We’re excited to unveil the February/March issue of ELLE Canada featuring model Willow Allen, designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, throat singer and TikToker Shina Novalinga and actor Marika Sila — four Indigenous women who are leveraging their platforms to honour the legacy of the Inuit and shape the Canada of tomorrow. “There is something so intimate and beautiful about truly embracing and celebrating who we are and where we come from and carrying forward the traditions of our people,” says Kakuktinniq, who designed the latest Canada Goose capsule collection of parkas made using traditional skills and designs. “It has been so empowering to represent the beauty and culture of my people,” adds Allen, who modelled the jackets along with Novalinga and Sila as part of the brand’s social entrepreneurship program, Project Atigi.

Female empowerment is at the forefront of this edition, with articles that explore how women are flipping the script on marriage proposals, how breasts have become a symbol of body positivity and size inclusivity in fashion, and how understanding your menstrual cycle can improve your athletic performance. We also talk to author Heather O’Neill about shedding light on female friendship and desire in her latest novel. And on a serious note, our team delves into the rise of domestic violence across the country and the value of expert advice when it comes to navigating female hair loss.

Stories of self-expression also abound in this edition. Chef and food-justice activist Bryant Terry shares the inspiration behind Black Food, a soulful anthology of stories, art and recipes from the African diaspora; singer Yseult talks about remaining unapologetically authentic and embodying diversity as a spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris; and metal singers voice their experience with the healing power of screaming in the face of systemic oppression.

In fashion, creative director Sarah Burton reveals how London’s ever-changing skies inspired Alexander McQueen’s latest collection (and what it says about weathering turbulent times); and 3.Paradis founder Emeric Tchatchoua reflects on how fatherhood influenced new designs for his Montreal-based menswear brand. Plus, we look back at the history of platform shoes and imagine the not-so-distant future of men’s fashion now that binary gender norms are increasingly being challenged and playful experimentation is making a comeback.

For readers looking to make a change in 2022, get a fresh perspective on your TV viewing habits or revamp your space with a maximalist decor (you’re not the only one wanting to explore your weirder and wilder side these days). If you prefer a new look for the new year, Chanel’s No. 1 range offers a holistic approach to beauty, and our team finds out everything you need to know about lip blush, a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo. Plus, ELLE editors from around the globe round up their favourite makeup, fragrances, hair care treatments and body care products for this year’s ELLE International Beauty Awards.

And if all you’re looking for is a change of scenery, discover Club Med’s new resort in Charlevoix, Que. — a perfect antidote for the staycation-weary traveller.

The February/March issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands and Apple News+ on January 31, 2021.