Here’s a true (and embarrassing) story for you: I once saw Daria Werbowy walking down St. Marks Place here in New York, and I was staring at her so intently that I nearly walked into oncoming traffic. That’s how beautiful she is. And that’s pretty much exactly how I felt when I saw her new cover for the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Shot by Daniel Jackson in a series of minimalistic looks styled by Alastair McKimm, the model — wearing a Proenza Schouler dress from the Spring 2014 collection — is a breath of fresh air, especially for an American magazine. Werbowy is a frequent fixture on the covers of international editions (Elle and Vogue, especially), but it’s still rare that U.S. glossies feature models as their cover stars.
Aside from just looking perfect, Werbowy opens up about her personal style, her friend (and frequent collaborator) Phoebe Philo and the hiatus she took from the industry a while back. “I took a risk a couple of years ago where I decided to do the minimal amount that I could get away with, because I physically and mentally couldn’t handle it anymore,” she told the mag. “And it’s like, you have everything you want, what you dreamt of is coming true, you can’t buy anything else to make you happy, so then you think, Well, what else is there? And you have to leave.”
For more from Werbowy’s cover shoot, head over to Harper’s Bazaar.