Anne-Marie Cur­tis re­flects on hon­esty and in­spi­ra­tion

I first en­coun­tered the force of na­ture that is Chrissy Teigen on Twit­ter, with her can­did and hi­lar­i­ous posts on ev­ery­thing from pol­i­tics to stretch marks. I im­me­di­ately warmed to the model and en­tre­pre­neur, and it turns out I wasn’t alone – ev­ery­one at ELLE feels the same way. When the in­ter­net can seem like an over­whelm­ing place, Chrissy makes it feel that much more wel­com­ing. She is hon­est, smart, re­lat­able and her own wo­man – which makes her the per­fect cover star for our Jan­uary is­sue. Best of all, in per­son she’s as like­able as she seems on­line, as you will find out when you read her in­ter­view on page 1O4. One thing that re­ally struck me was her view on the pos­i­tive ef­fects of the in­ter­net: how it has helped her find her voice and the com­mu­nity of friends she has made – it’s a timely re­minder of the good it can do.

In the spirit of Chrissy-style hon­esty, many of us have a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with our breasts, and I am def­i­nitely one of them. From be­ing an AA cup aged 13, when all my peers were boast­ing ‘proper-sized’ ones, to sud­denly wak­ing up in my twen­ties and re­al­is­ing I was, ahem, a 3ODD, I dis­cov­ered all the of­ten-un­wanted at­ten­tion and wardrobe is­sues that go along with that. Add two chil­dren and many years to the mix and I’ve learned to live with them – I even ac­tu­ally quite like them. Pan­dora Sykes’ bril­liant piece on page 92 looks at the women in­spir­ing us to re­think our re­la­tion­ship with our breasts, from the artist mak­ing beau­ti­ful boob pots to Chidera Eg­gerue, who started #sag­gy­boob­s­mat­ter. ‘There are myr­iad words for boobs – and myr­iad breasts to match,’ she writes, ‘yet so few are in­cluded in the cul­tural con­ver­sa­tion.’ It’s a thought­pro­vok­ing, in­spir­ing read.

In fact, there is a lot to be in­spired by this month, from Lena De Cas­paris’ ex­cel­lent re­port on the women chang­ing the po­lit­i­cal land­scape around the world on page 88 to Shan­non Ma­hanty’s in­ter­view with Josh O’Con­nor on page 85. Star­ring as Prince Charles in The

Crown, he was on THE ELLE LIST 2O18 and is a phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent. Oh, and don’t miss Lau­ren Cochrane’s piece (page 53) on rent­ing her wardrobe for a week. Ever since we de­voted our Septem­ber is­sue to sus­tain­abil­ity, the ELLE team has been try­ing to be more mind­ful of what we buy and how we shop. So when we heard pre­dic­tions of a boom in the fash­ion rentals mar­ket (pro­jected to be worth more than £1.4bn by 2O23), we knew we had to try it out. It gives a whole new mean­ing to the term ‘gen­er­a­tion rent’.

At a time when we are re­con­sid­er­ing our re­la­tion­ship with what we buy, it seems fit­ting to cel­e­brate the last­ing im­pact of a fash­ion great. Some 26 years on from his sem­i­nal grunge col­lec­tion for Perry Ellis, Marc Ja­cobs has reis­sued 26 of the looks – and I for one in­tend on in­vest­ing in a piece or two. On page 13O, he re­flects on how the spirit of grunge lives on to­day.

What­ever you do, don’t miss our edit of the best beauty prod­ucts in the world right now. I of­ten find my­self crav­ing a make-up bag up­date at this time of year, which makes our In­ter­na­tional Beauty Awards on page 135 – judged by ELLE edi­tors around the world – per­fectly timed. Plus, on page 141, beauty di­rec­tor So­phie Beresiner looks at how the well­ness world is stretch­ing be­yond fit­ness to con­sider long-term health.

Fi­nally, you might no­tice this is­sue has a bit of a tech theme. That’s not an ac­ci­dent. Tech is part of all our lives, so it’s im­por­tant that we cover it, too. So on page 72, you can read about the women shap­ing the tech in­dus­try, from Shar­madean Reid, whose app Beau­tys­tack is chang­ing how we book beauty treat­ments, to Dr Anne-Marie Imafi­don MBE, who runs an or­gan­i­sa­tion en­cour­ag­ing young women into STEM ca­reers. And on page 81 you will also find our first reg­u­lar tech re­port The Down­load, bring­ing you all the prod­ucts, apps and so­cial ac­counts to fol­low now.

In­spir­ing, in­for­ma­tive and fun – what more could you want as we start a new year? I hope you en­joy the is­sue as much as we have loved putting it to­gether. Happy read­ing!

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