ЛАРА И МАРА БАВАР
WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE THREE SISTERS TO TALK MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND ALBINISM, HOW BEING A TWIN HAS AFFECTED THEIR BEAUTY IDENTITIES AND THEIR MODELLING CAREERS
We first came across the unique beauty of the Bawar sisters three years ago, captured as part of Brazilian photographer Vinicius Terranova’s captivating Flore Raras series. Here albino twins Lara and Mara (only 11 years old at the time) appear with their older sister Sheila against a simple backdrop, the richness of their contrasting complexions and the warmth of their interactions shining through as the focal point. After gaining mainstream attention through Terranova’s work (including from Willow Smith, a career highlight, they say), the three sisters were signed by JOY Models and have since worked with Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch on a global fashion campaign, given a talk at an event hosted by Projeto Força Meninas (Women’s Strength Project) celebrating International Girl's Day, and racked up 138,000 Instagram followers as they went.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Lara and Mara were often teased about the way they looked. “We have always attracted a lot of attention at school and on the streets,” they tell us. “For some time we thought society would never embrace how off-standard we looked.” Now fourteen, the twins are learning, however, that they are not defined by the judgements of other people and have found power in self-acceptance - something they hope to share with future generations.
Currently working on a new website dedicated to discussing black and African culture worldwide, as well as reviews on local and international beauty trends, we caught up with the sisters about misconceptions around albinism, how being a twin has affected their beauty identities and their modelling careers.