Editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey’s intentions were flawlessly clear in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
“Fashion and the future, even amid a sea of black, have never looked so bright,” Bailey wrote in the Editor’s Letter.
This is a powerful time where women around the globe demand to be heard, and women in fashion are no exception. The issue featured women who are daring and resilient in the fashion industry.
At 96 years old, style icon Iris Apfel offers young women direction by sharing her advice on self-respect and hard work.
“If you have the possibility of a great operatic voice and you don’t train it, nothing will come of it,” Apfel said on page 262.
The magazine also features 25-year-old actress, singer and Netflix television show producer Selena Gomez. Despite near-fatal health conditions, her glimmering positivity shines brightly. She touches on the importance of finding and maintaining one’s authentic voice on social media platforms like Instagram.
“It’s an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways its given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important,” Gomez said on page 312.
Finally, ultimate female powerhouse Oprah Winfrey shared her daily routine. One unique aspect in her morning ritual includes reading a passage from the teachings of the Sufi, a Middle Eastern sect that encourages personal introspection and a greater closeness with God. Who better to lead our female force than a woman who intimately understands the struggles of our past and the importance of a strong, unified country?
The concurrence of intrepid fashion and fearless icons make for a loud, beautiful issue that inspires hope for the future of fashion and females. Bailey’s message is clear: be a warrior in all that you do-your work, your love, and your style. The only way to create a future of equality for females is by declaring the present as female. Today. Everyday.