All forms of extremism are forged through fear, manipulation and an acute empathy deficit, as was so repulsively demonstrated by the recent massacre of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cowardly, self-serving world leaders continue to deny the rise of white nationalism and far-right extremism - which leaves us, the people, to demand the fundamental deliberative of equality, love and tolerance of ourselves.
I am not a religious person, in the sense that I am not affiliated with an organised religion - I do, however, acknowledge that there are billions of people that DO believe in organised religion and I respect their right to worship.
Surely then, in return, religious members from across the globe should be respecting my liberties to fight for a planet fit for my children to live in, love in and - should they wish to - worship in?
Did you know that throughout the holidays, Americans produce approximately one million tonnes of extra waste a week? Or that Australians throw away roughly 50,000 trees-worth of wrapping paper?. More alarming still is the realisation that these figures aren’t in isolation. They occur and, in fact, increase every single year.
So what can we do to stop this far-reaching festive fuck-up?
#FreeSpeech is one of the fundamental principles of a thriving democracy. Attempts to suppress the press is neither new, nor an effective long-term governing strategy. It’s been the long-established and flawed practice of parochial and prickly politicians throughout history.
Josephine Aune, Fashion Editor at ELLE Sweden, is one cool and eclectic soul. Eternally inspired by the creative world around her, Josephine is an organic balance of soulful artist meets high-fashion savant.
Recently, while on hiatus from ELLE Sweden, Josephine has been purposefully and patiently pouring her soul on to canvas, creating her highly-anticipated collection of paintings, Just Like Sunshine Stains.
Hey remember that time you decided to pack it in as a dentist and save the world? Wait . . . what the?!
Meet Christina Dean, the Founder and Chair of Redress – the NGO with a mission to reduce waste in the fashion industry – and Co-Founder and CEO of The R Collective – the social impact up-cycled fashion brand, that debuted at Barneys New York and Lane Crawford.
Meet the unstoppable Sal Morgan. Sal has worked with some of Australia’s best designers, consulted to numerous international luxury brands, spent ten years in the bright lights of NY and LA, and then joined the Vogue Australia team.
Fast forward to 2017 when Sal launched her coveted collection of NEO/PREEN bags, which are made to last for generations.
Laura Williams is a certifiable food-junkie, and I dig that about her. The brains behind highly-acclaimed international food blog, My Little Hong Kong Kitchen, she is creative, super-smart and obsessed with all-things-food. Suffice it to say, I liked her straight away.
LUCIA TAIT TOLANI IS HONG KONG'S OWN MARQUESS OF STYLE. With a portfolio that reads like a feature in September Vogue, Lucia is the personification of intelligence, grace and selflessness - thoughtfully all wrapped up in one chic, little package.