Wel­come

Women's Health (UK) - - ADS - Claire San­der­son / Edi­tor Fol­low me on Instagram @Claire­sander­son

Wel­come to my favourite WH is­sue of the year (don’t tell the oth­ers): our Naked Is­sue. It’s my top pick be­cause it em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing that this mag­a­zine – and I, as edi­tor – stands for: con­fi­dence, em­pow­er­ment and cel­e­brat­ing our amazing bod­ies and all they do for us. Since we first per­suaded a slew of fa­mous faces from the celebrity and sport­ing worlds to strip off three years ago, this an­nual cam­paign has be­come a talk­ing point for all the right rea­sons. Now, for the first time ever, 15 edi­tions of Women’s Health from across the world are go­ing naked; an in­ter­na­tional sign of sol­i­dar­ity among women of en­tirely dif­fer­ent cul­tures and life­styles – join­ing forces to ap­plaud the fe­male form in all its guises and calling for an end to body-sham­ing and sizeism. Some might ar­gue that tak­ing your clothes off in a na­tional mag­a­zine isn’t brave. Me? I think it damn well is. Okay, it might not be up there with fight­ing in the armed forces or com­pet­ing against top ath­letes with the world watch­ing, but it takes se­ri­ous bot­tle – es­pe­cially since, as the re­sults of our global sur­vey on page 104 re­veal, the av­er­age Bri­tish woman isn’t ex­actly ooz­ing body con­fi­dence. The 10 women pos­ing across pages 86 to 103 in noth­ing more than their birth­day suits are tes­ta­ment to the fact that – re­gard­less of age, size or eth­nic­ity – we are all beau­ti­ful. Take our cover star Sofía Vergara, Mod­ern Fam­ily favourite and the high­est­paid TV ac­tress in the world. She’s 45, hap­pily ad­mits that she has to brow­beat her­self into her leg­gings and through the gym doors, and you only have to peek at her Instagram feed to see she’s par­tial to the odd cake – or four. She’s the very re­fresh­ing epit­ome of #bal­ance. Check out Madeleine Shaw, who was 32 weeks preg­nant when she took to a Lon­don rooftop to be pho­tographed as part of our Naked shoot. With her first child due around the time this is­sue hits news stands, what bet­ter ex­am­ple of body pos­i­tiv­ity to show her son or daugh­ter in the fu­ture than the beau­ti­ful im­age on page 94? The star who had the most pro­found and last­ing ef­fect on me was, no doubt, gor­geous Jada Sezer. Hand on heart, I’ve never met an­other woman who ex­udes such con­fi­dence and kind­ness. If I could bot­tle just 10% of her nat­u­ral glow and carry it with me as a lit­tle vial of good­ness to get me through my day, I know my life would be a nicer ride. On that note, I en­cour­age you to spend a few ex­tra sec­onds drink­ing in the stun­ning im­ages of our Naked stars – you never know, their con­fi­dence might be catch­ing.

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