Fashion magazines seem to come a dime a dozen, but each publication seems to want to branch out to feature different areas of specialty. From Harper’s Bazaar to Vogue, there seems to be a particular niche audience for each fashion magazine. V Magazine is a bit different in that it is published seasonally, and has become a standout for those looking for all things trending.
First released in 1999, the magazine has grown to encompass all of the hottest celebrities in film, music, and art, along with the biggest names in the modeling industry. Fashion trends are highlighted in the magazine, which has helped it to become influential in the fashion industry.
While many of their covers have gone out of their way to provoke and entice readers, some of their sexiest photo shoots have been for their pictorial spreads. From editorials with insightful Q & A’s, to photo spreads that let the reader drink it all in, V Magazine has quickly become a go-to source for those looking for their favorite celebrity fix.
With so many magazines and photographers looking to up the ante on how their models are shot, it’s not just a scantily clad celebrity picture that exudes the most sex appeal. Oftentimes, photographers hope to create a work of art in their photographs, which can clearly be seen in V Magazine’s spreads. From ultra-provocative poses to full-on ensembles, check out our list of the 15 sexiest V Magazine photo shoots of all time and try to pick your favorite.
15. Kendall Jenner
As a promotion of their #mycalvins range, Kendall Jenner shot her first pictorial spread for V Magazine for their 2015 Summer issue. The photos were shot in black-and-white, and were meant to highlight a specialty version of unisex apparel items being launched by the brand. In the editorial, creative director Kevin Carrigan talked about the rebranding by saying, “this series is a new take on what was previously seen on Kate Moss years ago. That imagery still resonates with a whole new generation of individualists, so it was great to have the new pieces photographed on Kendall.” By comparing Kendall Jenner’s star power to that of a young Kate Moss, proves just how popular Jenner has become in the world of modeling. The photo spread offers a sophisticated look that is far from the young girl that used to run around on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Posing provocatively in a Calvin Klein bra, the photo focuses on her long legs and stoic beauty.
14. Katy Perry And Madonna
Madonna seems to have an uncanny ability to revamp her look and her career by hitching her wagon to whoever seems to be the hottest new thing in the music industry. From kissing Britney Spears on stage to all the positive editorials on Lady Gaga, Madonna seems to be able to morph her public persona to maintain her fame. Another prime example of this is her pictorial spread for V Magazine in May 2014. Posing alongside Katy Perry, the spread is bondage-themed and surprisingly has Madonna in the submissive role. Both are seen with a pinup hairstyle, and black leather ensembles. Katy can be seen mounting Madonna and pulling her hair, and even tying her up with some rope. The spread became highly controversial, since some suggested it promoted violence against women. Yet, others praised the spread as being artistic expression, and ultra-sexy for the musical pair. Many have compared the two artists, since there’s not much of a difference between a cone-shaped bra and a cupcake bra.
13. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has been a favorite for V Magazine in recent years, and was even featured on four different covers for the Fall issue. Posing in a number of different pictorial spreads for the magazine, some of the favorites include a much different look than her signature over-the-top costumes. Rather than shocking the world with her provocative meat dresses or bubble-wear, she showed a more toned-down look that was much sexier. Stripping down to dark toned hair and in various states of undress, she looks far from an ultra-glamorous superstar. Instead, her hair looks wet and ruffled, she’s smudged-up with black dirt, and her tattoos are in full view of the camera. While she may not look like the famous rock star known as the ultra sexy Lady Gaga, the pictorial spread proved that Stefani Germanotta is even sexier. Not afraid to show off her natural beauty, it’s ever appealing that she would be able to strip down with such confidence for V Magazine.
12. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is an actress that has taken on her fair share of criticism throughout her professional career, with much of it quite unfair. While many praised Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in the iconic film, Titanic, critics let Winslet have it for not having the size-zero requirement for women in Hollywood. Yet, she has let her acting speak for itself, and even brought home an Academy Award in 2008 for her portrayal in the film The Reader. Currently, she’s thought of as one of Hollywood’s elite, and V Magazine gave her the privilege of representing Elizabeth Taylor in a pictorial spread meant to pay homage to the screen icon. Posing with dramatic eyes and ever-present diamonds, Winslet fully embodied the starlet in every sense of the word. Showing that sex appeal comes in all sizes, and glamour is something that can’t be taught, Winslet’s V Magazine spread showed confidence and class from a celebrity that won’t soon be forgotten.
11. Jennifer Hudson
Although American Idol has concluded its stellar 15-season run, there have been a number of standout stars that originated from the show. Proving that not all of its biggest stars were the actual winners of the show, Jennifer Hudson went on to be arguably the most successful individual to come from the show. While she may have been voted off the show, that didn’t stop her from winning an Academy Award for her role in Dreamgirls. With a lucrative weight loss endorsement and an all new look, Hudson was the perfect choice to highlight for V Magazine’s “Music Issue” in February 2014. The spread showcased Hudson with a wet-haired look and a variety of different sexy black ensembles. From see-thru fabric to fishnet textures, Hudson brought out her inner sexy in a way that the public had yet to see and fully embrace. Rather than shrinking back after her American Idol loss, Hudson persevered and isn’t afraid to let her freak flag fly.
10. Miley Cyrus
Posing for the May issue in the Summer 2013 edition of V Magazine, Miley Cyrus was shot by famed photographer, Mario Testino. While she has done her best to overly sexualize her public persona on stage, the spread for V Magazine seems a lot less contrived. Rather than humping a foam finger, Cyrus exudes sex appeal with a simple stare and a particular pose. Showing off a few of her tattoos and posing in various states of undress, it’s not hard to see what all the hype is about with Miley Cyrus. While the punk-style short hair may not be your thing, her undeniable beauty is impossible to forego. Our favorite shot includes a behind-the-shoulder photo that shows Cyrus pulling down her bottom in an ultra-seductive way. Baring a bit of her cheeks, it’s the haunting blue eyes that help to make that photo as sexy as humanly possible. This one’s pretty good, too.
9. Selena Gomez
Since Selena Gomez was first introduced to audiences from her roles on the Disney Channel, it’s been difficult for her to shed the “good girl” persona she has become known for throughout her professional career. By starring in the provocative 2012 film, Spring Breakers, and revamping her music career through scantily-clad ensembles on stage, Gomez has done everything short of releasing a sex tape to try and get the public to change their perception of her. No doubt her provocative spread for V Magazine for the Spring 2015 issue was yet another attempt at trying to upgrade her sex appeal. Yet her spread wasn’t met with utter excitement from all who viewed it, since some of the pictures were highly controversial. Posing topless with barely-there shorts, it was her doll-like face that many found disconcerting. Yet, Gomez can’t help that she hangs on to her baby-face looks, so she’ll probably always have the same cute little button nose far into her 30s. Regardless of her less than sultry look, the spread proves that she can definitely look sexy in a way that grabs the reader’s attention.
8. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has been known for her ability to transform her look, from the boxer braids while she dated Diddy to the Salsa Queen look of her Vegas show. So, when V Magazine was in search of a cover model for their “Sports” issue for their Spring 2012 edition, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they would choose J. Lo. Posing in boxer apparel, Lopez was featured in a Rocky-themed spread with the headline, “J. Lo Fights Back.” There was a leotard photo that had a more hidden look to it under the robe, but some of the other photos offer much more skin. The red ensemble ensured a sneak peek at some pretty sexy underboob, while the black ensemble chose to feature her long and sexy legs. Keeping her hair short and dark, J. Lo offers a different twist on her usual glamorous look. Proving that strong can be ultra-sexy on a woman, not even the bulging belt can deter viewers from her V Magazine spread.
7. Gisele Bundchen
While the age of the true supermodel has long since ended, Gisele Bundchen has been accredited with keeping the notion alive throughout her professional modeling career. While she may have started early on in her career as a Victoria’s Secret model, she has since traveled around the world as one of the most sought-after models still working today. While her personal life as a doting mother and devoted wife to New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has become the forefront of the headlines in recent years, that doesn’t necessarily mean that her modeling career is over. Although she has plenty of future runways and spreads to look forward to, it was her 2008 Fall issue of V Magazine that proved to be one of her sexiest shoots. Wearing ultra ripped denim on the cover and in her pictorial spread, she featured a seductive look that couldn’t be pulled off by anyone but her. From her stoic beauty to her ultra-toned body, Bundchen is arguably the most successful Victoria’s Secret Angel of all time.
6. Gigi And Bella Hadid
Gigi and Bella Hadid have both followed in their supermodel mother’s footsteps by becoming respected models in their own right. Somehow they have both been able to create a name for themselves in the modeling industry, without ever really being compared to one another. While the world is always trying to decipher which is the best looking Kardashian or Jenner sibling, Gigi and Bella don’t have to compete with one another when it comes to modeling jobs. With each having their own distinct look, it’s impossible to choose a favorite. Posing together for the first time in a V Magazine cover and spread, the duo were showcased for the Fall Preview issue in 2015. Interestingly, the dark-haired Bella donned a white ensemble, while the blonde-haired Gigi dressed all in black. The interior pages have both wearing the same shade of Bordeaux lipstick, with one holding a cigarette and the other a lollipop. Both command the camera, and the sex appeal jumps off the page.
5. Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been on a number of different magazine covers and spreads throughout her professional career, but many of them were taken during her heyday. After all of the drama regarding her state of mind, weight gain, and heartbreak, Spears seemed to need to prove herself more than ever in recent years. Posing on the cover of V Magazine’s special 100th issue, the inside spread offered the kind of provocative photos the public expects from the “Toxic” singer. In 2016, Spears seems to be back in the best way ever, showcasing what a 34-year-old looks like when donning black leather and lace. Shot by photographer, Mario Testino, Spears posed alongside male model, Brandon White. Hyper sexualized, the best photo of Spears and White involves Spears seductively posing on the couch with White hovering atop her. White’s head is cut off in the photo, but it’s just his best bits that are needed in the photo. With Spears adding even more concert dates to her Vegas residency, her V Magazine spread was the perfect way to keep the attention on her for potential fans of her Vegas show.
4. Nicki Minaj
For the Winter 2014/15 edition, Nicki Minaj posed for a pictorial spread with V Magazine in a way that showcased her best assets. Known for embracing her curves and embodying a certain persona with each new costume she wears, the spread offered a slightly different twist to her look with every pose. The red ensemble has a classy, yet sexy look with her French beret- but it’s the black ensemble that really takes the cake. Pressed up against a large, white column (no pun intended), Minaj gives the face of ecstasy while showcasing her famous rump. In skin tight panty hose with a black leotard, she definitely gives the sex kitten look that people expect from Nicki Minaj. Another shot for V Magazine includes a geometric dress paired with a leopard hat, which is made even sexier with her growl-like facial expression, proving once and for all no one does a better sex kitten than Nicki Minaj.
Rihanna has been known to bare all for a magazine cover, spread, or even her own social media posts. Yet the summer issue for V Magazine in 2015 was a definite stand-out. Released in May of 2015, Rihanna heated up the pages with her cover and photo spread. Almost unrecognizable, Rihanna looks all tanned up and dons a blonde wig. Ultra-puffed up and flipped, the look is a cross between a 1960’s housewife and 1970’s sex kitten. Bright blue eye shadow and sexy pink lips just complete the look, with each photo showing Rihanna in a state of undress. In one photo, her breast is only covered with a see-thru plastic cup. Proving that Rihanna can even make drinking out of a straw look sexy, the spread is a great alternative to some of her more art-like pictorials. Showing a bit of her raunchy side, V Magazine definitely knew what they were doing when they chose to feature RiRi.
2. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls may not be as well known to the public as some of her fellow supermodels, but that hasn’t stopped her from being listed as one of the “World’s Highest Paid Models” by Forbes magazine in 2013. In July 2014, V Magazine released its Model Mania issue with an astounding 46-page spread. Shot by the famed photographer, Mario Testino, the spread highlighted the models as much as the designer fashion. Yet Smalls didn’t seem to need the high-priced fashion to showcase her beauty. Featured in the spread and on the cover, Smalls posed topless with some strategic posing to hide her naughty bits. Model Sean O’Pry serves as her handsome accessory, and the ultimate way to show off her perfectly tanned skin. The nearly naked photo shoot isn’t a first for Smalls, but it definitely takes the cake as one of her more provocative. Using a Vogue-friendly photographer and some of the hottest designers in fashion, Smalls doesn’t need the name recognition in the public if she has it already from the industry.
1. Rihanna And Kate Moss
When Kate Moss was first introduced to the world, she made more than a splash in the modeling world as the ultra-thin beauty for Calvin Klein. Yet, from the look of her V Magazine spread in March 2013, it seems she has refined her signature look. Instead of the fresh-faced look of the girl-next-door, she dons a much sexier look with a dark side. With smoky eyes and posing in various states of undress, the only thing sexier is the fact that she’s posing alongside Rihanna. The duo take turns posing completely nude, and the provocative poses are only enhanced by their closeness. Photos in the spread were leaked online prior to the magazine’s release, and resulted in a “break the Internet” moment over the frenzy that followed. Shot by the famed photographer, Mario Testino, the perfect sexiest couple for the spread turned out to be Kate Moss and Rihanna.