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Numéro (magazine) 117 October 2010 cover.jpg
Editor-in-chiefElisabeth Djian[1]
CategoriesFashion magazine
PublisherPaul-Emmanuel Reiffers
Total circulation

Numéro is an international fashion magazine published by Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers. It has a circulation of 80,000,[2] 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.


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.[1] Djian developed the magazine as a result of her disappointment of magazines that did not cater to her interests or women like her. [3]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."[2] Since the magazine launched, Djian has also created a menswear title of the magazine called Numéro Homme, and one for contemporary art called Numéro Art. [4]

International editions[edit]

Numéro Tokyo[edit]

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, Coco Rocha, Devon Aoki, Gisele Bundchen, Stella Tennant, Alexa Chung, and Victoria Beckham.[5] Musicians Lana Del Rey and Sky Ferreira have appeared on the March 2013 and July/August 2013 covers respectively.

Numéro Korea[edit]

Launched in July 2008 and closed in 2010. Cover subjects included Maryna Linchuk, Doutzen Kroes and Snejana Onopka.[6]

Numéro China[edit]

In September 2010, the Numéro China magazine was launched as the third international edition for the market in China.[7]

Numéro Thailand[edit]

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 reports on art, fashion, design, and culture.

Numéro Russia[edit]

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 debut as Numéro Russia's editor-at-large.[8] 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."[9]

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. Pat Cleveland was featured on the May 2014 cover.

Numéro Berlin[edit]

First issue published in 2016. Inaugural issue features Toni Garrn.

Numéro Netherlands[edit]

First issue was published in September 2019.

Numéro Homme[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] Jude Law modeled for Numéro Homme's Fall/Winter 2008 cover. Numéro Homme is now issued in Germany, Netherland and France with some bi-annual in Japan. Numéro Homme International is set to be première in 2020, with a New international team (including Arnaud Henry Salas-Perez as editor at large) under the same directorial bureau.


The October 2010 issue of Numéro magazine was criticized for containing a spread shot by Greg Kadel featuring editorial model Constance Jablonski in blackface and wearing an afro.[12]

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".[13] 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".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Horyn, Cathy. "Babeth's Feast". The New York Times (August 27, 2006).
  2. ^ a b c Campbell, Matthew. "Babeth's Feast". The Sunday Times (May 25, 2008).
  3. ^ "Babeth Djian is part of the BoF 500".
  4. ^ "Projets".
  5. ^ Numéro Tokyo Clients
  6. ^ "StackPath".
  7. ^ "French fashion magazine Numéro launched Chinese edition". Mags 360. 28 Sep 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  8. ^ Andre Leon Talley leaving 'Vogue' for Russian mag USA Today (March 6, 2013)
  9. ^ Q&A: André Leon Talley Women's Wear Daily (February 28, 2013)
  10. ^ Magazines In The Spotlight... Man About Town (April 10, 2010)
  11. ^ And also actor Fu'ad Ait Aattou Numéro Homme Clients
  12. ^ The Latest Blackface Fashion Shoot Is Extra-Tasteful (Sept 28, 2010)
  13. ^ Numéro Magazine Blackface Apology For 'African Queen' Editorial Responds To Backlash (February 27, 2013)

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