It’s Time To Live Your Life UNLEASHED!

It would be a mistake to assume that Gwyneth Paltrow’s success — both as a Hollywood actor and the founder of the cult lifestyle brand Goop — has been easily won, and it’s a notion her good friend Kate Hudson shuts down right away in our cover story this month. “Anybody who thinks that someone as successful as Gwyneth has just been floating around in kaftans all day is just being rude,” she says on p110.  Paltrow is open and candid about her ambition and the fact she’s only come to embrace her drive later in life. Whereas once ambition was a “dirty word”, at the start of this new decade, it’s something to unleash.

So that’s how we’re entering 2020: embracing a strong desire to do and to achieve. With that in mind, we’ve served up some inspiring articles this month to help you do just that, from riveting reads on working “weak ties” to progress your career (p74) to society’s fetishization of failure and what it means for you. Then there are our fascinating profiles on the female futurists: three women with incredible vision and the courage to shape what lies ahead Meanwhile, our modern guide to workwear covers this year’s key investment pieces — including my favorite, the reworked blazer — because going after what you want entails dressing the part. The annual ELLE International Beauty Awards uncovers the MVP products you can rely on to deliver, as voted by our global network of in-the-know editors. And our wellness guide covers all the big trends to get across in order to ensure you‘re the strongest, boldest, baddest version of you yet.

WHEREAS once AMBITION WAS A ‘DIRTY WORD’, AT THE START OF this NEW DECADE, it’s SOMETHING TO UNLEASH

Essentially, this is your manual for kickstarting the new year. And if Paltrow had one piece of advice, it would be to do it consciously.

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