The new issue of Vogue Italia will be on newsstands from January 5th, representing the values of the brand with a particular focus on the theme “confidence brings confidence”. The protagonist of the cover is Veronica Yoko Plebani, a Paralympic athlete who, thanks to sport and an incredible willpower, has resumed her destiny after an illness defeated years ago.
The new issue of Vogue Italy, which represents the values of the brand with a particular focus on the theme "confidence brings confidence".
Protagonist of the cover Veronica Yoko Plebani, a Paralympic athlete who, thanks to sport and incredible willpower, has regained his destiny after an illness which he defeated years ago.
He interviewed her for Vogue Italia Elena Favilli, international bestselling author and journalist committed to identifying and denouncing discrimination of all kinds, also known for the book "Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls". The visionary and dreamlike shoot that sees her as the protagonist was instead shot by the Korean artist Cho Gi-Seok.
This cover story rewrites the narrative of disability in fashion photography showing a new and inclusive idea of beauty, far from the stereotypes and limitations with which non-conforming bodies are usually represented: Veronica, photographed in all her complexity and splendor , she becomes at the same time the protagonist of a fantastic tale and the witness of a message of change, of a process of normalization that can finally lead to an authentic acceptance of diversity.
In the interview, Veronica talks about herself without filters, starting with her illness:
“When I was in the hospital I thought I would never be able to forget that pain. Instead, I forgot it. This is why today I am no longer afraid of anything. Any challenge seems possible to me. What can ever happen? .
When it comes to sport he declares:
«My favorite sport is fatigue! I really like the change, maybe that's why when I met the triathlon team at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 I immediately understood that this absurd sport would be suitable for me. Going on the fly from swimming to cycling, cycling to running… in a moment when I couldn't even walk for a kilometer! How could I not like a challenge like this? .
Veronica then reveals the moment when she realized she would become an athlete:
"When I left the hospital, to give me a tone of normality, my father thought about putting me on a plane and taking me with him to the New York marathon. The day before the race, the United Nations always organize a race of only 5 km that ends on the same finish line as the official marathon and in that race my father with his team pushed me in the wheelchair to the finish line, which I crossed while walking. It was only a few steps away, but that's where I experienced that feeling of conquest that made me think: I have to do something that gives me this kind of joy .
When asked about the very young people who follow her, especially on social networks, she replies:
“I think they are curious about my story, about my attitude towards my body. We always think that it takes a lot of courage to show yourself when you have a non-conforming body, but for me it is normal. I have always thought of my body as a tool that allowed me to do things and not as a limit. Indeed, I did the most extraordinary things after my body underwent this transformation, so I never hated it ".
And on this experience that sees her for the first time as the protagonist of the cover of Vogue Italia, she says:
«It was a wonderful day, especially because for the first time my body was photographed in all its complexity and not just for its non-conforming aspects. I have a body that is difficult to shoot and it was very nice to tell it as something that doesn't just talk about disability but that is part of a much wider context .
Other exclusive interviews complete the number: one a Francesco Risso – Creative Director of Marni, who dressed Veronica Yoko Plebani for the cover of this issue; Paola Egonu, the strongest hitter in Europe; Amina Muaddi, the well-known Jordanian designer; Federico Marchetti, which for the occasion speaks of trust and sustainability by recounting a project undertaken with Prince Charles. It's still Andrea Batilla, a well-known signature of fashion journalism, has written an alphabet of fashion values for Vogue Italia. Among the protagonists of the photo shoots Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell and Adut Akech.
“Stories of trust. All different from each other but deeply interconnected because they are able to coexist in a single story which, like reality, is not a monochromatic painting, but a contradictory and multiform set of different colors. There is harmony in coexistence "comments Francesca Ragazzi, Head of Editorial Content at Vogue Italia.
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