USE THE ‘BLOCK’ AND ‘MUTE’ BUTTONS TO KEEP NEGATIVITY AT BAY
I ABSOLUTELY adore Chrissy Teigen on Twitter. Her honest, sassy and usually hilarious posts are the absolute opposite of so much of the PR spin that celebrities put on the social media platform. It’s obvious from most stars’ accounts that their publicists are writing the posts and they have no clue what is being put out to the universe as ‘their’ thoughts. Chrissy, by contrast, is 100% behind her posts – probably to her publicist’s anger at times! On
page 10, we talk to her and her husband John Legend. They come across as a dream couple, always backing each other in whatever endeavours they are currently chasing. But even John admits that sometimes his phone starts pinging with notifications to say that Chrissy has got herself into a fierce debate again – usually over her cooking or mothering skills, both of which are mightily impressive. The subject of online bullying is one I’ve spoken about on this page before and it’s something that I believe is ruining countless lives around the world. Chrissy is one of the people I admire most for how she deals with trolls and bullies on Twitter. She handles it with strength, poise and a lot of humour. Obviously not everyone is of the same temperament and vindictive people usually know who to pick on to best get a reaction, but anyone having a troubled time on social media would do well to take some tips from her account. Always remember, the person on the other end of the tweet has no influence whatsoever on your life – unless you allow them to. The ‘block’ and ‘mute’ buttons are two of your best friends, so use them to keep negativity out of your news feed. And if it’s getting too much, that ‘logout’ button is just a click away. On page 42, we read about a con artist who has been plaguing Hollywood, pretending to be a bigshot in the movie world to get people to part with their money. With so many transactions now taking place online, we often part with cash having never met the person on the other end of the deal. But just make sure to take the same precautions you’d take if you were handing the money over in real life. And if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true. Enjoy the issue!