A captivating silver-haired woman graces our cover this month, exuding chic and confidence in a jet-black Saint Laurent tunic and sunglasses. You can’t miss the parallels with an iconic image shot by Juergen Teller for a Céline campaign in 2015, which featured prolific American writer Joan Didion, who was then almost 80.
Fashion has come a long way since—diversity is far more visible on covers and the runways—but still has a long way to go. At the very least though, we now greet it with open arms. Our cover star Ong Bee Yan, or Yan, as the 65-year-old part-time model, grandmother of two and co-founder of 1degreeC, an artisanal home-grown coffee brewery, prefers to be known, notes the incredible impact of the campaign that helped create this welcoming climate: “It’s amazing and truly inspirational to see her front a campaign at [nearly] 80! It really gives mature women the confidence to get out of their comfort zones and not let age define who they are.”
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