Vinny Guadagnino in “Paper” magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Adesko/“Paper” magazine
In a moment of unlikely circles converging, venerated New York lifestyle magazine Paper has chosen Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino for its 15th Annual Beautiful People issue. The April installment features Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta on the cover (which makes sense since dude is nothing if not dishy with a knack for dressing sharply) and contains the gorgeous likes of Rita Ora, actress Zosia Mamet (from the upcoming HBO show Girls), and our Lady of The Not-So-Basic Bishes, Kreayshawn.
OK, I know you’re all thinking, “Well OBVI you love that this JS kid is in this magazine you wildly biased, slippery MTV-employed woman,” and while I get that, here’s where my brain went in enjoying this particular move.
For the uninitiated: Paper’s an independently published glossy that gained notoriety in the mid-to-late ’80s (they were founded in 1984) for chronicling the downtown New York nightlife scene. Full disclosure: I’m VERY taken with Founder and Editor/Publisher Kim Hastreiter because I follow her on Twitter and she’s wont to pepper cultural gems on her time line, like this Ricky Powell x George Lois interview that is LEGENDARY. I’m also very much smitten with Paper’s Editorial Director Mickey Boardman because he is a treasure when it comes to fashion and downtown New York lore (get into them, they’re important).
So here’s the thing: I just enjoy that they’re not too cool to include Vinny, who I personally think earns an unorthodox yet rightful place on this list. In a simple khaki summer-weight suit from Billy Reid and a white button-down Dolce & Gabbana shirt, he looks fantastic and elegant, and the article goes on to mention the fact that our Vinny is taking improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. This makes me like him a good 11 to 17 percent more because he is maybe the MOST earnest kid ever sometimes (Staten Island, stand up!). So that’s it. I’m just putting a little asterisk next to this whole situation. BULLY to Paper for including someone who could so easily be dismissed on grounds of overplayed-ness and casting him in a different light. Screw credibility that only comes with being hyper-exclusive and esoteric. Amongst the critical darlings of the literary and indie music scenes, I think Vinny looks just swell. The end. [via Paper]