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∙ Eid Fashion for HIM
∙ Amrita Gill: PARLOQUE Founder
∙ Amandeep Singh: Inkquisitive
∙ Lady Fatemah Trust
∙ John Godfrey: Trainer to the Stars takes on the Middle East
∙ New Zealand: Fear Factor Edition
∙ CoverGirl Throughout The Years
∙ Fragrant Fall
∙ Famous Quotes on Beauty
∙ The Future of Democratic Luxury
∙ Audrey Hepburn: An Iconic Misconception
∙ L’Oreal Presents: Bollywood Star
∙ TFI New Labels: AliceAzur
∙ MAX Agency: The End of a Successful Summer
∙ Top 10 Spot Treatments
∙ Fashion from ELAN to Karma Pink
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∙ Formula One Amber Lounge Fashion Show
Health & Wellness Contributor JOHN GODFREY
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ith the last of summer slipping away, SHE has made sure that you didn’t
miss a beat. Back-to-school is rapidly approaching so we’ve made it easier for you to
shop for all your children’s necessities for the new school year (p. 74). At the start of the
summer, Ontario’s elections were just wrapping up. The votes resulted in a Kathleen
Wynne-led Liberal majority government. The Liberals won a fourth-straight mandate
with 59 seats, the PC at 27 seats and the NDP at 21. At the conclusion in the legislature,
the Liberals held 48 seats, the Tories 37 and the NDP 21, with one seat vacant.
It’s that time of year again – winding down from the summer chaos,
Speaking of a majority, we at the SHE office had a vote of our own. We unanimously
decided there could not be a better cover star this month than the world’s most
legendary starlet - Audrey Hepburn. This past May would have been her 85th birthday
and our very own Priya Kumar unearthed an interesting twist in the life of the
Hollywood icon (p. 30).
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While we’re on the topic of style, read on for full coverage on what to wear this Fall.
Modern Classics are taking over the fashion scene - get inspired on p. 10. With
Ramadan having just come to a close, we’re also pleased to bring you the best of Eid.
We’ve included the best styles of 2014 to wear to your favourite occasions during this
family-oriented time. As it is also a time for giving, head on over to p. 58 for creative
ideas. For those of you who do not celebrate Eid and wish to know more about it, p.19
explains the meaning of this auspicious time.
This summer marked the much anticipated Formula One Amber Lounge Fashion Show
held in Monaco. We exclusively have the full scoop with exclusive photos for which
A-list celebrities were in attendance. This past summer also on the French Riviera,
Aishwarya Rai and Frieda Pinto lit up the red carpet at the 2014 Cannes Festival. Flip
over to p. 25 to see what they wore and what inspired their old-Hollywood looks.
I wish all our readers a fantastic end of the summer. Send us your thoughts on this issue
to be featured in Letters to the Editor to [email protected]
whilst trying to make the most of the last few moments of warmth that
we have left. Falling back into routine and falling back into our favourite
cozy knits! This time of year is all about enjoying the fullness of life and
is here to fulfill the emptiness summer is leaving behind. Keep yourself
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“What were your top 3 must-haves when you were going back to school?”
letters to the
Coming from someone who’s polka-dot obsessed, the
‘Connect the Dots’ section was the best fashion page I’ve
seen yet.
- Aleesha, Toronto
1. New Lisa Frank school supplies (bought
in the States, of course).
2. A collection of friendship bracelets
amassed over the summer.
3. The latest Mariah Carey CD for my
cobalt blue Sony discman.
1. Marbles - the currency of the courtyard.
2. Canvas knapsack - scrawled with the
names of bad hair metal bands.
3. A souvenir from my holidays that would
impress my friends.
1. A zip-up Five Star binder.
2. Assorted gel pens.
3. A variety of bright-coloured headbands
to match my clothes.
Executive Editor
Travel Contributor
Associate Editor
The topic of Shadeism is a very real issue and I’m glad
it was brought to light. There is too much ignorance
towards the shade of a person’s skin and this needed to
be addressed. Great article.
- Monika, Calgary
Monica Dogra is by far my favourite actress. As soon
as I heard that she was your cover girl, I went out and
bought a copy that day.
- Savita, Mississauga
Osiyan Paris makes incredible jewellery. I was psyched
to read an exclusive interview on the founder.
- Maliha, Brampton
The clothes in the fashion pages are always so desirable.
They are all always such fashion-forward pieces. I just
wish they were closer to my budget. I hope to see some
items that are priced much lower in the future!
- Sarah, Toronto
‘In the Cove’ was so well written that I was shocked to
find out it was written by a 9-year-old girl. That little girl
needs to write more stories!
- Puneet, North York
And the winners are…
I enjoyed the entrepreneurial sections! Jagmeet Singh
and Sonya Gill were great to read about. I hope to see
this section more often!
- Maria, Vaughan
Travel coffee mug, Staedtler triplus colourful pens, and notebooks. Colour-coded
notes are a must.
A new fall wardrobe for back to school
outfits, a new school bag and brand new
cute stationary.
Features Contributor
Features Contributor
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A notebook to write all my handy
reminders down. The perfect shoulder
bag/tote to hold all my things and the
perfect pair of back to school shoes to
keep me going all day long.
That You Won’t
Sweat Off
My Fashion Life with Tory
Burch, Angela Missoni, &
Manolo Blahnik
Monica Dogra
The Multidimensional Artist on Film, Music,
Fashion & her Future
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Osiyan Paris’ Distinctly Indo-French Aesthetic
Fall/Winter 2014 runways
presented an array of
trends from the swinging ‘60s to sportswear. It
wouldn’t be Fall without
plush furs and cozy knits
on the runway. It’s clear
that the prospect of chilly
weather didn’t keep the
designers’ spirits down with
a prominent array of bold
colours, especially with the
mod-inspired looks. Wearability was the name of the
game this season.
ELIZABETH AND JAMES Striped knitted cardigan $456
MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Wool-blend felt coat $770
SHRIMPS Wilma striped faux fur coat $995
TIBI Pleated washed-silk maxi skirt $395
SAINT LAURENT Sac de jour leather tote $3,290
THE ROW Strenner houndstooth stretch-cotton skinny pants $790
THE ELDER STATESMAN Oversized cashmere sweater $995
MARNI Wool-crepe midi skirt $1,040
GUCCI Leather platform boots $904
10 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA Imperial woven crepe coat $1,090
11 PROENZA SCHOULER Paneled wool sweater $495
12 VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM Colour-block wool-crepe dress $1,070
13 PROENZA SCHOULER PS courier small suede and leather shoulder bag $1,475
14 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Wool-blend and pleated matte satin skirt $775
GIANVITO ROSSI Suede ankle boots $940
The end of Ramadan ushers in the best time of the
year: Eid. It is a time when you get to feel like a
princess, adorned in jewels and celebrate with your
loved ones while feasting on all your all your fave
dishes. To ease the pressure of finding the perfect
look we’ve found all the wardrobe must-haves so
you don’t have to. You’re sure to be the center of
attention this Eid in these off-the-chain pieces!
1 MANISH MALHOTRA Peach and navy blue printed sari $888
2 MANISH MALHOTRA Peach/blue resham embroidered tunic $361
3 PERNIA QURESHI Ivory anarkali with embellished bustier $481
4 ERIN ELIZABETH Mona Rhinestone T-Bar Headband $67
5 PRATHYUSHA GARIMELLA Peach kurta with sequin motifs $440
6 ZARA Floral embroidered box clutch $73
7 MALASA Beige embroidered lace yoke anarkali $577
8 RITIKA SACHDEVA Beaded metal necklace $57
9 RENE CAOVILLA Turquoise jewelled halter sandal $914
10 PAYAL SINGHAL Pencil grey suit $995
11 HENRI BENDEL The socialite headband $58
12 MANISH ARORA FOR AMRAPALI Gold plated head clips $348
and the future of
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, responsible
for the label’s remarkable turnaround in the noughties,
recently made way for Chief Creative Director
Christopher Bailey as the new brand head. Will he
try to reinvent the British icon’s secret sauce to digital
innovation and luxury brand success? Only time will tell
what shareholders and the public can expect of Bailey as
Burberry’s first creative CEO.
democratic luxury
By Priya Kumar
Angela Ahrendts
Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.
ack in 2006 when Angela Ahrendts ascended the helm
of the iconic British heritage brand, Burberry was showing a loss.
Its signature check pattern developed a bad reputation in the luxury
world when it was hijacked by the UK’s working class youth, known
as “chavs”, the gypsy word for child. Burberry knockoffs could be
found peddled on every street corner from Canal Street in New York
City to the Pearl Market in Beijing. When Ahrendts took control
of the spiraling luxury fashion house, she reclaimed its image by
removing the print it became infamous for internationally from 90%
of new product. A heritage brand by definition, Ahrendts admitted
maintaining tradition does not mean precluding innovation. She
brought Burberry to new heights by targeting the millennial market
through its embrace of digital technology. In the final quarter of 2013,
Burberry and Ahrendts dropped a bombshell on the luxury world.
After salvaging and driving Burberry’s rebirth as a major player in the
industry, she announced her move to Apple as senior vice president
of retail; it is a position created specifically for her by Apple CEO Tim
The implications for Burberry were not immediately evident.
Ahrendts’ self-described “partner-in-crime” and Burberry chief
creative director Christopher Bailey stood in line to take the reins.
Christopher Bailey
Photo courtesy of Burberry
Having been a part of the Burberry family since 2001, Bailey had
overseen all consumer-facing activities including product design and
development, creative marketing, store design, consumer technology
and digital innovation for the past six years as CCO. “It has been my
privilege to work with people right across the company over the last
ten years, and whilst I am sad no longer to have the inspirational
leadership of Angela, who has been an absolute joy to work with,
I feel more than confident that part of her legacy is an enormously
strong team in all of our areas,” Bailey eloquently put when the
announcement was made. But the question remains—can a creative
maintain Burberry’s voracious momentum generated by Ahrendts?
There is a collective question mark among major voices in fashion
regarding this
transition. On January
8th, 2014 in a review on Burberry’s FW 2014
Men’s show, then International New York
Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes incorrectly noted that Bailey was already the CEO,
when in fact Ahrendts remained in her post
until May 2014. She corrected her review
in stating, “With the pending departure of
Angela Ahrendts, Burberry’s chief executive,
Mr. Bailey will be taking on the dual task of
designing and running the company. But if
the business of fashion was weighing on his
mind, such constraints did not show a jot in
this collection.”
Cathy Horyn also still with the New York
Times at the time of the announced changing
of the guard noted that although Bailey’s
past with the British heritage brand was
storied, investors did not share Burberry’s
sentimentality. After a year of robust
revenues, Burberry saw their stock tumble
8.8% after the change in management was
announced. The Square Mile—a moniker
for London’s financial district—simply did
not have the same unwavering faith in Bailey
as the fashion fraternity. Bailey’s promotion
would essentially make him the first designer
to lead a luxury fashion brand, aside from
Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, both of
whom founded their houses.
does however,
possess several marked characteristics
that set him apart from the melodramatic
luxury label creative director whose sparkle
the public has grown to equally love and
loathe. He had the fortune of being poached
from Gucci back in 2001 by then CEO Rose
Marie Bravo, who took Burberry’s functional
products and gave them a luxury finish, and
continued his role in 2006 with Ahrendts.
She came to Burberry with an executive
background in premium American fashion,
specifically Liz Claiborne and Donna Karan.
Bailey thus learned the ropes from the best.
To further widen the chasm between himself
and his contemporaries, Bailey also happens
to be one of the most humble and sensible
personalities in the fashion industry today.
By saying that a business person can only
understand numbers is akin to saying a
designer will only ever understand the
creative process and dismisses the possibility of intelligent people learning on the job.
After all, Bailey has spent well over a decade
being mentored by two of the most successful fashion executives in the industry. When
Bravo spoke to the New York Times about
Bailey’s assent to CEO she noted, “He always
wanted to know what was selling.” As opposed to falling in line with his fellow British
designers and embracing the theoretical and
audacious, Bailey resisted what was expected.
He had a responsibility to his investors and
the bottom line; he
widened Burberry’s profit margin without an ounce of ego. Bravo echoed
this sentiment: “I always said that Christopher was the Ralph Lauren and Giorgio
Armani of his generation. He has a business
sense and a creative sensibility. He has the
intellectual capacity to grow and change. He
certainly has the stamina and focus—he’s
a very focused individual. Being a creative
director is a full-time job, but he’s been able
to figure out how to delegate. He surrounds
himself with great talent. He wants to know,
‘How can I get the best person for this job?’
He’s a motivator. He has a lot of the skills you
want in a CEO.”
This paradigm shift of what it means to be
a designer will likely see hoards of fashion
hopefuls going after MBAs. Being wellrounded has never been more in vogue,
figuratively and literally. Bailey has pioneered
Burberry into unchartered territory and if
their decision to give this creative visionary
control of the brand pays off, it will create a
marked change in the industry; “selling out”
for the bottom line does not necessarily pose
the conflict of interest LVMH has grappled
with for years.
Foreshadowing his plans for Burberry back
in 2004, Bailey said best, “Our challenge is to
make something that doesn’t look designer.
And it has nothing to do with the money
aspect of fashion. There’s almost a crassness
to something being typically designer.”
Chris Reign Photography
a new way to shop
By Harpreet Brar
he atmosphere is different and the sartorial essence is a far
cry from what one might expect to find in Toronto. For these reasons
alone I was thrilled about visiting new designer retailer PARLOQUE’s
grand opening on May 15th. Upon entering the black and white exterior located on Queen Street West, a wall decal on my left effortlessly
caught my eye. It says, “I live in a world of fantasy so keep your reality
away from me. I see what I want, I want what I see and that is all okay
with me.” Naturally, I immediately wondered if this wall decal was for
sale too.
It didn’t take long for my gaze to be caught by PARLOQUE’s clothing for both men and women. The style can be defined as high-end
designer meets street wear. What intrigues is how PARLOQUE
carries international brands that were nearly impossible for Torontonians to get their hands on before the store hit Queen West. Among
these brands are also up-and-coming labels, which make it clear that
PARLOQUE founder Amrita Gill (p. 48) was particular in choosing the styles that would fill her store. Occupying the retail oasis’
racks, shelves and tables are designers such as Sir New York, I Love
Ugly, Valentine Gauthier, S=Yz, UNIF, AGAIN, whitney eve, alice
McCALL, Shakuhachi, NTICE, Soulland, Cheap Monday, Miista,
Rascals’, SEQUALYZ and many more.
The turnout for the opening was impressive; the checkout counter was buzzing from the start with anxious customers waiting to
purchase their impossible-to-find apparel for summer. Guests were
served with delectable hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The Food Dudes.
During the launch, the music came to a pause when Jillian Vieira, an
editor of FLARE Magazine, shared three outfits in the store that she
absolutely adored (alongside many others in the store that had been
labeled “FLARE Editor’s Pick”).
Eid al-Fitr & Eid al-Adha
PARLOQUE is far from average. An industrial-meets-ultrachic
appearance radiates from the store, a perfect fit for the apparel.
Picking one of my many favourite items in the store wasn’t difficult
(a stunning whitney eve Polka Dot Patchwork Dress) with the
women’s section in the front and menswear in the back. All items
are organized by designer, easing the shopping experience for
By Ameena Iqbal
1st Eid (Eid al-Fitr)
at the conclusion of Ramadan
(29-30 day fast)
“Beyond the shores” serves as the high fashion retailer’s slogan and
suits the store well literally and figuratively. PARLOQUE is likely
to get the average shopper thinking beyond the horizon with their
statement pieces. Whether your style is subdued or the extreme
ostentation, this boutique has something for everyone with apparel
ranging from stylish sneakers and double-ring jewelry, all the way
to iridescent shorts. In fact, calling PARLOQUE a clothing store
doesn’t sit well with me. This one-of-a-kind space is rather an
amusement park for apparel.
Eid al-Fitr, also called the Feast of the Breaking Fast or the Lesser/
Small Eid is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all around the
world. It marks the end of Ramadan fasting.
Photos by Chris Reign Photography
PARLOQUE is located at 1093 Queen Street West. Be sure to keep
an eye out for their e-commerce website shipping worldwide coming
soon and find @PARLOQUE on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.
Eid al-Fitr is a single day where Muslims do not fast. It is the
celebration of the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of fasting in which
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
Common greetings during the holiday are the Arabic greeting
“Eid Mubārak” meaning “ Blessed Eid” or “Eid Sa‘īd” meaning
“Happy Eid”. Muslims are also encouraged to forgive and forget any
differences with others that may have occurred during the year.
What Happens on the day of:
Typically, Muslims wake up early in the morning-always before
sunrise- offer Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping
traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) clean their teeth, take
a shower before prayers, put on new clothes and apply perfume. It
is customary to acknowledge this day with a small sweet breakfast,
preferably a date before attending a special Eid Prayer known as
Salaat at a local Mosque.
The kids mainly enjoy Eid as they mostly receive money in cash
called “Eidi” as gift by every elder in the family and relatives when
they visit their places.
2nd Eid-(Eid al-Adha)
The Big Eid
Eid al-Adha meaning the “Festival of Sacrifice” is known as the
Major Festival, the Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram or Bakr’Eid. It
is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims
worldwide each year. Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the
descent of the Hajji from Mount Arafat, a hill east of Mecca.
Similar to Eid al-Fitr, Muslims carryout the same traditions
including going to the Mosque for prayers. While Eid al-Fitr is
a simple celebration, Eid al-Adha is known for the sacrificing of
domestic halal animals such as cows, goats, camels, sheep and
many others, depending on the region. The selected animals
known as Qurbani have to meet a certain age requirement and
quality standard or the animal is considered an unacceptable
sacrifice. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be
divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share;
another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the
remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Eid Fashion
Like all traditional festivities,
clothing is one of the most exciting
things to look forward to in the
Pakistani fashion scene. For most
families, women wear the typical
shalwar kameez that comes in a
variety of designs and styles. Most,
if not all, come in a stunning array
of colours and are intricately beaded
and embroidered. Most women
pair these outfits with chooriyan
(bangles) that match their outfits and
also show off their beautiful henna
or mehendi. Along with these pieces,
the women in the house wear a Hijab
to cover their heads respectively
when they go out for prayers.
Women also wear beautiful kaftans
and in some cases the older and or
married women sometimes wear
saris as well.
Season 1
Bollywood Star
Typically the men of the household
also wear a shalwar kameez or
kurtas, but they can also wear suits
if they like, but most don’t. Men
usually wear sherwani’s for weddings
but they can also choose to wear it
for Eid festivities as well. Unlike the
women, the men’s kurtas consist
of plain colours such as white,
burgundy or soft peach or pastel
colours. Most men keep it simple
when it comes to their outfits as well.
They often wear a topi (cap) on top
of their head when attending prayers.
Eid Food
At home family members enjoy special Eid breakfast with
various types of sweets and desserts, including traditional
sheer khorma, made of vermicelli, milk, butter, dry fruits
and dates, etc. Another great treat on this special day is
kheer, which in English is called Rice Pudding, made of
rice, milk and various nuts such as almond and pistachios.
Other food items include chaat, made of chickpeas, yogurt,
various fruit, kidney beans and more.
By Sutton Raponi
MNI Television, Rogers, and
L’Oréal Paris teamed up to show the glamour
and thrill of Indian cinema in the four-part
series Bollywood Star. This marks the first time
that the beauty brand has collaborated for a
project aimed at the South Asian community
in Canada. With brand ambassadors that
include Frieda Pinto, Aishwarya Rai, and
most recently Katrina Kaif, L’Oreal is no
stranger to South Asian cinema. L’Oréal hair
and makeup artists came together to create
an array of looks for each episode. They used
some of their top brands, including Kérastase,
Lancôme, and L’Oréal Professionnel.
The panel of expert judges included Anita
Majumdar, Rupinder Nagra, and Richie
Mehta. Majumdar is an award-winning
actress, dancer, and playwright who graced
the pages of Vogue and Fashion Magazine.
by Miriam Baker
Wins TFI New Labels Competition
By Sutton Raponi
viewers could really feel the tension. Finally,
they travelled from Mumbai to Goa, which
brought a touch of paradise to the competition.
We saw their amazing performances in front
of renowned Bollywood director Nishikant
Kamat. He awarded the very deserving Simran
Sidhu with the honour of being Canada’s first
winner of Bollywood Star.
Nagra is an actor who has appeared in
critically acclaimed film projects all over
the globe. Mehta, who served as the Simon
Cowell of Bollywood Star, is one of Canada’s
most prominent filmmakers. These judges are
more than qualified to be on this panel, which
we saw through their detailed criticisms and
compliments throughout the show.
Open-call auditions were hosted in Toronto
and Vancouver, where we saw hundreds
of hopefuls audition. The judges had one
common criticism—the dancing was much
stronger than the acting. The nationwide
search resulted in 16 Canadian quarterfinalists. They then competed in Toronto,
where the competitors performed a
monologue they had written and a
Bollywood dance they choreographed.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, half of
these individuals were sent home.
The remaining semi-finalists were given a
chance to star in a Bollywood-themed music
video. Afterwards, the judges narrowed the
competition down to six semi-finalists. These
lucky performers were flown to Mumbai to
contend in Bollywood boot camp. During
the boot camp, we saw the contestants being
pushed to their physical and emotional limits.
They had to impress industry professionals
including casting director Mukesh Chhabra,
choreographer Shiamak Davar, and actress
Shernaz Patel. The finalists were also given the
unique opportunity to get an inside look into
the life of Bollywood star Abhay Deol. Two of
the competitors were not able to keep up, so
they were sent home to Canada.
In the season finale, the four remaining
competitors were first put through an acting
workshop with Mukesh Chharbra, in which
The 25-year-old winner was born in Abu
Dhabi, and later relocated to Surrey, British
Columbia. Sidhu was a member of Shiamak
Davar’s Vancouver dance team, which gave
her the opportunity to perform at various
events. Most notably, she performed at the
2011 International Indian Film Academy
(IIFA) Awards in Toronto, and at the 2013
Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) in
Vancouver. When she’s not performing, Sidhu
teaches dance to the mentally and physically
challenged through Shiamak’s Victory Arts
Foundation. We at SHE Canada couldn’t think
of a more deserving winner. Congratulations!
he Toronto Fashion Incubator is a non-profit organization
devoted to supporting and guiding small business entrepreneurs in
the fashion industry. TFI’s New Labels Fashion Design Competition
has featured up-and-comers in Canada since 1992. This year’s four
finalists competed for a $25,000 cash prize for Most Promising New
Label, presented by Suzanne Rogers, a feature in FLARE magazine,
and a look book photo shoot sponsored by CoverGirl and Pantene.
On May 5th at One King West, Jeanne Beker served as the Master of
Ceremonies, making this coveted event even more exciting.
The first collection down the runway was a swimwear collection
from Nomad of the Sun by Ashley Boutcher, featuring unique
shapes and bright colours. Next, Miriam Baker’s collection
AliceAzur was presented. The entire collection was black, white,
and cream, with mild pops of pink. Upon closer inspection, Baker’s
talent was clear. The stunning details of the garments included
eyelet lace, full skirts, and feathered embellishments. Each look
was very polished, with impeccable tailoring, crisp white collars
and the models’ hair in tight ponytails. Then, we had a chance to
admire the Laura Siegel collection, featuring modern tie-dye prints
and asymmetrical hemlines, with an updated bohemian aesthetic.
Lastly, Christopher Paunil’s evening wear collection glided down
the runway. Sheer details and feminine silhouettes were the
highlights of his collection.
AliceAzur by Miriam Baker won over the panel of judges, which
included Arie Assaraf (TNT boutique owner), David Dixon (fashion
designer), Tiyana Grulovic (FLARE Fashion Director), and Suzanne
Aishwarya and Freida
Steal the Show at Cannes
By Sutton Raponi
Rai also attended The Search premiere wearing a Roberto Cavalli
fishtail gown, which featured a plunging neckline, tassels, and very
intricate beading.
At amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Rai showed off her
husband Abhishek Bachchan. She wore a blush Armani Privé dress,
with a bold red lip, wavy hair, and dramatic smoky eye. Many shy
away from a bold lip and eye, however she lived up to her reputation
as “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” with this look.
Although Aishwarya Rai grabbed most of the attention at Cannes
for her old world glamour, Freida Pinto also shared the limelight
with her own take on red carpet style. She made a show-stopping
second appearance at the screening of The Homesman wearing a
coral Oscar de la Renta strapless gown with gold detail, and metallic
heels. She muted the look with simple makeup and hair, which was
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Rogers (philanthropist). Baker, a recent
graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto,
drew inspiration from her trip to Hampshire,
England last summer. More specifically, she
recalls “the memories and the nostalgia and
the colours and the flowers. It was all just so
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Pinto also wore a feathered Michael Kors gown at the screening
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“I am overwhelmed with this
acknowledgement and would not have pushed
myself this far if it wasn’t for the support of
TFI and the panel of judges,” said Baker. “I
have learned through this process and am
excited to develop a complete size range and
start production.” Congratulations to Miriam
Baker, along with the other finalists!
ear after year the Cannes Film Festival exudes glamour,
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H epburn
an iconic misconception
By Priya Kumar
The epitome of elegance and
effortless style, Audrey Hepburn
sparked the enduring relationship
between film and fashion.
She was the muse of Hubert
de Givenchy throughout the
twentieth century and remained
tied to the couturier until her
untimely death in January 1993.
This year, 2014, marked what
would have been Hepburn’s
85th birthday; here at SHE we
felt it our duty to unearth the
woman behind the legend. What
we uncovered was not only
surprising but explained a great
deal about her prolific career
as one of the most iconic faces
during Hollywood’s golden age.
With ties to the Dutch East Indies
(modern-day Indonesia) and
having barely survived World
War II, Hepburn’s childhood,
scrappy at best, traumatic at
worst, made her career as an
actress a natural choice.
“Audrey Hepburn represents a kind
of elegance that may be especially
appreciated in an era of torn jeans. Her
combination of modesty and simplicity
are a wonderful corrective in these times of
vulgar and empty celebrity,” says Audrey
Hepburn biographer Donald Spoto. “[It]
also directly contradicts her own sense of
values, which did not place clothes very
highly on a list of important things.” It’s
been over 21 years since Hepburn’s tragic
death from colon cancer at the relatively
young age of 63 and yet her storied legacy
has much more than eclipsed reality. “The
most surprising thing was the constant
thread of heartache and disappointment
in her life, which she bore with magnificent
grace and courage.”
In the past two decades Hepburn’s image
has garnered a deity-like following. Her
unmistakable doe-eyed glare peers out
from countless art reproductions, t-shirts
and notebooks available everywhere
from Wal-Mart to IKEA to Harrods. She
endorses brands like GAP, J. Crew and
Longines posthumously—approved by
Sean Ferrer, Hepburn’s eldest son—with
the caveat of a generous donation to the
Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. Her
famed Givenchy “little black dress” from
Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for a staggering
£467,200 ($859,803CAD) at Christie’s
back in 2006. In fact, Hepburn’s image
is still so pervasive it continues to haunt
Ferrer on a daily basis. “I look up as I’m
driving,” he once said in an interview
with the Telegraph, “and there she is,
staring at me from a sign above the road.
I see her on the cover of magazines and
in ads for the Academy Awards. I hear
her voice suddenly coming to me from
another room when I’m taking a shower
and the television has been left on.”
Audrey Hepburn’s first major role that
shot her to stardom was 1953’s Roman
Holiday. Starring opposite the equally
legendary Gregory Peck, Hepburn played
a princess on the run in Rome only to fall
in love with a pedestrian journalist. The
film’s plot proved so timeless, we noted
in our February 2013 issue that Disney’s
Aladdin was based on the classic film.
In spite of Roman Holiday’s status as a
freshman effort for the lead actress, it
was a blockbuster success. Charmed by
Hepburn’s contagious smile tempered by
her subdued beauty, audiences fell in love
with the Hollywood newcomer. She was
held British citizenship through her father.
soon awarded an Academy Award for Best
Actress for the role.
That same year she also garnered a Tony
Award for her role in the play Ondine.
Described as “a slender, elfin and wistful
beauty, alternatively regal and childlike,”
by the New York Times for her portrayal,
she soon became renowned for her youthful
appeal. Her roles in Sabrina (1954) and
Funny Face (1957) followed to much critical
acclaim and box office success. Billy Wilder
recounted the experience of directing her in
Love in the Afternoon (1957): “You looked
around and suddenly there was this dazzling
creature looking like a wild-eyed doe
prancing in the forest. Everybody on the set
was in love within five minutes.”
It was this same on-camera charm that won
Hepburn the highly coveted role of Eliza
Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Many, including
Hepburn herself, believed it belonged to
its rightful owner Julie Andrews. Andrews
had played Eliza Doolittle on stage to much
fanfare, but when producers went to cast the
role they wanted Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor
for their bankability. Although Hepburn
initially turned the role down knowing
Andrew’s singing and acting ability would
have been far more appropriate for the role
than her own, she ultimately accepted. When
the final product was released, Hepburn’s
singing voice was dubbed by renowned
playback singer Marni Nixon. When she was
first informed, Hepburn stormed out of the
studio in a rage. The next day she returned
and apologized to the crew about her “wicked
behaviour.” This down-to-earth attitude
made Hepburn the anti-prima donna, but
given her level of celebrity, why did the starlet
refuse to buy into her own fame?
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen
Ruston on May 4th, 1929 in Ixelles, a
municipality of Brussels, Belgium. She was
the daughter of Joseph Victor Anthony
Ruston, a British subject born in Bohemia
(now the Czech Republic) and Elle van
Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat. Hepburn’s
father, a British consul in the Dutch East
Indies, changed his surname from Ruston
to the more elite double-barrelled HepburnRuston mistakenly believing himself a
descendant of Earl James Hepburn, a onetime husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Ruston and van Heemstra met in South
East Asia, following her first marriage in
Batavia (Jakarta today). They married in the
same city and moved back to Belgium with
van Heemstra’s two young sons from her
previous marriage where Hepburn was born.
Although Belgian by birth, Hepburn also
The family travelled between the Netherlands,
Belgium and Great Britain throughout
Hepburn’s childhood due to the nature of her
father’s job. As a result she became fluent in
five languages—French, Spanish, Italian and
her native English and Dutch. Far from idyllic,
Hepburn’s early childhood was marred by her
parents’ divorce when her mother caught her
father having an affair with the children’s
nanny. Her father abruptly left the household
following the scandal and wasn’t heard from
again until an adult Hepburn tracked him
down via the Red Cross in the 1960s. On her
discovery of his whereabouts, she proceeded
to support her father financially for the
remainder of his life.
Kindness and empathy ran in Hepburn’s
blood. Not long after her parents’ divorce,
she and her mother moved to the safety
and security of the English countryside
where Hepburn was an avid ballerina and
attended a small independent school of only
14 children. The outbreak of World War II
soon interrupted the tranquillity of their
lives. They quickly fled to the Netherlands
believing it neutral and not prone to invasion
by the Nazis.
They relocated to the city Arnhem, where
Hepburn’s maternal grandfather was a former
mayor and she joined the conservatory to
continue her study of ballet. However, with
the world, her new life
plagued with hardship.
The Germans invaded
the Netherlands in
1940, forcing Hepburn
to change her name to
Edda van Heemstra as
name would only mean
trouble for the young
teen. Her uncle was soon
executed for his work
with the Nazi resistance
movement and Ian, one
of her elder brothers,
sent to work in a German
labour camp. Her other brother Alex avoided
the same fate by going into hiding.
Despite her well-to-do Dutch lineage,
Hepburn suffered a great deal during the
War. She grappled with malnutrition, acute
anaemia, respiratory problems and edema
due to the unavailability of nutritious food.
Hepburn recalled this period in an interview:
“I have memories. More than once I was at
the station seeing trainloads of Jews being
transported, seeing all these faces over the
top of the wagon. I remember, very sharply,
one little boy standing with his parents on
the platform, very pale, very blond, wearing
a coat that was much too big for him, and
he stepped on to the train. I was a child
observing a child.”
Her son Sean Ferrer echoed her encounter
with war: “That experience shaped her whole
life. It made her appreciate the freedoms that
most people take for granted, and it made
her oppose any form of extreme government.
It also turned her against Germany. She
wouldn’t have anything German in the
It also sparked her lifelong relationship
with UNICEF and her many trips out to
refugee camps around the world to places
like Ethiopia, Honduras, Bangladesh and
finally Somalia. “On the other hand, she was
grateful to the people who liberated her. She
never forgot the chocolates and the outstretched
hands - the little acts of kindness to children
like herself. Later in life, those memories
inspired her to work for UNICEF. She
wanted to give something back to the
Hepburn was soon named a UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassador and the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences recognized her posthumously
with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian
Award, accepted by Ferrer. Besides
bringing awareness to her cause
through her celebrity status, Hepburn
paved the way for other high-profile
humanitarians by going on field
missions to UNICEF refugee camps
and providing aid herself. Of her trip
to Ethiopia, she said: “I have a broken
heart. I feel desperate. I can’t stand
the idea that two million people are
in imminent danger of starving to
death, many of them children, [and]
not because there isn’t tons of food
sitting in the northern port of Shoa
[in Ethiopia]. It can’t be distributed.
Last spring, Red Cross and UNICEF
workers were ordered out of the
northern provinces because of two
simultaneous civil wars... I went
into rebel country and saw mothers
and their children who had walked
for ten days, even three weeks,
looking for food, settling onto the
desert floor into makeshift camps
where they may die. Horrible.
That image is too much for me.
The ‘Third World’ is a term I don’t
like very much, because we’re all
one world. I want people to know
that the largest part of humanity
is suffering.”
campaign in Turkey and then
Venezuela, citing it “the loveliest
example” of what UNICEF is capable of: “I saw tiny
mountain communities, slums, and shantytowns
receive water systems for the first time by some
miracle – and the miracle is UNICEF. I watched
boys build their own schoolhouse with bricks and
cement provided by UNICEF.” In fact, the starlet’s
work surpassed even UNICEF’s reach. The above
mentioned auction of her Breakfast at Tiffany’s “little
black dress” went to the City of Joy Aid charity that
raises funds for underprivileged children in India.
With tears in her eyes, charity director Dominique
Lapierre said, “I am absolutely dumbfounded to
believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such
a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks
and cement to put the most destitute children in the
world into schools.”
For her tireless work with children across the
world, George H. W. Bush presented her with the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour
awarded to a civilian in the United States. After a
trip to refugee camps in Somalia, Hepburn returned
to Switzerland in September 1992 where she suffered
severe abdominal pains. She visited several doctors
to inconclusive results, but after trip to CedarsSinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, the truth was
uncovered. Hepburn had an extremely rare form of
cancer originating in her appendix that had spread.
Instead of being an operable tumour, the cancer
formed a thin layer in her small intestine. She went
through a round a chemotherapy and surgery, but
after one hour on the operating table, the surgeon
deemed the cancer too far spread to fully remove.
Her family was devastated by the news, but knew
they needed to get her from Los Angeles back to
Switzerland to spend her last Christmas at home.
Because she was far too ill to be transported by
commercial aircraft, Givenchy stepped in to help
send her home via private jet. Filled with flowers
and a team of caretakers, Hepburn’s jet returned
to Switzerland and she was promptly admitted
into palliative care at her home. She passed away
peacefully in her sleep on the evening of January
20th, 1993 from cancer originating in the appendix.
On the day of her death Gregory Peck, holding back
tears, went on camera and recited her favourite
That image is too
much for me. The
‘Third World’
is a term I don’t
like very much,
because we’re all
one world. I want
people to know
that the largest
part of humanity
is suffering.
poem “Unending Love” by Indian poet
Rabindranath Tagore. Her funeral was
eulogized by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan—a
senior patron at UNICEF—and attended by
her sons, partner Robert Wolders, both exhusbands (Andrea Dotti and Mel Ferrer),
Hubert de Givenchy and actor Roger Moore.
Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and the
Dutch Royal family sent their condolences
with vast flower arrangements for the funeral.
Hepburn is interred at the Tolochenaz
Cemetery that sits atop a hill overlooking the
picturesque Swiss village.
considered Hepburn’s defining role. Capote
could not have agreed less. He intended the
role to go to Marilyn Monroe; it is a little
known fact that Holly Golighty was written
as a teenaged “American geisha” and he
felt Hepburn was far to prim and proper to
ooze the sex appeal necessary to carry off
the role. Regardless of Capote’s misgivings
about the casting, Hepburn was nominated
for yet another Oscar for Best Actress and
Holly Golighty became one of the most
celebrated characters American cinema has
ever known.
What is it about Audrey Hepburn that has
made her legacy one of Hollywood’s most
iconic? In 1960, a mere three months after
the birth of Ferrer, Hepburn was back at
work on Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Loosely based
on a novella of the same name by Truman
Capote, her portrayal of Holly Golighty was
Yet, there was nobody more perplexed by
her fame than Hepburn herself. Luca Dotti,
Hepburn’s youngest son, released a book in
2013 celebrating her life, 20 years after her
passing. Titled Audrey in Rome, the tome
was a scrapbook and diary of her time in
Italy featuring never before seen photos of
her private life. Dotti noted she described
herself as a good mixture of defects. “She
thought she had a big nose and big feet, and
she was too skinny and not enough breast.
She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t
understand why people see me as beautiful.’”
Humble, altruistic, tough and full of grace,
Audrey Hepburn’s legacy is so much more
than a stylish teenager in a little black dress,
grasping a cigarette holder. Her tireless effort
to aid the less fortunate, build homes for the
underprivileged and raise funds for those
who could not is where she hoped to leave
her mark. She was a mouthpiece for those
silenced by poverty and war. Her legacy may
be timeless style and glamour, but if it were
up to her she would have wanted the world to
follow her example in humanitarian work so
that we may all make the world a better place.
Inside the Life of
Laila Rashidie
Writer, Teacher, and Peace Activist
By Sutton Raponi
aila Rashidie is an Afghan-Canada poet, author, teacher,
peace activist, and a particularly inspiring and zealous young
woman. She attended York University to earn her B.A., B.Ed., and
M. Ed. in Toronto. Most recently, she has been working on a poetry
collection titled Pieces to Peace, which she recently submitted to
Dog Ear Publishing. Her hard work towards this goal, and her
political activism, demonstrate just how passionate she is. Rashidie
is a co-founder of Afghans United for Justice, a group devoted to
communicate about and promote personal rights for the Afghan
people. Make sure to purchase her work, Pieces to Peace, available
online in September.
Who and what inspires and influences you? Why?
People who are givers inspire me. People who generously give love,
guidance, wisdom, time, and just the shirt off their back if they need
to. I think givers are brave; they inspire me in a world that seems to
be more of takers now. For me, [poetry] really has been therapeutic.
It also helped me get to the root and source of my problems. This has
been the best way for me to channel my peace activism as well. Peace
first starts within. Rumi, Jhené Aiko and 2pac are the holy trinity for
me in terms of poetic inspiration. I put them in my dedication part
of my book Pieces to Peace. Also, my mentor Dr. Karamo Chilombo
– Jhené’s father - he is an absolute giver.
What is the writing process like for you?
I write to get my mind, heart and soul right. My blog “Bella Eshq”,
which translates to “Beautiful Love”, is about writing and righting
my wrongs. So the writing process is really my crutch. It’s always
been helpful for me in recovering and healing so that I can face life
again with a clearer perspective. I basically release myself from what
burdens me through poetry to lighten all of the burdens that I’ve
been carrying since I was a child. I stopped writing poems when
I was earning my degrees. I was all mind and little soul. After my
mother, Messrie, passed away from cancer in December 2010, I was
on the verge of losing my mind. I am at a really balanced point in my
life mentally, emotionally and spiritually – thanks mostly to poetry.
What is your first publishing experience like?
I found out about self-publishing companies who can do the
publishing and distributing for you as well as the formatting of
the text. I really wanted to invest in this book more than I initially
planned to because it became a poetic story of my journey between
April 2013 to May 2014. It’s been a working progress the entire time,
a major learning experience each step of the way.
Can you tell us more about your work as a peace activist? How do
these political views influence your poetry?
Jhené Aiko and Laila Rashidie
When it comes to art, the movement for justice comes first. The context that I write in is
that I have been bombarded since I was toddler by war. I escaped with my family from
Afghanistan to Pakistan because of the civil
war. And then I was raised since the age of
five in Canada. I sympathize with children
of war because I was one of them for a very
short period and could have been raised in
those life-risking conditions if my parents
didn’t successfully escape. I’m choosing to
thrive from these difficult experiences. My
childhood was extremely turbulent because
my parents lost everything and had to start
from nothing. Poetry is my way to speak to
myself as real as possible, and that conversation becomes available to the people to take
from it all of it.
Was writing a part of your childhood?
I always had a secret diary or journal;
writing was something that I liked to do
especially because there wasn’t anyone
to confide in when I was growing up. I
started writing poetry in Grade 10 when I
found this empty sky blue notebook in my
classroom. Tupac was my first inspiration
into poetry when he said “rap is poetry”. I
really didn’t appreciate the type of poetry
we read in school. I couldn’t relate or
understand it; it was too exclusive. I also
Dr. Karamo Chilombo and Laila Rashidie
had a hostile relationship with schooling so
I didn’t trust anything the teacher would
tell us to read. It took me a long time to find
my own writing voice and take creative
writing seriously.
We know that you spent some time in LA
with Def Jam recording artist Jhené
Aiko. How did this experience affect you?
My mentor Dr. Karamo Chilombo – Jhené’s
father – invited me to LA this past
March and I stayed for about a month. I’ve
been a fan of Jhené as an artist since she first
came out into the music industry as a teen.
Spending a month with the Chilombo’s
was an enriching experience. I learned a
lot about myself and the kind of person
I truly am inside. I love the LA vibe and
just California entirely. I really am an East
Coast kid repping the West. My writing was
enhanced during the experience because Dr.
Chilombo is gifted when it comes to literal,
verbal and musical expression. He is a selftaught musician. Being able to learn from
him is a blessing, and to be able to meet his
co-produced fruits was another blessing. It
was a blessed experience entirely.
What can we expect from you next?
Pieces to Peace is currently being published,
so that will be released sometime this
September. It is a total of 114 poems in
chronological order. I will be having a book
launch once the publisher make it available
on booksellers online. My plan is then to
transition it into a novel called Pieces of
Peace, basically an even more descriptive
and focused story of the story in Pieces to
Special Feature
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lucky enough to sit down with the mastermind
behind the hottest clothing boutique on the
block in Toronto, Amrita Gill. A vibrant
spirit is the first quality one will notice in the
PARLOQUE (p. 17) founder. After graduating
from Parsons, Gill was further inclined to start
her career in fashion. Her half-shaved, long,
black hair tells me she’s edgy, but her attitude
says she means business. At 28, it’s safe to say
that Gill is living out her dream. Gill tells us
how she became her own boss and the steps
she took to get there along with what you’ll
find in PARLOQUE.
What was it that led you on a path towards
I’ve always loved self-expression along with
finding creativity and inspiration around us.
As a young kid I gravitated towards fashion
and I loved that you could use fashion as an
outlet to create different personas and convey
it to the world.
Tell me about your background in fashion.
I went to Parsons The New School for Design
in New York for Fashion Marketing. It was
a great all-encompassing program where we
did product development, merchandising,
buying, design and colour theory. I also had
some great internships in New York where
I was an assistant buyer for Intermix, an
intern for New York Fashion Week, as well
as a Public Relations intern for Mao PR.
Upon returning to Toronto from New York
after I completed the program, I worked
for Bluenotes as a buyer. In addition, I also
helped a vintage shop in Toronto with their
social media, branding and merchandising.
I combined all of these experiences and
brought all of the knowledge and tools from
these different roles to launch this store.
From left: Guest, Amrita Gill, Nick Jaksa
Did you always know that you wanted to
own a clothing store?
I always knew that I wanted to have my own
business as a kid and I never wanted to do a
What’s an average workday like for you?
There is no average workday for me - every day brings
something new. There are always new challenges, new exciting
opportunities and new people that I meet. One day I might
have some new designers come into the store and talk to me
about potentially launching their line in the store and we set
up a meeting or we might even do an ad-hoc meeting right on
the spot because often people will even come with a lookbook
or some of their samples to show me. Other days I might have
a magazine or a blog coming in – like today. We may also be
re-merchandising the stock or steaming and pricing things to
put them on the floor, or even going to different shops to pick
up things for the store.
A piece of advice that you might give to someone who’s
opening their own clothing store?
Go with your passion and what you think that you can bring
to the table in terms of your skills. At the same time make
sure that you’re identifying an opportunity or a gap in the
marketplace so you can fill a void but at the same time fill
that void using your own expertise. Also, research and plan
as much as possible. It’s important to stay on top of things
because things are constantly changing so you need to be
From left: Selena Dhillon, Amrita Gill, Neelu Multani
aware of what’s going on in the industry so you can always be
one step ahead of the game. Also – perseverance because there
you’re going to feel discouraged but you must see it as
9 to 5. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss but I just didn’t know
another challenge you have to tackle.
what exactly [my business] was going to be. It wasn’t until a few years
ago when I wanted to have my own clothing line. I kept tweaking my
Can we ever expect any pieces from Amrita Gill in PARLOQUE?
own business plan and doing research to identify opportunities in the
I will leave that as a mystery. You might or you might not. Stay tuned and
marketplace. That’s when I realigned my plan about two and a half years
follow along with PARLOQUE and you might just see something in the
ago and started working on the concept of opening a store.
near future.
What does PARLOQUE mean?
PARLOQUE is located at 1093 Queen Street West. Be sure to keep an
PARLOQUE is derived from an ancient word from my mother tongue,
eye out for their e-commerce website shipping worldwide coming soon at
which means “Beyond the heavens and shores”. It describes the concept
parloque.com. Follow @PARLOQUE on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
of the store in a literal sense because it brings collections from overseas
for their latest updates.
and around the world. It also serves as a metaphor in a sense that this
store is beyond what you’ve seen before and it’s nothing you’re used to.
While we’re on the topic, what exactly will you find at PARLOQUE?
You will find collections, designers and pieces that are hard to in
Canada. It was very important for me to bring especially unique things
to Toronto that people would usually get excited about when they go
New Zealand’s
By Robin Esrock
It’s perfectly normal to jump off buildings, planes, canyons,
and bridges in New Zealand. Overheard at a restaurant:
“Did you Skyjump?”
“No, I did the bungee jump at Nevis Bungee.”
“Look, nothing beats the rush of the Canyon Swing.”
The fact that two middle aged couples were discussing adrenaline
sports proved a point. Kiwis take great pride in their soft
adventures, building a polished tourism industry
specifically around them. No other country
compels their visitors – of all ages - to push
their limits so. Most activities are focused
around the adrenaline capitals of Rotorua
on the North Island, and Queenstown on
the South Island. Consider them to be the
Republic of Waiver Forms. Sign the dotted
line, and lets stamp our passports.
Bungee Jump
A Kiwi named AJ Hackett invented the commercial bungee jump
1988. In the realm of get-rich quick schemes, nobody predicted
that tourists would pay good money to fling themselves off a
bridge, attached to a heavy elastic band. Kawarau Bridge outside
Queenstown is not the highest bungee in the world (I did that in
Macao), or even the highest in New Zealand (that’s the Nevis), but
it is the home of the world’s first commercial bungee operation.
Here I could plummet 43m into a river, literally dunking my head
in the river below, with a margin for error I really didn’t want to
think about. I’ve bungee jumped four times on four continents and
trust me, you never get used to that feeling of imminent death,
rescued at the last moment by the eye-popping recoil. That feeling
of a fist-pumping victory over your fear.
Canyon Swing
While the bungee folks are trained to get you off the bridge before
any second thoughts kick in, the folks at Queenstown’s Canyon
Swing have turned their leap-of-faith into a performance. Numbers
are purposely kept small, and the crew are expertly trained to ensure
that your confidence is utterly shattered, your nerves shot, and that
you’re quadruple guessing yourself before they facilitate your 60m
freefall into a 200m arc at 150 km/hr. Jumpers can choose from a
variety of styles, like being upside down, somersaulting, wearing
a bucket, or pin dropping off the edge. I chose the Upside Down
Gimp, rated 5 out of 5 on their soiled underwear scale. Hanging
upside down with a teddy bear between my legs, they started the
countdown. 5.4.3…they let me drop before the countdown ended.
They enjoy having fun with fear, which incidentally, tastes not
unlike rust at the back of the mouth. With a huge discount on a
second attempt, one good leap deserves another.
The capital of Auckland was feeling a little left out, so they called
AJ Hackett who promptly figured out a way for tourists to hurl
themselves off the landmark 328m Skytower. Skytower’s base jumpby-wire system was designed for Hollywood stunts. Once I managed
to convince my shaking knees to leave the platform, the descent was
surprisingly gentle. Unlike va bungee jump, the Skyjump slows
down your descent, much like being on the outside of an elevator.
Landing on my feet, in my bright yellow and blue overalls, it was the
closest I’ll ever be to a superhero, swooping in to save the day.
Speaking of swooping, Agrodome Adventures outside of Rotorua
offer the Swoop, a flying terror machine. It hoisted me up by crane
to 40m, wrapped in a hang-gliding cocoon. All I had to do was
pull a little red piece of plastic, and the cable pops, sending the
cocoon swooping at 130 km/hr with the G-force of a fighter pilot.
It’s quite peaceful up there at the top. I could see the surrounding
green countryside, some cows in a nearby field. Every cell in my
body went on strike, protesting the fact that I’d be the one to pull
the rip-cord, and trigger the rush. I was practically chewing on my
aorta. Well, you can’t hang off a crane forever. Life stopped for the
split second between my pull and the drop. Then it slammed me in
the face, leaving my breath, mind and soul somewhere up above.
The gondola up Bob’s Peak offers a magnificent view of Queenstown
and its surrounding mountains. If it looks like Tolkien Country,
it’s because Lord of the Rings was filmed around these parts. Once
over the view, the Skyline Luge is a specialized cart that lets you
race down concrete runs, and believe it or not, is fun for the whole
family. I opted to for a tandem flight with G-Force Paragliding,
catching warm thermals as we safely soared amongst the birds and
snowcapped mountains. If you’re looking for kicks, ask your pilot for
a corkscrew, a manoeuvre that tied my intestines into knots. Landing
gently on a field back in town, paragliding proved to be an overall
uplifting experience.
Glaciers might sound like welcome relief to the thrills, but not if you
grab an ice pick and strap on some crampons. Fox Glacier and Franz
Joseph are two little towns that have sprung up around their slowmoving natural attractions, receding as they are, yet nonetheless
stunning. I hiked the ice-blue caverns of Franz Joseph in freezing
rain, led by a local guide wearing shorts. My hands
turned as blue as the ice caves, which is to be expected
in a town that rains 260 days a year. At Fox Glacier,
I planned to take a helicopter to avoid the long hike
and get straight to the icy wonderland. Poor weather
cancelled all flights that day, as it tends to do. You may
want to call ahead.
If I were to take all the above thrills and pack them tightly between
my palms, the ball of nerves would look like a skydiver. Nothing
comes close to a freefall, the moment when you gather your wits
and experience the sensation of terminal velocity. Skydiving in New
Zealand is exceptional because of the stunning scenery, and the
professionalism of its operators. NZone run slick operations in both
Rotorua and Queenstown, and count grandparents amongst their
fans. A cameraman can join you to recall your ultimate jump for
posterity (he uses his teeth to snap pictures and video). The rolling
green fields of the North Island, and the fjords and mountains of
the South Island, really show off at 12,000ft. 60 seconds later, the
chute opens, and it’s a gentle float down to earth. Not only have
you conquered your fear, but you’ll feel like you’ve conquered New
Zealand too.
Vancouver-based Robin Esrock is the co-host of the OLN/City series
Word Travels. You can follow his adventures at www.robinesrock.com
In the Wairoa River outside Rotorua (got to love those
Maori names), you can river raft over the world’s
highest commercial drop. Essentially, this means your
raft will be airborne, with a good chance of capsizing.
But to ensure you really get soaked, consider what the
Kiwis call Sledging. Using flippers, a heavy kickboard,
and a crash helmet, you forego the raft and enjoy the
rapids at eye level. Of course, it also means you have
to use your body to navigate rocks, undertows and
whirlpools, but that’s all part of the fun. The most
important rule: Never let go of your board.
because of the circle I’m with right now. For
example, I’ve just been hanging around with
Lilly (Superwoman) and Kanwar (Humble
The Poet). Both of them are so inspiring and
having work sessions with them has just been
so energizing.
About how long does each piece take you to
Amandeep Singh: Inkquisitive
eet Amandeep Singh:
talented artist. Many know Singh by his
alias, Inkquisitive. Singh may be one of very
few artists to gain a large following on social
media mainly for his compelling artwork. His
art is far from ordinary with his signature
urban-graffiti sensibility that makes it pop
off the canvas. I was recently able to catch up
with Singh where I learned why he uses the
techniques he does, how he coined his name,
and which projects he’s working on next.
Let’s start from the beginning - when did
you discover your talent in illustration?
Honestly, I still don’t think I have a talent.
Illustration for me is just another word
[for] communication. I feel like I am able to
communicate with other people in another
way. I discovered the word illustration in my
Masters, when I was studying illustration.
I used to do graphic design and illustration
was just so much more free and exciting. It
just opened up a whole new world for me.
By Harpreet Brar
I’m a big fan of colour, so I admire the fact
that your work includes so much of it. Is
there a reason behind your use of multiple
colours in your pieces?
Yes, there is. In essence, the actual
Inkquisitive style with the blend of colours
and everything occurred by accident. The
colours actually developed from my dreams.
A lot of my dreams are based in colour. Everything you see is almost like a diary for me.
As a kid I would pick up the brightest colour
to work with - even if was fluorescent yellow
and it couldn’t be seen on the paper. It’s eyecatching for me and I’m glad I’ve been able to
kind of make more use of it as I’ve grown up
and in my career.
What would you say has been your biggest
accomplishment thus far?
Being recognized by so many wonderful
people has been insane. From Missy Elliot to
LL Cool J changing his Twitter picture to my
artwork, David Blaine and the Prime Minister of the UK. In 2013 I was able to have a
full on tour in four cities: Toronto, New York,
Vancouver and Sacramento, California. I feel
refreshed that someone’s actually taken the
time out from their busy day to come see the
artwork. I’ve always had a special spot for
doing something in New York and to know
I actually conducted an exhibition in New
York with the Glass Museum is a very, very
special moment for me.
Who and/or what inspires your work?
I’ve actually been listening to a lot of ambient
music. The elements of the music have been
allowing my hand to flow in a certain way
and that’s been quite nice. It’s something
I’ve not done, so a lot of my recent pieces
are heavily inspired by music. There’s an
illustrator by the name of David Hughes
that’s also been inspiring me recently - I love
his work. Toronto is a very inspiring place
Firstly, I don’t ever think I’ve completed a
piece. I have to just leave it because I keep
applying and applying. I never actually know
when a piece is complete; I just have this
feeling of content. The most common pieces
of artwork you see is usually based on 6 to
8 hours and the only reason is because the
actual applying of the ink takes time to dry.
Your videos are a great way of getting your
artwork out there. Will there be more of
these and are there any other current projects you might be working on?
One hundred percent. I’ve actually come to
Canada to have three video shoots so I have
a lot going on in terms of work. I’m actually
doing a lot of conceptual videos right now
and I’m really excited to release these. One
of them will be releasing in a month’s time
and that will be with Digitology. At the same
time I have a few music videos back in the
UK happening so it’s going to be very exciting - a lot of engagement with the visuals and
Lastly, how did you come to use the name
My mum has been my greatest critic. One
day she was looking at one of my artwork
and was like, “Yo Aman, why have you done
that? Why have you done this? Why is that
blue? Why is this purple?” Then I realized - I
had a eureka moment: I’m using inks and my
mum’s very inquisitive, so I’m going to call
my work Inkquisitive.
Follow along with Singh’s journey on Twitter,
Facebook & Instagram @Inkquisitive. Be sure to visit
inquisitive.com for more details.
My fiancé and I just signed a lease together. As if this
wasn’t already stressful enough (although also really
exciting), he has a dog. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a
fan of dogs, but we are leasing an apartment and I
really don’t think it’s big enough for two people and
a medium sized pet. I’m worried that I’m going to
become the one who has to constantly take the dog
for walks and feed him, even though he’s not actually
mine! What should I do?
A dog is man’s best friend, so you absolutely cannot
ask him to give it away. Why don’t you sit him down and talk to him
about your concerns? I think if you do this in a caring way he will
understand, and take more responsibility. After all, if he was living
alone before he must be used to taking care of his pet. A lot of people
who live in apartments have a dog, so after a while I’m sure you’ll learn
some tricks to making it work.
First off, let me start by saying your concerns are 100% valid. To
make sure this doesn’t happen, you should definitely talk to your fiancé before you
move. It would also be great if you would be willing to take the dog on a morning
or evening walk. This proves to him that you are committed to him and his family
(yes, most dog owners consider their dog part of the family). It’s also useful for the
times when he will undoubtedly shove the responsibility onto you – all you have to
do is say you already took the dog out that day. After a while you will probably start
to bond with the dog, and these worries will seem silly to you.
I’m a 32-year-old paediatrician, but I find myself
hating my job. I know this sounds so silly after all of
the schooling and money I have put into this, but my
heart just isn’t in it. On top of that, I’m four months
pregnant, so I would like to figure this out before the
baby is born. Providing a stable future for my child
is at the top of my list. Lately I’ve been considering
a career in something more visual, because I love
fashion and beautiful things, including art. Please
point me in the right direction.
I think you should hold off on making any decisions before the
baby is born. Your short-term priority right now is making sure you are not
too stressed out while dealing with the birth of your child. Throwing away a
medical career seems like a pretty big decision, so it’s probably better to think
about this for a while longer.
Slow. Down. You need to de-stress, for yourself and
your child. While your unhappiness in your profession right now may
seem like the biggest deal in the world to you, once your child arrives
you will see the value of a role in the medical profession. A career in
fashion, the arts and “beautiful things” may seem like a lot of fun but
do you know how many years of low-to-no paid work you’re going to
have to slog through? Take it from me, a creative with several years
experience; I may find aspects of my job fun, but there’s nothing more
satisfying than being able to pay the bills and provide for my family.
Like I said, it took years to get here.
education NUMBERS
In 2012, about
In 2012
of Canadian aged 15 and over had
trade certificates, college diplomas and
university degrees. This was an increase
of 20.9 percentage points since 1990.
of those aged 25 to
44 years were postsecondary graduates.
In 2011/2012, there were
In 2012, a higher percentage of women
In 2011/2012, more women
(1,116,735) were enrolled
in universities and colleges
compared to men (862,743).
Women accounted for
than men
of student enrolment
aged 25 to 44 years
had completed a postsecondary education
students enrolled in university
(1,263,750) and college (732,450)
In 2013/2014, Ontario had
the highest tuition rate at
In 2011/2012, Ontario had the highest
provincial number of student enrolment
for post secondary education
In 2013/2014,Quebec had
the lowest tuition rate at
In 2011/2012, Prince Edward
Island had the lowest provincial
number of student enrolment for
post secondary education
Between 2009/2010 and 2013/2014,
the average Canadian tuition increased
from $4,942 to $5,772, a difference of
In 2013/2014, dentistry maintained
the highest tuition rate at
In 2013/2014, education had
the lowest tuition rate at
In 2006, a higher
proportion of recent
immigrants aged 25 to
64 years reported having
university degrees
compared to the Canadian
population (19%).
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The Hype Around Tesla
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the 416 horsepower performance
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Behind the Velvet Rope at the
Monaco Grand Prix
From left: Melissa Odabash, Tamara Ecclestone, Julien MacDonald
By Priya Kumar
Amber Lounge is to the Monaco Grand Prix what Vanity
Fair’s Oscar Party is to the Academy Awards. MonteCarlo is known as the crown jewel of the Formula 1
World Championship and the tiny principality of less
than 37,000 residents take its reputation to heart. The
entire year is spent gearing up for the big race; the wildly
affluent nation virtually shuts down the week leading up
to the extravagant weekend. For the royalty, celebrities
and drivers themselves that descend upon Monaco during
this time, there is yet still one more tier of exclusivity—
Amber Lounge. Only VIPs need apply.
pending some of my formative years in Monaco, which
I once likened to the moon in regards to its isolation from outside
world, certainly has its benefits nowadays. The glitz and glamour
that came along with its status as a (tax-free) haven for royals and
mega watt celebrities (dining next to Brad, Angelina and kids was a
regular occurrence) leaves the principality’s youth jaded. But as we
graduated and moved on with our careers, Monaco’s calling card
regularly proves itself useful especially in the field of luxury/lifestyle
journalism. This year with SHE’s HE section proving a force of its
own, I was invited to cover the Monaco Grand Prix and without
hesitation, jumped at the opportunity.
Officially referred to as the FIA Formula One World Championship,
F1 is the highest class of single-seater auto racing in the world. The
“formula” in the name refers to a set of rules
by which each car and driver must comply.
The championship consists of a series of races
across the world—known as “Grands Prix”,
the French for great prizes—on public roads
or circuits specifically built for F1.
Monaco is a particularly unique circuit with
its changes in elevation, tight corners and
narrow roads making it one of the most
demanding tracks for drivers, but one of
the most rewarding for spectators. If you’re
fortunate enough to have a home with a
balcony overlooking the circuit you have
one of two options—host an F1 party for the
ages, or sublet for the weekend to a Russian
billionaire (making a monetary killing in the
process). For the VVIPs—of which there are
plenty—there is Amber Lounge. Established
in 2003, the club event exclusively follows
Formula 1 around the world and is a highlight
for celebrities and drivers alike. This year
Amber Lounge was spread out over the course
of the weekend, commencing with Amber
Lounge Fashion on Friday, May 23rd. Held at
the prestigious Le Meridien Beach Plaza, the
evening played host to the most star-studded
evening of the Grand Prix attended by a
glittering ensemble of Hollywood celebrities,
royalty and icons of sport.
This year His Serene Highness Prince Albert
II of Monaco joined Canadian superstar
Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz (Twilight, The
Legend of Hercules), Dame Shirley Bassey and
actress Michelle Rodriguez for an evening of
fashion for a cause. This year Amber Lounge
introduced their latest innovative clubbing
concept U*NITE that includes a mélange of
fashion, dining, charity auction and night
club under one umbrella event.
The show opened with an adrenaline-pumping performance
by British songstress Pixie Lott, transitioning into the Amber
Lounge Fashion Show. The fashion segment featured the drivers
themselves walking the runway wearing bespoke suits by luxury
British menswear label, Apsley Tailors. The drivers were paired
with runway models wearing the ultra-feminine, Mediterraneaninspired resortwear collection by Melissa Odabash and Julien
With the big race two days away, the drivers had the chance
to shake off some of the pressure of what was to come. Daniel
Ricciardo (Red Bull), Max Chilton (Marussia F1) and Marcus
Ericsson (Caterham F1) were joined by half a dozen other drivers
to pound the runway at the 360 degree event were opulence meets
hedonistic entertainment.
Justin Bieber
In the coming months the drivers will be screeching down the
tracks and tearing through the streets of Montreal, Singapore and
Abu Dhabi. Only one thing is certain—wherever F1 goes, Amber
Lounge is never far behind.
Held at the
prestigious Le
Meridien Beach
Plaza, the evening
played host to the
most star-studded
evening of the Grand
Prix attended by a
glittering ensemble
of Hollywood
celebrities, royalty
and icons of sport.
By the time Sunday rolled around and the drivers awarded their
trophies—Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) in first, Lewis Hamilton
(Mercedes) in second and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) in third—the
Mercedes rivalry stifled the balmy Riviera air. The drivers joined a
sparkling crowd of the international jet-set to close the weekend
down at Amber Lounge. With D’banj and Labrinth performing
live, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier and Hamilton’s rumoured fiancée
Nicole Scherzinger in attendance, the tension melted away after the
high-stakes weekend.
Adrian Grenier
L-R: Jules Bianchi, Esteban Gutierrez, Max Chilton, Daniil Kyvat, Marcus Ericsson, Adrian Sutil,
Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Lewis Hamilton and
Nicole Scherzinger
he economic situation in the Palestinian West Bank is
becoming desperate. Due to the political situation in the region,
economic activities are at an all-time low and unemployment is on the
rise. Even people who are employed suffer as their employers, notably
the Palestinian National Authority, are unable to pay their salaries. It is
estimated that presently 65 percent of the population in the West Bank
lives in poverty. This means hidden starvation, especially for families
who already were poor before the current economic recession and do
not have reserves to fall back on. Families headed by a woman and
without a male breadwinner, the sick and the elderly are hit hardest.
Most Palestinian families are large. In some regions, the average family
comprises no less than nine members, most of them children of school
age, who all rely on a sole breadwinner.
Humanitarian Relief Society (HRS), a Palestinian humanitarian
organization active in the West Bank, especially in Arroub refugee
camp, therefore proposes to distribute a 20-kg sack of rice to 350
extremely poor families. Rice is the main staple of the Palestinian diet
and is eaten for lunch and frequently dinner. Most families cannot
afford to purchase a sack of rice and resort to buying small quantities
on a daily basis. Little money remains to purchase other ingredients of
a nutritious meal, for example vegetables, cooking oil and meat. Eating
only or mainly carbohydrates leads to malnutrition in the long run,
especially among children, who need all kinds of nutrients to grow and
develop healthily. A family who has a sack of rice will be able to spend
its daily cash supply on other food items and will thus eat sufficiently and
have a more balanced diet.
A sack of rice will enable family providers to adequately feed their
families for a month or more. Assuming an average family size of seven,
which is a conservative estimate in Palestine, 2,450 people will benefit
from this project, at least two thirds of them children. A mere four Euro
are sufficient to improve a person’s nutrition for a whole month.
Dear LFT donors: When you sit down for your daily meals, think of
those who look at an empty table and have to go to bed hungry. By
giving a small part of what you spend on food every month, you can
significantly improve their lives.
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Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
You are a huge proponent of Crossfit. What
is it and why are you such a fan?
I like the way Crossfit has engineered fitness.
One, Crossfit has made a sport of fitness.
Two, it has the world looking at fitness in a
different way. It’s not your standard three sets
of ten reps. It has put together a combination
of Olympic lifting, power lifting, athletics,
and gymnastic drills spanning ten elements
of fitness: Speed, Strength, Stamina, Power,
Accuracy, Agility, Balance, Coordination,
Cardiovascular and Flexibility. Combining
these elements in my eyes is the true meaning
of athletic fitness.
Trainer to the Stars takes on the Middle East
By Priya Kumar
ith over ten years experience in the fitness industry
and a rolodex of clients to make even the most seasoned of publicists
blush, John Godfrey is far from your average trainer. The Fitness
Entrepreneur-cum-Venture Capitalist has trained some of the biggest
names in Hollywood, business, sport and entertainment including
Richard Branson, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Mills, Marc Rich and
Christian Horner (owner of F1 team Red Bull). From his hometown
of London, I had the chance to catch-up with the fitness guru in the
lawns of Buckingham Palace to discuss what led to his storied career.
With his sights now set on revolutionizing the way the Middle East
approaches fitness, I discover what it takes to be one of the world’s
leading voices in health and wellness.
When building your career, how did you end up working with
ultra-high net worth (UHNW) clients and celebrities?
Word of mouth; I think the first very high one, a billionaire, would be
Marc Rich [renowned commodities trader who passed away in 2013].
That was when a personal trainer who was training his daughter came
to me and said ‘I have a client that I would like you to see.’ He was
coming into London, so Marc was probably the first one. The other
ones have been quite sporadic, usually referral or word of mouth when
one client refers another after having skied or done fitness with me.
What about Matt LeBlanc and Richard Branson?
Those are the exciting ones. Matt was in town at the time and it was a
referral. It was the same for both.
When travelling with your clients, how do you fit their physical
conditioning into their hectic lifestyles?
First you have to understand to what capacity they want to train. If
someone has a very busy day, you don’t want to run them into the
ground at 5AM because obviously they are not going to function well.
I establish to what capacity they want to work, what goals they have
alongside that, and tie it all together. So that could be early morning
training and then post evening therapy work.
What have been some of the crazy places you have had to go with
your clients?
Monaco, different parts of California, Courcheval in the Alps,
Bodrum in Turkey.
If a woman were to only do one exercise, what should it be and
If she’s capable of doing it, I would probably go with the pistol squat.
It’s a challenging glute exercise that strengthens the hip region and
shapes the butt. The goal is to sit your butt down to your heel on
one leg and rise back to standing. If you’re initially unable to achieve
full depth, scale the difficulty by holding onto a suspension strap or
doorframe to offset your bodyweight with a pull.
Besides training, what are other projects
you are involved with at the moment?
Following on from mentioning Crossfit,
I’m in the process of bringing awareness of
Crossfit to the Middle East. I’m a certified
Crossfit coach and have setup as an affiliate to
get started. At the moment, I’ve gone through
a round of funding to set up a Crossfit gym
first of all in Qatar.
What food projects are you involved with?
The initial start was involvement with
Soulmatefood [a bespoke food delivery
service]. I liked the home method because I
think fitness is quite a bit ahead of food right
now. Over the last ten years, people have come
to understand how to train and what to train.
They are training a lot smarter now. I think
food has been left out of the equation. People
are less educated on what they should eat, in
what quantity, and when to get the maximum
benefits for the goals that they want. So what
Soulmate has done is become a nutritionist,
chef and delivery service; their in-house
nutritionist prescribes a bespoke meal plan
to support a client’s fitness program, a chef
cooks the food, portions it and delivers it
to the client’s doorstep. Every morning you
wakeup, you have food ready and waiting
with your taste in mind, rationed to eat at
specific times. That is quite innovative, that
has not been done in the Middle East yet in
that capacity and is something I want to bring
over there as soon as the Crossfit gym is up
and running; I want tailor food into clients’
fitness programs.
What are some fitness fads you absolutely
do not recommend and why?
Promises that you are going to get amazing
results in one or
two days. Fitness is
a progressive thing.
I think it is something where it is a
lifestyle you need to
work on. Progress
will always be fastest
when you first start,
it will taper and
you will have your
peaks and troughs,
but it is something
work at building and
that’s the best way to
maintain consistency in the long run.
Things that promise super fast drops
lead to disillusion;
they just don’t really
Like the Hollywood 48-hour Miracle Diet?
With the juicing, you are obviously starving
yourself effectively. You are dropping your
calorie intake to a much lower level of what
your body sustains. You can drop that fat, you
can drop fat quite quickly, but people know it
will put it back on quite fast as well. It is best
to go consistent and work down gradually.
Projects like twelve-week programs that
people begin to advertise now are a great start
but really you should be looking at one to four
years as a long term progressive lifestyle.
What else can you tell me about in regards
to your Doha, Qatar project?
I think the Middle East likes to see innovative
fitness coming in. They have a tendency, not
just the Middle East but the rest of the world,
to get bored with themes of fitness. I think
it is quite important to continually reinvent
yourself with your fitness. Crossfit will be one
window. We are also going to set up sport
facilities there and will look for new trends of
fitness that come through to springboard on
top of Crossfit and to compliment it.
this into different genres of clientele. I think
younger, new generation of Middle Easterns,
especially those who have been over to are
influenced by the West are actually quite
active and sporty. I think they will take to
fitness like a Westerner would over here.
When you are going slightly older, probably
forty years plus, that approach needs to be
gentle. You can introduce different types of
fitness to people, but I think there is going to
have to be a different way we approach those
clients. Starting with food would probably
be a good thing. We have a Middle Eastern
nutritionist that travels around giving lectures
on food; she will also write food programs
for our clients. So if we can get them eating
healthy and maybe a little more mobile first,
then we can start looking at other ways we can
introduce exercise into their lifestyle as well.
For more information on John Godfrey and
his fitness programs check out his website
johngodfrey.co.uk; watch this space for updates
on his Middle Eastern endeavors.
The Middle Eastern and South Asian
lifestyles are largely sedentary and high in
fat consumption. How do you break out of
that lifestyle?
I think we are going to have to categorize
John Godfrey, Personal Trainer/Fitness VC
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top 10 Spot treatments
Tea Tree Oil-Tea tree blemish gel $7
The Body Shop has been getting lots
of rave over their new Tea Tree Oil
line. This specific treatment contains
anti-bacterial properties. The organic
formula used in this is steam-distilled
to extract the oil. Coming from the
Community Fair Trade program in
Kenya, it’s a safe and natural way to
get rid of all your acne spots using the
effortless gel pump. Retailing at $7,
it’s a great product that also helps the
Don’t you wish you could just zap all those zits away? If you’re
looking for affordable or even natural on the spot treatments, then
look no further. Put your acne or dark spots to rest with these top 10
spot treatments that help prevent acne from forming while leaving
your skin revitalized and over time help it to look better faster.
Yes to Tomatoes- Clear Skin
Roller Ball Spot Stick $10
With its unique name comes its
unique formula of ginger root and
natural extract called bisabolol
combined with lycopene (found
in tomatoes) that helps to create
a calming skin gel that penetrates
the area of inflammation and
redness. Retailing at $10 a stick, it
helps to reduce inflammation to
make your skin look better faster.
Burt’s Bees- Natural Acne
Solutions- Spot treatment
cream $13
In this cream, the main
ingredient that fights the acne is
the salicylic acid that is derived
from willow bark, which contains
beta hydroxy acids that help
to exfoliate the skin. Retailing
at about $13, with its licorice
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its redness, it’s a great and
natural way to get rid of those
unattractive zits.
Neutrogena- Rapid Clear Fight & Fade Spot Gel
A multi-task spot gel is designed to fight breakouts
within 8 hours while fading the look of post-acne
scar marks within one week. It’s formulated with
MicroClear technology and glycolic acid to help even
skin tone that wont clog pores. It retails at about $
16.99. It’s the Fight & Fade that never stops.
Neutrogena Naturals – Acne Spot Treatment $9
Containing 93% natural ingredients with 1%
salicylic acid, Neutrogena Natural Acne Spot
treatment is an easy and natural way to treat acne
prone skin that leaves skin looking healthy and
clean. It retails at $9.
Kiss My Face- Potent and Pure
Breakout Botanical Gel $15
This potent and pure breakout
gel contains tea tree oil mixed
with mint that is a great way to
cool and calm your irritated skin
while eliminating the bacteria
it contains. With its cooling
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ingredients that are all vegan
and the packaging that is 100%
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go the natural way to kiss your
Olay- Total Effects Tone
Correcting Spot Treatment
Olay, famous for its total effects
line brings this new tone
correcting spot treatment that
with over time will fade the looks
of brown spots to match your
natural skin tone over time. It
also fights the visible signs of
aging. Working hour by hour, it
works to hydrate the skins surface
layer, targeting your age, sun and
browns spots with its precision
applicator. It retails at $19.99.
Proactiv- Advanced Blemish
Treatment $18.85-23.00
We can’t forget the infamous
Proactive when it comes
to acne treatments. This
advanced blemish treatment
containing a concentrated
dose of pharmaceutical-grade
benzoyl peroxide that goes to
the root of the acne blemish
to get rid of it fast. It also
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that is formulated with
skin conditioners allantoin
and panthenol to soother
surrounding areas. Retailing
at about $32 CD, the benefits
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get it at a price of $18.85.
Olay- Total Effects Tone
Correcting Spot Treatment
Olay, famous for its total effects
line brings this new tone
correcting spot treatment that
with over time will fade the looks
of brown spots to match your
natural skin tone over time. It
also fights the visible signs of
aging. Working hour by hour, it
works to hydrate the skins surface
layer, targeting your age, sun and
browns spots with its precision
applicator. It retails at $19.99.
Doctors Dermatologic Formula (DDF)Sulfur Therapeutic Mask (Sulfur 10% Acne
Treatment)- $45
A clay mask combined with sulfur and
purified clays that absorb oil and help keeps
pores clean. Retailing at about $45, it’s a great
way to help clear blemishes.
5 SHE Skin Secrets
Aveda Launches New
With all of today’s available beauty products, sometimes we just
aren’t sure which option to choose. Let’s keep things simple; here
are five simple beauty secrets you will be shocked you never knew.
smooth infusion
naturally straight
Milk and Honey Mask
By: Sarah Horsfall
This mask is great for soothing skin and
toning down redness. Cleopatra swore on
the milk baths she took, so we at SHE are
particularly excited about this beauty secret.
Mix one tablespoon of 2% milk thoroughly
with one tablespoon of honey. Apply the
mixture to your face after you have used a
cleanser. Let each layer dry before adding
a new one, until the mask is the thickness
you desire. Let the mask sit for 10 to 15
minutes, and then wash your mask off.
Remember to use a moisturizer afterwards!
botanically-based products, the crème uses organic ingredients like cassava
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the crème does not alter the hair’s natural texture and it is safe to use on
coloured hair. Additionally, the product contains the Shampure collection’s
fresh citrus-floral blend. The aroma blend features ingredients like bergamot,
palmarosa, Turkish rose, and Australian sandalwood. The Smooth Infusion
defends hair against humidity and frizz. Furthermore, the product will not
build up over time so once it has stopped being used, it can be washed out.
“Naturally Straight is a truly innovative product – a must-have for anyone
who straightens their hair,” says Ray Civello, Aveda Canada CEO. “I was
excited to combine my passion for hair and photography to capture real
people who have tested the product, proudly showing off their real results.”
In addition to the straight serum, Aveda is expanding its Shampure collection
with the Hand & Body Wash and Body Lotion. The Hand & Body Wash is a
mild, sulphate-free cleanser, whereas the Body Lotion instantly absorbs and
seals in all-day moisture.
veda Canada opened a photo exhibit for the June
launch of the new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight. The
lightweight styling crème helps create straight, smooth styles
without disrupting an individual’s natural curl pattern.
During the event, participants engaged with the party’s attendants
to showcase their results. Some individuals walked the room
showing off their straightened hair alongside their natural curls.
At the party were a number of noteworthy names like MTV’s
Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, fashion designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth
Promislow, Globe and Mail’s Monique Savin, in addition to fashion
blogger Nelia Belkova were in attendance.
The product is designed to loosen curls with every use so that it
is easier to straighten. Continuing Aveda’s mission to provide
Aveda was founded in 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They continue to
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Face Mask for Glowing Skin
Here’s a simple recipe suitable for all skin
types: mix one teaspoon of extra-virgin
olive oil, one-half teaspoon of honey, and
one teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl to
form a thin paste. First wash your face and
pat skin dry. Then, apply the mask to your
face and neck in a circular motion. Leave it
on for approximately 10 minutes, and then
wash it off and gently pat your face with
a towel. Remember to apply a toner and
moisturizer afterwards. This mask works
so well because olive oil and honey have
moisturizing properties. Olive oil is able
to penetrate deep into the skin to repair,
promote elasticity, and reduce blemishes,
while honey tightens your pores to lock
in moisture. The baking soda acts as a
gentle exfoliating agent by helping remove
excess oil and dead skin cells.
Breaking out? Wash your face and
then carefully apply a small amount
of Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste
directly onto the blemish, making sure
not to apply any on the surrounding
skin. This trick works because
toothpaste contains ingredients which
help dry out pimples, including as
baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Just make sure you avoid teeth
whitening and gel toothpastes.
We swear by this one when dealing with cystic acne
(you know, the ones you can’t pop, but hurt like ****.
Wash your face and then carefully apply a small
amount of Vicks VapoRub directly onto the pimple at
night, and then rinse it off in the morning. Applying this
product will pull the bacteria to the surface, bringing
your cystic acne to a head. Simultaneously, the menthol in Vicks opens your pores up to allow the product’s
antibacterial agents into the pimple.
Tea Bags for Tired Eyes
Green or black tea bags containing
caffeine are commonly found
to be the most effective for this
beauty trick. Take two tea bags
and steep them in hot water for
3-5 minutes, remove them, and
leave them in the refrigerator for
about 20 minutes. Once they
are cold, gently squeeze out any
excess liquid until the bags are
damp and put them over your eyes
from 15-30 minutes. This reduces
puffiness and dark circles because
caffeine can help constrict blood
vessels around your eyes. Tea
bags also contain tannins, which
are can stimulate healthy blood
circulation in addition to tighten
and smoothen skin.
Facial treatment mask
$95 for six masks
This treatment mask is one of the bestsellers of the
SK-II line. The 100 percent cotton mask is soaked in
a rich viscous serum containing vitamins, minerals,
amino acids, and organic acids. The mask is especially
useful for radiance and moisture enhancing, making
it a great product for the beginning of fall. We highly
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Born in paradise
$90 (3.3oz)
Born In Paradise is inspired by the tropics, evident by
the unique bottle design that is reminiscent of clear
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Essential power moisturising cream
$215 (2.71 oz)
This lavish daily moisturiser is amazing for its
anti-aging properties, as well as nourishing the
skin. It contains a key plant-derived ingredient
that products the skin, and is formulated
without sulfates or GMOs. The cream is
lightweight and absorbs quickly, ensuring you
get the most out of every last drop.
Boost & lift foaming air mousse
$6 (5.97 fl oz)
This volume air mousse will
help control unruly hair using
a lightweight and long lasting
formula. Frizzy and greasy hair is
a huge problem for most women,
but this product is the solution!
Just pump out a small amount into
your palm and run it through towel
dried hair, and then style. You can
also apply a very small amount to
dry hair to freshen it up.
Pro-x advanced cleansing system
The Pro-X sets up your skin for supersonic
anti-aging moisturization, for a fraction
of the cost of similar items. The bristles
are nice and soft, while still being able to
effectively clean and exfoliate your skin.
For the most effective results, use it with
the Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser.
LashBlast volume mascara
To get instant volume and
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It instantly darkens, separates,
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Tone rehab 2-in-1 foundation
This colour and correction cream combines
foundation and hydrating serum to cover
blemishes and fine lines, while still being
lightweight. The hydrating properties will help
to improve your overall skin tone over time. As
if that doesn’t sound perfect enough, it is even
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The crisp, fresh weather this time of year makes
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Sabbas Restaurant, Athens
By Anna Bandi
ne of the best things to do when traveling the
Mediterranean besides exploring historical sites and ancient ruins
is trying new and exciting food. Over the summer I was fortunate
enough to travel to Greece, where I visited the Acropolis, the
Temple of Zeus and in between was able to try some amazing Greek
If you plan on visiting Athens, the place to be is in Monastiraki
Square. This crowded and vibrant square has the perfect view of
the Acropolis Mountain, access to many different markets and
shops and of course has a number of restaurants where you can get
authentic Greek food at a very reasonable price.
One of the best eateries I had the opportunity to visit during my
stay was Sabbas, right in the heart of Monastiraki Square. Sabbas
was one the most crowded restaurants around, packed with both
tourists and locals; it offered patio seating with a view of the
Acropolis and the hustle and bustle of the square.
This restaurant is perfect for travelers who want to experience
Athens from a local’s point of view. While most waiters spoke little
English, it was not difficult to communicate as they were extremely
welcoming and friendly to all tourists.
The menu offered a number of different meat options ranging
from chicken, pork, beef and lamb as well as classic Greek dishes
including gyros, chicken wrapped in a pita and tzatziki sauce,
spanakopita, which is a spinach pie and moussaka, a potato-based
dish. The menu is priced affordably for tourists and for only €10 you
can get the world’s best chicken souvlaki (literally), including fries,
pita bread and diced tomatoes and onions.
Another delicious option was the lamb kebab on a skewer, offered
again with fries and pita bread. While the main courses were all
bread based, Sabbas also served a delicious Greek salad, which was
one of my favourite foods to eat in Athens. Top with a large piece
of feta cheese, the simple yet delicious salad included tomatoes,
cucumber, onions and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
While my stay in Athens was short, I was able to visit Sabbas
on numerous occasions and try as much authentic Greek food
as possible. As a traveler on a budget, this restaurant provided
excellent service and food without breaking the bank. If you ever
plan on visiting Athens, Sabbas is definitely the place to eat!
Wedding Décor
By Ameena Iqbal
If you’re a DIY bride looking for easy and
money saving tips for your big day, then look
no further. Wedding DIY is here to help! We’re
pleased to bring you the best of the best in DIY
Weddings including projects from inspirational
real weddings to DIY projects crafted by
visionaries like Martha Stewart and readers
from all over the world. Get DIY crazy!
DIY Wax Paper Backdrop
Level: Intermediate
10+ yards of ribbon
10 crochet string
tapestry needle,scissors
1 1/2 boxes of interfolded waxed deli sheets
match stick
Step 1
Fold waxed paper sheet in half to form a square
and cut out circle shape.
Step 2
Cut circle in half and set aside. Cut crochet string
to desired length and tie a slip knot on one end.
Step 3
Fold half-circle into cone shape by turning the
corners in towards each other so that they
overlap. Secure cone shape by stitching in and
out of where the paper overlaps.
Step 4
Fill length of string with cones, leaving about a
finger’s width of space between each cone.
Step 5
Prepare the ribbon by trimming a clean angled
end. To keep end from fraying and unraveling,
lightly singe the ribbon’s edge. Thread the ribbon
through the slip knot loop
Step 6
Synch down slip knots to hold cone strands in
place. Leave about a finger’s width between
each strand.
Step 7
Trim away the tails of the slip knots.
Step 8
Continue to repeat this process until length of
ribbon is full.
Geometric “topiaries” inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu
Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool. A few white
plastic beach balls tied to weighted lines float in the pool like
pearls cut loose from a giant strand (for safety, never cover the
surface of a pool with a large number of balls).
Light Column
Bamboo stick or dowel, 6 feet long and 1 inch in diameter
50-bulb string of lights
Paper lanterns (ours were 14 inches in diameter)
Step 1
Purchase a bamboo stick or dowel that’s 6 feet long and
1 inch in diameter. Drive the pole deep into the ground
until it’s solidly anchored. Run a 50-bulb string of lights up
one side of the pole and down the other, securing it with
masking tape.
Step 2
Stack paper lanterns (ours were 14 inches in diameter)
over the stick. Secure the lanterns to each other with tape.
Note: If you intend to place these fixtures by a swimming
pool, it is imperative that you plug the lights into GFCI
outlets and use extension cords approved for outdoor use.
Book Review
Brown Girl Problems
CAPITAL: A Portrait of
Twenty-First Century Delhi
BY Rana Dasgupta
As a 24-year-old Punjabi girl, one might expect me to
be familiar with my own language. The unfortunate
truth is that I’m not – and I wish I were. Growing up,
I never spoke it with my family or friends, while my
friends would speak it with their families. I just feel
plain silly when my elders are speaking to me and I
have nothing to say to them apart from smiling and
nodding my head with the occasional “hunji” (“yes”).
I feel like I come off as disrespectful when that is not
my intention at all. Learning a language at this age is
not easy, especially when there is no time to. How do I
change the way I interact with my elders? Is there an
easy way out?!
Review by Harpreet Brar
This captivating book runs its course like a grasping thriller and epic
novel to inquistive readers about the growing city of Delhi. Author Rana
Dasgupta flew out to Delhi around the millienium to take in more about
his Indian father’s roots.
He wound up staying and encountering 10 years of exceptional
development and change from ‘’walled city to world city’’ after the
previous centrally closed economy embraced free-market strategies and
turned into one of the world’s biggest economies.
He maps, with intense tolerance, the turbulent history of the city which
was constructed, destroyed, desolated and remade over hundreds of years,
the repercussions of which give critical brushstrokes to the representation
of contemporary Delhi. The book observes cutting edge occasions and
supplies the city’s horrifying past as a more extensive setting to develop
an educated narrative about current Delhi. The pages are littered with
authentic playbacks that scope crosswise over hundreds of years: the
magnificent Mughal reign, the British Raj, the 1984 riots, which are
compared with educational particular records of the individuals who
occupy this mysterious city from various economic levels of class. He has
meetings with a range of occupants - from super rich business visionaries
to slum-tenants with a thorough and captivating clarification of Delhi’s
and India’s muddled and vivid religious, social, cultural, political and
geological history, joined with his own particular interpretations and
Dear Tongue-tied,
It can be a bit embarrassing when your 8-year-old cousins can out talk
you, can’t it? Well first things first. Learn the basics. “Hi,” “How are
you?”, “I’m well thanks”, “How are you feeling?” etc. You may be 24,
but allowing your elders to share a little bit about their day is a good
way to begin your journey to becoming fluent. Next, by the sounds of
it, you’re not completely foreign to the tongue. Get back into the groove
by watching Punjabi movies and TV—not only will you pick up words
you’ve never heard before, but South Asian television is surprisingly
entertaining. Netflix has several great films available and OMNI has
regular Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu programming around the clock.
Dasgupta writes that Delhi is a city ‘’sincerely broken’’. He depicts how the
people modified their lives after the Partition of India, and shows how the
cycle still continues as the city expands.
While this book has much to do with the business world, Dasgupta doesn’t
shy away from the subject of love. He allows his interviews to go beyond
the surface. In a meeting with the renowned talented designer, Manish
Arora (SHE’s December/January cover story), Arora gets personal about a
delicate time in his life:
“Another drastic experience I had in Delhi,” he says. “It was not a little
crush: it went on for five or six years. My friends told me I was blind, I was
obsessed, but it just went on. It was horrible. And suddenly — I don’t know
what happened to me — I got out after five years and I looked at the rest of
my life and said wow.”
It is apparent that even the rich and powerful continue to struggle with
life and love. While they may succeed in business, many of the successful
individuals that Dasgupta meets with seem to preserve an unhappiness
within themselves. Each conversation that is had is fascinating, revealing
things to the reader that can only be discovered through a Delhi resident’s
Dear OOO,
The skin whitening dilemma has been grappled with by South Asian
women for centuries. Some believe it dates back to 1200 B.C. when
Aryans invaded the South Asian subcontinent driving Dravidians, the
purest Indian race, south. It explained the linguistic disparity between
north and south Indians and also is perhaps where the caste system
finds its roots. Those who are fairer skinned tend to be of top castes
and darker shades found themselves lower on the social hierarchy.
This theory was only recently debunked by the Harvard School of
Public Health; after rounds of DNA analysis they concluded there is no
genetic difference between the two “races.”
Fast forward to 2013. Nina Davuluri is the first South Asian to win
Miss America. What’s more, she’s more Indian-looking than any
Bollywood starlet or South Asian pageant winner ever. In spite of the
initial Twitter backlash that quickly gained notoriety, Davuluri’s win
spoke volumes about the definition of beauty in North America. Dusky
skin is beautiful; just look at Mindy Kaling. She’s not only the star of
her own network show, she’s also been named one of TIME Magazine’s
100 most influential people (2013). Society agrees and so should you!
Finally, if you’re looking to make a bigger investment in your languagelearning journey, you can always shell out for some lessons. Can’t find
the time? Try Rosetta Stone. It’s fun and interactive by segmenting its
lessons so that even if you only have 10 minutes a day you can make the
most of the software. Good luck!
experience. While we learn about universal healthcare, water shortages,
arranged marriages, the drug habits of the city’s rich youngsters, and
the callous government, it is not told with judgment or condemnation.
It appears that Dasgupta’s goal is to dig deep into the blossoming city of
Delhi and attempt to enlighten his readers in the best way he can.
Dasgupta summarizes his understanding of the city of Delhi in one simple
sentence: “To look at contemporary Delhi is to look at the symptoms of the
global 21st century in their most glaring and advanced form.”
My skin complexion has always been slightly darker
than my family’s. My older sisters have fair skin to
match my parents and it seems that there is a drastic
difference in our skin tones. Family portraits always
come out terribly (for me) – there is no unison! Apart
from family portraits I’ve always felt darker in terms of
complexion than many other Indians like me. I’ve tried
a lighter foundation and that just looks even worse –
there must be a solution. I’ve heard about bleaching of
the skin to become lighter. Is this a feasible way out of
my dilemma?
Triple O (Odd-One-Out)
“Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as
her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage,
discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to
make a woman beautiful.”
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to
her heart, the place where love resides.”
“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean
to the bone.”
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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
“You are imperfect, permanently and
inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to
see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see
beauty never grows old.”

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