Monday, 8 July 2013

LEADING LADIES: A Letter from the Editor

COLOURED GIRLS: Davis (left) and Miss Kitty. Below, Phillipps.

This month's issue, if nothing else, stands as a testimony to the enduring relevance of strong Jamaican women and the myriad ways in which they are leading complicated and dynamic lives. And who is more appropriate for mention at this time than our cover superstar Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton, who this month returns to the airwaves with much fanfare after a month-long absence? 

A vivacious, witty presence, both in person and on-air, Miss Kitty has long been a terrific role model for the young and young-at-heart, when it comes to celebrating your individuality on the rocky road to the top. But, as she makes clear in our cover story, "Having it Her Way," there is no substitute for being comfortable in your own skin while rising to meet the daily challenges and living up to your own expectations. 

Another leading lady of note who leaps readily to mind is Yendi Phillipps -- doting new mom, sparkling TV hostess, brand ambassador (etc, etc...) and now star of the sexy new stage play, Taboo. Never one to shirk a challenge, Yendi gives new meaning to the idea of the modern Jill of all Trades. What's next? A foray into representational politics? Why not? 
As she heads centrestage, Yendi is in fine company, given the exciting return of actress Camille Davis, another fascinating free spirit ("True Character") and inductee into the realm of motherhood. Welcome back, Cam. You were missed. 

This July, we also salute the likes of fiery dub poet Cherry Natural ("Brave and Different"), lavishly gifted dancer-choreographer Tamara Thomas ("Poise and Passion") and Gilou Bauer ("Chapters of Her Story"), whose 15-year stint as curator of the Mutual Gallery has, quite unfortunately, come to an end, with the gallery's exit from the art scene after more than thirty years. 

During my sit-down interview with her recently, Bauer aptly summed up the closing of this latest chapter of her life when she described it as, "The start of a new possibility, and I will work towards that." Such a hopeful sentiment, I'm sure, dear reader, is one that resonates with leading ladies everywhere.

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