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.