The Weeknd graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar for its new “ICONS” issue, boasting an 18-page spread featuring some of the biggest names in music and fashion.
In addition to The Weeknd, other stars in the feature (photographed by Brigitte Lacombe) include Courtney Love, Dionne Warwick, Grimes, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Miranda Lambert, Travis Scott, Adriana Lima, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Kelly Rohrbach, Irina Shayk, Candice Swanepoel and Karlie Kloss.
Flanked by supermodels Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk on the cover photo, The Weeknd also opens up to the mag for an interview, in which he discusses why he believes in the power of mystique.
“I’m not in a rush to let people know everything about me,” he explains. “Mystery is always great.”
While preserving this mystique in the era of social media is increasingly difficult, The Weeknd admits he’s managed to pull it off. “Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music,” he says. “I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest of my life.”
When asked if he’ll ever tinker with his public persona for an upcoming album, the Toronto-born recording artist (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) compares his carefully crafted persona to David Bowie’s most famous alter ego. Like Bowie shed Ziggy to reinvent himself in subsequent incarnations, The Weeknd tells Harper’s he can see himself doing something similar.
“Kind of like pulling a Ziggy Stardust,” he says. “Maybe I’ll retire from being the Weeknd. Or maybe I’ll just give him a break.”
“From rock to hip hop, classic to country, and electric to soul, this unique group of ICONS is about diversity, that is what I love,” said Harper’s Bazaar global fashion director Carrie Roitfeld of the upcoming issue. “Celebrating a universal language of music and fashion is important to the world today.”
You can check it out in the September 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which goes on sale on Aug. 22.
Harper’s Bazaar editors from around the world will come together on Friday, September 8, 2017 to celebrate at the legendary Plaza Hotel in New York City. Partners for the event include Infor, Laura Mercier and Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI.