Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 30

Bazaar CONTRIBUTORS WRITER 30 WRITER Based in New York City, Suhrawardi is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, where she teaches fashion publishing. For this issue, she interviews high-powered women in New York City for ‘Bright Lights Big City’ (pg 138). What is one thing you would change about yourself? Nothing. I embrace all I have and am. I am, however, always looking to evolve. Which famous character is your alter ego? Madonna. She willed herself to great success, is incredibly disciplined, and her fitness is incredible. What would your alternate profession be? Singer/songwriter Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. Barack Obama. I’m curious what it actually feels like to be an AfricanAmerican in the White House. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My floors. They are a beautiful dark walnut. WRITER Padmanabhan is a Delhi-based fiction writer, playwright, artist and cartoonist, and winner of the Onassis Prize for Theater for her play Harvest. For this issue, she shares her ways to change the world in ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). What is one thing you would change about yourself? Nothing at all. I am thrilled with myself, even though I know I’m extremely flawed. Which famous character is your alter ego? Modesty Blaise, the cartoon strip character. What would your alternate profession be? I used to want to be a rock star, but no longer. Too stressful. Maybe a gardener? Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. No one I can think of. I am really very happy being me. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? Dunno. I live in a medium-grungy way in both my homes. I don’t spend much time thinking about interior dècor. PHOTOGRAPHER A self-taught photographer, Santoro was born in Italy, has lived in New York and Paris, and is now based in London. He has worked on ad campaigns for beauty and fashion brands, editorial shoots, and celebrity portraits including those of Jessica Alba, Adrien Brody, and Karlie Kloss. Here, he captures ’90s-style grunge in ‘Urban Legend’ (pg 244). What is one thing you would change about yourself? The only thing I will change of me maybe would be more patience —sometime before the question I am beyond the answer. Which famous character is your alter ego? I would say Pablo Neruda as he has been always my hero. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. The man who own the major worldwide weapons factory—I would trade my life for a day to destroy it. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? Maybe one of the two bathrooms in my house as I will convert it in a dark room to develop films. ä IMAGES: COURTESY ABID HAQUE, REBECCA SUHRAWADI, MEENAKSHI DOCTOR, GIAN LUCA SANTORO Haque is an Atlanta native with firm Indian roots who has worked in the marketing and digital space of major international brands and written for several international publications. Here, he interviews New York City-based policymaker Nisha Agarwal in ‘Bright Lights Big City’ (pg 144). What is one thing you would change about yourself? My circadian rhythm! Waking up early is incredibly painful for me. Which famous character is your alter ego? AR Rahman. What would your alternate profession be? Television writer/actor. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. The Pope. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My library. Only two things get better with age, books and (most) people.