FROM THE EDITOR: A FEW FABULOUS WORDS FROM OUR FABULOUS EDITOR IN CHIEF.
Tall and tan and young and lovely The girl from Ipanema goes walking And when she passes, each one she passes goes “A-a-a-h”
That, pure and simple, was the effect I wanted, my darling Tenners, when you picked up this Brazil- inspired issue. I wanted to impart a little imprint of Brazil, a country full of optimism, warmth, hope and longing. I wanted to inspire everyone to jump on a plane and see for themselves.
This plan of mine has been a long time coming, for over a year now, and once I got my ever-doubting, constantly questioning ginger limb (wouldn’t have it any other way, mind) to give me the green light for my exploration, off we went, bikini packed and full of expectations.
We left no stone unturned in our quest, from examining the country’s addiction to telenovelas and creating our very own, to having the all-important, plastic fantastic conversation about what makes Brazil one of the world’s leading plastic-surgery destinations. Everything appears in this issue.
As one of the fastest-growing luxury markets and the focus of the next World Cup and Olympic Games I really wanted to get there first. So in true Ten style, I wanted us to be the leaders, not the followers, in raising the lid on all this hot spot – this cauldron of creativity, this magical place and expose it all.
If I am truly honest, my love of Brazil centred initially on my architecture god, Oscar Niemeyer (in my previous incarnation he was the subject of one of my architecture papers that were required of me at the time). I longed for his space Utopia, his visionary beliefs. I was enthralled by one man creating the architecture of his country’s capital in the form of Brasilia, to then be exiled and finally re-embraced by his homeland, where he still lives at the ripe old age of 104. Niemeyer’s vision of modernism has stood the test of time and still feels futuristic now.
So, you see, we were not just motivated by perfect tans, glistening bodies dusted with sand, oh no, or perfect posteriors – oh dear, never, not me – but so, so much more. (Not that we think any of the above is a bad thing.)
I hope you enjoy our little slither of Brazil and its wonders, dear Tenners. Book the next flight out and experience it for real. And don’t forget the sun block – it’s HOT there in more ways than one.