May marks our Work issue, in which we celebrate the working woman of today: what she does, what she wears, what she needs. On our cover is Emma Watson, the very definition of a hard worker – at just 26, she’s already starred in 20 movies, become a United Nations ambassador and a vocal feminist and advocate for women’s rights. ELLE caught up with the actress to talk about ambition, feminism and books.

There’s no shortage of inspiration in the magazine: from successful Malaysian female entrepreneurs to assistants who have learnt from the best businesswomen, we have stories, advice and plenty of motivation. In fashion, we take on the classic power suit and rebrand it for a new generation of women – and of course, we also celebrate the weekend, with joyful colour combinations (yellow!) and off-duty style.

Over in beauty, we’ve tried and tested the best new masks – whether you favour the sheet variety, mud, gel, peel-based or chrome effect (you’ll see), we’ve got you covered. Also tried and tested: ballet for adults, a great new brightening facial, and orange cheekbones. And because it’s our Work issue and, let’s be honest, burnout is very real, we also have an edit of the best wellness retreats in Southeast Asia to check into when you need a break. You deserve it.

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