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THE GIFT OF THE EDITION: A note from VMagazine and VMan editor-in-chief Stephen Gan


V I wish you happy healthy holidays!

V I wish you happy healthy holidays!

To round off our year of covers, V brings you a jaw-dropping new ⭐️ star: Milena Smit, the Spanish-born Libra tattoo girl who has become director Pedro Almodóvar’s new muse, seen this year in the his Parallel mothers film facing Penélope Cruz.

Shot for us just two weeks ago in Madrid by photographer Alvaro Beamud Cortés, Milena was interviewed by V’s digital director, Mathias Rosenzweig, about how she was discovered, what it was like to work with icons of the industry and its hopes for the future. For her digital covers, Milena’s otherworldly beauty is amplified in looks from Chanel Resort ’22 and Loewe SS22.

V is proud of the milestones we have achieved this year, while remaining incredibly grateful to the contributors, followers, creatives and supporters of all kinds who made these victories possible.

In 2021 V kicked off the year with a cover featuring Andra Day channeling her character from The United States against Billie Vacation, a role for which she landed an Oscar nomination.

V photographed the world’s best models, including Precious Lee, Imaan Hammam, Naomi Campbell, Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid, for our 2021 calendar with Emporio Armani.

V has teamed up with Chanel and global talents such as Margot Robbie, Lily-Rose Depp, Selma Blair, Chloë Sevigny and JENNIE of Blackpink, to present “The Chanel Book”, a hardcover portfolio and interview series from Blackpink. Image creators Inez & Vinoodh, highlighting the French fashion house’s model for modern femininity.

V successfully launched LOIS Jeans + V DENIM over the summer, a capsule collection in collaboration with the Spanish denim company.

VMAN gave rising music superstar Lil Nas X her first high fashion glossy magazine cover in our 47th print issue.

V beat 2.3 million followers on V Magazine’s Instagram account, as well as over 228,000 followers on VMAN’s Instagram account.

V’s final year issue, 133, featured a four-part print cover series and photo portfolio featuring Madonna, interviewed by playwright Jeremy O. Harris and captured by photographer Steven Klein. This issue broke previous V-selling records, surpassing more than 20 years of commercial operation and attracting a new number of readers to our pages.

In total, V launched 6 V Magazine print covers, 2 VMAN Magazine print covers, 17 V digital covers and 20 VMAN digital covers — THAT’S 45 COVER LAUNCHES IN ONE YEAR. So if you are wondering if the magazine industry is alive and well, V is here to tell you: IT IS!

And what does 2022 have in store for us? Our first New Year print cover launches on January 4th, so wait and see!

V wishes you happy holidays and a happy new year, and we want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support you have given throughout 2021. V really couldn’t do what he does. done without you, and we hope this very personal note finds you in good health and in good spirits.

– Stephen Gan and the V + VMAN editors


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Cory E. Barnes

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