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This is­sue has be­come some­thing of an ode to re­silience, and the count­less ways, big and small, that women ex­hibit it through­out their lives. Ta­mara Mel­lon’s story, for in­stance, is quite awe-in­spir­ing. Over the course of her life she has con­quered the emo­tional and phys­i­cal bag­gage of a tough child­hood and the ad­dic­tion de­mons that plagued her young adult years, and still made a global suc­cess story of the Jimmy Choo empire – and now her new epony­mous shoe la­bel. That strength faced an even harsher test this year with the sud­den death of her ex-hus­band, and daugh­ter’s fa­ther, Matthew Mel­lon. Her pal­pa­ble sor­row is un­der­cut with the stee­li­ness needed to be there for her daugh­ter and the re­sult is an in­cred­i­bly mov­ing, exclusive in­ter­view with YOU mag­a­zine on page 42.

A dif­fer­ent kind of re­solve is shown by our in­trepid writer Jane Alexan­der. You might not think it’s par­tic­u­larly re­silient to go with strangers to some­thing called a ‘tantric sex retreat’, but I think it shows in­cred­i­ble brav­ery! More im­por­tantly, I think you’ll find her piece on page 38 a mov­ing read about the on­go­ing bat­tle most of us face to truly ac­cept our bod­ies and be happy within our own skins. The way Jane pushed through her own in­se­cu­ri­ties on that for this riv­et­ing piece is the kind of re­silience I wish I could buy in a bot­tle at Boots.

Or what about Louise Pent­land? When the au­thor and YouTube star was dumped in a par­tic­u­larly cruel and sud­den way, she didn’t lose all faith in dat­ing, men or love. She kept her heart open to other pos­si­bil­i­ties and tried again, as you will find on page 28. I think most of us can re­late to how tough that can be.

But I can’t end with­out men­tion­ing what a spe­cial day it is and hon­our­ing the mem­ory of some of the most re­silient peo­ple in his­tory. On this, the 11th of November 2018, we com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War – it’s some­thing The Mail on Sun­day news­pa­per is hon­our­ing with a beau­ti­ful glossy poster. We wanted to pay a YOU mag­a­zine tribute in our own way, so on page 52 we’re fea­tur­ing a spe­cial col­lec­tion of trea­sured retro bakes whose pop­u­lar­ity has stood the test of time. It’s a small nod to the ul­ti­mate re­silience of so many women who kept the home fires burn­ing.

En­joy the is­sue.

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