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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for party sea­son to start. 2017 has been in­tense—surely I’m not the only one in need of es­capism.

The global po­lit­i­cal land­scape has changed quickly and dra­mat­i­cally. Tragic nat­u­ral dis­as­ters fill the head­lines. And don’t even get me started on the non-stop sto­ries of sex­ism, misog­yny and racism that are clog­ging my news feed. I’m glad that there are so many im­por­tant (and nec­es­sary) con­ver­sa­tions hap­pen­ing as a re­sult, but lately the world feels like the clos­ing mon­tage of an end-of­days Hol­ly­wood movie. At this point, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if I looked up and saw Godzilla rid­ing in on an as­ter­oid.

Our cover star, Tessa Thomp­son, is feel­ing it too. In our in­ter­view (“Won­der Woman,” page 58), the out­spo­ken fem­i­nist ac­tress—who, quite fit­tingly, plays the war­rior Valkyrie in the new film Thor: Rag­narok— says that as crucial as it is to speak up and be in­formed about top­ics such as race and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in her in­dus­try, it can be over­whelm­ing.

I agree. I feel guilty turn­ing off the news when I’ve reached my limit of tough stuff. But I also know that hit­ting “re­fresh” ev­ery 10 min­utes so I can be the Most In­formed Hu­man Ever di­min­ishes the hap­pi­ness I’m able to take in other im­por­tant things, like get­ting lost in one of my favourite books or laughing with friends un­til my wa­ter­proof mas­cara fails.

I hope that this month you can use our mag­a­zine as an es­capist salve—a lit­tle joy booster. We’ve got fea­tures on in­sanely luxe gifts (“ELLE 2017 Gift Guide,” page 70), Parisian spa treat­ments (“French Lessons,” page 110) and jewellery so lav­ish Alexis Car­ring­ton would ap­prove (“An­i­mal King­dom,” page 40). Speak­ing of Alexis, Dy­nasty’s ul­ti­mate diva is fea­tured in “Power Play” (page 64), a story about the im­pact the ’80s TV show still has on fash­ion to­day. The in­dus­try of­ten re­sponds to tough times with muted, mod­est cloth­ing on the run­ways, but this sea­son it ap­pears that de­sign­ers are re­act­ing with a blast of fan­tasy and glam reverie (“Fu­ture Per­fect,” page 80).

While pretty frip­pery of­fers mo­ments of wel­come dis­trac­tion, the hol­i­day sea­son also pro­vides us with the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for a more sus­tain­ing re­sponse to tough times, as we re­flect on the peo­ple who mat­ter, the sto­ries that give us hope and the things we’re grate­ful for. On my 2017 thank-you list? The hard-work­ing, tal­ented team at ELLE Canada and all of our in­spir­ing, stylish and out­spo­ken read­ers. With­out you, th­ese mo­ments of hope, beauty and joy would be so much harder to find. Cheers!

Vanessa Craft Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @vanes­sacraft. What do you want to see in the mag­a­zine? We want to know! Tell us at edi­tors@ELLECanada.com or #Tel­lELLECanada.

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