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Back in 2013, when a 16-year-old Lorde re­leased her de­but al­bum, Pure Heroine, she couldn’t have known that it would go multi-plat­inum in all ma­jor mu­sic markets, win two Grammy awards, sky­rocket her to global fame and earn her the ado­ra­tion of a na­tion who would forever­more speak about her in the same breath as home­grown he­roes Sir Edmund Hil­lary, Sir Peter Jack­son and Richie Mc­caw.

An in­cred­i­ble feat for sure, one imag­ines such a suc­cess­ful start might also be a bit of a cross to bear — the ex­pec­ta­tion to fol­low through with an equally (if not more) ex­cep­tional body of work im­mense. But now 20 years old and with less than a month to go be­fore the re­lease of her sopho­more al­bum, Lorde looks poised for some­thing great. Se­ri­ously, if teaser sin­gle ‘Green Light’ is any­thing to go by (on re­peat at Miss FQ HQ since March), Melo­drama will. Be. Epic. In the mean­time, we en­joyed track­ing the high­lights of Lorde’s ca­reer to date on page 26.

Speak­ing of fol­low-ups, we were re­ally feel­ing the pres­sure whilst putting to­gether this is­sue of Miss FQ. The re­sponse to our launch is­sue ab­so­lutely floored us (turn to page 14 to see some of our fave ’grams and mes­sages — you guys are so ex­tra and we love it). Still, we were ab­so­lutely freak­ing out that we’d never be able to out-do our­selves.

As it hap­pens though, we think we may have. It’s not re­ally down to us, of course. It’s the in­cred­i­ble in­di­vid­u­als that made fill­ing these pages so easy (and edit­ing them down so very, very hard). Since day one, Miss FQ has been about cel­e­brat­ing supremely tal­ented, brave and in­spir­ing women (and men), do­ing in­cred­i­ble things on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stage. This is­sue, we were for­tu­nate enough to work with per­haps our most mind-blow­ing lot of con­trib­u­tors yet. We hope you en­joy their sto­ries and work as much as us.

And fi­nally, a su­per ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ment. We know how Insta-ob­sessed you all are and how much you love see­ing Kiwi blog­gers, vlog­gers and ’gram­mers killing it on so­cial me­dia. That’s why we are launch­ing the first ever Miss FQ Col­gate Op­tic White® In­flu­encer Awards. So cool, right?! From July, we’ll be tak­ing your nom­i­na­tions. We’ll then se­lect cat­e­gory fi­nal­ists and vot­ing will be­gin in Au­gust, giv­ing you two weeks to have your say on who de­serves to come out on top. Keep an eye on for fur­ther key dates and de­tails.

Un­til then, happy read­ing!

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