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Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS -

There is a pleas­ing sym­me­try to this week’s cover story. Nearly 20 years ago, Babiche Martens, who shot this week’s cover, pho­tographed an emerg­ing hip-hop artist, a star in wait­ing, Ladi6, at the Civic Theatre for ... Can­vas mag­a­zine. As we walked this week to Coco’s Cantina, where we shot the cover, we talked about this and Ladi said how she’d changed — rad­i­cally — in terms of how she saw her­self. Back then, she said, she felt inse­cure and un­cer­tain how to move in the spot­light and un­der the lens. She talks this week about hav­ing a kind of in­ter­nal rev­o­lu­tion — not car­ing so much any­more about how she is per­ceived. There is of­ten so much fo­cus on the so-called per­ils of age­ing, of wrin­kles or what­ever. But the sense of em­pow­er­ment that comes with get­ting older far out weighs such malaise. In the fi­nal is­sue of the year, our cover story is a re­minder to shake off the old.

Meri Kir­i­himete.

Have a won­der­ful break and see you when Can­vas re­turns on Jan­uary 12.

Nga mihi nui.

SARAH DANIELL sarah. [email protected] nzher­ald. co. nz

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