Photos from Harper’s Bazaar‘s 2015 Icons, a 17-page portfolio, unveiled today, that will appear in all 32 editions of the magazine’s September issue.
The feature – styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Jean-Paul Goude – celebrates nine present-day icons: Dakota Johnson, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Lucky Blue Smith (SQUEEEEEEEAL!!!), Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chris Lee, and Willow Smith. The celebrities were allowed to choose their favorite icons to be transformed into. Ms. Winfrey posed as Glinda the Good Witch, Ms. Perry as Elizabeth Taylor, Ms. Carey as Marie Antoinette etc etc. Except, hmmmm… the image that they chose to represent Marie Antoinette is NOT Marie Antoinette at all. It’s the girl from “The Swing” by Fragonard and has nothing to do with Marie Antoinette. RESEARCH, PEOPLE, RESEARCH. Can’t believe Carine, Jean-Paul, Glenda Bailey and everyone else allowed this to slip past them.
“The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite spiritual tales, and Glinda is a spiritual goddess,” Ms. Winfrey said in the feature. “I love when she says to Dorothy, ‘You’ve always had the power.’ That is the message for all of us: You’re born with it, you always have it. It doesn’t matter how many yellow brick roads you go down, it’s always right there in your heart.”
“An icon transcends time,” Ms. Perry said of her embodiment, Taylor. “Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years …and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!”
Willow Smith as the Goddess Kali: “When I was little, I would go into my mom’s meditation room and read her books about goddesses. Kali stayed with me because she is terrifying yet beautiful.” Willow is wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci corset, skirt, and face jewels.
Says supermodel/It-boy Lucky Blue Smith: “I like Liberace. He was cool, he was blingy, he was rad, he killed it. He was a performer and I’m a performer.”
Ms. Carey, it would seem, identified more with Antoinette’s look than her personality. “I’m pretty much the opposite of Marie Antoinette,” the singer said (*side eye*), “but it’s always fun to throw on a costume.”
And below: Here is the pic of NOT MARIE that Mariah is basing her Marie Antoinette on.