Harper’s Bazaar Australia, named Fashion Magazine of the Year for 2015 at the Australian Magazine Awards, has a reputation for taking risks, and the latest cover—featuring a nude Miranda Kerr—reaffirms that mission.
Kerr, who graces the January/February issue, was shot by local snapper Steven Chee and styled (or rather un-styled) by fashion director Thelma McQuillan on the balcony of The London Hotel in Los Angeles. The resulting image—considered a major coup in magazine land and guaranteed to generate global buzz—happened by accident, according to Bazaar’s editor in chief Kellie Hush.
“Over the years we have developed a collaborative relationship based on trust with Miranda Kerr. More often than not, a shoot will change tact on the day and this is exactly what happened. What we captured in between outfit changes was a woman who is incredibly confident and comfortable in her own skin.” Indeed.
Renowned for championing daring women, Hush says Kerr is someone with vision, style, and a total lack of fear. “2015 was undoubtedly the year of the barely there ‘naked’ dress, with designers like Givenchy, Versace, and Roberto Cavalli creating gowns that left very little to the imagination for the likes of Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez. But this was something more; it was our chance to celebrate the femininity of an Australian beauty icon in a sophisticated setting.”