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August editor's letter

Celebrate your independence with the August issue of ELLE Malaysia, with superstar style blogger Nicole Warne on the cover

By Kate Guest | Published: 24 Jul 2015

August issue
Photo: ELLE Malaysia

August is the month when Malaysia celebrates its independence, and almost every local magazine publishes a ‘Malaysian’ themed issue. While we’re also lingering a little longer than usual over home-grown talent this month, whether it’s our fashion designers (see Bright Young Things) or acclaimed novelists such as Tan Twan Eng (Writing Home), we felt that the Independence theme was much more in line with what ELLE is all about.

From the people we profile to the approach we take to fashion and beauty, celebrating independence and individuality is at the core of what we do. And never more so than this month, as we focus on trailblazers such as cover star Nicole Warne (aka Gary Pepper Girl), who in just five years has built an empire on her personal style, and gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, who left us all teary-eyed when she won six medals at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. As if that wasn’t enough, Farah Ann then responded to the misguided attacks on what is essentially her work uniform with the kind of class her detractors could only dream of. Read our interview and I know you’ll be blown away by her tenacity and ambition.

Independence is something most of us aspire to – certainly we want to earn our own money and be free to spend it on any pair of shoes we like (and we have plenty of ideas for that) – but a little dependency is a healthy thing. Numerous studies have shown that humans are happier when they feel part of a community, but now research suggests that even talking to people we don’t know can make us smile. Our features editor Sam Joseph gives it a try on her morning commute (in Beautiful Strangers), with mixed results.

In our fashion pages you'll get your first look at Autumn/Winter 2015, and discover lots of new pieces to add to your new-season shopping list, while in beauty we reveal KL’s 10 best spas and salons, and show you the new ways to wear the timeless red lip.

Download the digital edition, and celebrate the independent woman you are with the August issue of ELLE Malaysia.

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