Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Harper's Bazaar February 1959

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. This Harper's Bazaar cover is a bit later than most in this category - I selected it not just for its look (which is excellent), but also for the background story. The photographer is the famous Richard Avedon, the model is Shanghai born (and recently departed) China Machado. This was the very first Harper's Bazaar cover to feature a non-white model, and that was not an easy decision in those days. From Wikipedia: the publishers were saying, ‘We can't put this girl in the magazine. Everyone in the South will quit subscriptions and no one will want to advertise with us!’ In the end, Avedon threatened to quit the magazine if they did not go with this cover and they yielded.