugh­ter went to a Fri­day night soc­cer game in Syd­ney to watch her hero, 2018Young Aus­tralian of theyear Samantha Kerr. She came home buzzing with Kerr’s au­to­graph and a cov­eted snap­shot of her­self next to the star striker. when I told Lola, now nine, that BAZAAR had pho­tographed Sam in Chicago — where she’s cur­rently based play­ing for the Red Stars — for this month’s vi­sion­ary Women port­fo­lio, she told me she wants to be just like Sam when she grows up. This is not an ex­tra­or­di­nary story. Lit­tle girls all over the world have he­roes they want to grow up to be like. How­ever, it made me feel very proud of the sto­ries my team at BAZAAR work hard to find and share with you each month. Sto­ries about dy­namic, fo­cused, self­less, am­bi­tious and suc­cess­ful women. I strongly be­lieve it’s im­por­tant that we con­tinue to recog­nise and celebrate women who are do­ing in­cred­i­ble things, mak­ing an im­pact big and small, be­cause, like Sam, they will no doubt in­spire gen­er­a­tions of young women to come.

This year, you may have no­ticed we have re­launched our an­nual Fab­u­lous at Ev­ery Age port­fo­lio asvi­sion­ary women, be­cause that’s what I truly be­lieve these women are:vi­sion­ar­ies. I also think BAZAAR has moved be­yond clas­si­fy­ing women by their age.this year we also asked other in­spirin g women (and two men) to in­ter­view and write the pro­files of our port­fo­lio stars, which has given more in­sight into the lives and suc­cess of these amaz­ing women. As Jac­in­taty­nan writes about her friend the jour­nal­ist and women’s ad­vo­cate Tracey Spicer, “For all her tough-girl ex­te­rior,tracey is some­one who cares deeply about oth­ers and what they think. She loves large and gives gen­er­ously. She’s as gen­tle as she is tough. I’ve seen her wounded more than once when the sen­ti­ment is not re­cip­ro­cated. She’s a woman’s woman, who lifts up oth­ers in a bitch-free zone, fu­elled at the heart of it all by an all-con­sum­ing ab­hor­rence of in­jus­tice. Of any kind.”

I hope you find as much in­spi­ra­tion read­ing this port­fo­lio as I did.

Tracey Spicer in “Vi­sion­ary Women”, page 79.

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