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PAN­DORA SYKES @pan­do­rasykes

The Lon­don-based jour­nal­ist, con­sul­tant and broad­caster (and con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor at

Man Re­peller), is also the co-host of cur­rent af­fairs pod­cast The High Low. For the most part, how­ever, she can be found sniff­ing her new baby’s head. Peek in her wardrobe in “So­cial Con­science” on p54.

On my playlist: The Week Un­wrapped, Call Your Girl­friend and Breasts Un­bound pod­casts.

On my read­ing list: I’m cur­rently read­ing The Fe­male Per­sua­sion by Meg Wolitzer and This Is Just My Face:

Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe.

On my to-do list: Pi­lates. I lit­er­ally crunch when I walk. And not in a good way.

On my wish list: A painted tray by Luke Ed­ward Hall x The Lac­quer Com­pany, a vel­vet dress from The Vam­pire’s Wife and a hot tub for my roof ter­race.

On my bucket list: A road trip through Texas.

On my black­list: The ob­ses­sion with cri­tique. Pe­jo­ra­tive com­ments about women on their own so­cial me­dia plat­forms is un­cool.


The pho­tog­ra­pher started snap­ping for a hobby as a 15-year-old, de­vel­op­ing her shots in a laun­dry dark­room. Fast-for­ward to a love af­fair with a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher and her ca­reer fate was sealed. She shot our in­te­ri­ors story, “Fine Art”, on p154.

On my playlist: In my car, I choose mel­low picks like Fleet­wood Mac or Mazzy Star. At work, ev­ery­thing from Drake to Xavier Rudd. I love the pod­cast Con­ver­sa­tions.

On my read­ing list: Eleanor Oliphant Is Com­pletely Fine, by Gail Honey­man.

On my to-do list: I re­cently bought a sewing ma­chine. All my friends will be get­ting mar­ket bags as presents.

On my wish list: I’m al­ways on the hunt for great boots I can shoot in. They tend to get ham­mered with use.

On my bucket list: To have a cabin in the moun­tains.

On my black­list: The fo­cus on money and power, rather than on look­ing af­ter peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment.


ELLE’S art ed­i­tor – whose in­spired lay­outs and dreamy pic­ture edits grace th­ese pages – is also a mu­sic nerd, NRL fan, bud­ding per­ma­cul­tur­al­ist and wannabe bee­keeper.

On my playlist: Nick Drake, Neil Young, Ken­drick Lamar, Gang of Youths, The Smith Street Band, Dune Rats… I could go on. I’m mu­sic ob­sessed.

On my read­ing list: The Hid­den Life Of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I love learn­ing about the nat­u­ral world – it’s my deep­est love.

On my to-do list: Eat at Fleet in Brunswick Heads. Or be­come a bee­keeper… you know, the usual things.

On my wish list: A third-drop adi­das Orig­i­nals by Alexan­der Wang track jacket and pants in ma­roon.

On my bucket list: If I could run away to Topanga Canyon, Cal­i­for­nia, and drop off the grid, I would.

On my black­list: Aus­tralian pol­i­tics! Get it to­gether, peo­ple.

GILLES BENSIMON @gilles_ben­si­mon

Sum­mer weather, swim­ming and a shoot for Seafolly... Syd­ney put on a show for the New York-based, French pho­tog­ra­pher (and for­mer in­ter­na­tional cre­ative di­rec­tor of ELLE mag­a­zine), who hit Bondi Beach in the wee hours to snap “Be­fore Sun­rise” on p90 be­fore jet­ting home.

On my playlist: My daugh­ter makes me lis­ten to rap mu­sic but I en­joy lis­ten­ing to Erik Satie. I also love British singer Kath­leen Fer­rier. On my read­ing list: Every year I read Ulysses by James Joyce. I find my­self en­joy­ing it more every time. I also love Moby Dick – this is like the bible to me.

On my to-do list: Meet­ing new peo­ple. I like to find peo­ple I can talk to about any­thing.

On my wish list: Aside from want­ing to live in Ja­pan for a year, I’d love to make movies; it is just find­ing the time to pre­pare!

On my bucket list: I’d love to learn to fly [an aero­plane] but I don’t think it will hap­pen. Swim­ming across the At­lantic is an­other I’d like to tick off.

On my black­list: That I lost my cam­era to­day. The last photo I took was of an amaz­ing lady at the air­port wear­ing a mush­room hat.

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