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The best part about work­ing in mag­a­zines, in my opin­ion, is mak­ing things—com­ing up with a con­cept then see­ing it re­al­ized, put to­gether in a lay­out (more of­ten than not on my desk, with pa­per and scis­sors), and flung out into the world. With­out an idea, a strong vis­ual con­cept, you’re nowhere. And I don’t care whether you’re read­ing the print ver­sion of In­style or an In­sta­gram cap­tion—it’s the same. It’s all ba­si­cally a mag­a­zine.

My point is, there’s a real, old-fash­ioned plea­sure in “the mak­ing of.” Espe­cially in the case of this Beauty Is­sue. Our cover star, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, has been an Amer­i­can beauty ideal for 25 years. She has, in­cred­i­bly, main­tained her sta­tus as the big­gest-sell­ing mag­a­zine cover star, and, fa­mously, she also main­tains her­self (girl is hot).

I’ve shot Jen­nifer mul­ti­ple times, but what I’ve no­ticed of late is a pal­pa­ble cu­rios­ity in stretch­ing her bound­aries. The first in­spi­ra­tion im­age I pulled for this story was a Cu­tex ad­ver­tise­ment star­ring the iconic model Ver­uschka (inset), all bronzed skin and thick eye­lashes and pas­tels. This led us down the road to other retro beau­ties, like Brigitte Bar­dot, Lau­ren Hut­ton, Char­lotte Ram­pling, and Cather­ine Deneuve (how good does Jen­nifer look in a vel­vet Belle de Jour bow, btw?). And that is what you see her chan­nel­ing on our five news­stand cov­ers. But my fa­vorite im­age graces one of our sub­scriber cov­ers, a beau­ti­ful in-be­tween mo­ment of Jen­nifer when hair­styl­ist Chris Mcmil­lan smooths her hair (above, left). I think I squealed when it flashed up on the mon­i­tor on set. You know you have magic when you…make it.

Two other Amer­i­can god­desses we’re thrilled to cel­e­brate in this is­sue: world-cham­pion soc­cer player Me­gan Rapi­noe and her girl­friend, WNBA All-star Sue Bird. We’ve all seen the deep joy and own­er­ship Me­gan and Sue dis­play on the field and on the court, but it’s the sim­ple as­sured­ness of their love that is, at the risk of sound­ing trite, the most beau­ti­ful of all.

Hav­ing Jen­nifer, Me­gan, and Sue on our sub­scriber cov­ers rep­re­sent­ing bold­face beauty gives me a real thrill. This is where we are now. We’re also with fash­ion’s break­out star (and Valentino fa­vorite) Adut Akech, Hol­ly­wood golden girl Mar­got Rob­bie, and co­me­dian Phoebe Robin­son (and her “Chaka wig”).

In­style lives in the world, and beauty does too.

“And that’s the tea.” Me­gan Rapi­noe and Sue Bird at home in Seat­tle

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