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V Magazine: The New York Issue

Some Sunday morning fabulous.

V Magazine: The New York Issue
Photographer: Mario Testino
Artist: Dan Colen
Styling: Nicola Formichetti
Models: Lady Gaga, Marc Jacobs

Press release:

“The New York Issue,” which features fashion and art in the most exciting city on Earth! Music legend Lady Gaga poses as the Statue of Liberty alongside designer Marc Jacobs for this cover, in which artist Dan Colen interpreted the iconic “V” using bubble gum as his medium. In total, V Magazine collaborated with 4 New York based artists for their creative take, and Colen’s is the first to be released for this exclusive preview."

Editor Stephen Gan:

“Just as the Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America, Gaga is, to us, New York's greatest gift to pop culture and fashion."

Okay, stop right there, Mary. We have one thing to say to that: Bitch, please. We love Gaga, but we HATE the way the press talks about her, as if she's anything more than a savvy pop singer. "New York's greatest gift to pop culture and fashion." What nonsense. But please, continue:

"She embodies everything V is about, and is also a beacon of the city's creativity and hope."


"Exactly one year after her first V cover (the first fashion magazine cover she was on), we decided to do the NEW YORK issue, and she was the first person who came to mind to represent our great city. In the year that's passed, she has become a bonafide genius and we can safely declare her our muse. Above all, a New York issue should celebrate people who've done great things. We at V are grateful Gaga came along to put the New back in New York!”

Gag. That sounds like the LiveJournal entry of a sassy gay 16-year-old. Still, we joke because we love - and we love these pictures. Really we do. We almost didn't recognize Marc in pants and not greased up. Dressing Gaga as Lady Liberty was an inspired idea, even if the actual costume isn't as fabulous as it could have been.

Check out the rest of the pages, with famous models like Debbie Harry, Chloe Sevigny, Lady Bunny and others, none of whom are "beacons of the city's creativity and hope," apparently.

[Photo Credit: Mario Testino/]

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