Some people – whether they are in the public eye or not – are happy to talk your ear off, but put them in front of a camera and they suddenly turn shy. Others are in their comfort zone when striking a pose, but clam up once it’s time to chat. Debbie Harry would appear to belong to the latter category. It was in the early hours of a Sunday morning (Australian time) late last month when Stellar wrapped up our shoot with the iconic singersongwriter on location in an apartment in Brooklyn. “Debbie was awesome!” creative director Aleks Beare promptly enthused, merrily recounting the ease with which Harry had turned on the charm for the photo crew. A few minutes later, I then heard from writer Jordan Baker – who also flew over from Australia for the cover interview – and had a more sombre report. Turns out the 71-year-old is one of those natural born performers reluctant to talk about herself, and would prefer to steer the conversation to what is showing on TV. “But she had a good sense of humour, and she really doesn’t care what people think,” says Baker. Traits that Harry might not reveal in words, but certainly does in photos.