2017 has been an extraordinary year for women, coming together in an unprecedented show of unity, with the Women's Marches setting a tone of solidarity not seen since the heyday of feminism. PORTER's annual Incredible Women list calls out the top 50 global heroines in science, entertainment, business and beyond, who have spoken out, empowered and inspired us.
This issue's cover star, Brie Larson – the indie outsider turned Oscar-winning sensation, fêted by Hollywood's biggest hitters – is a movie star for our times, taking on brave roles that do more than entertain, and making public stands against sexism that give further weight to her dedication to embolden women.
There's also the formidable Ali MacGraw, one-time world-famous movie star, wife of sex symbol Steve McQueen and icon of 1970s-era California dreaming, who now champions women's liberation, female-ethical fashion and finding independence no matter your age.
These are women who enable us all to feel, look and be our most incredible selves. So, with that in mind, it's the season to dress up and go out – in dresses made for dancing; shimmering shoes; swathes of sequins, lurex and satin, paired with jewels; and contemporary cocktail looks in, of course, black – before retreating to the comfort of earthy layers of knits and shearling that envelop you from the elements. And, ensure every day is a great hair day with our beauty special, guest-edited by the legendary British hair stylist Sam McKnight.
Plus, PORTER journeys through Japan, celebrating the country's unique sense of other and finding peace in a land of onsen, tea ceremonies and pilgrims' trails…
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