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Ghali protagonist of the second generation issue of Vanity Fair – Italian Cuisine


Real Italians. "Those who work so that the new generations feel accepted at home, at school, among the desks, in the courtyards, in the streets", with the words of Ghali, protagonist of the cover, opens the new issue of Vanity Fair dedicated to the "second generation ”, that of Italians and Italians children of immigrant parents, a humanity that is making our country better and more inclusive. They make music, are engaged on social media, get into politics, write books and look at diversity as a human and cultural wealth.

The issue of Vanity Fair on newsstands tomorrow closes the trilogy dedicated to the values ​​that influence contemporary fashion. On the cover Ghali Amdouni, for all Ghali, the Milanese singer symbol of a generation that is making multiculturalism a wealth on which to build the future.

In a touching dialogue with the writer of Sinhalese origins Nadeesha Uyangoda, the singer – born in Milan to Tunisian parents – talks about the childhood made up of moving from one apartment to another until arriving in the Baggio neighborhood, the difficulty of forming a group and the search for a different path, to open up to new possibilities: «Yes, I grew up in the suburbs, but it is also true that Baggio raised me. But, in the end, I never wanted to stay there – on the road, I mean – no, I always dreamed of escaping from that. Also for this reason, in my songs, I always talk about it in a certain way – because I want to say that being there, on the street, is not a solution , says Ghali in this intense interview-dialogue.

He left the road to undertake an artistic path that gave him the opportunity to make his voice heard, a voice different from the stereotypes and clichés that populate a certain imagination, of those who, for example, think of immigrants like a person with a doomed fate. Imaginary that Ghali refuses: «Once I happened to be arrested. I ended up in Beccaria, the juvenile prison. Here, since I saw my mother, in that room, from behind, waiting to see me after four days, I decided that I didn't want to give her that feeling anymore. Above all, I can't afford it. Even if it were the last resort, the only chance I have left, I can't do certain things: I can't be another Tunisian who ends up on the news. I dreamed of ending up on the news for positive news, I dreamed of giving a new imagery of my people, "he says.

A dream that has come true, which is giving life to an inclusive imagination and to a generation that is teaching us the value of diversity, as the director Simone Marchetti explains in his editorial: "The goal is to try to change the point of view for look at Italy with their eyes, to listen to it with their words. Because, after all, there is a need: to change the perspective and put yourself in the shoes of those who live their diversity every day. Without prejudice and without fear .

Vogue Italia dedicates an entire issue to animals – Italian Cuisine


Vogue Italia dedicates an entire issue to animals and launches the media partnership with WWF Italy. For the first time on the cover an upcycling fashion brand. Five special covers are signed by contemporary artists.

One year after the record issue of January 2020 (made without taking fashion photographs, in order to symbolically reduce the carbon footprint of the magazine), and on the occasion of the publication of the international charter of Vogue 2021, Vogue Italy back to dealing with the environment. And it does so by dedicating for the first time in its history an entire issue, and 7 collectible covers, to the animals.

"This year we wanted animals to borrow our physical and digital space", explains ddirector Emanuele Farneti, "To force us to draw attention, after the months spent at home, to the natural dimension, to the environmental emergency that the tragedy of the pandemic has certainly not made less urgent, and to what the year we have taught us just left behind: very trivially, that the world does not revolve around men .

The magazine's seven collectible covers are dedicated to animals. Five of them are made by artists contemporaries: a beehive immortalized by the American artist Andres Serrano; a small ñandu (South American ostrich) photographed by Alessandra Sanguinetti, a lamb and a dog portrayed by Heji Shin; an imaginary feline designed by Tschabalala Self, American artist; and a Belgian Shepherd Dog portrayed by Johnny Dufort.

The two fashion covers, signed by Dufort and Shin, feature an upcycling brand, the French Kezaco, for the first time in the history of the magazine. It is a gesture of strong attention to the boom of creatives who produce new objects starting from waste materials: in the case of the Parisian duo (composed of a stylist and a fashion designer who have chosen to remain anonymous), in particular recycled fabrics and shells.

Articles and insights within the magazine are dedicated to the relationship between animals and the fashion industry, with particular attention to the issue of scarcity of raw materials and the latest developments in scientific research on alternative materials.

"This issue aims to be an opportunity to stimulate thought on the relationship between the world of fashion and the animal world – an important and delicate relationship, which represents a key moment in the definition of a future ethical and sustainable fashion", he says Ferdinando Verderi, creative director of Vogue Italia.

Among the fashion shoots, a work of the photographer Pieter Hugo in the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa, the women of the Black Mambas Antipoaching Unit, the rangers who protect the animals of the reserve against poaching; and the curious story taken by the supermodel Anja Rubik, who chose to portray in the company of a rat, the humblest of animals with whom, as he tells the magazine, in the past he shared "a love story".

The issue also features various prestigious contributions including those by Antonio Spadaro, director of Civiltà Cattolica, of the scientific director of WWF Italy Marco Galaverni, of the German biologist Karsten Brensing, of writers Sam J. Miller, Muriel Barbery, Howard Jacobson and Philelph, author of the recent "The assembly of animals" (Einaudi).

On the occasion of the release of this issue Vogue Italy is WWF Italy announce one media partnership which will continue throughout 2021, with the aim of spreading greater awareness on the conservation of nature, habitats and endangered species through the print and digital channels of Vogue Italia.

They signed the covers for this month:

Heji Shin

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1976, but raised in Hamburg, Heji Shin is a German photographer listed by the New York Times as one of the "breakout stars" of 2019. Known for her deliberately provocative art and fashion works, and sometimes explicitly sexual, whose subjects are people and animals often represented as allegories, Shin declared that "doing something just out of the desire to be transgressive and to break certain taboos is very stupid." As the image on the cover of Vogue Italia shows, his research focuses on intimacy and trust – feelings threatened by contemporary media. "I don't admire good manners or" right "political views in art," he explains. "I admire the courage."

Cover by Heji Shin

Tschabalala Self

A powerful feline, threatening in its attributes – nails, teeth – yet elegant and calm: it is the symbolic representation of the primeval and hieratic animal force, evoked by the American artist Tschabalala Self (1990). His collages mostly explore the intersectionality of race, sexuality and gender, and usually focus on the black female body, as well as on the more or less accepted fantasies that surround it. “Black panthers are symbolic animals,” he says, “known for strength, mystery, beauty. Here I used various materials mixed with paint and thread. The silhouette of this panther is borrowed from the symbol of the Black Panther Party organization, designed in 1966 by Ruth Howard and Dorothy Zellner. "

Andres Serrano

Sacred subjects, dead animals, meat… With his provocative works Andres Serrano (1950) tackles social and religious themes. However, in this image of a beehive, the American artist expresses a happy moment. “I like bees. They have a strong work ethic and are very skilled explorers.
Some scientists think they have existed for 120 million years, and it is said that where bees go there the human race goes, such is their importance in the ecological balance. While shooting, I accidentally moved one of the lights, and in a flash the swarm was gone. However, the queen bee was locked in the hive, and the beekeeper explained that he would be back … He was right, an hour later all the bees were there again! ".

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Sanguinetti was born in New York in 1968, raised in Buenos Aires and has lived in San Francisco since 2003. At the center of his work, themes such as memory and the delicate moment of the transition of youth. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Magnum agency. For the cover of Vogue Italia Sanguinetti portrayed a small ñandu (a South American ostrich), “met” south of Buenos Aires. “He was all alone in the middle of a field, which is very rare because they are always well guarded by the males. They are the ones who incubate and look after the eggs for 40 days, almost without leaving the nest even to feed ”.

Johnny Dufort

Among the most talented fashion photographers of his generation, Johnny Dufort was born in Bristol, studied at the College of Fashion and Design in Falmouth, and in 2007 landed in London, where the vibrant world of skateboarding – the same that generated streetwear brands such as Palace and Supreme – attracted his attention. With an almost surrealist vision, the snapshot of his cover portrays a Belgian Shepherd – a dog breed, he explains, «very interesting. More than anything else they are known as guard dogs, police dogs and attack dogs, I believe mainly because they are intelligent and can be trained very well. The intriguing thing was to show the docile and at the same time wild side of these animals .

Cover by Johnny Dufort

Pope Francis protagonist of the new issue of Vanity Fair – Italian Cuisine


Pope Francis protagonist of the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair on newsstands from January 6: the weekly entrusts the pontiff with the task of opening 2021 with a message of love and hope

From today, Wednesday 6 January, the new issue of Vanity Fair which he sees as the protagonist Pope francesco together with his message to face 2021 with love and hope: "We are all in the same boat, we must become a great human family".

"We had a dream, at Vanity Fair, for the end of 2020: to start the new year with a message from Pope Francis, to entrust him with the task of opening 2021 with confidence in a better tomorrow", writes in his editorial the director of the weekly Simone Marchetti. “In recent months, we have talked extensively with his collaborators. And today we are proud of this issue which reports two great themes dear to the Pontiff and also fundamental for Vanity Fair: respect and love for diversity, all diversities. And the hope that the vaccine will be available for everyone, without distinction or nationalism, and above all for the most vulnerable and needy .

The cover portrays the serene face of the Pontiff who recalls a phrase of St. Francis, "All Brothers", a universal invitation addressed to every man and woman to be a great human family beyond diversity, indeed by accepting, loving and respecting diversity of all. A message that Vanity Fair for its cover has decided to translate into different languages.

A special issue that arrives on newsstands after months of pandemic and in the first days of the new year to remind us that "from a crisis like this one does not come out the same, but better or worse", as His Holiness recalled in his Pentecost homily.

The Pope's message continues inside the issue with an extract from the Urbi et Orbi Christmas blessing granted to Vanity Fair. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 84, is the 266th Pontiff: from St. Francis of Assisi he inherited not only the name but also the desire to embrace all diversity.

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