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O, The Oprah Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine October 2020

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
Frequency:
One-off

in this issue

2 min.
the truth teller lady gaga

THERE ARE TWO THINGS I’ve always known about my daughter Stefani, who you may know as Lady Gaga: that she would be a performer, and that she had a compassionate heart. Both her talent and her heart shaped her purpose from an early age. Even as a kindergartner, if she saw someone crying, she’d want to console them. She was also always unique, with her own personal style and passion in life. Not everyone saw that difference as special, though, and when she was in middle school, her classmates began to bully her. This once joyous young girl grew depressed and anxious. She didn’t understand what was happening to her, and her dad and I didn’t understand the warning signs of that anxiety and depression. I didn’t realize everything she…

3 min.
the o quiz

1. When do you feel most alive? When I’m in the presence of big nature, like the ocean or mountains. The internet can amplify my sense of my own value. Nature reminds me that I’m small, and that I’m no more valuable than anyone else. 2. What’s the one thing in life you’re so happy you did? I always managed to believe in myself. There’s freedom in knowing deep down that I’m good enough and that shame is just a symptom of life’s great obstacles. 3. Who’s the one person who changed your life? My grandmother. After I was raped, I cried on her couch for days. Eventually she turned on MTV and told me to look up. A female artist was performing. My grandmother said, “I’ll let you cry the rest of the day,…

2 min.
lives lived

Nina Bahadur, WRITER “FREE YOUR MIND,” PAGE 64 In my next life, I’d like to be…an interior designer or a watercolor artist. Seeing a visual project come together is incredibly satisfying to me—so different from words on a page. If I had only 24 hours left on earth, I’d…have a raucous dinner party with all my loved ones, complete with a Champagne fountain and telling funny stories late into the night. I wish I could have told my…grandparents everything I have achieved. I know they would be so proud! Jamie Rosen, WRITER “SCENTS OF WONDER,” PAGE 50 If I had only 24 hours left on earth, I’d…eat ice cream with my family. My parting words of advice would be…be gracious, be grateful, and go high. In moments of grief, I’ve been comforted by…the knowledge that…

2 min.
q this month we wondered…

My cousin Al was 6 years old when he started playing with foil. He loved it so much that anywhere he went, you’d have to hide it because he’d use it all! He made things with it: people, comic book characters, furniture, anything. Al was older than me, and I looked up to him; when he passed away in 2011, I was devastated. But when we cleaned out his house, we found many foil creations, and I chose to keep one rose. It sits on an altar in my living room next to a picture of my dad, who was Al’s favorite uncle. CHRISTAL WHITE South Orange, New Jersey White violet plants from my grandmother’s garden. She sent them to me about 40 years ago. Every spring when I see them, it’s like…

1 min.
your take

Q DO YOU LIKE YOUR BEVERAGES WITH A LITTLE FIZZ? 28% FLAT DRINKS ARE FLAT-OUT PERFECT 72% BUBBLES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER STORY, PAGE 63 Q IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONLY ONE, WHICH WOULD IT BE? 22% ANIMAL-PRINT BOOTIES, PLEASE 78% A ROOMY TOTE—TOTES! STORY, PAGE 35 Q HOW MANY PETS ARE TOO MANY? 73% ONE OR TWO IS MORE THAN ENOUGH 27% I’D HAVE AN ENTIRE ZOO IF I COULD STORY, PAGE 31 Q WHAT IS THE BOLDEST FLAVOR OF JAM THAT YOU’D TRY? 33% WAIT, THERE’S MORE THAN GRAPE AND STRAWBERRY? 67% PUMPKIN, WATERMELON, ONION—THEY’RE ALL MY JAM! STORY, PAGE 102 Q DO YOU CARE WHETHER YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE “GREEN”? 21% HONESTLY, WHO HAS TIME TO READ INGREDIENTS? 79% YES—GREEN AND CLEAN! STORY, PAGE 88 WE WANT YOUR TAKE! TO WEIGH IN ON FUTURE TOPICS, FOLLOW US @oprahmagazine…

1 min.
here we go!

WHAT IF WE CHOSE TO START FINDING MEANING IN THE ONE EVENT THAT SOONER OR LATER COMES TO US ALL? O HAS ALWAYS been about enriching the way we live, but this month we’re considering the way we die—or, more specifically, the way we grieve. It’s a topic our culture tends to shy away from, but what if—instead of trying to sanitize loss, avert our eyes, and just keep moving—we chose to start finding meaning in the one event that sooner or later comes to us all? We hope you’ll join us in this quest, beginning on page 74. A month after the 2016 election, I sat down with ten women in a diner in Queens, New York, to see how they’d voted and why. Some were Republicans, some were Democrats, and…