Indigenous artist and activist Nakkiah Liu stuns on the cover of Australian Harper’s Bazaar relaunch issue, a move that, hopefully, makes for a more interesting era.
In the past, Harper’s Bazaar have opted for more traditional cover stars, like Naomi Watts, Lara Worthington or Nicole Kidman. Beautiful women that represent a commercial-friendly ‘it girl.’
The rejuvenated magazine is clearly making a statement with Lui, she’s equally beautiful, but Lui’s body of work is mostly about rallying against the status quo, not pleasing the mainstream.
Lui is a controversial and celebrated creative, known for working over various mediums. She’s a playwriter, actor, podcaster, commentator, screenwriter and prominent voice in Australian pop culture.
She may be most well known for starring and writing in the ABC series Black Comedy, a hilarious and thought-provoking show. On the everyday front, she often shares her views on her incredibly popular Twitter account that boasts over 50k followers.
Putting dangerous misinformation aside: the image of Nicki Minaj on the phone, having a big gossip and yarn to her fam about her cousins friend, his swollen balls & his fiancée calling off the wedding is pretty much my childhood memories of watching my fam gossiping on the phone.
— Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) September 14, 2021
Still, although she might not have been the expected choice, Liu stuns on the glamorous and no expense spared cover. She is wearing a $10,5000 Schiaparelli cape and dripping in $90,000 worth of Cartier, and yet something about the image still screams defiance.
It’s very rare that I’m ever at a loss for words but I am so overwhelmed! It’s such an honour to be on the cover of the first issue of HARPER’S BAZAAR! It’s such a life changing experience. The creative team blew me away with their the support, generosity and talent. Out Sept 20! pic.twitter.com/3Sj0N7cbpc
— Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) September 16, 2021
Little is known about the Harper’s Bazaar Australia relaunch, although The Sydney Morning Herald, has reported that despite announcing the former editor Eugenie Kelly as editor, she will no longer be returning. Lui’s appearance on the cover certainly signals that this might be the beginning of an exciting rebirth.
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