Indian Harper’s Bazaar to feature trans models on cover for the first time

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

For the first time, Harper’s Bazaar magazine in India is to feature transgender models on its cover for the first time.

The two trans women are featured among nine models for the magazine’s latest issue.

Tracey Africa Norman and Geena Rocero are the models in question.

Norman featured on Italian Vogue in the 1970s and 80s, before becoming the face of Clairol and featuring in spreads for Essence.

Rocero featured in her own TED talk which went viral.

They feature alongside Soo Joo Park, Hind Sahli, Pyper and Daisy America, Emanuela de Paula, Cora Emmanuel, Hannelore Knuts and Tyra Banks.

The feature is named ‘the nine wonders of the World’, and each model wears their own headpiece designed by artist Isaac Aden.

Harper’s Bazaar India Editor Nonita Kalra, said of the new covers: “Diversity has always been the DNA of Harper’s Bazaar. The Indian edition is delighted to follow in such illustrious steps.”

Art Director and Executive Producer Christopher Sollinger added: “Showcasing white woman after white woman on covers does not work anymore, 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.”

Norman said of the shoot: “This cover means the world to me and for me to represent my community, it is such a humbling experience for me.”

For its September issue this year, ELLE UK featured three LGBT+ icons on its covers.