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“Just be your­self.” It’s what par­ents tell their kids all the time, and an en­cour­ag­ing sen­ti­ment of­fered to a friend bat­tling nerves ahead of a job in­ter­view. But be­ing your­self isn’t al­ways as easy as it sounds. Amanda Keller, how­ever – who at 56 is busier than she has ever been – is some­one who has built a di­verse and flour­ish­ing ca­reer do­ing just that. Or, as she suc­cinctly puts it, au­then­tic­ity is “the new black”. As her long­time friend An­drew Den­ton tells Stel­lar of Keller: “She’s funny with­out be­ing a smart-arse. Gen­uine with­out stack­ing it on. Cool with­out shoot­ing for it.” COVER STORY 08 “We need ex­u­ber­ance in this world” At 56, Amanda Keller is busier than ever as one of TV and ra­dio’s most in-de­mand hosts. She talks to Stel­lar about rais­ing teenage sons, why she’s no­body’s side­kick and her life­long crush on Barry Manilow.

FEA­TURES 12 “It’s all laugh­ably sur­real” She’s writ­ten a role for Meryl Streep and has Ni­cole Kid­man on speed dial, but au­thor Liane Mo­ri­arty is still not en­tirely com­fort­able in the spotlight. 16 Mod­ern muse Ahead of an up­com­ing trip to Aus­tralia, Alexa Chung re­flects on dat­ing in the pub­lic eye, strug­gling with self-doubt and mak­ing peace with the It girl la­bel.

18 In the driver’s seat As she mod­els spring­time looks for Stel­lar, Ali Oet­jen opens up about her up­com­ing de­but as The Bach­e­lorette and look­ing for love on re­al­ity TV for the third time. REG­U­LARS 04 David Camp­bell wants us to pull up a pew as he tells his cau­tion­ary tale about the Magic Chair. 06 Q&A Ju­lia Or­mond on kiss­ing Brad Pitt and step­ping into Au­drey Hepburn’s shoes. 22 Beauty Skip the awk­ward grow­ing-out stage this spring with flat­ter­ing cur­tain bangs. 23 Liv­ing Neale Whi­taker be­lieves keep­ing up with the Jone­ses is now all about kitchens. 24 Travel Share a pint and a laugh with the char­ac­ter­ful lo­cals in his­tory-soaked Dublin. 26 Os­car Cainer What the stars have in store this week. Rick Stein is set to reel in more devo­tees as he opens his sec­ond Aus­tralian sea­side eatery.

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