Food For Thought

Inspirational Women – Andreé Peel

I was musing over a copy of The Week this bank holiday weekend and came across the obituary of a French lady called Andreé Peel (1905-2010). The accompanying picture was familiar to me as the women who had healed my back when I hurt it aged 15. At the time her style and amazing energy struck me, her amazing talent for channeling energy from her fingertips to heal (for free!) stays with me to this day.

It turns out Mrs. Peel – as I knew her – was a French Resistance war hero, code named Agent Rose who saved the lives of many British servicemen until she was captured, brutally tortured by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp. She was actually sentenced to death by firing squad, but as she and fellow prisoners were lined up to be shot there was a phone call… It was an officer from the advancing US troops saying they knew she was there and if anything happened to her the guards would be shot.

Her work gathering intelligence on troop and U-Boat movements, U-Boat and the outcomes of Allied attacks earned her the Croix de Guerre, a personal letter from Winston Churchill and the King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct, presented by Geroge VI.

This lady dedicated her life to helping and healing the people around her who needed it without any thought for her own safety or personal gain, I feel honored to have met her!

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…