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Best 26-2021

Best delivers a varied and lively mix of ideas and inspiration to inform and entertain real women and help them get more out of every aspect of their busy lives. Best is topical, practical, offering more variety than any other weekly by embracing traditional topics in a modern way.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Hands up who else is loving Dan Wootton on GB News? If you haven’t tried this channel already, Sky 515, online and the GB News app are just some of the platforms you can catch him on for his 9pm show. Asked about the first news station launch in 24 years, Dan said: ‘If you’re anything like me, I’m pretty sure you’ve wanted to throw the remote control at the gogglebox this past year as increasingly woke news networks tell us what we should be thinking.’ Agree with him or not, surely you believe he should have the right to air his views without fear of being ‘cancelled’ like Piers Morgan. Should a handful of people – especially on social media – really be allowed to set the agenda? You don’t have to agree with…

4 min
start your week with a smile

1 KYM MARSH ‘SAID YES’! The 45-year-old singer-turned-actress was clearly delighted when her boyfriend of nearly three years, Scott Ratcliff, popped the question at her birthday celebrations. Kym posted a picture of her kissing her 32-year-old fiancé beside a light-up sign, announcing she was ‘Sooooo happy!!!’ Talk about double celebrations! Congratulations, Kym and Scott! Lisa and Laura wipe away our blues with floral frocks and Holly’s got her look down to a ‘tea’ 2 Who wowed the crowd? These ladies have the blues – from a fashion perspective! Weather presenter Laura Tobin, 39, was sunny in this Nobody’s Child dress, while Lisa Snowdon, 49, wore a M&S x Ghost dress with a flattering drop waist. Proving Summer doesn’t have to be floral, Holly Willoughby, 40, earned her stripes in a gorgeous tea-style Monsoon dress. 3…

2 min
ulrika’s naked ambition…

The picture did exactly what she intended it to do, when Ulrika Jonsson, 53, bared all to her 150,000 Instagram followers. Posing with a wheelbarrow to cover her modesty, of course. It gained attention and generated headlines for the charity StrongMen, encouraging grieving men to open up about their feelings under the banners #BareYourself for @StrongMenOrgUK. And most followers loved it. ‘Brave and fierce – thank you lady for realness’, ‘Omg this is EVERYTHING!!! NOT A FILTER IN SIGHT! Thank you beautiful Lady for your realness’, and ‘I nearly dropped my phone!!!! You are looking amazing. Body goals’, were among the comments. Some of Ulrika’s male followers seemed less interested in the mental health message, adding their own cheeky retorts. ‘What timing,’ joked one, ‘I just bought 30 bags of mulch.’ But it made an impact…

2 min
gem’s making a splash!

Excited that Summer has finally arrived and those barbies are in full flow? Possibly not quite as excited as former reality star Gemma Collins! The ex-TOWIE favourite looked delighted with herself and the Mediterranean-style weather, as, after partying with her pals – even dancing on a table (that’s our girl!) – Gemma spent the day chilling out in the garden and splashing in the pool. She posted a pic to her Instagram of her taking a dip in a colourful swimsuit, declaring that ‘hot girl Summer’ has arrived! Gemma, 40, having battled with her weight for years, has been on an impressive health kick in recent months, which seems to be working – it’s been reported that she’s lost 3½st to date. Her joyful post, accompanied by several Instagram stories that showed her soaking…

5 min
‘it’s not a crime to have an opinion!’

Jennifer Saunders has been making us laugh for nearly 40 years - first as part of the much-loved comedy duo, French and Saunders, with Dawn French. She then made us fall in love with boozy fashion PR Edina Monsoon and her best pal, Patsy Stone, played by Joanna Lumley, in hit sitcom, Absolutely Fabulous. Over the years, the 62-year-old has done it all – comedy, films, theatre, podcasts and even a Netflix drama, The Stranger. Yet what she loves most is spending time with her husband, comedian Adrian ‘Ade’ Edmondson, who she married in 1985, as well as being a granny to her four grandchildren. Speaking at An Evening with Jennifer Saunders at London’s Garrick Theatre, she spoke about how she found lockdown, why her marriage has lasted – and…

5 min
‘countdown is almost as old as i am!’

The one and only Anne Robinson is taking the reins on iconic Channel 4 quizshow Countdown – and she’s excited at the prospect: ‘I am beyond thrilled. The show is almost as old as I am, and just as historic!’ Countdown’s sixth host since it began in 1982, Anne – who is based in the Cotswolds – will make history when she takes the hot-seat on Monday, as the first female to do so. Taking over from Apprentice star Nick Hewer, who steps down after nearly 10 years, flame-haired Anne, still startlingly dynamic at 76 – best-known as the indomitable host of The Weakest Link – is joining numbers whizz Rachel Riley and wordsmith Susie Dent on the Salford-filmed show. But the big question is, will Anne be toning down…