BEACH BUM­MING

Women's Health (South Africa) - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - DANIELLE WEAKLEY Ed­i­tor @DanielleWeak­ley @dan­weak­ley

Some days I wake up and won­der why on earth I haven’t packed it all in and trav­elled the world snap­ping pics of my­self, clad in a sliver of a bikini on a trop­i­cal is­land... And then I have to re­mind my­self that my In­sta han­dle is @dan­weak­ley not @moon­struck­trav­eller... Which is about the time that my first tears of the day roll down my freshly ex­fo­li­ated and sun­screened cheeks into my al­mond-milk flat white. What the thor­oughly de­light­ful – and she re­ally is a de­light, ac­cord­ing to the crew who were on shoot with her – Sarah Ko­han, aka Moonstruck Traveller, has taught me, though, is this: no train, no bloody gain... And I kinda love her for it. In an Instagram world that is filled with se­ri­ously hot babes post­ing “I woke up like this” self­ies sip­ping on uni­corn smooth­ies, while telling the world that their favourite food is pizza; it is re­fresh­ing to stum­ble across some­one as ge­net­i­cally blessed as Sarah, who ad­mits just how much hard work it is be­ing su­per-fit and foxy... All the time. She con­fessed to us that in prepa­ra­tion for her Women’s Health cover shoot, she upped her reg­u­lar Pi­lates and car­dio sweat se­shes to full fat-melt­ing morn­ings of boot camp, spin­ning and, yes, more Pi­lates... Bless her for re­mind­ing me that I can’t just axe the re­fined su­gar from my gin and tonic and hope to have a bum like hers. That said, if ev­ery body is a beach body – and, obvs, it is – then ev­ery bum is a beach bum... And we’ve got ev­ery­thing you might need packed in this tight tuchas of an is­sue to help you achieve this myth­i­cal sta­tus... Start­ing with swimwear to ei­ther cover or re­veal, sun care so you don’t burn or peel (I am rhyming now and I apol­o­gise) and leg work­outs that’ll butt-kick or scene-steal... Hav­ing spent most of my life liv­ing in a land­locked city (be­ing close to the Val­ley Of Waves and Hart­beespoort Dam ap­par­ently doesn’t count), I can­not over­state how much I love a beachy sum­mer, so my butt is go­ing to be out there do­ing its own sweet thing, whether I’ve squeezed in all the squats or not. I’m tak­ing great so­lace in the fact that the 80s one-piece, low-backed, high-cut cossie is the hottest item to have in your beach bag this sum­mer. Why? Be­cause ev­ery­body – and I do mean er­rrr’body – looks good in this style and it’s just as easy to throw on a kaf­tan or pull on a pair of denim shorts and not feel like your nipple is go­ing to fall into your pineap­ple­juice cock­tail ei­ther. So, I say, own it! See you wa­ter­side...

No, Dan didn’t re­new her vows, but we rocked our old wed­ding frocks for an awe­some shoot in cel­e­bra­tion of Shed­ding For The Wed­ding! See page 24 for more info.

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