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Of all the voices that have been ringing out loud and proud this year, the ones advocating for acceptance, equality and empowerment have resonated the most. Taiwan was the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, diversity has been the hottest topic in the fashion industry and the #metoo campaign has gone viral worldwide.

Beyond being a reflection of the times, Harper’s BAZAAR has always been about embracing differences, be it in terms of age, size, ethnicity, culture or sexuality for women from all walks of life. Our cover model this month, Winnie Harlow, couldn’t be more apt to front our May beauty issue and its focus on diversity. In an industry that prides itself on selling the idea of the ultimate fantasy and impeccable perfection, Winnie Harlow’s unique look has won her fashion and beauty campaigns, and millions of followers for breaking down borders and pushing through a new discourse on what is considered “normal”. Read her words of encouragement and empowerment for women across the world.

Then, there’s Oprah Winfrey who has been dedicated to empowering girls and women through her media network and charity organisations—long before her Golden Globes speech inspired calls for her to run for the US presidency. Find out how she spends a typically fabulous day.

We also celebrate the ageless style of Iris Apfel and Carmen Dell’Orefice, proving that being chic doesn’t have an expiry date. Mothers and daughters give advice and share their thoughts on Beauty at Every Age in our special Singapore feature. Plus, there’s the exquisite shoot from BAZAAR’s Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld, where universal beauty is celebrated close-up.

There has never been a better time to celebrate and champion a cause that matters to you. Because at the end of the day, in the words of Bob Marley, we all have “one love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright.”

See our three covers here:

—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief 

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Photographed by Yu Tsai. Styled by Windy Aulia. Winnie Harlow/Women Management wears coat, Burberry. Hat, Cecilio Leather Designs at The Residency Experience. Gold Juste un Clou earrings; gold Panthère de Cartier ring; gold double loop Panthère de Cartier watch, Cartier. Makeup by NARS Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin/Streeters. On the face: Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, Liquid Blush in Orgasm. On the eyes: Eye Paint in Iskandar, Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, Audacious Mascara in Black Moon. On the lips: Velvet Lip Glide in Unlaced, Lip Gloss in Orgasm. Hairstylist: Makeba Lindsay. Manicurist: Erin Moffett/Opus Beauty. Production: 88 Phases. Producer: Trever Swearingen. Digital imaging: Luis Jaime. Digital technician: Massimo Campana. Photography assistants: Robiee Ziegler, Frankie Carino. Styling assistant: Austin Wittick