“Mrs. America” star Cate Blanchett covers British Harper’s Bazaar “Women of the Year” issue photographed by Tom Munro and styled by Miranda Almond.
On developing an interest in the history of feminism: “I was fascinated as to why the women’s movement burst through onto the streets,” she says. “You felt the world was expanding and growing and changing, and voices that had previously been dismissed were being heard in the corridors of power. But why did that bubble burst in the 1980s and this amazing backlash happen? I’ve always been interested in that area of history. I think it’s really important to fold in the lessons learnt from second-wave feminism.”
On serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency: “When I came on board, there were about 61 million displaced people around the world, and now there are over 70 million– and that’s in just a handful of years. The size and scale of the crisis is so over-whelming that it’s difficult to relate to,” she admits. “That’s also what I found with Mrs America,” she goes on. “The difficulties faced by women on both sides of the political spectrum were identical. We’re always waving our flags of difference, but in the end, the result is to distance women from each other.”
Cover: Armani Privé Dress from the Fall 2019 Collection | Piaget Jewelry
Image: Armani Privé Dress from the Fall 2019 Collection | Piaget Jewelry
[Photo Credit: Tom Munro/British Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Marechal Aurore/ABACA/INSTARimages.com]
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