True to nature.

Author:Scheuringer, Carina
Position:Editorial
 
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The end of September in Zurich sees a glittering cast of A-list celebrities parade the red carpet at the annual Film Festival. As John Travolta, Helen Hunt, Til Schweiger & co. pull out all the stops to look their best, we peek behind the scenes with a woman who knows what it takes to steal the show. Professional stylist, make-up artist and photographer Adriana Tripa (page 54) is the secret weapon of many celebrities in Switzerland, including a man who usually lets his racket do all the talking--tennis world No. 1 Roger Federer. On page 26, we meet the fivetime Swiss Indoors Basel tennis champion ahead of his home tournament and discover that--contrary to appearances--he truly is "only human." It is a side that he is hoping to keep well hidden from his confirmed 2012 Basel challengers--Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet, Stanislas Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori (page 20).

From one great Swiss ambassador to another, we find timeless beauty in the Grande Dame of Swiss cosmetics on page 14. As we take a walk down memory lane with soon-to-be 92-year-old Gerda Spillmann, we unravel the story of a farmer's daughter who took Hollywood by storm and...

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