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Introducing our very special 500th issue, made by Olympians

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 “Get to know the women behind the medals”

So here we are… our 500th issue of Stylist, and what a half-millennium of magazines it has been. Ever since our 100th issue, it has become tradition to celebrate each ‘centenary’ by asking a different group of people to take over Stylist. Issue 100 was made by readers, 200 by celebrities, 300 by MPs and 400 by robots.

So this time, to mark the year of the Tokyo Games, we asked Olympians and Paralympians, past and present, to create their very own version of Stylist. One of my favourite things about this issue is getting inside the minds of some of the most dedicated and motivated people in the world, finding out more about the women behind the medals; from Dame Kelly Holmes’ penchant for afternoon tea and Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s love of Lizzo to Heather Fisher’s moving account of how rugby helped her overcome a crisis of confidence.

Katerina Johnson Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson

This also seemed like the right time to bring back the Fair Game campaign: our initiative to even the playing field when it comes to gender equality in sport. Find out more on page 56.

Never has it been more important to celebrate our positive female role models, and the 26 women you’re about to hear from really are the best in the business. We hope you enjoy this very special issue!



    Katarina Johnson-Thompson
    Katerina Johnson-Thompson

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson, heptathlete

    This week’s cover was shot at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London, with in-demand athlete KJT. Read about her strongest moment.


    Kelly Holmes Headshot

    Dame Kelly Holmes, former track athlete 

    For a taste of Japan without boarding a plane, Dame Kelly Holmes channels her inner food critic and reviews a Japanese afternoon tea at Akira in west London.


    Caroline Dubois Photo

    Caroline Dubois, boxer

    The lightweight Youth Olympic boxing champion and huge music fan reveals her ultimate playlist, from Beyoncé to Jason Derulo. Find the soundtrack to your next workout in this week’s magazine.


    Sky Brown

    Sky Brown, skateboarder

    What exactly does an 11-year-old skateboarding phenomenon do all day? Spend 24 hours with Sky, who’s set to become Britain’s youngest ever Olympian.


    Ellie Simmonds Headshot

    Ellie Simmonds, swimmer

    Who better than self-confessed globetrotter and ocean-lover Ellie to head to Madagascar to swim with turtles? She writes about her life-changing experience.


    Tanni Grey-Thompson

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former wheelchair racer 

    This week’s guest columnist, and 11 Paralympic gold medal winner, Tanni writes about why it’s so important that we talk to girls about sport in the same way as boys.


    Zoe Smith

    Zoe Smith, weightlifter

    With four British records under her belt at the age of 25, weightlifter Zoe is an authority on strength – both physical and mental. She dissects her strongest moment.


    Rachel Yankey Headshot

    Rachel Yankey, former footballer 

    England’s most capped football player, who represented Team GB at London 2012, reveals how teamwork can help you through trauma.


    Kare Adenegan

    Kare Adenegan, wheelchair racer 

    Kare balances winning Paralympic medals with studying history and philosophy at university, so she’s well placed to tell Stylist how to cope with pressure.


    Caz Walton
    Caz Walton

    Caz Walton, former wheelchair athlete 

    She’s won medals in not one but four different Paralympic sports, so it’s fair to say Caz has some wise words to share on picking yourself up when times are hard.


    Sally Gunnell

    Sally Gunnell, former hurdler

    The only woman to hold Olympic, Commonwealth, World and European titles at the same time, Sally has plenty of advice on getting to the top.


    Rebecca Adlington Headshot

    Rebecca Adlington, former swimmer 

    During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rebecca’s mum promised her shoe- obsessed daughter Jimmy Choos if she won gold. So, who better to choose 29 pairs for our Style List?


    Dina Asher-Smith
    Dina Asher-Smith

    Dina Asher-Smith, sprinter

    It’s not every day that you become an actual Barbie. Britain’s fastest woman – and the world 200m champion – talks about the process of becoming the iconic doll to celebrate International Women’s Day.


    Bianca Walkden

    Bianca Walkden, taekwondo competitor 

    When she’s not practising martial arts, the Olympic bronze medallist can often be found working at the family pizzeria in Liverpool. She shares her tips for the perfect Italian feast.


    Sarah Storey

    Dame Sarah Storey, cyclist

    Want to achieve the perfect work-life balance? The most successful female British Paralympian of all time, who runs a cycling team and is a mother of two, offers her advice.


    Hannah Mills

    Hannah Mills, sailor

    As the founder of the Big Plastic Pledge – an initiative tackling single-use plastic in sport – Hannah is well qualified for this role. She celebrates Tokyo 2020’s eco credentials.


    Morgan Lake

    Morgan Lake, high jumper 

    Studying for a psychology degree around her training, Morgan doesn’t have much time for shopping, but she’s perfectly placed to pick the ultimate trainers for Most Desired.


    Shauna Cox

    Shauna Coxsey, sport climber 

    With climbing making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, see the World Cup winner model this season’s maximal dresses at The Climbing Works in Sheffield.


    Becky Downie

    Becky & Ellie Downie, artistic gymnast 

    Make-up is important for establishing your identity as a gymnast, and Becky’s signature look is a cat-eye flick. So who better to take on the role of beauty editor with her sister Ellie.


    Hannah Cockroft

    Hannah Cockroft, wheelchair racer

    Prepare to be inspired by Hannah’s words on overcoming: as a child, doctors said she wouldn’t walk or talk; now ‘Hurricane Hannah’ holds five racing world records.


    Denise Lewis

    Denise Lewis, heptathlete

    Gold medal-winner Denise reveals how she nearly gave up at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics then turned it around to win bronze.


    Hannah Fisher

    Heather Fisher, rugby player 

    From battling anorexia to losing her hair through alopecia, Heather has learnt how to build resilience both on and off the pitch. She tells her story.


    Jessica Ennis

    Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, former heptathlete 

    The hero of London 2012’s legendary Super Saturday emphasises the importance of our Fair Game for women in sport campaign.


    Lauren Steadman

    Lauren Steadman, paratriathlete 

    Lauren regularly updates her 82,000 Instagram followers on her latest reads, so she was our first choice for this role. Check for your book club inspiration.


    Kadeena Cox

    Kadeena Cox, sprinter and cyclist 

    When we approached the star of The Great Celebrity Bake Off, her only request was that her celebratory cake had to be decorated with “lots and lots of buttercream”.

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