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Best 28-2021

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
holy moly, edna’s back!

A thousand people filled a theatre that usually seats 3,000 but the noise we made sounded more like 10,000. ‘I can’t tell you how good it feels to hear that noise,’ shouted Michael Ball. No better than it felt to roar approval at this uplifting Sixties-set story. If you’ve never seen it, the show’s heroine, Tracy Turnblad, is a well-rounded 16-year-old, but she doesn’t let that stop her singing, dancing, or being crowned Miss Baltimore Crabs 1962! Along the way, though, she battles segregation and appoints her larger than life ‘mum’ – Michael Ball – as her agent. Full of infectiously feel-good songs, this musical will make you forget all your troubles for at least three hours. Hearst Magazines UK is a trading name of The National Magazine Company Limited (Registered in England number…

4 min
start your week with a smile

1 #TONGUEOUTTUESDAY! We’re a bit obsessed with this endangered red panda! Nam Pang has been living at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire since 2018 and his favourite hobbies include eating, lounging, causing mischief and sticking his tongue out! If you want to adopt a panda just like him, or simply learn more about the animals at this park, log on to pwpark.com/animals/more-mammals/red-pandas 2 Who wowed the crowd? When it comes to maximum Summer style, these floaty dresses promise easy glamour. Myleene Klass, 43, rocks a floral ME+EM number, accessorised with Sunnies and trainers. Lisa Faulkner, 49, goes for a fit-and-flare style from Stylejunky Boutique with a transitional paired of boots, while Lisa Snowdon, 49, opted for a Rixo frock. 3 CHEERS! Kate Hudson, 42, has got the right idea. The mum-of-three – who has just…

3 min
britney’s bombshell ‘i just want my life back’

Pop star Britney Spears sent shockwaves across the world recently, when she spoke out against her ‘abusive’ conservatorship, asking a judge to end the 13 years of control her father has had over her life. But last Wednesday, an LA judge denied her request ‘without prejudice’, as her father Jamie’s legal team filed a petition to ‘investigate the veracity of her claims’. It is just the latest chapter in quite an extraordinary turn of events. Britney’s father was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008 – after the star was hospitalised amid concerns over her mental health – and it has been extended ever since. The 39-year-old hit-maker had made an almost 30-minute long statement, before an LA court, in which she revealed that she is ‘traumatised’, and said,…

2 min
lorraine’s addiction fears

ITV’s Lorraine Kelly has a habit of doing things to excess. ‘I don’t sleep enough, I go to bed far too late, I drink too much and have too much to eat,’ she revealed. In fact, on a trip down memory lane on her show recently to celebrate her 35 years in television, she admitted to guest host Piers Morgan that too many drinks once led her to go on-air drunk! ‘I’m not sure I was drunk, but I was merry!’ she laughed, explaining she had been out to lunch with Four Weddings and a Funeral actor John Hannah – and ended up going straight to the studio for TV-am! Claiming she had ‘drunk herself sober,’ Piers said: ‘That is completely untrue!’ The Scottish mum-of-one has revealed the reason she has never gone…

4 min
‘wrinkles, worries and woes? yes, but inside i still feel like a teen!’

She is best’s straight-talking agony aunt, whose work as a writer and broadcaster has made her a national treasure. We’ve seen her shimmy on Strictly, tell it how it is on This Morning and keep us entertained on Radio 2. Now a grandmother of three, she’s sassier than ever, so we caught up Vanessa Feltz, who is approaching a landmark birthday – to talk about how she still feels ‘14 on the inside’… Hi, Vanessa, how are you? I am very well, thank you, I am delighted that we are able to do more normal things, but I want to feel relaxed doing them. I haven’t been pushing, but when things are back in the swing I will be delighted. I like going out: I like big parties and don’t like being…

1 min
a passion for fashion

Vanessa always looks fabulously vibrant when she hits the town – is fashion something she loves? ‘Well, when you haven’t been able to fit into clothes and now you can, shopping is fun. I like a Diana Dors, sexy, barmaid type of look! If you can sew on a sequin or add fake fur, I am all for it! I like shoes with twiddly bits, bows and ribbons, that’s always been my style. I can’t wean myself off it.’ And why should she indeed? ‘Why should I, exactly! I don’t know if what I wear is stylish – but it certainly celebrates life!’ WORDS: DEIRDRE O’BRIEN PICTURES: BBC, GETTY, SHUTTERSTOCK, TWITTER…