Conde Nast purchased the magazine from the original owner, Fairchild Publications in 2000. It was created in 1972 by the publisher of sister magazine Women's Wear Daily, James Brady. The magazine is an oversize format – ten inches wide and thirteen inches tall. Stefano Tonchi is the editor; Chris Mitchell is the chief business officer.
W magazine has a reader base of nearly half a million, 469,000 of which are annual subscribers. 80% of the magazine's readers are female and have an average household income of $135,840.
Mila Kunis on the cover of the June 2014 issue
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Often the subject of controversy, W magazine has featured stories and covers which have provoked mixed responses from its intended audience. In July 2005, W produced a 60-page Steven Klein portfolio of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt entitled "Domestic Bliss". The shoot was based upon Pitt's idea of the irony of the perfect American family; set in 1963, the photographs mirror the era when 1960s disillusionment was boiling under the facade of pristine 1950s suburbia.
Other controversial issues include Steven Meisel's shoot entitled "Asexual Revolution," in which male and female models (including Jessica Stam and Karen Elson) are depicted in gender-bending styles and provocative poses. In addition, Tom Ford's racy shoot with Steven Klein and the accompanying article on sexuality in fashion came as a shock to some loyal readers. During the interview, Ford is quoted as saying "I've always been about pansexuality. Whether I'm sleeping with girls or not at this point in my life, the clothes have often been androgynous, which is very much my standard of beauty." Steven Klein also was the photographer for the racy photo shoot featured in the August 2007 issue, showcasing David and Victoria Beckham. Bruce Weber produced a 60-page tribute to New Orleans in the April 2008 issue, and shot a 36-page story on the newest fashion designers in Miami for the July 2008 issue. Most of Ws most memorable covers are featured on the W Classics page on the magazine's website.
W is also known for its coverage of American and European society. Many of these society luminaries, as well as the elite of the entertainment and fashion industries, have allowed W into their homes for the magazine's W House Tours feature, including Marc Jacobs, Sir Evelyn Rothschild and Imelda Marcos.
In 2011, Steven Meisel created controversy again by promoting fake advertisements throughout the November issue of the magazine. In 2013, Meisel shoot RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3/NY Socialite Carmen Carrera in an editorial called "Show girl", promoting the beauty of the transsexual model.
In 2013, the magazine started combining the January/December and June/July issues so as to free up money to invest in the magazine's digital brand.
The issue of drastic photo retouching became national news when in the December 2009 issue, actress Demi Moore was presented with a remarkably slim figure and what appeared to many critics to be a poorly Photoshopped hip. Both the magazine and Moore denied this claim; the actress posted on her Twitter account what she claimed was the original photo from the shoot, and further disputed that the editors of W had slimmed her figure to make her appear thinner. Citrano later challenged this claim by Moore by offering $5,000 to charity if Moore could prove that the photo she provided was the original photo from the shoot. On November 24, 2009 the consumer watchdog website The Consumerist claimed that Moore's head, legs, and arms had been superimposed on runway model Anja Rubik's hips and torso.
At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life. The film dramatizes the controversial theory put forward by Van Gogh biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, in which they speculate that van Gogh's death was caused by mischief rather than it being a suicide.
The film is directed and co-edited by Julian Schnabel, from a screenplay by Schnabel, Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg. It stars Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Arestrup. Principal photography took place in late 2017 over 38 days at various locations across France where Van Gogh resided during his final years.
At Eternity's Gate held its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2018. The film was theatrically released in the United States on November 16, 2018, by CBS Films, before streaming on Netflix in France on February 15, 2019. It is set to be released theatrically and through video-on-demand in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2019, by Curzon Artificial Eye. For his performance, Dafoe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, among others, and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.Aurélie Claudel
Aurélie Claudel (born 7 August 1980) is a French model and actress.
Claudel has been featured on the covers and as well as inside pages of a variety of high-fashion magazines including Vogue (American, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Australian), Marie Claire (American, Italian, French, German), Glamour (American, Italian, French), Elle (American, British, French, Spanish, Italian), Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Numéro, Flair, Arena, W Magazine, D Magazine, the Pirelli calendar and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Claudel has worked with fashion photographers like Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Paolo Roversi, Reagan Cameron, Gilles Bensimon, Nathaniel Goldberg, Steven Klein, Wayne Maser and David Bailey.
In addition to her print work, Claudel has appeared in numerous ad campaigns including Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Chanel, Chloé, Armani, Nautica, DKNY, Trussardi Jeans, Nina Ricci, Bill Blass, Oscar De La Renta. Cesare Paciotti, Cole Haan, Sephora, Emanuel Ungaro and Victoria's Secret. She was also the face of Calvin Klein's fragrance, Truth and held a cosmetics contract with Revlon, Ultima, Guerlain and Clarins.
She has also been a runway model for many designers including Victoria's Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, Fendi, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Richard Tyler, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, DKNY, Nicole Miller, Caroline Herrera, Ellen Tracy, BCBG, Vera Wang, Halston, Bill Blass, Vivienne Tam, Jill Stuart, Cynthia Rowley & Hugo Boss.
Claudel made a special guest appearance in the Ricky Martin video "Private Emotion" directed by Francis Lawrence.Bella Hadid
Isabella Khair Hadid (born October 9, 1996) is an American model, signed to IMG Models in 2014. In December 2016, the Industry voted her "Model of the Year" for Model.com's Model of the Year 2016 Awards.Cara Delevingne
Cara Jocelyn Delevingne ( KAH-rə DEL-ə-VEEN; born 12 August 1992) is an English model, singer and actress. She signed with Storm Model Management after leaving school in 2009. Delevingne won the "Model of the Year" award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014 and has appeared in shows for houses including Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jason Wu. She started her acting career with a minor role in the 2012 film adaptation of Anna Karenina. Her most notable roles include Margo Roth Spiegelman in the romantic mystery film Paper Towns (2015), Kath Talent in London Fields, the Enchantress in the comic book film Suicide Squad (2016), and Laureline in Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).Cole Sprouse
Cole Mitchell Sprouse (born August 4, 1992) is an American actor. He is the twin brother of Dylan Sprouse, and is known for his role as Cody Martin on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spinoff The Suite Life on Deck. As of 2017, Sprouse stars as Jughead Jones on The CW television series Riverdale.Florence Welch
Florence Leontine Mary Welch (born 28 August 1986) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is the vocalist and songwriter of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine.
Florence and the Machine's debut album, Lungs, was released in 2009; on 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position in the UK after being on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010. The group's second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US. The band's third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was released in 2015 to positive reviews from critics, and topped the UK and US charts. The band's fourth album High As Hope was released in 2018.
In 2018, Welch released a book titled Useless Magic, a collection of lyrics and poems written by Welch, along with illustrations.Gigi Hadid
Jelena Noura "Gigi" Hadid (born April 23, 1995) is an American fashion model.
She was signed to IMG Models in 2013. In November 2014, Hadid made her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking at Models.com. In 2016, she was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council.Ginnifer Goodwin
Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for playing Margene Heffman in the drama series Big Love (2006–2011), Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard in the fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2018), and Judy Hopps in the Disney animated film Zootopia. She also played Fawn in the Disney film Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. Goodwin has also appeared in various films including Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line, Killing Kennedy, He's Just Not That into You, and Ramona and Beezus.Grace Elizabeth
Grace Elizabeth Harry Cabe (born 18 March 1997) is an American model born in Lake City, Florida.
She first gained recognition from her appearance as a "Guess Girl" and is most known today for her work as a spokesmodel for Victoria's Secret's sub-brand PINK. She is currently ranked as one of the top models in the fashion industry by Models.com.Jaden Smith
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Jaden Smith's first movie role was with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. He also acted in the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, and was in the 2013 film After Earth with his father.
Following the critical panning of After Earth, Smith distanced himself from acting and the film industry, deciding to focus on music instead, releasing Cool Tape Vol. 2 in November 2014 and starting a three-year work effort on his debut studio album Syre which was released in 2017 and later followed up with Syre: The Electric Album in 2018.
Smith has returned to acting as of 2017, acting in the two part Netflix original The Get Down and a voice acting role in the Netflix original anime Neo Yokio.Karlie Kloss
Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American model and entrepreneur. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2011 until 2015, taking a two-year hiatus in 2015 and 2016 to study at New York University.Karmen Pedaru
Karmen Pedaru (born 10 May 1990) is an Estonian model.Korea's Next Top Model
Korea's Next Top Model (abbreviated as KNTM; also known as Do-jeon Supermodel Korea (도전 수퍼모델 코리아; English: Challenge Supermodel Korea)) is a South Korean reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Korea's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modelling industry. The prize also includes a feature in W Magazine Korea and a contract for SK-II.As part of the Top Model franchise, it is based on the hit American TV show America's Next Top Model, and it shares the same format. On 6 January 2010 it was announced that Korean channel Onstyle would begin production of a Korean version of the model search show. Model Jang Yoon-ju would helm the judging panel as the host of the show.
Plans for a male-exclusive spin off began in 2014 before a 5th regular installment was aired, but the idea was put on hold. It was subsequently revealed that cycle 5 of the series would be a co-ed edition featuring male contestants.Mert and Marcus
Mert and Marcus is the working name of two fashion photographers (Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott) who work together on a collaborative basis. Their work and style is influenced by the photographer Guy Bourdin and, together, they have pioneered the use of digital manipulation within their field. They were both born in 1971.
Mert Alaş, born in Turkey and Marcus Piggott, born in Wales, met in England in 1994 after having worked for a brief period in different areas, Alaş in classical music and Piggott in graphic design. Piggott was an assistant photographer and Alas was a fashion photo modeler. After working together in the photography business, they decided to create a team. When they showed their first photos to Dazed and Confused, the London fashion magazine, they immediately made the cover.
They are known for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women: "The difference between us and other photographers is that we care a lot about appearance," says Alaş. "We spend most of the time in the make-up and hairstyling rooms".The team now works for such magazines such as Vogue USA, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Interview Magazine, The Love Magazine, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numéro and Arena Homme Plus. Some of their major clients are fashion labels such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu. They created the images for perfume houses such as Gucci, Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Lancôme.
Alas and Piggott have also worked with celebrities including Madonna, Marion Cotillard, Adriana Lima, Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Rihanna, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, Björk, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson, Charlotte Rampling, Bella Hadid, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Victoria Beckham and most recently shot album covers for Fergie, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj.They have also worked for Rob Dougan's for the cover art of Furious Angels CD.In 2015, Mert & Marcus were awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic SocietyNicolas Putvinski
Nicolas Putvinski is a Russian fashion designer. He was a contestant on the US reality television series Project Runway (season 6), in which he finished in 7th place.
Nicolas was born in Moscow, Russia. Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube top dress for his 12-year-old sister. An immigrant from Russia, Nicolas spent most of his childhood in San Diego, CA, and had only three weeks to learn English before starting school in America. Nicolas went on to study design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received further training at Izquierdo Studio in New York.
Nicolas has had a number of works commissioned by W Magazine and Vogue, and some of his greatest fashion achievements include designing a dress for Marchesa and serving as the lead assistant to the costumer who makes the famous angel wings for Victoria’s Secret. Hence, he is the first designer to appear on the show who had designed something for the host, supermodel Heidi Klum wore in her professional life. In February 2009, Nicolas had also created a gown for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscars Design Challenge.
Nicolas' favorite designer is Olivier TheyskensSirusho
Siranush Harutyunyan (Armenian: Սիրանուշ Հարությունյան; born 7 January 1987), known professionally as Sirusho (Armenian: Սիրուշո), is an Armenian singer whose musical career has been active for over 20 years. Her musical style reflects the Armenian traditional sounds mixed with modern music. Sirusho received her first award when she was nine years old for her song "Lusabats". Sirusho's first studio album, Sirusho, was released in 2000; her second album Sheram was released in 2005. In the same year, she was awarded The Future of Armenian Music, Best Album and Best Female Performer awards in the first Armenian National Music Awards.In 2008, the BBC described her success as making her a "national treasure" of Armenia. Sirusho reached international recognition after becoming the Armenian spokesperson for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and the Armenian representative for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade. Sirusho represented Armenia with the song "Qélé, Qélé", which she co-wrote with Armenian producer H.A. Der-Hovagimian. "Qélé, Qélé" became a hit for Eurovision Song Contest-following fans around the world, especially in Greek-speaking areas. The 'Yerevan Remix' version of the song was regularly played in Greek clubs, on London Greek Radio in the United Kingdom, and in an episode of the Greek and Cyprus X Factor television series.Sirusho's single "PreGomesh" was released in December 2012, after which she launched a range of handcrafted silver jewelry named PreGomesh, which represents and preserves Armenian culture and craftsmanship while following modern fashion trends. Sirusho is the first Armenian artist to be twice-nominated at World Music Awards with "PreGomesh".In October 2013, W magazine included Sirusho in their list of "6 un-American idols: The Beyoncé of Brazil, the Gaga of Serbia". The author of the list Kevin McGarry wrote, "Perhaps the door is still open for Sirusho to introduce the world to a sound and language largely unknown in the West". In 2017 Sirusho was awarded with the title of Honored Artist of Armenia upon the decree of President Serzh SargsyanSteven Klein (artist)
Steven Klein (born April 30, 1965) is an American photographer. He is based in New York City.Sui He
Sui He (Chinese: 何穗; pinyin: Hé Suì, born September 23, 1989) is a Chinese model and actress. She was the first East Asian model to open a Ralph Lauren runway show and the second model of Chinese descent to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Sui He also appeared on the cover of W magazine as a relative unknown.Tilda Swinton
Katherine Matilda Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles in both independent arthouse films and blockbusters. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 2007 film Michael Clayton. She also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress for the 2003 film Young Adam, and has received three Golden Globe Award nominations.Swinton began her career in experimental films, directed by Derek Jarman, starting with Caravaggio (1986), followed by The Last of England (1988), War Requiem (1989), and The Garden (1990). Swinton won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of Isabella of France in Edward II (1991). She next starred in Sally Potter's Orlando (1992), and was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress.
Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Deep End (2001). She followed this with appearances in Vanilla Sky (2001), Adaptation (2002), Constantine (2005), Julia (2008), and I Am Love (2009). She won the European Film Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the psychological thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). She is also known for her performance as the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia series (2005–10). Her other film appearances include Female Perversions (1996), The War Zone (1998), The Beach (2000), Thumbsucker (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Snowpiercer (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Trainwreck (2015), A Bigger Splash (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Okja (2017), and Suspiria (2018).
Swinton was given the Richard Harris Award by the British Independent Film Awards in recognition of her contributions to the British film industry. In 2013, she was given a special tribute by the Museum of Modern Art.