Harper's Bazaar Arabia January 2016 | Editor's Letter

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Dec 30 2015 / 16:35 PM

Louise Nichol shares her thoughts on our January issue cover stars

Harper's Bazaar Arabia January 2016 | Editor's Letter
Harper's Bazaar Arabia January 2016 | Editor's Letter

Fame is a phenomenon constantly in flux and social media’s star-making powers have never been stronger. For the first issue of 2016, Bazaar is reflecting the sea change in what defines a modern celebrity by featuring former Dubai schoolgirls Haya and Sama Khadra on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. The Palestinian twins have long been on Bazaar’s radar. Over five years ago I accompanied them to their first haute couture fashion show in Paris, the three of us immersing ourselves in the mythology of Gabrielle Chanel’s life and work over a memorable few days. Then 17-year-old students at the American School of Dubai, Haya and Sama impressed me with their articulate approach to fashion history, as well as their killer style and stereotype-smashing representation of Arab beauty. Now film students at University of Southern California, the pair are part of a gilded circle that includes the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and I am thrilled that today they are fronting the first issue of the new year. The term ‘influencer’ is bandied around all too lightly, yet I believe that Haya and  Sama genuinely have the power to shift attitudes, telling Bazaar, “While we are products of the social media phenomenon, all we want is to help creatives to tell a story.”


Styling: Katie Trotter. Photography: Rene and Radka