ELLE (Malaysia) - - NEWS - kate guest ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Edit­ing a fash­ion mag­a­zine when you’re a size 14 (on a good day) is not al­ways a bar­rel of laughs. The flesh may be weak, but the mind must be strong to with­stand the daily on­slaught of so­called ‘per­fect’ bod­ies and fash­ion that I can’t fit into. Be­lieve me, I’d hap­pily spend more of my pay cheque on de­signer la­bels – if only they went past a size 12. And I know I’m not alone. It is end­lessly frus­trat­ing to me that so many lux­ury brands think their cus­tomers don’t have curves. And I find it hard to hon­estly and eth­i­cally rep­re­sent the di­ver­sity of the fe­male body in the pages of ELLE when fash­ion sam­ples gen­er­ally come in one size – zero.

Thank­fully, at­ti­tudes are shift­ing. La­bels such as Michael Kors, Stella McCart­ney, Coach and Dolce & Gab­bana are among the van­guard of­fer­ing a wider range of sizes, while the old cliché that ‘fat’ bod­ies are ‘un­healthy’ bod­ies is fi­nally be­ing ex­posed for the pa­tro­n­is­ing lie that it is. I have been ev­ery­thing from a size zero to a size 16, and the truth is that some of my skin­ni­est years were also some of my un­health­i­est and un­hap­pi­est. Now, I work out as much as I can, but I also have a de­mand­ing job, I travel a lot, I pre­fer to lie in bed read­ing on Satur­days than go to spin class and I re­ally en­joy food. (And wine! I re­ally en­joy wine.) Sure, I want to be stronger and more toned, but I don’t wake up in the morn­ing hat­ing my­self be­cause my bones have more flesh on them than they used to. There’s so much more to life.

If you could use a lit­tle body pos­i­tiv­ity, turn straight to page 60 and read Grace Wong’s ‘Scrolling for body goals’. In­sta­gram isn’t al­ways the safest place for peo­ple with self­es­teem is­sues, given its in­vi­ta­tions to judge and end­less fuel for #FOMO, but there are bright points once you know which ac­counts to fol­low. If you want a fun new way to get fit, try tram­polin­ing like we did (page 62), then check out the beauty prod­ucts we rec­om­mend for a re­lax­ing spa night at home (page 64).

Above all, re­mem­ber that it’s all about per­spec­tive, as su­per­star writer Rox­ane Gay, au­thor of the stag­ger­ing new mem­oir, Hunger, points out in our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view this month. “Many of the peo­ple talk­ing about body pos­i­tiv­ity are size 12, size 14, even size 16,” she says. “I un­der­stand there is a lot of cul­tural pres­sure for women that size to be smaller, but I’m like, hon­estly, you have a prob­lem be­ing pos­i­tive about your body? Re­ally? For me, in this body, it’s hard to take that se­ri­ously.”

Shoes, RM3,890, Manolo Blah­nik

Swim­suit, Eres at sian­swimwear.com. Ear­rings, ap­prox. RM280, Maya Ma­gal, maya­m­a­gal.co.uk

John Gal­liano for Chris­tian Dior S/S ’97, pho­tographed by Michael Thomp­son (1997)

Jacket, Coach

Babes ChloÉ Sig­na­ture EDP, RM489 (75ml)

Pan­thère de Cartier watch in pink gold with di­a­monds, RM119,000, Cartier

Chanel Huile de Jas­min, RM550

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