ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Contents -

I find it eas­ier to plan big changes for the fol­low­ing months while I’m on the other side of the world, thou­sands of miles away from home. Per­haps it’s the sleep­less ap­pre­hen­sion of the start of a new sea­son (Spring-Sum­mer 2019 shows are on-go­ing as I write this), matched by a sense of ex­cite­ment for some­thing new and ex­cit­ing, as I tend to bask in ev­ery lit­tle thing I learn and ex­pe­ri­ence from my trav­els. Trav­el­ling is so im­por­tant. I feel money is never wasted when it comes to trav­el­ling and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing new cul­tures, ac­quir­ing new knowl­edge. I’ve dis­cov­ered that I don’t hate bagels when I had my first bagel and cream cheese at Pick-a-Bagel in Man­hat­tan; the big­gest trend for Fall are over­sized graphic sweaters (I ab­so­lutely need the Coach 1941 sweater); and that Krys­ten Rit­ter loves Asian food.

I write this while seated on a bench at 72nd Street on Cen­tral Park, just op­po­site The Dakota, the apart­ment build­ing where John Len­non lived, and was fa­tally shot. Fash­ion week in New York has just ended. For the past week, I was ei­ther the watcher or the watched, roam­ing from one side of Man­hat­tan to an­other, pro­cess­ing the dif­fer­ent trends that I see pre­sented be­fore me for the sum­mer of 2019. It was a men­tally and phys­i­cally drain­ing week filled with shows, in­ter­views and meet­ings − but I would do it all over again just for the ex­pe­ri­ence. I be­lieve Moto Guo would agree, as I am pos­i­tive his ex­pe­ri­ence of break­ing into the re­tail scene in China would be one he will cher­ish al­ways (China Call­ing, pg36).

When it comes to what in­spires our opin­ion­ated lives on­line, it seems as if the list of faces who in­spire al­most uni­ver­sal re­spect and joy are be­com­ing more and more ob­so­lete − up to the point of hav­ing dig­i­tally cre­ated AI char­ac­ters with no souls gar­ner­ing over one mil­lion fol­low­ers (Who Runs The World? pg77). How mil­lions would ac­tu­ally in­ter­act with so much emo­tion to­wards an imag­i­nary char­ac­ter is beyond me; use that en­ergy else­where! An ex­tra cheer is in or­der for Marie Claire Malaysia’s most en­er­getic cover star, Krys­ten Rit­ter! Fun, bub­bly and very ap­proach­able, Krys­ten who stars as Marvel Hero Jes­sica Jones, took time out of her busy sched­ule film­ing the third sea­son of the series to shoot with us around the streets of West Hol­ly­wood (The Rit­ter Ef­fect, Pg66).

An­other rea­son why I was truly drawn to Jes­sica Jones’ char­ac­ter was be­cause she was a su­per­hero for the women. Be­ing a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault, she rose up from the dark and took on creeps who oth­er­wise may feel that they can get away with abus­ing women. Strength is not only lim­ited to phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. There are power to words as well. We should al­ways speak up about what we be­lieve in, to high­light is­sues that need to be ad­dressed. We spoke to a hand­ful of pow­er­ful Malaysian women about voic­ing out their state­ments, and they didn’t hes­i­tate to oblige (pg84). Hope­fully, that would in­spire oth­ers to speak out about is­sues that are dear to them.

ASMA NASARUDDIN AND SUHAILI MICHELINE SPEAK OUT FOR OUR ‘MAKE A STATE­MENT’ DIG­I­TAL CAM­PAIGN

Azza Arif ED­I­TOR az­zaarif@bluinc.com.my @az­zaar­ifk

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