10.28.2011

newsflash: v's next cover star isn't a celebrity

Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem

For the first time in two years, V Magazine has replaced its usual celeb cover stars with models, WWD reports. There are four different covers to drool over, featuring the beautiful faces of Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls, Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw, Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson.

Carine Roitfeld, who styled the shoot, had this to say about the covers:
"It's a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models. These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion."
Seeing as it's for The Model Issue, which hits stands November 8, it only makes sense for V to feature actual models on the cover, but let's hope it's not just a one-off. Models are models for a reason - they know how to create a narrative on a camera, showing off the clothes to their best advantage. Every person involved with a shoot - the photographer, model, stylist, hair stylist, makeup artist - are integral in the success of a shoot. Without all working together at the top of their game, a shoot will fall flat. 

I'm not saying that a celebrity can't capture that same magic on film, but it's not their first and foremost craft. Plus, does anyone else feel weird tearing out pages from a celebrity shoot and hanging them on your wall? Yeesh, Tiger Beat flashbacks…

See all of V's model-rific covers after the break.




Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson

Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls

Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw

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