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Marie Claire April 2021

Marie Claire is today's magazine for the fashion minded woman. It reflects all areas of the reader's life, providing the time-pressed woman with a mix of information. Marie Claire remains unsurpassed as the best source for beauty advice.

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in this issue

2 min
first change is good

When we first started discussing our annual Changemakers issue back in November, the one thing I knew for certain was that Stacey Abrams needed to be our cover star. This was before her full impact on the 2020 election was clear (before Georgia had been called for Biden-Harris and two months before the state’s historic runoff election), but proof of Abrams’s commitment to fighting for change in her state and in her country was ubiquitous—and unyielding. “There’s nothing permanent about the change that we’re making until people believe it’s a change they should defend and maintain,” Abrams tells writer Ashley C. Ford in our profile, found on page 60. “And so every election, every fight, you’ve got to remind people that they have the capacity to win, and you have…

1 min
novelty cardigans

The Expert: Karrie Meiklereid, creative director of the Style Room MARIE CLAIRE: What twists are you seeing on sweaters this spring? KARRIE MEIKLEREID: Details like jeweled buttons, ribbon fasteners, and oversize collars are adding a feminine, vintage vibe. MC: How would you style one? KM: While many of us are still working from home, this kind of cardigan is great for “above the keyboard” dressing. For a weekday, wear your cardigan alone or layered over a turtleneck. On the weekends, pair it with a slip dress. It’s easier to wear a cardigan for a night out, unlike a traditional sweater. MC: How do you take care of pieces like this? KM: Hand or machine wash them on the delicate cycle in cold water. Then, lay them flat to dry so that…

2 min
spot check

The Expert: Julie Woodward, plastic surgeon and SkinCeuticals adviser MARIE CLAIRE: What causes dark spots? JULIE WOODWARD: There are different forms of hyperpigmentation—things that are congenital, like freckles or lentigines (liver or age spots), and then there’s post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which can come from anything that inflames your skin, whether it’s a laser or acne. A really bad sunburn can also irritate the skin and cause hyperpigmentation. MC: What ingredients are most effective at treating spots? JW: Antioxidants decrease inflammation and do a great job of protecting the skin from oxidative damage caused by UV and infrared rays, alcohol, eating too [much fried food], not sleeping, all that stuff. Inflammation is ultimately what triggers hyperpigmentation. MC: How can I prevent spots in the first place? JW: By cleansing first thing in the…

2 min
april reading cheat sheet

For fans of: Eat Pray Love, author Elena Ferrante, traveling Read: WHEREABOUTS By Jhumpa Lahiri (April 27, Knopf) The Pulitzer winner is back with a series of dazzling vignettes that follow a professor in Rome as she contemplates solitude and connection. She runs into ex-lovers on the sidewalk, listens to women talk about their families, and visits the seaside. While so many are braving the pandemic alone, this fragmented novel radiates urgency. For fans of: ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, YouTube chef Maangchi, Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter Read: CRYING IN H MART By Michelle Zauner (April 20, Knopf) In this extension of her viral New Yorker essay of the same title, the singer-songwriter (better known as Japanese Breakfast) pens a moving memoir that celebrates her late mother’s life and examines how cooking helped her forge a Korean American identity of her own. For…

3 min
it’s noma’s time

“What the fuck?” is perhaps Noma Dumezweni’s most used phrase, and fittingly so, since the British actress considers the expression the best description of her life’s journey thus far. At 51, she’s one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, following a rare successful crossover from theater to film and television. “The universe seems to be delivering really lovely surprises, which I am really grateful for but I would never [have] put in my narrative,” she says, lounging on a mustard-yellow sofa in her sunlit Manhattan apartment. She’s as warm and unexpected as her surroundings, even as she spills coffee—a stark departure from her cool, calm, and collected demeanor as Haley Fitzgerald in last year’s standout The Undoing. The role cemented her boldfaced-name status and was a natural entrée to her next…

1 min
nasim pedrad

What happens when your high school nightmares are manifested into sitcom fodder? Chad, a sidesplitting show about the brutal, cringeworthy, and lonely pangs of adolescence as seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy, played by the Saturday Night Live alum. Here, the comedian shares her favorite things to watch, read, and listen to. The last show I binge-watched was Pretend It’s a City. The next show I plan on binge-watching is The Wire; I’m only 18 years late to it. The next book on my list is A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. The best podcast I’ve listened to recently is Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel. A movie with a great ending is Promising Young Woman. The show that can always make me laugh is Succession. The book every woman should read once in…