The Power Issue

From the latest looks to ramp-up your wardrobe to resilience tips from female trailblazers, we’re channelling this month’s cover star, Shakira, and reclaiming our power

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When the opportunity for a cover shoot and interview with global icon Shakira presented itself earlier this year after months of chasing, I was beyond excited. This is a woman whose music I fell in love with 20 years ago and have been inspired by ever since. Strong, hugely creative and unapologetically herself, she embodies everything we stand for at Marie Claire.

And she doesn’t disappoint. When I met Shakira I was pleasantly surprised by her emotional intelligence, honesty and humility. Having navigated a painful break-up in the glare of the global media, she was refreshingly frank about her inner turmoil and the challenges of rebuilding her life as a single mother. She spoke candidly about leaning into her vulnerability, processing the painful fallout of the past two years, and finally using the experience to propel her creativity. If you’ve been through a painful break-up, you’ll recognise so much in her words - and, of course, the lyrics featured in her new songs. See the stunning shoot featuring key power looks from Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Max Mara and Ferragamo, and shop her favourite looks here.

Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find the latest statement fashion for spring, our beauty editor’s pick of the standout power fragrances of 2024, plus exclusive tips on boosting your resilience and embracing failure from three female powerhouses – Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria and Helen Mirren.

We also get the inside track from a nine-times marathon runner on how to build a power mindset, alongside a self-affirming, first-person read about the freedom that comes from breaking with expectation and choosing a child-free life.

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Enjoy the issue!

Andrea Thompson

Shakira on why resilience is her superpower

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Your ultimate power dressing hit list for 2024

A montage of the model Vittoria Ceretti walking the runway at the Dolce&Gabbana fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 23, 2023 in Milan, Italy alongside the words THE POWER ISSUE and the Marie Claire logo in a bright bold orange colour

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The power perfumes of 2024 don't scream, they whisper—these 7 scents know how to command a room

A montage of black and white imagery, including catwalk images of models in the 80's and 90's, including Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Kate Moss, collaged with a still from Working Girl and bottles of perfume artfully layered, with the words THE POWER ISSUE and the Marie Claire logo in a bright bold orange colour

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Shop the cover: Get Shakira's glamorous cover look

Shakira get the look

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Eva Longoria on failure: “It’s not me, it’s you”

A montage of black and white imagery, including shots of Eva Longoria, Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda in a collage, with the words THE POWER ISSUE and the Marie Claire logo in a bright bold orange colour

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The power of choosing to be childfree

A collage with a megaphone and the words 'child free and proud'

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I'm a 9x marathoner who's spent years working on her mental endurance—7 tips I wish I'd known sooner

Mental endurance

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Accompanying content contributors:

Sunil Makan, Shannon Lawlor, Lily Russo-Bah, Ally Head, Sofia Piza, Mischa Smith, Dionne Brighton, Caroline Magennis Rachel Bailey

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