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Photo Caption: 1. Lunch with Christa & Therese at Rituals Sushi; 2. Berthia, my partner in Fun; 3. Jade Mountain with Karolin & Dee; 4. My Sailing BFF, Rosie; 5. Romae always makes Jamaica feel like home.
I’ve learned so much over the years from this amazing job of putting this magazine together; learned so much from the people I’ve encountered in the process. Above all, I’ve come to appreciate there is indeed a season for everything; even though, for all kinds of reasons—including psychological—we sometimes put blinders over our eyes just so we cannot see what is before us.
Try saying to a teenager that life gets better with age. But I’ve found this to be true. So many things I took for granted when I still thought like a child, memories of which now bring a smile of understanding to my face or tears, sometimes of joy, sometimes . . . It’s true, as someone wrote, that the years have a way of permitting us to see and understand what once was beyond our vision and comprehension.
As a kid I made convenient decisions at the speed of light, with no consideration of possible consequences. What I could not understand, or caused me the slightest discomfort, I put out of my mind to concentrate instead on thoughts more agreeable; more fun. To paraphrase Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, I thought about my favourite things and then I didn’t feel so bad. Which never meant the discomfiting moments suddenly changed to happy-happy times. Sooner or later the blinders must come off so can see where we are.
Time has taught me to better appreciate life’s vicissitudes—its unavoidable ups and downs. I know, too, that one cannot truly appreciate ice cream without ever having tasted a lemon or two. To expect to be deliriously happy every single day, with never a sad moment, is to live close to insanity. Life’s simply not like that.
My own journey has taken me to different environments. Some of them I called home, if only for a time. If mine has been a somewhat nomadic existence, it nevertheless permitted me wonderful opportunities to form lasting friendships with people from ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds altogether different from my own. In consequence, often unconsciously, I learnt to value people for who they are—not what others might say about them. I also learned to walk in their shoes, not only metaphorically. How could I have known back then that life was preparing me for today; teaching me to love living, with a passion; teaching me to appreciate life with all its ups and downs.
I enjoy nothing better than meeting inspiring women and listening to the fascinating stories they tell of their respective life journeys—which do not always have anything to do with leaving their home turf. I’ve learned so much from these women.
From Trinidad’s Anya Ayoung-Chee I learned that life does not happen to you, life happens for you. It is largely up you to do with your life as you will. Be sure to read about Anya’s personal journey on Page 32. From Karolin Troubetzkoy, a long-time friend and client with whom I made a connection soon after I settled in Saint Lucia, I learned never to be afraid to confront life, always be open to change, and above all to work passionately and with determination toward your goals, not withstanding potholes along the way. Read her story on Page 66.
From Rita Marley I’ve learned forgiveness is the best revenge; that you really cannot keep a good man—or woman—down. Check Rita out on Page 72.
Recently I spent a weekend with my all-time best friend from our high school days in Lebanon. It broke my heart to see and hear what life has been for her since our carefree school days so long ago. She was the last person I expected to find an imprisoned victim of unspeakable domestic abuse, and I was reminded in the worst way that we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what it means to be a woman in this world we often describe as enlightened.
Finally, we must not allow the matter of our abducted Nigerian sisters to be swept under the carpet. Please read our reportage about this tragedy on Page 86. As I write this letter on Women’s International Day, I give sincere thanks to my BFFs for the times you’ve made me laugh. Thanks for knowing when to hold me and when to just let me be.