Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents - www.face­book.com/ harpers­bazaar­malaysia www.harpers­bazaar.my @harpers­bazaarmy Natasha Kraal

Be­ing “Per­fect 10” has greatly evolved since the Body Rock ’80s, the Anti-Body ’90s, and the Body­con Noughties. To­day, it’s about Body Dy­nam­ics, in this era when art, sci­ence, health, holis­tics, and tech­nol­ogy all syn­er­gise to cre­ate a strong physique that looks and feels good top-to-toe, in­side-out. This 360˚ body-mind-soul em­pow­er­ment is cer­tainly em­bold­en­ing, com­ple­mented by body beau­ti­ful styles that eschew the ob­vi­ous (read: ath­leisure or ag­gres­sive power looks) for a solid sil­hou­ette ex­pressed with sen­su­ous lines and cre­ative flair. Just look at how the fash­ion set wears it (page 47) with that in­tel­li­gent re­veal/con­ceal nar­ra­tive: leather bralettes with pen­cil skirts; 18th­cen­tury lin­gerie-in­spired corset belts; peek-a-boo lace; silk robe suits ... It’s all about cel­e­brat­ing the body in a play­ful but pow­er­ful way. We know that style only makes the sur­face, for it starts from deep within. I re­cently re­assessed my per­sonal regime with a DNA pro­file, which com­pletely changed my ap­proach to ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tion, with op­ti­mum re­sults. Be­gin here— un­der­stand­ing your ge­netic make-up is es­sen­tial to cus­tomis­ing your needs—and then work your way through the many ways to tone, diet, and treat. #BODY­GOALS (page 55) is a fab­u­lous A-Z of great ideas (think turmeric lat­tes, brain or­gasms, and Space Age sneak­ers), which goes deeper with ‘The Two-Week Body Makeover’ (page 62) of ... okay, let’s get graphic ... fat torch­ing and gut cleans­ing to achieve the body of your dreams. It’s hard work, but some­one’s gotta do it!

The flip­side to all of this, is no, not Bella Ha­did say­ing she “needs to eat all the time”, and then lyrics about her ginger shots and sautéed kale for din­ner (page 38—some girls have all the luck!). There’s the op-ed ‘Who Do We Think We Are?’ (page 108) that in­ter­est­ingly delves into the “im­poster syn­drome”—con­trary to the wide­spread “selfie syn­drome”. A lit­tle in­ward re­flec­tion could just be a good thing in these self-ob­sessed times, as long as we reach for pos­i­tive so­lu­tions. Once you’ve re­cal­i­brated your body-mind-spirit, turn over to our spe­cial edi­tion of ‘Watches & Jew­els’ for some se­ri­ous raz­zle-daz­zle, the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch.

Neck­lace, Marni

Shoes, Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo

Earrings, Bul­gari

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