The Colorful New Harper’s Bazaar India Brings A Rainbow Of Culture To Fashion
This past Friday, September 16th, Harper’s Bazaar India’s Art Director and Executive producer, Christopher Sollinger cast various industry icons, veterans, and new faces for the historic cover series of the next edition of the magazine. Nine versions of this wonderfully revolutionary issue will be printed, each featuring a different powerful woman of color on the cover. Beauties include our favorite model/TV personality Tyra Banks as well as Tracey Africa and Geena Rocero, who become the first transgender women to appear on the cover of the iconic Harper’s Bazaar.
The video was shot and produced in none other than our beloved Big Apple.
“This cover means the world to me and for me to represent my community, it is such a humbling experience for me, I can't thank Christopher and Harper's Bazaar for allowing me to be on the cover,” said Tracey Norman.
“It is an honor to be on this historic cover series with the women that I’ve looked up to. Growing up in the Philippines I used to dream of being on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar”, said Rocero.
‘The Nine Wonders of the World’ cover series is a twist on the title often given to those noteworthy structures, projects and designs deemed to be extremely exceptional. The series looks to communicate the fact that diversity is beautiful and should be celebrated the way we tend to celebrate much less humane things such as large buildings and complex sculptures.
“Diversity has always been the DNA of Harper’s Bazaar. The Indian edition is delighted to follow in such illustrious steps”, said Harper’s Bazaar India Editor Nonita Kalra.
About the Cover:
For the cover, Sollinger commissioned American artist Isaac Aden, to create customized, one-of-a-kind head pieces for each model. He is represented by the world renowned Ethan Cohen Gallery which is where the shoot – by award-winning photographer Stockton Johnson – took place. The idea was to show the harmony that occurs when combining international artistry with global beauty. Celebrity stylist, KC Jones, brought in designers Chanel & Roberto Cavalli both of whom were extremely supportive of the project from beginning to end. Jones mixed artistic influences and designers from Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, finally tying them together with a cohesive modern Americana trend.
“Showcasing white woman after white woman on covers does not work anymore, we need to show the women of the world that is of now. The world is changing and with this story we want to be apart of that global revolution", said Sollinger.
About the models:
- Tyra Banks is a veteran and icon to the runway and various leading advertising campaigns, she’s also the host of our beloved show America’s Next Top Model.
- Tracey Africa is the first trans model to have multiple beauty campaigns in the 1970s. Shewas also shot by Irving Penn for Vogue Italia.
- Geena Rocero is a Filipino American model, producer, founder of Gender Proud and gave a viral Ted Talk with 3 million views. This year she was honored with a GLAAD Media Award.
- Hannelore Knuts is a veteran Belgian model and known to be the only model in history to have three consecutive Vogue Italia covers.
- Cora Emmanuel is a Caribbean beauty and has been the face of Chanel.
- Emanuela de Paula was born to a white Brazilian mother and an Afro Brazilian father, She has been the face of retailer NEXT and L'Oreal.
- Pyper & Daisy America showcase Millennials in our new modern age, unorthodox beauties who have gained notoriety through social media and shear personality. It is the first time the sisters of Lucky Blue were shot together for a cover.
- Hind Sahli is one of the few Muslim models to break out of Morocco. Hind was voted by Vogue Italia as "the top middle eastern model of our generation."
- Soo Joo Park is the leading Korean Model and an inspiration to all designers. Soo Joo has been the face of countless magazine covers and beauty brands.
It surely is an exciting time for women both in the media and in business. As Drake would put it, "what a time to be alive."