Cel­e­brate Your IN­DE­PEN­DENCE!

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Chief Notes - Azza Arif ED­I­TOR az­zaarif@bluinc.com.my @az­zaar­ifk

I have to ad­mit, Au­gust is a month that res­onates with me on a per­sonal level. There are so many cel­e­bra­tions— not only are we cel­e­brat­ing the in­de­pen­dence of our beloved coun­try; we are also cel­e­brat­ing a new gov­ern­ment, through a new Malaysia. There are many ques­tions and, so far, very few an­swers on what we can ex­pect with the new gov­ern­ment, but what we do know is that change is a good thing to em­brace. Check out our Lo­cal Re­portage to read on the retelling of the his­toric mo­ments af­ter GE14, from the bright and ob­serv­ing eyes of Malaysia’s very own mil­len­ni­als (pg76).

This month’s In­de­pen­dence is­sue in­cludes a num­ber of sto­ries that fo­cus, in one way or another, on not only the idea of mak­ing it on our own, but also on the lib­er­at­ing no­tion of be­ing true to one­self when ad­dress­ing the ques­tion of iden­tity and self-im­age. How we re­gard our­selves, how we feel about who we are, is of course, not only about ac­cept­ing our­selves the way we are, but about free­ing our­selves from so­ci­ety’s per­cep­tion of who we should be ver­sus who we want to be, through so many fac­tors and facets of our lives. For starters, so­ci­ety’s un­re­al­is­tic beauty ideals can make us feel un­com­fort­able in our own skin. But the key to feel­ing free in our own skin lies just be­low the sur­face—our beauty con­trib­u­tor, Clara Siew gives us an in­sight on how to break that toxic men­tal­ity for health­ier-look­ing skin; it all starts from within. We couldn’t think of any­one more suited to front a cover on in­de­pen­dence and self-ac­cep­tance than Ruby Rose, a name syn­ony­mous with be­ing re­bel­lious when it comes to what is con­sid­ered a ‘norm’ in so­ci­ety, ris­ing up to be­come a role model for youths ev­ery­where (“The Rose That Grew From the Con­crete”, page 60). Her up­com­ing thriller drama, The Meg, pre­mieres this month!

Au­gust is also the month that I turn another page in my jour­ney of be­ing in my 30s. Be­ing in my (early) 30s is great—it’s ba­si­cally the new 20s, only with less week­end par­ties and more up­scale evenings. Turn­ing 30 also means be­ing com­fort­able in your own skin, and know­ing ex­actly what you can, and can’t live with­out. Here, we high­light the 30 things you need to have in your 30s (pg 22)—go ahead and spoil your­self – you de­serve it! On that note, I hope you will en­joy this is­sue as much as we have en­joyed cre­at­ing it.

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