Hanna Hanra is an independent music magazine publisher, writer, DJ, and consultant. In 2006, aged 25, she usurped Julie Burchill as the youngest writer of a cover story for Sunday Times Magazine. Since then she has also written main features and profiles for Vogue US, Vogue UK, The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Times Style, Vice, Refinery 29, The Gentlewoman and ELLE.
In 2016 she became the editorial director for The Fifth Sense, a collaboration between Chanel and i-D. The brief of the project was to explore female sensuality through daily content, as well as five tentpole projects; a short film by Alma Har’El, a mirror maze installation by Es Devlin, a zine and film by photographer Harley Weir and an interactive website by Lucy Hardcastle. She then became Digital Director of i-D, who had coincidentally given Hanra her first writing commission, in 2004.
In 2010 she started BEAT – a free music paper, printed on newsprint, that works with some of the greatest fashion photographers: David Sims, Alasdair McLellan, Tyrone Lebon, Ryan McGinley, Clare Shilland, to create iconic images of bands new and old. Distributed world wide, the paper has become recognised as a champion of musicians both in the mainstream and on the peripheries of it. Cover stars have included Kamasi Washington, St Vincent, Lorde, Blondie, Little Mix, Josh Homme and Giorgio Moroder. In 2015, Beyoncé asked to be shot by the title.
She has consulted for Fendi, Wednesday, Nike, FarFetch, Links of London on branding, and for Dior, Vivienne Westwood, M.A.C, TopShop, CK1, Coach, Victoria Beckham and Pringle of Scotland for musical direction. Working with BEAT, she has collaborated with Chanel, Celine, Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen and Gucci.
Hanra has also written scripts for Nike, The American Ballet Company and Farfetch.
In 2018, honouring the centenary of women's suffrage, Nick Knight photographed Hanra as part of the project, 100 Women.