DUBAI | Emily Baxter, Deputy Editor of Harper’s Baazar Arabia takes time out of her busy schedule to talk to the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery Editor over a cup of tea.
It is always fun to turn the tables to put a spotlight on the the media, and even more so when it is the lovely Emily Baxter of Harper’s Baazar Araabia. Emily Baxter, the bubbly and down-to-earth, deputy editor, shares about her life in the media, about what fashion designers she is keeping an eye on this season and which designers she recommends for liposuction patients.
How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
This year I will be enjoying a pseudo Italian/English family Christmas dinner in Dubai. Followed by a dog walk, some Scrabble and falling asleep in front of a movie. Not particularly glam but fabulous all the same. The only thing missing is the Brit tradition of a tin of Quality Streets to feast on whilst lying horizontal on the sofa. Then, on Boxing Day, I’m heading off to Kenya for a holiday of a lifetime.
Why have you chosen to be a vegetarian? Can you expand if you are vegan and do you choose organic or not?
I gave up eating meat when I was 18 purely for ethical reasons, as I’ve always enjoyed the taste. Back then, and still now, I couldn’t justify something being killed just for my nourishment. I don’t believe that we are born to eat meat – perhaps once upon a time this might have been true, but we – and our bodies – have evolved since then. Sadly I don’t think animal welfare has.
Then, after one particularly spectacular snorkeling session in the Maldives last spring, I gave up fish entirely – mainly out of guilt. I couldn’t justify snorkeling with some of nature’s most beautiful creatures then going back onto land and eating them (or their cousins)! I’m not a particularly good cook, but I do eat healthily – mainly salads, a lot of quinoa and lentils, and I juice every morning. Starting the day with a fresh juice (2 oranges, 2 apples and 3 carrots is my specialty) makes me feel healthy, even if I cave into a cupcake around tea time. So, whether it’s with supplements or with a sensible diet, I think you can get everything you need from a vegetarian diet and I seem to be doing okay.
What is your night time facial routine?
I use Johnson’s baby wipes to clean my face, as they’re incredibly gentle. I then use Nuxe or Nivea products for exfoliating, cleansing and toning, followed by a L’Oréal moisturiser. For me, simple is best.
Not much, sadly – I’m always too busy. Or that’s my excuse, anyhow. I very sporadically go for a run, but if I’m honest, it’s even less than sporadic these days. Now that it’s cooled down, I walk to and from work every day, which is an easy 15 minute stroll from my house. I walk past the Dubai Media City park every morning, which has water features, about 30 ducks and 15 or so terrapins. It makes my day.
For your next press trip, we know you can’t disclose anything but can you tell us three fashion luxury items that will be packed into the suitcase?
I wish I could tell you! I’m actually off to Italy, where it’s going to be incredibly cold, so I will be packing coats, gloves and scarves! But for less practical things, I will be taking my claret red Giuseppe Zanotti high-heeled boots for dressing up dinner time, my Michael Kors perforated black tote as it’s elegant yet easy for throwing everything I need in it, and lastly far too much jewellery that I always take but never find time to wear – including Kenzo and Georges Hobeika rings, a Madiso necklace and Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo bracelets.
You interview extremely high-profiled personalities for Harper’s Baazar Arabia, can you tell us which recent interview made an impact on you and why?
I’m lucky that in my job I meet a whole spectrum of people from all industries and all walks of life. The most recent ones interviews have been with filmmakers Haifaa Al Mansour and Nayla Al Khaja, Baraboux designer Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, and Alicia Keys. They all inspired and amazed me in different ways and I left each interview wanting to be a better person with big dreams and an even bigger heart. Not bad for a day’s work.
Who are your favourite three designers for this season?
I’m always a huge fan of Chloé’s elegance and femininity, the beauty and simplicity of Balenciaga and Stella McCartney’s cool, and then, for a little bit of frivolous fun, MSGM and Paul & Joe Sister. But when it comes to designers, my heart really belongs to Erdem and Lanvin.
For our patients that have done a liposuction surgery they have a new bodyshape; which designers would you recommend for this festive season?
It depends what they’re looking for. If they’re flirting with a new femininity, Chloé is elegant with a twist. If it’s a new figure they’re looking to flatter, Victoria Beckham is form fitting in all the right places really accentuates a silhouette.
If you could escape for a weekend where would your dream location be?
I genuinely can’t pick, as there are too many beautiful places on this planet. But if I could plan my perfect itinerary, (multiple time-zones, geographical navigation and packing aside!) it would be a combination of the beaches in the Maldives, the wildlife and great outdoors of Africa, the cool laidback spirit of California’s South Bay and the countryside epicurean adventures of Tuscany.
Best part about being the Harper’s Baazar Arabia Deputy Editor?
The diversity of what I do. I get to travel around the world to interview designers and celebrities, and review new hotels that have opened in far flung places. I also get to seek out and meet some of the Middle East’s most talented people from all walks of life in each and every industry. And I get to work with an awesome team and put together a magazine that we all absolutely love. Lucky with a capital L.
Harper’s Baazar Arabia December issue is out now.
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