Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LETTER -

Watch­ing Lupita Ny­ong’o win­ning an Academy Award was in­spir­ing, to say the least. I jumped in de­light when I read ‘50 Shades of Lupita’ in your April 2014 is­sue and saw her again as your May 2014 cover girl. I thought,‘Here is a woman like my­self, who has hope dwelling in her soul.’ I have an eight-year-old son who is autis­tic and I have of­ten felt help­less in my strug­gle to make things right for him. Rais­ing a spe­cial-needs child can be chal­leng­ing but the re­ward of see­ing his smile is so worth it… and he is on his way to be­com­ing some­one great.As women we’re al­ways striv­ing for per­fec­tion – the per­fect mar­riage, the per­fect job, the per­fect looks. But we are hu­man af­ter all and it’s okay to ex­pe­ri­ence pain along the way. Like all the in­cred­i­ble women in your amaz­ing mag­a­zine, I plan to make a dif­fer­ence – to the spe­cial chil­dren in our beau­ti­ful coun­try. – Anisa Singh wins an El­iz­a­beth

Ar­den ham­per.

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