Over the years, I've met beauty queens so pretty it hurts your eyes, models who swept up the entire genetic jackpot and actresses so striking that they change the electricity of a room. And almost everyone has had a complaint about her looks. (I once interviewed a Miss Universe who cited a teeny bump on her left knee as a source of distress.)
The question may be simple: "What gives?"
The answer is infinitely more complex, involving history, gender politics and a bunch of theory, none of which we're getting into here. Instead, this issue has a proposition designed to take us all a step closer to self-esteem – the GLAMOUR Body Motto, which goes, 'Skinny? Curvy? It's all good!' Because what's the point of a romantic Valentine's issue, when we forget the wise counsel of the sages: the love begins with the homes we call our bodies.
So look out for 'Small victories', one woman's gentle account of coming to terms with her small breasts and '15 Figure fixers', a guide to making the most of your shape. Most of all, don't miss (as if you could!) 'My idea of sexy' in which four top SA stars strip off for a female photographer, embodying an exquisite sensuality that begins with good attitude (and OK, a pair of Laboutin stilettos are involved). Happy attitude, true self-love and heels? All a grand way to –
Go forth and GLAMOURise!
Pnina Fenster, editor
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