Sophie Gregoire Trudeau takes the cover of Fashion’s feminist issue looking as poised and elegant as ever in a strapless black dress.
Inside, the Canadian prime minister’s wife, who opened up about her former struggle with bulimia in Ottawa on Thursday, sheds even more light on her eating disorder with Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of FASHION. “My awareness of what I was suffering was major, but I just didn’t know how to get out of it,” she remembers. “I kept thinking, Why me? I have everything. Why am I suffering from this? The stigma is less and less, because we talk about it more. When I was suffering, it was much more taboo. Today there is treatment, but there are not enough beds and not enough tools to help those who are suffering.”
As for her recovery, she credits her mother, Estelle Blais, with steering her in the right direction: “I said, ‘Mom, I’m sick and I’m suffering and I need help.’ We bawled and bawled and bawled.”
Today, as a parent to three young children, she channels her mother’s love as she raises Ella-Grace, Xavier and Hadrien. “I see how my kids receive it. It’s clear when we look at each other or when I’m breastfeeding or playing with them, or when we’re in the bath together,” she says. “Even when we have arguments—I mean, they drive me crazy sometimes; don’t get me wrong!”
The popular feminist and newly crowned trendsetter has been honoured by the magazine as a woman who is “changing the world” as she redefines her formerly silent role alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Her devotion to her husband and to her new position is undeniable as she speaks about her passions. “I partnered with a man who also strives for authenticity and connection,” she tells Fashion. “I have a sense of urgency because I want to help out so much… The level of opportunity that we’re sitting on right now as a country and a generation is immense.”