Welcome to the May 2022 Beauty Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR


There’s a game I’ve started to play with my daughter to keep her entertained as we do our daily errands. We call it “safari,” but it really is a game of looking. We try to find one interesting thing on every building, sign, or tree that we pass: “That leaf looks like a star,” “That bird is flying in a circle,” “That house has one blue door.” It’s like walking through the world alongside a tiny beat poet who is shouting the phrases of a never-ending prose poem from a stroller seat.

Lately, I have begun to realize that this game is an exercise in beauty. It has become a way to train ourselves to always look for it. We pass a rusted piece of ironwork in front of a brownstone and my daughter points it out—a thing I would not have thought of as beautiful but that calls to her. It is impossible to imagine life without beauty. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to describe. It’s a quality that is deeply personal. It adheres to our individual definitions that come from experience, culture, taste, and the light as it falls before our own eyes. When people tell you what they think is beautiful, they are telling you how they see the world. Beauty is its own kind of emotional intelligence—a map for all the things we value and think to be true.

More From Our Cover Stars

Imaan Hamaam’s evening skincare routine includes mood-setting incense and a 3-in-1 cleansing oil.

Skipping a face towel is Sora Choi’s secret skincare move.

Jill Kortleve double cleanses with a cheap product you can find at the drugstore.

How to stay unapologetically yourself and other life lessons from Lauren Hutton.

Imaan Hammam: Hair: Tamas Tuzes for Oribe; Makeup: Marcelo Gutierrez for Shiseido; Manicure: Aja Walton for Essie; Set Design: Two Hawks Young. Special Thanks To 1896 Studios And Stages.

Sora Choi: Hair: Esther Langham; Makeup: Mark Carrasquillo for Chanel; Manicure: Michina Koide for Dior Vernis; Set Design: Peter Klein.

Jill Kortleve: Hair: Shon Ju for Bed Head By Tigi; Makeup: Sally Branka for Victoria Beckham Beauty; Manicure: Eri Narita for Dior; Production: Vidhya Rassou at Kitten Production; Set Design: Sati Leonne.

Lauren Hutton: Hair: Tamara McNaughton for Oribe; Makeup: Romy Soleimani for Bobbi Brown; Manicure: Lolly Koon for Dior Beauty; Set Design: Kadu Lennox.

This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands May 3.