Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS -

Of all the voices that have been ring­ing out loud and proud this year, the ones ad­vo­cat­ing for ac­cep­tance, equal­ity and em­pow­er­ment have res­onated the most. Tai­wan was the first coun­try in Asia to al­low same-sex mar­riage, di­ver­sity has been the hottest topic in the fash­ion in­dus­try and the #metoo cam­paign has gone vi­ral world­wide. Be­yond be­ing a re­flec­tion of the times, Harper’s BAZAAR has al­ways been about em­brac­ing dif­fer­ences, be it in terms of age, size, eth­nic­ity, cul­ture or sex­u­al­ity for women from all walks of life. Our cover model this month, Win­nie Har­low, couldn’t be more apt to front our May beauty is­sue and its fo­cus on di­ver­sity. In an in­dus­try that prides it­self on selling the idea of the ul­ti­mate fan­tasy and im­pec­ca­ble per­fec­tion, Win­nie Har­low’s unique look has won her fash­ion and beauty cam­paigns, and mil­lions of fol­low­ers for break­ing down bor­ders and push­ing through a new dis­course on what is con­sid­ered “nor­mal”. Read her words of en­cour­age­ment and em­pow­er­ment for women across the world on page 136.Then, there’s Oprah Win­frey who has been ded­i­cated to em­pow­er­ing girls and women through her me­dia net­work and char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions— long be­fore her Golden Globes speech in­spired calls for her to run for the US pres­i­dency. Find out how she spends a typ­i­cally fab­u­lous day on page 52.We also cel­e­brate the age­less style of Iris Apfel and Car­men Dell’Orefice on pages 74 and 76, prov­ing that be­ing chic doesn’t have an ex­piry date. Moth­ers and daugh­ters give ad­vice and share their thoughts on Beauty at Ev­ery Age in our spe­cial Sin­ga­pore fea­ture on page 106. Plus, there’s the ex­quis­ite shoot from BAZAAR’s Global Fash­ion Di­rec­tor Carine Roit­feld on page 121, where uni­ver­sal beauty is cel­e­brated close-up. There has never been a bet­ter time to cel­e­brate and cham­pion a cause that mat­ters to you. Be­cause at the end of the day, in the words of Bob Mar­ley, we all have “one love, one heart, let’s get to­gether and feel al­right.”

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