It’s Our 20th Birth­day!

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Wow… can you be­lieve it? We are 20!

The Weekly has been in Sin­ga­pore for two decades and over this time, I know we have be­come a brand you trust and count on. With a fin­ger on the pulse of the needs, wants and goals of busy work­ing women jug­gling both work and fam­ily life,

The Weekly has con­tin­ued to stay true to its DNA, de­liv­er­ing sto­ries and so­lu­tions to help you nav­i­gate through life’s chal­lenges. Some peo­ple say the magazine is like their friend, and in fact, that was one of our aims when we first launched the ti­tle.

I’ve been priv­i­leged to see this baby grow up. She’s my mid­dle child of sorts, and prob­a­bly the one I’ve spent the most time with. I re­mem­ber the day I started work, as the sub-editor, ex­cited to be on a wo­man’s magazine. As with any launch of a new prod­uct, it took us months to get the Oc­to­ber 1997 de­but is­sue per­fect. And just as we had fi­nally sent the pages off to the print­ers, we heard of the tragic news of Princess Diana’s death. It was a stop-press mo­ment and one I won’t for­get; here was a princess who lived far, far away, yet many of us were shaken by the loss, and the team worked quickly to pull to­gether a spe­cial trib­ute.

If there’s any­thing that stands out about The Weekly, it’s her big heart. We do what we do in hopes that each month, we can in­spire you – to be hap­pier, to be health­ier, to be a bet­ter per­son. In this spe­cial 20th An­niver­sary is­sue, we fea­ture over 60 amaz­ing women who have come to­gether in sol­i­dar­ity, via our pages, to em­power you.

Catch up with the 18 high-achiev­ing women in this year’s Great Women Of Our Time Awards, and we want you to vote for the most in­spir­ing, page 50. Se­nior Fea­tures Writer Natalya Molok also tire­lessly tracked down 20 pow­er­ful women who are em­pow­er­ing oth­ers in “20-20 Vi­sion”, page 99, and you can tap on the ca­reer tips of our Great Women Of Our Time alumni on page 132. We also gath­ered some of our fave cover girls for a home­com­ing of sorts in “The Glam Squad”, page 22. It’s so great to see them look­ing beau­ti­ful, but more im­por­tantly, own­ing an air of as­sured­ness that has come with time.

When we looked at who to fea­ture as our cover girl for this is­sue, we dove into our archives and it was Wendy Ja­cobs, with baby Ir­fan, in her arms, who called out to us. So, we’re thrilled to have her grace our cover and have to say she’s as smokin’ hot as she was 20 years ago (if not even more!). Many would see Wendy as hav­ing the dream life, but it hasn’t been all a bed of roses for the South African model who came to Sin­ga­pore and fell in love with our favourite foot­balling son Fandi Ah­mad. Now with five chil­dren and hav­ing suf­fered a mys­te­ri­ous ill­ness that al­most claimed her life, Wendy shows she’s in­deed a fighter – and em­bod­ies a spirit that we re­spect. Read more on page 32.

The Weekly has grown and evolved – our ti­tle is now avail­able on tablet as well as on­line at www.wom­ensweekly. com.sg, giv­ing women the choice to read our sto­ries any­time and any­where they like. We may change to meet your needs but we will con­tinue to en­able you through in­spi­ra­tion, so­lu­tions and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences. On be­half of the team, we thank you for all your sup­port.

Read how life has changed in just one year for the gor­geous Sheila Sim on page 22. BAR­BARA’S PHOTO: NICKY LOH / NUT & BOLT CHOKER FROM CAR­RIE K.

An­drea De Cruz (sec­ond from left) and our crew for “The Glam Squad” shoot, fea­tur­ing some of our favourite cover girls. Wendy Ja­cobs with her “baby” Iryan.

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