|Publisher||Groupe Alain Ayache|
Numéro is an international fashion magazine published by the Groupe Alain Ayache. It has a circulation of 80,000 and the French edition reached its 100th issue in February 2009. The magazine covers international fashion, beauty, design, health, architecture and decor, as well as spreads on trendsetting celebrities. With its distinct, sophisticated aesthetics and cutting-edge fashion trends, Numéro intersperses big-name icons alongside pioneering and innovative young talent.
Numéro was founded in 1998 by Elisabeth Djian, the previous fashion director of the obscure Jill magazine, who is now Numéro's editor-in-chief. When asked why she created Numéro, Djian commented, "I was bored with magazines that told me how to seduce a man. I wanted to create this magazine for an intelligent, smart woman who wants to read about art, design, music: not about stupidity – creams that take away wrinkles, you know, which is stupid."
Launched in April 2007, Numéro Tokyo featured Kate Moss on their debut cover. Other well-known models that have graced past covers include Chloë Sevigny, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Agyness Deyn, Devon Aoki, Gisele Bundchen, Stella Tennant, Alexa Chung, and Victoria Beckham. Musicians Lana Del Ray and Sky Ferreira have appeared on the March 2013 and July/August 2013 covers respectively.
In September 2010, the Numéro China magazine was launched as the third international edition for the market in China.
Following Numéro China's publication, Numéro Thailand was released in December 2012, the first issue featuring Thai models "Aokbab" and Khunying Mangmoom on the cover photographed by Thananon Thanakornkarn. The magazine showcases the latest in art, fashion, design, and culture.
In March 2013, Numéro Russia released their first issue featuring Naomi Campbell on the cover, styled by Ethan Park and photographed by Sebastian Kim. Former Vogue contributor, Andre Leon Talley, also made his first debut as Numéro Russia's editor-at-large. In an interview for Woman's Wear Daily, he says that he "... took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous ... Anna was very sympathetic and understood and she decided we remain on good terms and that I do the digital and the online. And I'm very happy to do it."
Top ranking models Daphne Groeneveld and Ashleigh Good were featured on the magazine's April 2013 and May 2013 covers respectively. Soo Joo Park modeled for Numéro Russia's August 2013 cover.
Numéro Homme premiered in 2007 and is Numéro magazine's separate biannual international publication for men, with Philip Utz as the current editor-at-large. The magazine's content centers on various aspects of the contemporary man's lifestyle, which includes fashion, beauty, travel, business and cars.
Photographers Sebastian Kim, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacob Sutton, Greg Kadel, and Jean Baptiste Mondino have frequently produced work for the publication. The magazine has featured several top male models, including Fernando Cabral, Yuri Pleskun, Arthur Gosse, Florian Van Bael, and Victor Nylander. Jude Law modeled for Numéro Homme's Fall/Winter 2008 cover.
Two years later, Numéro TOKYO was criticized for having airbrushed model Karlie Kloss' visible ribcage out in a photo of her shot by Greg Kadel for the October 2012 issue. According to The Daily Mail, Numéro hoped to avoid the possibility of controversy over Kloss' thin appearance because of an incident in December 2011 when photos of her shot by Steven Meisel were taken down from Vogue Italia's website because of anorexia concerns.
In March 2013, the magazine came under fire for another blackface incident, this time involving model Ondria Hardin in a spread shot by Sebastian Kim and entitled "African Queen". When The Huffington Post contacted Numéro about the scandal, they responded via email with an apology and a disclaimer, stating that Kim's work "... is in line with his previous photographic creations, which insist on the melting pot and the mix of cultures, the exact opposite of any skin color based discrimination". The photographer emailed The Huffington Post sometime after Numéro did, explaining that his aesthetic vision "... was based on 60's characters of Talitha Getty, Verushka and Marissa Berenson with middle eastern and Moroccan fashion inspiration" and that he did not intend for Hardin to appear black nor for the spread's title to be "African Queen".
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- Numéro Tokyo Clients
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- Andre Leon Talley leaving 'Vogue' for Russian mag USA Today (March 6, 2013)
- Q&A: André Leon Talley Women's Wear Daily (February 28, 2013)
- Magazines In The Spotlight... Man About Town (April 10, 2010)
- Numéro Homme Clients
- The Latest Blackface Fashion Shoot Is Extra-Tasteful (Sept 28, 2010)
- Magazine airbrushes out Karlie Kloss's ribs after Vogue shoot sparked eating disorder controversy (Sept 26, 2012)
- Why Did Vogue Italia Pull This Controversial Karlie Kloss Image? (December 2, 2011)
- Numéro Magazine Blackface Apology For 'African Queen' Editorial Responds To Backlash (February 27, 2013)