3O COVER STORY
It’s said that lightning never strikes twice, but Australian embroiderer Sonia Lyne would no doubt argue otherwise, having lost her parents in separate road accidents – seven years apart – after both her father and mother fell asleep behind the wheel. But her story in today’s How I Make It Work (page 26) is not a sad one – quite the contrary. Triumphing over adversity and navigating life’s more challenging chapters is a recurring theme among many of the resilient and quietly defiant women featured in this week’s Stellar, including cover star Madeleine West, World Cup television anchor Lucy Zelić and teenage adventurer Jade Hameister. COVER STORY 08 “Imperfections are to be celebrated” Six young children, a shift in her relationship and a starring role in a new television show. Things are intense for Madeleine West, who nonetheless tells Stellar that she never expected life to be perfect.
FEATURES 12 “I didn’t change the way I speak” Lucy Zelić was savaged by critics for her World Cup pronunciations, but the presenter, now happily in love, says it will take more than that to bring her down.
14 More than just a pretty face Once disregarded as someone who was just winning roles due to her good looks, actor Olivia Munn has proven she won’t be shamed or sexually objectified.
16 “It was brutal – but I never gave up” Teen explorer Jade Hameister has three world records, a debut book and sassy comebacks for her internet trolls. Now she’s ready to embark on a new mission. REGULARS 04 Carrie Bickmore ponders how to answer life’s tough (and awkward) questions. 06 Q&A Carrie Underwood: “I’m Southern – I take my bighair cues from Dolly Parton.” 18 Fashion Actor Ashleigh Brewer returns home from her LA base and models for Stellar. 22 Beauty Why antioxidant skincare is crucial for Aussies. 23 Living Neale Whitaker reflects on the power of pattern. 24 Travel Take to the seas with a tailored short-stay cruise. 25 Oscar Cainer Stars. 26 Life advice Sonia Lyne on embroidering a livelihood. Renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi is reinventing food for the home chef in his new cookbook.