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VOGUE VALUES • A YEAR AGO the global editions of Vogue came together to publish a mission statement about our values. It was the first time in history all Vogue editors had spoken with one voice. Words matter, but only if they’re followed by action—and I’m proud of the work Vogue has done around the world this year, the stories we’ve told, the images we’ve published, the new talents we’ve brought in. I’m especially thrilled to have four amazing women on our covers this month—Naomi Osaka, Rosalía, Paloma Elsesser, and Frances McDormand. In their individuality and leadership they suggest the thrilling changes we can expect in the new year: in sports, in fashion, in culture and the arts, and of course in politics, with a wonderful new American president. This is, frankly, a year we’ve all been looking forward to, and as it approached, the 26 Vogue editors around the world came together again to reassess and reiterate what matters most to us. You can read our statement below.
MAKING NEWS • With their stewardship of the presidential town hall and final debate, Savannah Guthrie and Kristen Welker emerged as steadfast anchors for a new era.
Small Miracles • If we’re not going anywhere or doing anything, why do our bags still need to be so big? Chloe Schama gives downsizing a whirl.
Face Value • Pandemic-era cosmetic procedures are on the rise. But a quick nip and tuck may do even more for the soul than for the visage, writes Maya Singer.
Growing Strong • In the affecting new film Minari, Yeri Han blossoms.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE • She’s won Grand Slams by making statements with her racket. But this summer Naomi Osaka found another way to express herself. Rob Haskell meets tennis’s rising champion—and its conscience.
NO BOUNDARIES • Spain’s irresistible hitmaker Rosalía draws influences from everywhere—from flamenco to reggaeton to hip-hop. Her next album aims to prove just how far pop music can travel.
AGAINST THE TIDE • More than simply a sought-after model and muse, Paloma Elsesser is challenging the fashion community to do better—and inspiring a new generation.
THE REAL WORLD • As an actor, Frances McDormand is as chameleonic as she is unfailingly herself. And she’s never achieved anything quite like Nomadland—a stunning film about life on America’s margins.
State of the Art • These six creatives made the most of a strange moment, continuing their craft despite it all.
A Fresh Start • A crop of rising photographers captures the new year’s forward-looking fashions in dashing separates and bold dresses crafted with intention.
The Time Is Now • For more than a decade, model Precious Lee felt she was destined for the world’s greatest runways. When the world finally came around, as Lynn Yaeger discovers, Lee and her go-for-broke spirit were more than ready.
Bring It On • There is much to be excited about in this new year—and a perfect accessory for every occasion.
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