Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

VOGUE Australia - - Editor’s Letter -

Rebel Wil­son is in­deed fear­less. She’s gone where few celebri­ties have dared to go. She has chal­lenged the Aus­tralian tabloid press, tak­ing weeks out of her work sched­ule in the US to ap­pear in Aus­tralian courts to do so – and won. She is charm­ing, just as funny in per­son as she is on screen, and con­tin­ues to de­light au­di­ences as a phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful comic writer and newly minted film pro­ducer with an eye for de­tail (as you will read in Ali­son Ve­ness’s story from page 124). We are very proud of Rebel’s first Vogue Aus­tralia cover. Make sure you watch the hys­ter­i­cal ac­com­pa­ny­ing video (go to Vogue.com.au or our YouTube chan­nel).

Speak­ing of em­pow­ered women, this month we host the third an­nual Vogue Codes sum­mit aimed at en­cour­ag­ing more women and girls to en­gage with tech­nol­ogy. We will host events in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, in­clud­ing Vogue Codes Live, with fab­u­lous ac­ti­va­tions and a free kids’ day too. In this is­sue we pro­file some of our guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing In­sta­gram’s Eva Chen, who tells us the so­cial me­dia plat­form has taken down the “vel­vet rope of fash­ion … you could live in Mel­bourne or Mon­tana and feel like you’re a fash­ion in­sider”; and Tim Brown, a for­mer New Zealand soc­cer player turned co-creator of All­birds, the must-have sneaker for Sil­i­con Val­ley en­trepreneurs, and beloved by Oprah and Barack Obama. The sneakers are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, com­fort­able and yet another ex­am­ple of the power of the right prod­uct plus e-com­merce cre­at­ing an overnight in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

I have been over­whelmed by the em­brace of Vogue Codes by Vogue read­ers and be­yond. We are look­ing to launch this Aus­tralian ini­tia­tive in­ter­na­tion­ally with Vogue ti­tles, thereby en­gag­ing more women glob­ally in a con­ver­sa­tion about the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges faced by women pur­su­ing ca­reers in tech­nol­ogy, and ques­tion­ing why many still don’t.

None of this would be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of West­pac, and specif­i­cally Anas­ta­sia Cam­maroto and Dave Cur­ran. They grasped the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing a move­ment, and lever­ag­ing the reach and ap­peal of the Vogue brand to start im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions and at­tract more young women to the am­ple ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in areas of tech­nol­ogy. Even if you don’t work in IT per se, all work is, or will be, af­fected by tech­nol­ogy and ev­ery­body will need to be tech lit­er­ate. Women can­not be left be­hind. I thank David and Anas­ta­sia for their fore­sight, ad­vice and vi­sion. Fur­ther thanks is ex­tended to re­turn­ing part­ner HP, back for the third year, and com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing the best per­form­ing and most beau­ti­ful tech­nol­ogy. And fi­nally, we wel­come new part­ner Audi, its pro­gres­sive views, in­no­va­tion and con­sis­tent per­for­mance makes it the per­fect col­lab­o­ra­tor.

If you haven’t al­ready bought a ticket to Vogue Codes, go on­line to­day: codes.vogue.com.au.

Rebel Wil­son in ‘ Rebel heart’, from page 124.

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