‘V’ Magazine Releases ‘Queen Of Hip-Hop’ Spread For Upcoming Music Issue, And We’re Confused By It

A hip-hop spread in “V” magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of “V” magazine

V magazine will release its first-ever music issue come Jan. 12, and we could NOT be more excited. I mean, hello, music and fashion are our forte! To celebrate their upcoming release, they’ve released some sneak-peek spreads—including one called “The Queen of Hip-Hop” styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. We actually loooveee Carlyne—she was one of the first stylists to really embrace urban culture and bring streetwear to mainstream magazines. (Plus she’s BFFs with designer Azzedine Alaïa!) Just peep Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover in 1988—Carlyne paired a Christian Lacroix sweatshirt with stonewashed denim shorts, which was groundbreaking at that time. But when we starting flipping through the images, which are supposed to “marry hip-hop and high fashion” according to Mr. V, we cooouldddn’t help but give a giant side-eye to the entire thing. First off, if a magazine is going to use a headline as grandiose as “The Queen of Hip-Hop,” why not, you know, actually use a female who’s a huge leader in the hip-hop game? We would’ve DIED to see Nicki Minaj or Mary J. Blige going all-out in a low-end/high-end fash spread instead of staring at super skinny (but BEAUTIFUL!) models wearing wearing costume-y versions of “street” fashion. And listen, we get it. The inspiration is supposed to be late ’90s/early 2000s “living in excess style,” but, um, what’s up with the dude in an orange Adidas tracksuit matching his Vanilla Ice blue fade to his Diesel undies? Dorrrkyyy. Suddenly we wonder how Sisqo would feel about ALLA this.

A hip-hop spread in “V” magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of “V” magazine

In another look from the spread, we have a model sporting sooo many chains that it looks like it’s almost painful. A dollar choker PLUS a gun necklace PLUS a cross necklace PLUS a bicycle lock (What? It looks like one.) PLUS a telephone that’s connected to her hand?! This is just ridic, y’all. On the right, we have a model sporting Armani Exchange sequin leggings with a Reed Krakoff top, and honestly, if there weren’t dudes with boomboxes surrounding her and headphones hanging from her neck, is there ANYTHING hip-hop inspired about this ensemble? *crickets* No? That’s what we thought. It’s almost SO high fashion that it’s beyond removed from its real reference point. It’s like hip-hop by way of tourists who are CLEARLY extra-terrestrials because there is no way the person who put this together actually listens to the music.

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