Art Director Christopher Sollinger has said that nearly every major fashion publication rejected his latest creative endeavor, which illuminates nine model beauties for an authentic, straightforward, and virtuous visual moment inspired by the first female transgender fashion model of the 70s, Tracey ‘Africa’ Norman. Norman along with Geena Rocero, Tyra Banks, Cora Emmanuel, Hind Sahli, Soo Joo Park, Emanuela de Paula, Pyper America, and Hannelore Knuts are “The 9 Wonders of the World,” photographed by Stockton Johnson, for a special issue for Harper’s Bazaar India.
An impressive 44 designers are orchestrated by stylist Kisha C. Jones to include Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria Beckham, Naeem Khan, Sonia Rykiel, and Christian Siriano — designers often associated with today’s most progressive movements. Sina Velke, Stoj, and Vincent Oquendo tease out the all-star cast’s natural glamour for a new dawn sensation.
In the exclusive preview below, check out Norman and Rocero as the first transgender models to front any edition of Harper’s Bazaar, ever. See all the covers here.
Text by Derrick Gaitér
Photographer – Stockton Johnson (De Facto)
Art Director – Christopher Sollinger | Stylist – Kisha C. Jones
Hair – Sina Velke, Stoj (Streeters New York), & Derek Monroe | Makeup – Vincent Oquendo (The Wall Group) & Campbell Ritchie | Nails – Candice Idehen (BRIDGE Artists) & Yuko Wada (Atelier Management)