IN THIS ISSUE
I absolutely adore Chupi’s jewellery and was delighted when she agreed to be a cover star for us – she’s such a wonderful example of a strong, successful female entrepreneur. So imagine my surprise – and annoyance – when I read her interview on page 20 and she revealed that she has to take her husband along to certain meetings as she knows she won’t be taken seriously without him. The mind boggles. Here is a woman who has built her empire from scratch, designing the jewellery, deciding on the materials, getting it made, choosing a distributor, settling on a theme – literally every element of the business. Yet she has to bring a man with her or the ‘attitude will be difficult’. It’s so infuriating that any woman – particularly one as experienced, accomplished and professional as Chupi – feels this way. Women have fought so hard and broken down so many barriers in business yet it seems there’s still a way to go before we have full equality. One thing we must do to continue the battle is to support each other in whatever way we can. Whether it’s through a kind comment or giving a kick up the bum when it’s needed, backing each other up is vital. So today, think of a female businesswoman you admire and drop her a text or an email to let her know – that’s the kind of ‘attitude’ we need to spread. As summer turns to autumn, our hair often suffers from the change in temperature. On
page 34, not only do we bring you tips and tricks to ensure your tresses are in tip-top condition, we also tell you why you should dismiss all the ‘rules’ that have stopped you having the hair of your dreams. Too short, too long, too bright, too dark – forget it all, embrace the style you want and turn it into your crowning glory. Enjoy the issue!
WOMEN HAVE FOUGHT SO HARD TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS IN BUSINESS”