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'A marriage ending feels like a bomb going off'

Faux-fur designers bring the real thing in from the cold

Fake stuff is so popular it's raised demand for genuine fur too.

The eternal truths, as revealed in a century of women's mags

As publishing empire NatMag celebrates, Susie Mesure leafs through some of its greatest hits

J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women

Magazine editors select figures 'inspirational' to their female readers

And the winner is not... Murdoch's blunder mars reality show final

Tycoon's daughter-in-law gets result wrong

The supermodel you wouldn't recognise

She is one of the country's most ubiquitous models. Her image adorns billboards, magazines and television screens – she has five TV commercials running at the moment. She appears in adverts for companies from Dolce & Gabana to Domestos and her credits include shoots with Kate Moss and Mario Testino.

Gisele: mothers should be forced to breastfeed

Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel, has called for mothers to be forced to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby's life.

Matthew Bell: Ths <i>IoS</i> Diary (10/01/10)

So that's where all the grit is...

Philip Hensher: Days of the Library Stinker are numbered

There's always been a gruesome whiffer in every library

Sarah's heroes: The PM's wife has been making friends in surprising places.

Together they have trudged through mud at Glastonbury and dined at countless functions in aid of maternal health. But Sarah Brown has now sealed her unlikely friendship with Naomi Campbell by nominating the supermodel as her 21st-century heroine.

Observations: Plaintive paper works that promise a fairy-tale ending

For most people, fairy-tales stay firmly put on the page. But for artist Su Blackwell, who creates whimsical, intricate paper-cut sculptures from second-hand books, the magical, mythical folkloric creatures spill over into everyday life. From Peter Pan to the Wizard of Oz, snow queens to ice maidens and whirling lit-up merry-go-rounds, words and illustrations rise from the pages in charming 3D forms. She creates scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as well as swaying sail boats and fish, majestic castles, paper princesses and secret gardens.

Walking on sunshine: FitFlop creator Marcia Kilgore has designs on the rest of our bodies

A great deal of fashion's greatest successes are developed from a single idea: Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dresses, Calvin Klein's underpants, Yohji Yamamoto's black minimalism. Add to them Marcia Kilgore's FitFlops. She's the woman behind the cult shoes that have sold more than 4.8m pairs since launch two years ago, and which have just earned her the "Innovation of the Year" award from Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Editor-At-Large: Harman could fix things, but the men won't budge

No wonder many women find politics a turn-off and the idea of a career in Parliament less than appealing. Just look at the amount of vindictive press Harriet Harman attracted over the past seven days. If a mouthy, intelligent female – who, won an open election for her job, unlike her male superior – gets described as "thick" and "an idiot" by that repulsive shagger Rod Liddle in The Spectator, and is relentlessly pilloried day after day in the tabloids, it's no wonder her colleagues, Caroline Flint, Ruth Kelly and Jacqui Smith have jumped ship.

Rhiannon Harries: I'll stick with Europe's celeb couples for my fairytale romances

Disappointing us is what celebrities do best; it's often, in fact, why we love them. But the celeb couple represents something else. Individually, they may be the most abject specimens of humanity, but it's hard not to feel a smidgen of goodwill towards two people in love.

David Lister: It's a funny old job but someone's got to do it

The new Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw was spotted at the Latitude festival last weekend, dancing to Grace Jones.

Best job in the world: Sir Max toasts 45 years in journalism

The winner of this year's Edgar Wallace Award for fine writing talks to Matthew Bell
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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence