There’s a new global sisterhood movement sweeping through the worlds of fashion, arts and politics – largely being driven by social media and hashtag activism. Hollywood women are leading the way, increasingly vocal in their call for equal pay and meatier roles.
Female directors like Sofia Coppola are employing other women to star in their films and winning awards for them as she did at Cannes this year when she became only the second woman to pick up the coveted Best Director prize in the festival’s 70-year history.
Neelam Gill is the cover star for our August issue
For her debut Dior show, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri tapped into empowerment with her bold ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ tees, inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk. Explaining her decision to inject feminism into the 70-year-old fashion house, Maria Grazia said: “If Dior is about femininity, then it is about women. And not about what it was to be a woman 50 years ago, but to be a woman today.”
We talk to the women making waves through online forums, creative collectives, charity initiatives and body positive clothing brands on page 38. Also pushing boundaries is out cover star model Neelam Gill (p18), who speaks out about racism in modelling, becoming the first British Indian ambassador for L’Oreal Paris and why she voted for Jeremy Corbyn.
Neelam has spoken out about racism in the modelling industry and breaking down barriers
It’s perhaps no coincidence that traditional workwear is undergoing something of a revolution. We show you how to style up the new casual chic look (p76) – trainers and striped pants with a crisp blue shirt are my new go-to uniform!
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