Nicole Kidman celebrates marie claire milestone on a cover to remember

Nicole Kidman

Editor Nicky Briger and Are Media remind readers about magazine glory days

Nicole Kidman has had more marie claire front covers than any other person over the magazine’s 25-year journey. It is fitting that editor Nicky Briger again turned to the Aussie superstar to front the collector’s edition published to celebrate that milestone.

Nicole Kidman

And what a collector’s edition it is – September 2021 on sale now – 252 pages including a special feature charting the magazine’s highlights as it has maintained its place as the highest-selling fashion title.

But it’s not all about looking back, Briger also looks to the future in several features:

• The Next 25: marie claire names the change makers and future shapers who are set to make their mark on the next quarter century.

• Who will be Australia’s next female Prime Minister? Ravaged by allegations of toxic masculinity and sexism, Australian politics is in desperate need of a shakeup. A panel of journalists, politicians and commentators share their views on who should be our next female PM. There’s one clear winner – can you guess who it is?
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Like its competitor Vogue Australia, marie claire continues to attract luxury good advertisers and this edition was a magnet for them including Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Tiffany and Co., Bulgari, Fendi and Coach.

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Nicky Briger joined marie claire on day one when it launched in Australia.

marie claire editor Nicky Briger

Briger recalled to Mediaweek that she was the second person that launch editor Jackie Frank hired. The job interview was helped along by Briger’s knowledge of the format. “I was pretty obsessed with the brand, because I used to read the British version,” she said.

Briger hasn’t ignored her old boss in the September edition, with Jackie Frank contributing to the feature ‘The making or marie claire’.

Briger left the title after several years to edit the magazines InStyle and Who. She returned as editor about five years ago and took over from Jackie Frank.

The marie claire team are used to producing magazines in their lounge rooms now, but this one took a special effort from all involved. Because they aren’t in the office, Briger and her colleagues will head to newsagents like the rest of us to purchase the new edition.

Nicole Kidman is something of a special subject for Briger. As well as 10 separate marie claire covers over the years, Briger has handled the Kidman interviews for her last two appearances in the magazine.

Nicole Kidman and other marie claire cover stars

Nicole Kidman has had more covers than anyone else at marie claire Australia. Briger’s list of the other popular personalities includes Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Hawkins, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Mauboy and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Christy Turlington was the cover star on marie claire #1 and she returns this issue to talk about what she has learnt in the past quarter of a century.

Briger on the birthday

“For a quarter-century, our mission has resolutely remained the same – to combine thought-provoking, rigorous journalism with inspirational fashion and beauty for smart, discerning women. Over those 25 years, marie claire has innovated to meet the changing demands of our audiences and advertising partners, who I sincerely thank for their ongoing commitment.

I’m absolutely thrilled with the support we’ve had for our epic birthday edition. And despite some challenges in creating this issue – mostly produced from our loungerooms in lockdown – the issue looks fantastic, which is a huge testament to the talent of the MC team! I look forward to seeing marie claire inspire, empower, inform and entertain Australian women for another 25 years.”

See also: Getting to know the new editor of marie claire Nicky Briger

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