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

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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. 

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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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