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THIS MONTH’S BEST OPEN BOOK

Our fam­ily reads vo­ra­ciously—es­pe­cially my pre­co­cious 12-year-old daugh­ter. In a house­hold that has na­ture, lit­er­a­ture and art mag­a­zines ly­ing around, you’d think a fash­ion mag­a­zine would be out of place. Not so. In fact, I de­lib­er­ately leave it out for her. I’m im­pressed by the bal­ance your mag­a­zine strikes be­tween cel­e­brat­ing beau­ti­ful things and cel­e­brat­ing so­cial con­scious­ness. The thought­ful in­ter­views with in­spir­ing women, creative lead­ers and ac­tivists and the de­ci­sion to pro­file grounded and re­al­is­tic stars show that the best goal in life is to be a bet­ter cit­i­zen, con­sumer and, above all, per­son. Olga M., email ELLE, YEAH!

I loved “Great Lengths” [ELLE Beauty, May 2018]. Af­ter wear­ing my hair in locs for 20 years and be­gin­ning to ex­pe­ri­ence what seemed like alope­cia, I cut and combed out my hair—mois­tur­iz­ing, con­di­tion­ing, mask­ing, oil­treat­ing and wear­ing pro­tec­tive styles. Some­how, this change seemed to be­come a thing for some of my co-work­ers. Many of them gen­uinely got ex­cited, but a few oth­ers made me feel as if I should pro­vide a warn­ing prior to up­dat­ing my hair­style or even give a black-hair tu­to­rial. Some com­mented that it was okay to wear my hair nat­u­ral. In all of these mo­ments, my blood boiled. I wanted to an­swer “Re­ally? Can I? Do you ap­prove?” So, thank you, ELLE. I was plan­ning to an­swer “Be­cause I can!” the next time some­one asks me why I change my hair so of­ten or wear ex­ten­sions. But now I’ll re­fer them to this lovely piece of jour­nal­ism in­stead. Ma­gali Jumelle, email BRIGHT SPOT

I worked with spe­cial­needs chil­dren for 26 years and had to re­tire be­cause of health is­sues. The ar­ti­cles and pho­tos in ELLE Canada keep me go­ing as I am home all day now. I know I can never af­ford to buy the clothes, but I love imag­in­ing I’m wear­ing them. I stud­ied art at col­lege, and colour is re­ally im­por­tant in my life, so all your pho­tos make me happy as there is al­ways lots of colour! Marie Leach, email DE­TAIL-ORI­ENTED

I started read­ing ELLE Canada when my Grade 11 daugh­ter re­peat­edly told me she wants to work for ELLE. She is now in her third year at Ry­er­son Univer­sity. I al­ways read Vanessa Craft’s Let­ter from the Ed­i­tor be­cause it is in­sight­ful and sets the stage for what’s to come in the mag­a­zine. In the May 2018 is­sue, I loved the anal­ogy she made of ac­ces­sories as punctuation marks. But the best state­ment she made was in ref­er­ence to the mi­cro-shades trend, when she said: “Hav­ing noth­ing to hide is the best ac­ces­sory of the year. Pe­riod.” Faith, email CHEERS!

Thank you for the ar­ti­cle in your June 2018 is­sue about hav­ing fun while sober [“Raise Your Glass,” ELLE Life­style]. It was long over­due. As some­one who has cho­sen to go through life with­out drink­ing al­co­hol—for many rea­sons, be­sides the fact it’s not fun to wake up feel­ing hun­gover—I ap­plaud the writer who thought of this as a sub­ject to fea­ture. Jade, email THIGH MAS­TER

I loved the ar­ti­cle about Charli Howard [“Wavy, Baby,” ELLE Beauty, June 2018 ], who does not want to be called brave for post­ing pho­tos of her­self with vis­i­ble cel­lulite. When I was in my 20s, I weighed 100 pounds soak­ing wet, but I still had lit­tle plums on my thighs. I did every­thing I could to get rid of these bumps—cel­lulite creams, work­ing out and di­et­ing. I even used a rolling pin to try to flat­ten the bulges. Noth­ing worked. So, ladies, let’s be real. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Nina, email

@dawnch­ester­mur­ray Gasp! Jas­mine Tookes took my breath away.... The makeup! Those Mounser ear­rings! Her SKIN! Beauty.

This month’s best let­ter wins a G.M. Collin Di­a­mond Eye Con­tour (val­ued at $120).

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