Vogue Italia is not afraid to be bold when it comes to its covers, frequently opting to make some sort of socio-political statement in lieu of simply shooting a pretty young celebrity likely to be a hit on newsstands. In the past, the magazine has addressed issues of race, the environment, domestic violence, the world of plus-size modeling and the international obsession with social media through beautifully shot cover stories by Steven Meisel; and the photographer has hit a nerve once again (albeit a sweet one) for the glossy's July 2015 issue.
Following the growing "trend" of high-fashion ad campaigns featuring older women — like Joan Didion for Céline, Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent and Cher for Marc Jacobs — Vogue Italia has dedicated an entire issue to timeless, ageless beauty. In editorials by Meisel and Bruce Weber, models range in age from toddlers to women well into their 80s, many of whom will be recognizable to fans of fashion and pop culture. For instance, Stockard Channing (aka Rizzo from "Grease"), Vanessa Redgrave, Bo Derek and China Machado all pose for black and white portraits. The younger generation of fashion stars is represented by the likes of nine-year-old Kristina Pimenova (nicknamed "the world's youngest supermodel"), Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber and Sasha Pivovarova's three-year-old girl, Mia Isis Vishnyakov. (You can see more images here.)
Many magazines have attempted this "age issue" concept in the past, but we applaud Vogue Italia for really bringing it to life. We are looking forward to picking it up when it hits newsstands later this month.