COVER: MILEY CYRUS PHOTGRAPHED BY KARL LAGERFELD AND STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE
OUR NEXT ISSUE PACKS A PROVOCATIVE PUNCH, AND BOASTS THE MOST PAGES WE'VE EVER PRINTED!
V91 focuses on the art of rebellion. But before you think us punks or misfits, it should be noted that we’re not necessarily talking about that type of rebellion associated with being deliberately defiant or rowdy, but rather with the idea of taking ownership of one’s ideas and craft and not compromising even when difficult situations arise. Staying true to one’s self and one’s art, no matter what, takes courage and discipline, which is vital to any artist’s survival. And we have plenty of examples of that in this issue, our biggest and best of the year.
Miley Cyrus starts things off with a cover story you'll have to see to believe (wait on it!). Let's not forget that V had the good fortune of working with the multiplatinum icon in the summer of 2013, when she was just getting comfortable with her own form of rebellion (shedding her Hannah Montana persona), while finishing up Bangerz and hanging with the likes of Pharrell Williams. More than a few people thought we were crazy to feature her back then, unaware that she was a wrecking ball about to lay waste to the status quo. Now, just over a year later, is the perfect moment to reconnect. One of music’s most provocative stars, Miley may have cultivated an out-of-control aesthetic, but in reality the woman herself is exactly the opposite.
We are also beyond honored to have dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei pen an exclusive essay. Widely considered one of the most impactful artists of our time, he writes about how he perceives rebellion from his studio in Beijing. His passport inexplicably revoked by his government, he is a true testament to enduring some very difficult and unjust circumstances on behalf of his art.
Ai sets off a chain reaction of rebels-nominated-by-rebels, in a section that includes cult director Gregg Araki, musician Marianne Faithfull, architect Odile Decq, James Franco riffing on James Franco, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox, and more. The issue is peppered with courageous frontiersmen and women from the worlds of photography and fashion, and the insurgence continues with the most hyped-up looks for Fall. We hope this issue ignites the rebel in you. Whatever you are passionate about, do it, and do it well. The truest act of rebellion is unbridled creativity.
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