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Every now and then, there comes a trend so important, universally relevant and perfectly timed that it unexpectedly overpowers the zeitgeist, becoming more than just a fad: it’s a movement that changes the way we live. Athleisure is it this decade, for many reasons, most notably that with our increasingly busy lives and the demanding pressures we face, we need clothes that can adapt. Comfort, functionality, ease of movement and versatility are key, but without compromising form, polish and the frills that make dressing for women fantastic. While this is hardly news to you die-hard fashion-lovers, what’s interesting is the way the hybrid of casual workwear and gym gear has so effortlessly retained its niche as the market leader, integrating itself into the wardrobes and onto the bodies of even the purest fashion fiends, myself included. Perhaps we’ve had to concede because leggings have become acceptable pants, or maybe with the revolution rolling on, we’re more conscious of our bodies than ever. Not in the ‘get your body summer-ready’ kind of way, which spanned the cover of every magazine circa 2003 (snooze), but in an honest shift in mindset from how we fuel our bodies to how we regain control of them. Thankfully, we’ve moved from wanting to perfect to celebrating the bodies we were given. And by ‘celebrating’, I mean, really loving them and treating them with kindness and respect – which, as we all know, isn’t easy. Trend analyst Nicola Cooper (who – through her own devastating experience – learnt the strength of her body) shares her story, along with other women survivors in a very special project she compiled with creative team Angie Batis, Adi Koen and Camilla Janse van Vuuren. The portrait series sees the real beauty and power of these women as they relate their experiences of survival, resilience and strength, baring all and wearing their scars as badges of honour (p58). This month, our focus has been on feeling good, no matter what skin you’re in. We’ve rounded up the best of the best in swimwear, guaranteed to boost your confidence if you’re like me and usually start off a little shy when beach time comes knocking. Beauty Editor Lauren Nicoll and her team have also put together a comprehensive guide which tackles health’s new wave, decodes the latest buzzwords and shares ways to lower stress levels, increase confidence and achieve a perfect balance (p102). Speaking of confidence, musician and poet Sho Madjozi is the fearless, outspoken woman-to-watch gracing our cover. Between international performances, where she’s shared the stage with the likes of Cardi B, she’s leading a new generation of tenacious, provocative female artists who are grabbing the world’s attention. She’s doing it her own way, with a selfassuredness no-one can sway – and why should they? As I write this, I’ve just been given a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a cup of hot water by our Copy Editor, who’s the pinnacle of health and well-being.
“We’ve moved from wanting to perfect to celebrating the bodies we were given. And by ‘celebrating’, I mean, really loving them and treating them with kindness and respect – which, as we all know, isn’t easy”
‘Drink them,’ she said. ‘They help the digestive system.’ How does she know? I’m patting my belly, thinking of the article I’ve just signed off about stress bloating (p104). Maybe I’m late to this party, or maybe I’m actually onto something here... either way, I’m drinking these fennel seeds, hoping they’ll do the trick and allow me get back to work, which for the most part, is going with my gut.