Before Real Housewives were flipping tables or throwing wine glasses, there was Dynasty. A quick tutorial: in the era of 80’s decadence, Dynasty was a nighttime soap that showcased the lives of the Carrington clan, as well as their extended family and foes. (It even launched a spin-off, The Colbys which starred Hollywood legends like Charlton Heston and Barbara Stanwyck, among others). In the most meta tribute to history seen in quite some time, two now-iconic reality stars got together recently to re-create some of the most well known scenes that Dynasty ever aired.
Recently, Harper’s Bazaar recruited former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and model Yolanda Hadid (and mother to models Gigi, Bella & Anwar) and the woman the coined the word “mom-ager” and gave the world the entire Kardashian clan, Kris Jenner. These two women may be family friends in real life (Kris’ daughter Kendall can be seen frequently in the tabloids with Yolanda’s children), but in these pics by the Morelli Brothers, the woman are camping it up as alter egos Krystal Carrington and Alexis Carrington (played legendarily by Linda Evans and Joan Collins respectively).
On Dynasty, fans tuned in weekly to check out the fashion, the feuds, and of course, the catfights. Whether it was the lily pond on the Carrington estate to a large mud pond in the woods, the original and the current wife of Blake Carrington were finding a place to brawl.
Hadid told HarpersBazaar that Dynasty was “the first American TV show I ever watched. I must’ve been 15 or so, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God! The women in America are so glamorous”. As for Jenner, she reached out to Collins herself during the shoot, telling Bazaar “Of course, Joan Collins is really a total sweetheart,” Jenner says. “I just texted her. I was like, ‘I’m dressed as you for a photo shoot.’ And she said, ‘Send me a pic ASAP!’ So I did. She got a kick out of the fact that I was going to be her.”
While Hadid and Jenner may have spent the day rolling around in a lily pond or in an art studio, it was all about women sticking together when the cameras were down. “Women need to support each other, not fight,” Hadid told the magazine. “I always tell my kids, ‘Be kind and acknowledge everybody around you. People might not remember your beautiful face, but they’ll remember your beautiful heart.’” “As a woman, I think it’s important to shine a bright light on other women,” says Jenner.
The October Issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on newsstands September 24th
All Pics Courtesy of The Morelli Brothers