Iman for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on March 29, 2018

The iconic 62-year-old super model and beauty mogul talks with Empire’s badass anti-heroine Taraji P. Henson about aging gracefully, standing up for diversity in fashion, and more, in Harper’s BAZAAR’s April issue photographed by Dennis Leupold.



On making an effort to ensure diversity on today’s runways: “There were more black models working back when I started than there have been recently. So Bethann Hardison, Naomi Campbell, and I got together a couple of years ago to raise awareness about the need for diversity in fashion. We talked about it in the press and to the CFDA, and I think we’re seeing the change on the runways and in campaigns…People used to say to me, “You just want to be invited to the table.” And I’m like, “F**k the table—I can buy my own table.” But the young girls who are coming up? They need to see themselves portrayed.”

On how to help promote diversity in the industry: “If a designer boycotts me, I should boycott him. I’m not going to buy a bag from someone who doesn’t use black models. We should celebrate and highlight the people who actually step it up.”

On how her style has changed over time: “I’ve always lived by the philosophy that in a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic. True style is like a great black-and-white picture: It never looks dated.”

On which trends should return—and which should not: “Anything from the 1980s shouldn’t return. If you’re 20 years old, [shoulder pads will] look great on you. But they don’t travel well.”


Style Credits:
Image 1 and 2: Tom Ford Gown | Bulgari Ring
Image 3: Giambattista Valli Gown | Roberto Coin Earrings
Image 3: Valentino Jumpsuit | Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings and Ring

[Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]

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