V Magazine’s ‘Girl Power’ issue sure does have a lot of diversity. Apparently, “girl power” encompasses everyone from that creepy human Barbie person to…well, actual powerful girls. For their “Studs” editorial, V shot several androgynous women (“athletes, artists, lovers”) whose queer identity marks them as “studs” rather than “tomboys,” at least according to the woman in the accompanying video. Because it’s fun to imagine I am friends with cool and attractive people, I’m going to make up personalities for them. As lovers. More
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You know, I feel like we call any woman who has had a huge amount of plastic surgery a “human Barbie.” That’s certainly the case with Valeria Lukyonova, the 21 year who has modified herself to look like a living doll. But while she may look more like a doll than any other person, how does she compare to actual barbies? Let’s evaluate pictures from her shoot in V magazine compared to actual Barbies.
I’m kind of a sucker for those “X up-and-coming stars!” features. It’s fun to see how many of them I’ve heard of, how the magazine decides to present them, what they get right, what they get wrong, etc. Are they often arbitrary and based on who’s the most photogenic and who has relationships with what publicists? Sure. But as someone who works in media, I will say plenty of places make a good faith effort to try to figure out who is “bubbling up from the underground.”
I’m kind of a sucker for those “X up-and-coming stars!” features. It’s fun to see how many of them I’ve heard of, how the magazine decides to present them, what the magazine gets right, what they get wrong, etc. Are they often arbitrary and based on who’s the most photogenic and who has relationships with what publicists? Sure. But as someone who works in media, I will say plenty of places make a good faith effort to try to figure out who is “bubbling up from the underground,” as they say.
V Magazine’s latest “Girls Of Now” feature contains some genuinely talented ladies, and has some great photography to boot. Click through to see Azealia Banks, Grimes, Cassie, Sky Ferreira, and more (music makers all) having a moment. Aren’t you just so proud? More
Is there anyone who hasn’t yet tired of Rihanna‘s whole bondage/rough sex/bad girl aesthetic? More
“Celine Dion” and “sexy” might not be two words you readily associate with one another, but did you know you’re wrong? In the latest issue of V Magazine, Celine causes countless weird boners by strutting around in her underthings and making blowjay eyes at the camera. The accompanying article is less disturbingly good and more run-of-the-mill good (if you’re into reading about Celine Dion); in addition to her adorable quote about how she loves Adele, she talks about the music industry, motherhood, and her infamously big mouth. More
Lots of women go topless or bottomless or simply lingerie-clad in photo shoots for magazines. More
Tom Brady plays football but the fashion industry has decided he’s just too beautiful for all that pummeling and grunting, so they’ve bestowed upon him a nebulous career in being handsome. Thus, here is Tom Brady wearing a Givenchy suit on the cover of V, photographed by Mario Testino, styled by Carine Roitfeld and interviewed by Tom Ford himself (the full-court press). The New England Patriots’ quarterback and husband to Gisele Bundchen probably said some pleasant things in that interview, but it’s Ford who says all the interesting stuff. More
Yesterday, I told you about how fashion has surrendered to the Internet by agreeing to put cats in everything. Well, here is an example of that. In the latest issue of high fashion glossy V, Choupette Lagerfeld (please note that she’s not “Karl Lagerfeld’s cat” anymore) gets equal billing with Victoria’s Secret model and FACE OF FRANCE Laetitia Casta in a vaguely creepy BDSM-themed editorial shot by the Kaiser, himself. And before you get righteously mad at me, know that I don’t think it’s creepy because of the BDSM, but because it seems we’re supposed to believe Choupette and Laetitia are performing BDSM on each other. In front of Choupette’s dad, no less. But what’s a bit of incestuous bestiality when there are clicks to be had? TEH INTERNETZ PWN AGAIN. More
First of all, it’s way too early for a handjob headline and we’re really sorry about it. More
Of all the Jersey Shore kids to undergo make-unders, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi always comes out looking the most dramatically different. This is partly because she has the most over-the-top style (for which we love her), but also because she’s trying to make herself look like an entirely different race/nationality (Italian) than the one she was born as (Chilean), or rather, a stylized version of such known as “the guidette.” This month’s issue of V Magazine repeats the exercise, showing once again how well Snooki pulls off the natural look with some pretty black and white photos. Unsurprisingly, they accompany an article about how she’s ready and willing to grow up and be a good parent. Here are the four photos from the editorial, plus some of her more “regular” looks, for comparison. More
As the self-proclaimed queen of garbage chic, Ke$ha is not the first person you’d expect to see on the cover of a high fashion glossy like V. Nonetheless, she’s the cover story of the summer 2012 “Americana” issue, which I enjoyed reading as I actually think Ke$ha’s pretty okay. I’m not a huge fan of her music, but she seems to have a sense of humor about herself and an impish impulse to undercut the traditional “sexy pop star” archetype at every turn, which seems vaguely subversive in a way that’s age appropriate for her teen fans. As such, she (and her makeup artist) managed to take the majestic flag of our great nation and transmogrify it into something vaguely crass, kitschy and Juggalo-esque, demonstrating the ultimate hollowness of the American dream, or something. More
Kreayshawn and Terry Richardson might be two of the most obnoxious personalities currently polluting the internet, albeit in very different ways. It comes as no surprise, then, that they’d team up to shoot some photos for that bastion of journalistic rigor, V Magazine. Here are some photos from the shoot, along with some dumb quotes from the accompanying profile. (This time, many of them do come from the musician in question.) More
What do you get when you combine up-and-coming supermodel Sky Ferreira, master photographer Mario Testino, and an homage to Like A Virgin era Madonna? A damn fine editorial is what. See, magazine editors? There are lots of other iconic blondes to channel besides Marilyn Monroe. Maybe try channeling Courtney Love next. More