Oprah Transforms Into Glinda, Katy Perry as Elizabeth Taylor for Harper’s Bazaar Icon Issue

Who’s that lady? In Harper’s Bazaar’s upcoming September issue, some of the industry’s biggest names — including Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and Mariah Carey — transformed into their own versions of iconic divas, and the results are amazing.

“I thought it would be interesting to show how an established character with a strong personality might have fantasies about his image, which has nothing to do with the idea the general public has of them,” photographer Jean-Paul Goude said in an interview about the unique shoot. “For once, I didn’t feel that I was imposing anything on anybody."

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“The subject decided,” he said. “I just tried to interpret their vision of themselves, the best way I could.”

Mariah Carey transformed into Marie Antoinette for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Mariah Carey transformed into Marie Antoinette for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Credit: Jean-Paul Goude

One particularly arresting shot features Perry, 30, glammed up as an Andy Warhol-esque version of Elizabeth Taylor. In the image, the "Firework" singer is nearly unrecognizable under layers of exaggerated eyeshadow and set in front of a hot pink backdrop.

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“An icon transcends time,” she told the magazine. “Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years …and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!”

Oprah Winfrey transformed into Glinda the Good Witch for the September Icons Issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Oprah Winfrey transformed into Glinda the Good Witch for the September Icons Issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Credit: Jean-Paul Goude

In another photo, Winfrey poses as Glinda the Good Witch, complete with an extravagant pink gown and glowing wand. The talk show host holds a black-and-white photo of Judy Garland as Dorothy in the crook of her right arm in a nod to the late actress.

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“This photo shoot was like no other,” Winfrey captioned the image, which she shared with fans on her Instagram on Thursday, July 30.

Dakota Johnson poses as Aphrodite in the September Icons issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Dakota Johnson poses as Aphrodite in the September Icons issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Credit: Jean-Paul Goude

Other superstars featured in the shoot included Carey as Marie Antoinette, Dakota Johnson as Aphrodite (“she embodies the power of love and pleasure and represents the mystery and intricacy of women”), and Willow Smith as goddess Kali, among others.

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