Celebrate Your INDEPENDENCE!
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.