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Kate Upton Graces Cover of V

Kate Upton is getting the cover treatment from V magazine. It’s a peel back cover, so to get to Upton in just a bikini (something you don’t see very often!) you’ll have to do a little work. Upton was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The issue will hit newsstands January 16.

When WWD asked Stephen Gan, V’s editor, why he chose Upton as the magazine’s latest cover girl, he replied, “Each time I saw her at a shoot, she had become a bigger and bigger star, and her physique, more and more notorious.”

No one has ever described a FishbowlNY editor’s body as “notorious,” but rest assured that we are trying to change that.

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Lady Gaga Gets Naked for V Magazine

Better look: Lady Gaga naked, or Lady Gaga in a sparkler bra? If you’re a fan of the birthday suit, you’ll likely appreciate the latest issue of VInez Van Lamsweerde, a photographer for the magazine, posted the above photo on Instagram with the caption “Get ready world for our pics of @ladygaga for @vmagazine! kisses iv #artpop.” Artpop is the title of Gaga’s upcoming album.

Judging by Gaga’s expression, weren’t not quite sure if she realized what was happening during the shoot, but uh, we hope the album does well.

[Image: Inez Van Lamsweerde]

Lady Gaga’s First Column for V is Better Than You

At the end of March, FishbowlNY told you how Lady Gaga was going to start contributing to V Magazine because no one reads it and the magazine was desperate for attention. Er, because Gaga has a lot to say about fashion. It was one of those two. Whatever the reason was, the time has finally arrived and thanks to Gawker, we can now read her column.

You can digest all 1,445 words and two footnotes of it if you want, but we can summarize it for you: Essentially Gaga writes as pretentiously as possible, lecturing readers about how much fashion knowledge she has and why she’s so transcendent as an artist.

Here’s one quick quote, because we don’t think it deserves much more: “Any writer, or anyone for that matter who doesn’t understand the last two sentences of this column should NEVER be writing about or critiquing fashion or artists in publication.” An ALL CAPS declaration!

So yeah, Gaga’s first column is pretty much what you’d expect.

Lady Gaga to Pen Monthly Column

Proving once again that if you’re famous people will let you do anything, Lady Gaga has been hired by V magazine to write a monthly column. Her first piece will appear in the May 12th issue.

If you’re a fan, there’s even more to this story. According to WWD,  she’s asking people to submit drawings that will run alongside her articles. If your three-dimensional box or house with a squiggly smoke line emerging from a chimney is noteworthy, you can send them to her via email at drawnthisway[at]vmagazine[dot]com.

Glamour Continues In Plus-Sized Trend

crystal2.jpgWhile Glamour may have come out with several plus-sized spreads, it also incited some controversy over not having their bigger models wearing any clothes. (>Update: the November shoot was a reenactment of the famed Herb Ritts photo of naked supermodels.) It was really V magazine‘s recent plus-sized issue that garnered praise for utilizing its models to the fullest extent, even when yes…a lot of their larger babes weren’t wearing shirts either.

Today Glamour tries to take back their title continues its trend as the most size-friendly fashion magazine by scooping a little of V‘s glory: the Condé Nast title’s newest issue features a spread with plus-size model Crystal Renn, most recently seen in V‘s “Who Wears It Better” spread, where she was photographed by Vice photographer Terry Richardson.

While we applaud Glamour‘s consistent use of a plus-sized woman in its pages, we’d love to see more of the other models out there besides Renn. We’re sure there’s plenty.

More pics from the shoot, below.

Read More: You’d Look Even Better Naked: Crystal Renn Shows Us How To Wear The New NudesGlamour

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models, V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

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V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

vv.jpgTwo weeks ago, we were openly critical of Terry Richardson‘s photo shoot of “plus-sized” models for V magazine‘s Size Issue, saying that the skinny plus-sized model in the “Who Wears It Better” spread just proved that “even the term ‘plus-size’ doesn’t really apply to most women in America.”

Well, we spoke too soon. V has released more photos from its size issue, and this new crop of five models incorporate sexiness into a larger frame, something that’s rarely been done with success in the fashion world.

But will the issue drive sales? Here’s at least one: Meghan McCain wrote on her Twitter yesterday, “As a plus sized girl myself, I appreciate a magazine showing that sexy women aren’t just size 0′s. I am def buying this issue of V Magazine.” And there has been an outpouring of well-wishes from the likes of Jezebel and Just Jared, two not-necessarily-fashion-mag-friendly blogs.

So does this count as a coup against fashion’s skinny regime? Not necessarily. Much like the Glamour‘s spread last year, some critics have pointed out that “plus-sized” automatically means “mostly naked” to fashion photographers, and it’s true that the V spread did incorporate nude/topless photos into its shoot. Then again, isn’t fashion 90 percent about what you’re not wearing? From Calvin Klein to Annie Leibovitz, the fashion world has always been saturated with a controversial stance of objectifying women’s bodies. Incorporating models who more accurately represent the sizes of American women doesn’t change that, it just helps us to redefine “sexy.” And it’s about time we did.

More pictures from the upcoming issue of V, after the jump.

Read More: V Magazine Preview –Models.com

It Wouldnt Be a ‘Size’ Issue If the Plus-Size Models Weren’t Naked –NYMag.com

V Gives The World A Plus-Size Shoot Not Afraid To Flaunt Its Curves — Jezebel

Curves Ahead In V Magazine — Just Jared

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models

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V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models

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When a magazine tackles issues of “sizes” in models, it can be a tricky situation. Like when Glamour put out a spread of naked plus-sized models and critics complained that the women weren’t clothed, thus making their belly rolls and thicker thighs more evident. And even though the fashion industry has promised tighter regulations on keeping models closer to normal, human sizes instead of wire hangers, nothing much has changed. One step forward, two steps back.

So when V magazine hired American Apparel/Vice photographer Terry Richardson to take pictures of “skinny” model Jacquelyn Jablonski next to “plus-sized” model Crystal Renn for a “Who Wears It Better” spread, we expected to hear the same sort of complaints about the smaller women being portrayed as more attractive than the bigger one, since most fashion designers make their outfits with tiny girls in mind.

But here’s the twist: both girls look exactly the same. At first, we thought they were actually the same woman, with a little bit of photoshopping to make one picture look a little bit larger than the other. As it turns out, both models are the same height (5’9″) and Renn’s measurements are 36-31-41, which is only three inches above the “ideal” waistline for a woman her height.

So if V had shown a bigger woman to compare to Jablonski, they may have gotten crap for accentuating how clothes fit skinny girls better, but by using only a slightly plus-sized model, the magazine is saying that even the term “plus-size” doesn’t really apply to most women in America.

Pictures of the photo shoot, after the jump.

Read More: V Magazine Pits a Plus-Size Model Against a Skinny OneNew York magazine

One Size Fits AllV magazine

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