5 cutting-edge models recreate iconic paintings

2017-10-25 14:18
Winnie Harlow, Candice Huffine, Hari Nef, Halima A

Cape Town – Harper’s Bazaar is showcasing five trailblazing models in a classic way in its latest magazine feature.

Photographed by Pari Dukov, models Winnie Harlow, Candice Huffine, Hari Nef, Halima Aden and Erika Linder recreated some of the world’s most iconic paintings.

Here is what each model had to say about each painting they re-created:

1. Winnie Harlow as Mona Lisa

The America’s Next Top Model alum shared her thoughts on the latest theory that Mona Lisa was married to an Italian slave trader.

“How can we ever really know what Lisa the person was like? That was a time before there were selfies!”

2. Candice Huffine in The Birth of Venus

As a top plus-size model, Huffine reveals she feels a special connection to the Goddess of Love in that they share some similarities.

“I have a body like Venus, and people wanted to use her as their muse. It’s well past time we acknowledge this is a body type that’s always been beautiful.”

3. Hari Nef as Madame X

As Harper’s Bazaar puts it, the transgender model and actress is a “modern day Madame X” and has been influenced by the portrait of the young socialite since high school.

“She had a reputation and a free spirit; she was a haver of affairs and an attender of parties.”

4. Halima Aden in Girl With a Pearl Earring

Being the first hijab-wearing Muslim model to be signed to a major modelling agency, exposing her neck and pierced ear was something new.

“I have both my ears pierced, but I’d never shown them before. It was just for me.”

5. Erika Linder as Egon Schiele

Swedish model Erika Linder shares one common characteristic with Austrian painter Egon Schiele, androgynous sexuality.

On playing with gender in photo shoots, Linder said: “I’ve never really been comfortable wearing a dress except in a photo shoot.”



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