THINGS DONT HAVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD TO BE IMPORTANT
What you wear, your hairstyle, your make-up: if it is important to you, then it is important. To be confident and comfortable with your own image is so powerful. When Louise Wedderburn, who suffers from a debilitating autoimmune condition, visited ELLE in 2012 for a documentary about her daily battle to live a normal life, we were blown away by her positive attitude but, more than that, it was fashion and beautys power to change her world that struck us as amazing. Her love of clothes and make-up was perhaps the most empowering thing in her difficult life. I was proud to offer her the chance to realise her dream of coming to ELLE. When people (mostly men) denigrate the power of fashion, I think of the positive impact it has on women like Louise. But it makes a difference in every womans life and you have no need to apologise for that. You dont have to be anti-feminine to be a feminist, do you?
WHAT WOULD MADONNA DO?
I was a teenager in the 1980s. Shes my hero she personally signed my 40th birthday card, which is framed on a wall at home, alongside a picture of Courtney Love
hugging me tightly. If in doubt when it comes to making a tough decision, I have always asked myself the above question.
Should I put Miley Cyrus
on ELLEs cover before anyone really knows her name, because I have a gut instinct shell be huge in six months? What would Madonna
do? So, we shot Mileys first UK fashion magazine cover and the rest, as they say, is history. We like making history at ELLE.
Were the first integrated, hot-desking fashion magazine. I dont have an office and we work around a glass-enclosed Fashion Cupboard. This 360° way of working means Team ELLE is innovative in a way no other luxury fashion magazine is. I like to think its what Madonna would do if she were Editor-in-Chief (although shed probably do it in thigh-high leather boots and carry a whip. Im mostly in my running gear or McQueen shirt dress).