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~Its obvious that the problem is not Kate or even Rihanna.
What fails here is the concept, direction, photography, in other words, Testino.
I disagree with that, sure all those elements, particularly Testino didnt bring much, but to place sole blame on direction & photographer alone is ridiculous to me. Especially given the fact that this is just another editorial in a long series where Kate yet again fails to look engaging. There has been only one or two times lately that i thought she really brought something to the images. She is allowed to phone it in, way too much these days, of course all of that is just imho.

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V's fascination with young pop starlets is getting tiresome.
I really like Sky, but it feels likes she's featured in every issue.

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^ I was literally just about to say that about Sky.

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don't get the fuss of the cover and her ed doesn't seem promising by the look of that photo but that's just one bad preview pic, hoping the ed will be a treat.

rihanna and kate... embarrassing! where is the chemistry/connection between the both of them. kate looks like an amateur really bad ed to look at, why did they even publish this?

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The Rihanna and Kate shoot is dreadful because of Testino, Rihanna and Kate. You can't put the blame solely on Testino. Rihanna's face is as blank and lifeless as Kate's is, it's just a combination of some very dreadful components.

Testino isn't producing work like he used to at all but even so, sometimes the subject has been able to shine through that.

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This is such a clever cover. It's probably one of the first times in ages that I've been impressed with a cover of V.

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The Rihanna and Kate shoot is dreadful because of Testino, Rihanna and Kate. You can't put the blame solely on Testino. Rihanna's face is as blank and lifeless as Kate's is, it's just a combination of some very dreadful components.

Testino isn't producing work like he used to at all but even so, sometimes the subject has been able to shine through that.
I agree. They both look like they couldn't really care less. They actually look sort of dead in the eyes, which is very bad since i guess they were going for something very sexy... it's overall very bad and awkward. I was excited about the cover but from the content posted so far looks like there won't be much to love about this issue (as usual)

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A mod should delete the Kate and rihanna pics. According to their fb they are for the Spring issue.

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Ah, so they could have been meant for a cover then. I have to say, I did think it was odd that a Rihanna and Kate Moss editorial would not make it to the cover. That could still be the case however, based their general awfulness.

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They call her the human Barbie, and her emergence is an online phenomenon that only could have manifested in 2012. Though Valeria Lukyanova had been posting videos of her almost inhuman beauty since November of last year, it was only when Gawker Media site Jezebel discovered the Ukrainian singer on April 22 that a virtual firestorm erupted, her likeness spreading through inboxes and across Twitter with breakneck velocity. The resulting chatter reached a soprano pitch—and with good reason. Her preferred look is so calculated and seemingly artificial that it borders on CGI. “Has Valeria achieved her Mattel-made look through surgery?” asked the Huffington Post. “Does she even exist?” London’s Daily Mail demanded to know. ABC News launched something of an investigation into the mysterious meme and concluded, “It’s unclear whether Lukyanova exists at all, or whether it’s all a hoax thanks to the world of photo editing.”

The truth is that Valeria is very much real, as brought to our attention by a Ukrainian contact who prefers to remain anonymous. The referral came with a strict warning to keep away from the musician and self-professed practitioner of “astral projection” (the practice of out-of-body travel). Our source also claimed that the Security Service of Ukraine is having Lukyanova’s activities monitored. “Be careful,” we were warned. “We’re worried for you, and do not want you to suffer from her.” Of course our interest was piqued. Born in the Moldavian city of Tiraspol, the girl who calls herself “Amatue” (her spiritual name, an Atlantean reference to the goddess of the sun, she says) now resides in Odessa, Ukraine. Though she admits on her site that she is “endowed by nature with extraordinary external data,” her main focus is on her musical and spiritual pursuits. We brought this viral phenom to New York City, entranced by her unnaturally thin waist, dramatic curves, and trendy, new age sense of style, which often includes pastel spaghetti-strap crop tops, navel piercings, and bindis. To say that her beauty routine is peculiar—she exaggerates her dew-drop eyes through makeup tricks and contact lenses—would be an understatement. Since Valeria’s star began to rise, many other such human avatars have sprung up, from San Francisco (home of Dakota Rose, aka Kotakoti) to China (where a new star by the name of Tina Leopard has gone viral). There’s even a local friend of Valeria’s by the name of Anastasiya Shpagina, whose appearance is borderline macabre—she looks like she walked straight off the animated series Sailor Moon. “Indeed, I’ve noticed a trend,” Valeria says of the beauty phenomenon. “Every good-looking woman with fine features and a slim figure looks like a doll. I won’t deny that I play along with people’s perceptions. I’m amused by the reactions. I don’t take it seriously.”

V sat down with a translator to ask the self-described “most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet” to settle some of the speculation and show us her serious side.

What is a typical day in the life of Valeria?
VALERIA LUKYANOVA In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then I spend some time on the Internet. I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after that I work out at the gym. I go for a walk with my best girlfriend, I get home, and I make dinner for the man I love. Then I spend some more time on the Internet, do some reading and meditating, and go to bed.

Do you primarily consider yourself a singer, a model, or an artist?
VL These are just different labels for my creative potential, but they don’t describe my true essence. I’m a teacher at the School of Out-of-Body Travel. It’s an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body, where you can visit any place on the planet and in the universe. I know that this is the future of mankind and that it has huge potential. Hidden reserves will be tapped soon.

Were you always interested in the metaphysical? Did you study it from a young age?
VL The questions of what we are and why we exist have interested me from my earliest childhood. Thanks to a large library of esoteric books collected by my mother, I was able to learn a lot.

How does your music fit into your “true essence”?
VL I have written most of my songs during my astral travels or during meditation. This is also how I collaborate with other composers of new age music. They inspire me. My genre is new age opera. Sometimes I can write a piece in one breath, in as little as five minutes. I very much like singers like Emma Shapplin and Sarah Brightman. I also love bands such as Enigma, Era, Deep Forest, Ametistium, and Alexander Mogilko.

How do you feel about your Internet popularity stemming mostly from your physical appearance?
VL I believe that because of it I have a responsibility to bring more good, light, and positive emotions to people. I want to share my art and my music and tell people about my spiritual ideas. When you feel happy, you want to tell everyone about it so that others become happier too.

Are you surprised by some of the negative reactions you have received?
VL No. I know the other side of celebrity is negativity, but I see it in a positive light. If people care about me, then I am on the right path. In real life, I never hear bad things.

What inspires your sense of fashion?
VL Everything derives from my spiritual practices. My mood is created by meditation and energy techniques. It makes me want to see everything as beautiful and bright, refined and original. I’m an idealist and a perfectionist, and I want my looks to reflect the world within me and how I feel. My close friend Dominika is a fashion designer, and she helps me create the kind of clothing that is consistent with my spiritual practice. Dominika draws the designs we create.

What goes into your beauty routine?
VL Most of my makeup I design myself as I put it on. I’m an artistic person, and I love dramatic images and bright makeup. I love the process of doing my own.

What do you make of all the women popping up online who are getting attention by presenting a look similar to yours? Would you consider this aesthetic some type of beauty movement?
VL People don’t understand that it has nothing to do with looks. There are many good-looking young women, but why are they completely unknown? Because looks are just a bonus. If you spend time working only on your appearance and you forget about your inner self, people will not be interested in you because they will not feel anything. Many people think you need only good looks to be successful, but it’s not true—only spiritual work can bear tangible results.

Incalculable comments on the Internet accuse you of being artificial in some way, either through computer technology or surgical procedures. Is there any truth to this?
VL Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves. It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It’s how they explain their continued inaction. It’s just an excuse. There are plenty of video clips on the Internet showing what I really look like. Some people even spread rumors about me and retouch my pictures to hurt me. But I don’t take them seriously. I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job.

What would people be surprised to know about the real Valeria?
VL I’m a professional mountain climber. I trek up the Himalayas and live far away from civilization for weeks at a time. I have traveled all over, and I love extreme recreation and adrenaline. I’m not afraid of anything, and I love taking risks. I love the unknown. I observe the flow of energy and bring its vibrations into my work. In my view, you can say it with music better than with words.
Valeria? Really?

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Aymelines edit is the highlight of this issue for me, she looks so striking in the couture, love the Versace and Gaultier shots esp.

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the creepy doll-like girl is probably the bottom line for this magazine, whose standars haven't been high in a very long time but... really? i've seen links / videos about her on ontd and i just can't. i don't expect much from V but it's still incredible.

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Valeria has just boosted my excitement for this issue tbh, she's so fierce without even trying. Body goals to the extreme!!

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The cover is alright and come to think of it I genuinely think it's one of the most cleverest covers I've seen in sometime. I like the thinking behind it and everything works but I don't love it though, I guess it just comes down to taste. Moving on Rihanna + Kate = awkward. There is no connection, the photo with Kate on her knees is laughable. Despite it's tackiness, this issue seems interesting going on the mixture of things I've seen in this thread so far.

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