GLAM­OUR con­fi­den­tial

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Live the life. Fill it with GLAM­OUR!

just on 14 years ago, I packed up my home in Jo­han­nes­burg and drove the beau­ti­ful route to Cape Town, a suit­case of shoes and sparkle, playlist of power an­thems and head full of ideas, fears and ex­cite­ment to speed me on my way. My mis­sion: to set up oces for a dream – for that is what GLAM­OUR was in the months that led to its land­mark launch.

So many days, nights, thrills, spills, fash­ion trends, beauty no­tions, moun­tains of choco­late and oceans of co…ee later, that dream has be­come the best­selling ti­tle in its sec­tor, with a dig­i­tal arm, events di­vi­sion and pa­rade of award cer­e­monies in the stylish mix.

Most im­por­tantly, GLAM­OUR stands for some­thing es­sen­tial and in­creas­ingly po­tent: cel­e­brat­ing and pro­mot­ing women’s growth, self­es­teem and prospects.

Has the ex­pe­ri­ence of launch­ing and edit­ing the brand been Devil Wears Prada- ish? Truth to tell, the de­signer dra­mas, no-ex­pense-spared oces and gilt-edged pol­i­tics are more the stu… of movie imag­i­na­tions than real life. Things are pretty down to earth in the SA me­dia uni­verse, even on the planet of glossy mag­a­zines. As for hard work, well, there’s a ton of that.

And yet, for all their pres­sures, mag­a­zines are a won­der­fully rock ’n roll place to be, and the busi­ness of cre­ativ­ity brings ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences, deep bonds, and more choco­late and co…ee than any woman should rea­son­ably ex­pect (not that any­one should com­plain about an ex­cess of choco­late and co…ee).

One de­light, how­ever, stands a tower of Louis Vuit­ton hand­bags above the rest: the peo­ple with whom it’s been my priv­i­lege and plea­sure to in­ter­act. Vi­brant read­ers, gifted col­leagues, ten­der souls, cool minds, gen­er­ous spir­its, wor­thy op­po­nents, fierce guardians of qual­ity, and yes, quite a few slightly un­hinged, but usu­ally ir­re­sistible, tal­ents.

Your pres­ence and sup­port have been mighty, and it is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say you have changed my life in every way.

As for my beloved GLAM­OUR team – how wildly for­tu­nate I have been to have spent 14 years work­ing along­side such great pro­fes­sion­als and fine hu­man be­ings. Thank you with all my heart.

And now? Well, it’s time for me to wish GLAM­OUR the great­est suc­cess as I pack a new suit­case with shoes and sparkle, and head o… to the next dream, the next beau­ti­ful route. As for the next playlist, my power an­thems will be the sound of women ris­ing up the ranks ev­ery­where.

There can’t be a last word in an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion, but un­til we meet again, I wish you love, hap­pi­ness, ease and in­spi­ra­tion. May your sky­scraper heels feel like sneak­ers and your hair be in a good mood every day of the week. Way more than any of that, may you and those around you know and cel­e­brate your true worth as you –

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