Behind the Cover: 6.18.17 – The New York Times

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Inez and Vinoodh for The New York Times. Stylist: Alex White.

Jake Silverstein, editor in chief: “Following her trial in 2013, Chelsea Manning came out as transgender. During her seven years in prison, as she was undergoing hormone treatment and struggling with the isolation of life behind bars, no new photos of Manning were taken and published (a widely circulated photo of her in a blond wig had been taken years before). How she looked remained a mystery to the public.

Earlier this year, shortly after President Obama commuted her sentence, clearing the way for her release, Manning’s lawyer informed us that she had agreed to a request from the magazine to sit for the first portrait shoot of her as a free woman. We knew that these photos would be extremely important to Manning, as they would be among her first chances to reintroduce herself to the world as she wanted to be seen. It was important to us that the pictures accord with those desires, but they would also have to deliver journalistic truth. Kathy Ryan, the magazine’s director of photography, decided to work with the celebrated fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh, knowing they would be able to strike a balance between beauty and character. Manning was dressed and styled for the shoot, which took place on May 31. It’s highly unusual for us to dress and style a subject as newsworthy as Manning, but in this case it was appropriate. Manning helped choose the suit she’s wearing. She has strong opinions about clothes and had sent, from prison, a series of images from the internet that showed how she wanted to look after her release.”

Read the cover story by Matthew Shaer, “The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning.” See all past covers here.

Additional credits: Hair color: André Viveiros. Hair: Christiaan. Makeup: Fulvia Farolfi. Nails: Rieko Okusa. Clothes: Gabriela Hearst and Brandon Maxwell.

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