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Harper's Bazaar May 2021

Every issue of Harper's Bazaar speaks to the varied interests of the discerning contemporary woman who seeks the best for her home, career and lifestyle.

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United States
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

I have always believed that our differences are our gifts, our superpowers. What makes someone beautiful to me is what also makes them unique. One of the aspects of pre-pandemic life I miss the most is walking down the streets of New York City and seeing all the different, beautiful faces rushing past me. Our cover stars—Precious Lee, Hailey Bieber, Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen, and Rianne Van Rompaey—are some of the most sought-after models in fashion. But they are also real women with real aspirations and real insecurities, and together represent a fuller picture of beauty. Beauty is not singular; it exists in each and every one of us. As Precious Lee tells our features director, Kaitlyn Greenidge: “I know I’m beautiful. I really don’t need anyone to tell me that.…

2 min
yo-yo ma

FEATURED TRACKS 1.“TAYF (GHOST)” Mashrou’ Leila 2.“EARLY MORNING BREEZE” Dolly Parton 3.“JISREEN” Eric Vloeimans, Jeroen van Vliet, and Kinan Azmeh 4.“SONG WITHOUT WORDS,” OPUS 109 (1995 REMASTER) Felix Mendelssohn, performed by Jacqueline du Pré with Gerald Moore 5.“GABRIEL’S OBOE” Ennio Morricone, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Roma Sinfonietta FULL PLAYLIST IN MARCH, RENOWNED CELLIST YO-YO MA GAVE AN IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE AT HIS LOCAL VACCINATION CLINIC IN THE BERKSHIRES AFTER RECEIVING HIS SECOND DOSE. Throughout the pandemic he held virtual concerts for hospitals and played pop-up shows for frontline workers from a flatbed truck with pianist Emanuel Ax. “Humans are inventive,” Ma says. “We find other ways to reach out when we can’t be physically close together.” He curated a playlist around this issue’s theme of beauty—a notion that, for him, centers on human nature and how we connect with one another and the…

2 min
why don’t you…?

1 EXPERIENCE DEANA LAWSON’S GAZE The first photographer to win the Hugo Boss Prize, Lawson is known for intimate images celebrating Black identity. A selection will be on view at New York’s Guggenheim Museum beginning May 7. 2 TAKE IN MODERN MASTERPIECES The art collection of brothers Mikhaïl and Ivan Morozov will be on display outside of Russia for the first time, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this spring. The exhibition, featuring more than 200 works, includes pieces by Auguste Renoir and Edvard Munch. 3 ATTEND KAATSBAAN CULTURAL PARK’S SPRING FESTIVAL The multi-weekend event starts May 20 in Tivoli, New York, and includes culinary panels, dance from American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey’s Yannick Lebrun, and a performance by Patti Smith. 4 BINGE ON RETRO GLAMOUR Ryan Murphy’s latest miniseries, Halston, comes to Netflix on May 14 with Ewan…

2 min

LESLIE ZHANG PHOTOGRAPHER Liu Wen Page 128 “I find true beauty in the radiance and enchantment of Mother Nature, from the dewdrops of spring to the rains of summer.” ANGELICA JADE BASTIÉN WRITER “Isabella Rossellini’s Eternal Flame” Page 148 “I look to find beauty in the everyday, simplistic pleasures that remind me of the joy that comes with being alive—like fresh sunshine on my face, holding my cat, a lush meal, or basking in the laughter and voices of those I love.” AMY TROOST PHOTOGRAPHER Hailey Bieber Page 122 “Beauty is everywhere, sometimes overwhelmingly so. It’s hard not to see it—in each other, in strength, in compassion. In the natural world, and in the layers of the city.” FULVIA FAROLFI MAKEUP ARTIST “Isabella Rossellini’s Eternal Flame” Page 148 “My search for beauty starts from within, with kindness and honesty, self-love and respect for other humans of any race, shape,…

1 min
shop bazaar.com just in

Greet the SUN in equally brilliant attire: VIVID stripes and classic SUMMER staples YOU DON’T NEED A WARDROBE REHAUL FOR THE NEW SEASON, just a few top-notch pieces featuring playful stripes and some modern essentials that will stand the test of time. Start with artisan-crafted bags and versatile clothing—sleek maillots that double as bodysuits, hats that shield you from the sun while delivering serious style—and finish with vibrant charm necklaces and ankle wrap sandals that will keep you in step. SKIRT: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK/STUDIO D. STYLING: ANITA SALERNO. ALL OTHER STILL LIFES: COURTESY OF THE BRANDS AND DESIGNERS. RUNWAY IMAGE: COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN DIOR.…

1 min
what to buy and how to wear it

THE GOOD BUY: CARTIER Tank Nordstrom’s VP of creative projects and home, OLIVIA KIM, on the WATCH she NEVER takes off. I’m a watch fanatic and have a number of classic timepieces in my collection. I’ve always bought bigger, more masculine styles, so my Cartier Tank watch is different. It’s the smallest one I own and feels really ladylike. There’s a sense of pride that comes with supporting a brand that has become an expert in a single item. I bought the watch at the end of last year and have worn it every day since. Maybe it was because of Covid and having to stay home, but I wanted something that was a bit more practical. My husband and I got our wedding rings from Cartier, so we have a…