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Saara Aalto is this month’s cover star!

In our exclusive interview, the X Factor star tells Carrie Lyell about love and life after reality TV.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:57:24 GMT | Updated today

We are delighted to have X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto on our cover this month! 


In an exclusive interview, she tells Carrie Lyell about her time on the show and what it feels like to be the most successful female LGBT contestant ever. 


"It feels incredible," she told us. "It's crazy to think that a girl like me can break records."


Saara also talks about criticism levelled at the show's producers for "hiding" her relationship with Meri Sopanen, their engagement, and her attraction to women. 


"I've always known gender doesn't matter for me. But now, being with a woman, it's hard to imagine going back to men," she smiles. 


Don't forget to check out our digital issue to see two of our favourite performances from the Finnish songbird.


Also in this issue… 


How to change the world: From women who have


Sarah Waters shares her thoughts on The Handmaiden, a new film adaptation of Fingersmith, with Sophie Ward


Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on the importance of self-care


Jane Hill considers LGBT life under President Trump and asks if hard won rights can be taken away


Vicky Beeching wants a New Year's Revolution


Exercise-fearing-femme Roxy Bourdillon road tests the latest workouts


We reveal the shortlist for the 2017 DIVA Awards


PLUS: Travel, family and much more! 


Our January issue is on sale now at, and in UK stores including most branches of WH Smith and Martin McColls, and some branches of Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrison's and ASDA from Thursday 29 December.


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