Be More... Val

The Wild One
by Kathleen Baird-Murray
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Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. World-class make-up artist Val Garland, author of Validated, saves the planet one fleck of glitter at a time and talks to angels. By Kathleen Baird-Murray

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What makes you feel wild?

A

Dancing to great music.

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What one thing are you currently doing to make the planet greener?

A

Using biodegradable glitter.

Q

Where does your soul most happily reside: city, countryside, or both?

A

Both. I am both a city and a country girl. They both give a different feeling and I like changes all the time.

Q

The DJ fails to show up. What’s your go-to track to get everyone dancing?

A

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester.

Q

Who is the hero or heroine you’d be tongue-tied to find yourself sitting next to at a dinner?

A

Jeff Buckley.

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The message to your younger self?

A

Listen to your instincts.

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Which world conflict would you like to see resolved first and how would you do it?

A

Gender inequality – I use make-up to empower fluidity.

Q

You’re on a raft adrift in the ocean and the sharks are circling. Who is your companion to get you to shore safely - and who would you feed to the sharks?

A

My bestie Maureen Vivian would get me to the shore safely. I would feed any rats or mice on board to the sharks.

Photographer: Tim Walker, Fashion Editor: Jacob K, Hair: Malcolm Edwards, Model: Karlie Kloss, Set Design: Shona Heath
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What do you look for in a deputy?

A

Hard-working, forward-thinking, trustworthy.

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What’s the key requirement for a lifetime partner of the romantic kind?

A

Funny.

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What’s the retirement plan?

A

Gardening in my country house garden.

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What’s your favourite lazy-at-home dish to cook?

A

Crab linguine.

Q

Career advice for the Val wannabes?

A

Be your bestest self.

Q

What do you wish you had said to someone who has departed this earth?

A

I wish you didn’t have to go.

Photographer: Inez & Vinoodh, Fashion Editor: Emmanuelle Alt, Hair: Odile Gilbert, Model: Anna Ewers
Q

The last time you prayed, who did you pray to and were your prayers answered?

A

I constantly pray to my angels and I believe they hear me.

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Who do you currently have a crush on?

A

My boyfriend.

Q

What would your Tinder profile say?

A

Do not approach if you are normal.

Q

What superhero power would you most like to have and why?

A

To be able to fly from one place to another with there being no time difference – instantly! This will save me a lot of time given my current schedule.

Q

Where do you get your therapy from?

A

I get my therapy from my garden, my books and a cuppa.

Photographer: Tim Walker, Fashion Editor: Jacob K, Hair: Malcolm Edwards, Model: Kirsi Pyrhonen, Set Design: Rhea Therstein
Q

Your book at bedtime?

A

Educated by Tara Westover.

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Your epitaph?

A

Options! Give me options!

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What did you learn from the toughest time in your life?

A

Stay true to yourself, nothing else matters.

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And from the happiest?

A

Enjoy the moment.

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You’re blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. What one thing do you wish for?

A

The one thing that I wish for is to have more wishes!