ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents -

We started the year in­spired by the clar­ion cry of the suf­frag­ist Mil­li­cent Fawcett – ‘Courage calls to courage ev­ery­where, and its voice can­not be de­nied’ – and as the en­su­ing months have proved, this mes­sage re­mains as rel­e­vant now as it was a cen­tury ago, when the long cam­paign for women’s right to vote achieved its first, par­tial suc­cess. In re­cent weeks, what has be­come known as the Me Too move­ment has reached its first an­niver­sary – and as I write this, I am struck by how painfully slow the changes have been when it comes to gen­der equal­ity, and how bru­tal the ar­gu­ments con­tinue to be about what does, and does not, con­sti­tute the male abuse of power. And yet I re­main hope­ful, and con­stantly en­cour­aged by the bril­liant team that I work with at Harper’s Bazaar (which is al­most en­tirely fe­male, but in­cludes two ex­cep­tional men) and by my friends and fam­ily (the clos­est of whom are my beloved hus­band and sons, who could not be more sup­port­ive of the women in their lives). The pow­er­ful emo­tions that have been un­leashed in the wake of the al­le­ga­tions about Har­vey We­in­stein – and the rage stirred up in this Trumpian era – have been di­vi­sive, yet also al­lowed for deeply hon­est con­ver­sa­tions. These have been ex­plored in the pages of Bazaar – and will go on shap­ing the de­bate about the por­trayal of women, as well as our abil­ity to voice our con­cerns. But at the same time, the cel­e­bra­tion of joy and beauty, art and lit­er­a­ture, wis­dom and won­der­ment, re­mains at the heart of Bazaar. In­deed, when we are con­fronted with the dark side of life, a light­ness of touch be­comes all the more pre­cious; as pro­found as the mir­a­cle of snow­drops emerg­ing from a frozen win­ter earth.

So here’s to the 2018 Women of the Year Awards – our an­nual cer­e­mony to hon­our the peo­ple who em­body all that we hold most dear. Some of them will be more fa­mil­iar than oth­ers to the read­ers of Bazaar, but all have played their part in stir­ring us to be (in the words of the great Nora Ephron) the heroine of our own lives. Ephron’s ad­vice is as ap­po­site now as it was when she first of­fered it, in a speech to the young women who were grad­u­at­ing

Top left: our cover star and Ac­tress of the Year Keira Knight­ley (page 160). Left: Gemma Arterton, Bazaar’s win­ner for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance (page 188)

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