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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).