For the first time in its 150 year existence, Harper's Bazaar is featuring two transgender models on its cover: industry veteran Tracey Norman and Filipino-American bombshell Geena Rocero.
Both women grace one of nine covers released by Harper's Bazaar India for its latest issue, which celebrates diversity. Norman' and Rocero's covers are social media-only exclusives, according to the magazine's Instagram page:
Geena Rocero and Tracey Africa on the specially created instagram only covers of Harper's Bazaar India. The covers are aimed at celebrating diversity as experienced in the present day. The featuring of 2 transgender models like Geena Rocero and Tracey Africa is a testimony to Harper's Bazaar's commitment to diversity. Model(left): Geena Rocero @geenarocero -blouse: @ninaricci -make-up: STOJ B from Streeter @stojb Model(right): Tracey Africa @therealtracyafrica Make-up: Campbell Ritchie @campbellritchie Hair for both models: Sina Velke @sinavelke Art Director: Christopher Sollinger @sodachris Photographer: Stockton Johnson @stocktonjohnson Stylist: Kisha C Jones @kisha_c_jones Production: Soda Jones Inc @sodajonesinc #transisbeautiful #transgender #diversity #traceyafrica #geenarocero #celebratediversity
Tracey "Africa" Norman made history in the 1970s as the first black and transgender model to land a beauty campaign, for Clairol. When her secret was revealed, her career abruptly came to an end. This year, Clairol re-hired 64-year-old Norman to make up for the damage.
Geena Rocero is one of the most sought-after trans models in the fashion industry. She was featured in Barneys New York's Brothers & Sisters campaign, photographed by Bruce Weber in 2014, and currently appears in Out's all-trans October issue
"Showcasing white woman after white woman on covers does not work anymore," art director Christoper Bollinger said on the shoot. "We need to show the women of the world that is of now. The world is changing and with this story we want to be apart of that global revolution.”
The cover story, entitled "The Nine Wonders of the World," also features Soo Joo Park, Hind Sahli, Pyper and Daisy America, Emanuela de Paula, Cora Emmanuel, Hannelore Knuts, and ANTM's Tyra Banks. Each is wearing a custom headpiece designed by American artist Isaac Aden.
Cover photograpy by Stockton Johnson.