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Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld Capture ‘Singular Beauty’ for Harper’s Bazaar’s September Issue


Harper's Bazaar has just released Carine Roitfeld's third feature as the glossy brand's Global Fashion Director. The former Paris Vogue editor tapped Karl Lagerfeld to shoot the story — "Singular Beauty: An homage to the diversity of women" — which will appear in the September Issue of all 29 editions of the magazine. 


Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar

A quick survey of the 25 women featured in this ambitious editorial:

  • Scarlett Johansson: 28-year-old American film actress 
  • Liya Kebede: 35-year-old Ethiopian model
  • Linn Arvidsson: 25-year-old Swedish model 
  • Dakota Fanning: 19-year-old American film actress
  • Lily Collins: 24-year-old British film actress
  • Carmen Dell’Orefice: 82-year-old American modeling legend
  • Ondria Hardin: California-born 16-year-old runway model
  • China Machado: 83-year-old Portuguese-Chinese modeling legend
  • Soo Joo Park: 23-year-old Korean model
  • Candice Huffine: 28-year-old American 'plus' model
  • Ashleigh Good: 21-year-old New Zealander model
  • Xiao Wen Ju: 24-year-old Chinese model
  • Erika Ervin: 34-year-old known as the 'World's Tallest Model'
  • Grimes: 25-year-old Canadian musician (who wears the $68,000 Saint Laurent dress we've marveled over on tFS)
  • Zoë Kravitz: 24-year-old actress daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet
  • Karen Elson: 34-year-old British model/musician
  • Lily Donaldson: 26-year-old British model
  • Liberty Ross: 34-year-old British model
  • Kenya Jones: 20-year-old daughter of Quincy Jones
  • Gabourey Sidibe: 30-year-old American actress
  • Chiharu Okunugi: 20-year-old Japanese model
  • Tilda Lindstam: 20-year-old Swedish model
  • Lisa Verberght: 17-year-old Belgian model 
  • Angel Haze: 22-year-old American rapper 
  • Chrishell Stubbs: 21-year-old British fashion model​​

Karl Lagerfeld for Harper's Bazaar

Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar

We love seeing so many non-white models cast for such a major editorial and this spread truly features a broad range of ages, body types and ethnicities. Still, it's worth pointing out that with the exception of Sidibe, the women represent a conventional standard of beauty and an upper-class milieu — "Gabourey Sidibe among 'Bazaar' beauties," was USA Today's foul way of putting it. This editorial is unlike most of what we see in fashion magazines and a step in the right direction, but that in itself is sort of depressing. 

You can see the full feature and a behind-the-scenes video here

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