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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The Beauty Issue 2021

This issue marks one year since the pandemic started. As I wrote last year at this time, it has been frightening, tumultuous, and probably one of the most emotional times any of us will remember in our lifetime.

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It has revealed so much to us as individuals, families, friendships, colleagues, and society. In so many different ways, we have witnessed the flawed beauty in our shared humanity.

It will seem redundant as I always say each issue is a truly special one. As places have begun to open and life to move forward, one of my mantras—the word believe—has been constant. It’s no coincidence that Jamie Kern Lima, founder of IT Cosmetics and best-selling author of “Believe IT,” is gracing our cover. Her journey in this industry is truly a commendable one, and we’re so happy to share her story on pages 70-75 as only BELLA can.

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”- Anonymous

June will be marked by this special edition along with our first ever Pride Issue with makeup artist, editor, educator, activist, mentor, candle-maker, and director of The Makeup Show, James Vincent, as our cover talent. If you are just now learning his name, I assure you that you will never forget it. James’ passion for representation of diversity in the beauty Industry + advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community will sear your heart with more love and compassion for your fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and more. Read all about it on pages 64-69.

Every year, BELLA Beauty Director Janene Mascarella never disappoints with our staple “BELLA Beauty Awards.” Check out the most coveted brands for your every beauty need on pages 20-26.

As always, each issue of BELLA is jam-packed with fabulous content + resources for you to live your most beautiful life! Read on…I know you will truly appreciate this one.

From my heart to yours!

Vanessa Coppes


BELLA Magazine is a national subscription- and newsstand-based lifestyle publication offering a curated guide to fashion, beauty, health, philanthropy, arts and culture, cuisine, celebrities, and entertainment.

At BELLA, we spotlight the ideal that Life Is BEAUTIFUL!

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