Magazines and digital

Grazia special issue dedicated to the young generations

Grazia, the magazine edited by Silvia Grilli, is on the news-stands this week with a special issue dedicated to the young generations. The protagonists of the latest issue are the stars of the virtual words, followed by millions of people, creators of digital universes and fashion imagined by Italy’s most creative students.

“A publication that cares has a duty to tell its readers about social developments. The world of videogames and gamers is a cross-generation phenomenon that brings kids and adults together to create and use infinite virtual spaces,” said editor-in-chief Silvia Grilli. “This issue of Grazia looks at creativity, dreams, the freedom of an imaginary universe. In asking students from the Istituto Europeo di Design to produce fashion features on videogames, I want to involve young people who believe in fashion and its infinite expressive possibilities in the creation of Grazia,” Grilli added.

The cover shows Irama, a singer with a huge following among youngsters, who in a short space of time has become the voice of a generation that rejects labels and fights for its dreams.

A key report examines the world of videogames, which today is more important than cinema, TV and music. The special issue presents the champions of the virtual world who have become global influencers today, from PewDiePie to Pokimane, as well as the phenomenon of streamers, who play live followed by millions of fans, such as Scarlett alias Sasha Hostyn, the most successful gamer of all time.

Italian names are not forgotten: Federica Campana, one of the first professional gamers, Sabrina Cereseto, with 2.7 million YouTube subscribers, and Fjona Cakalli, founder of Games Princess, Italy’s first videogames site run exclusively by women.

The special issue also offers two exclusive fashion features: a clothes shoot and a still life produced together with the professionals at Grazia by students on the Fashion Stylist & Communication course at the IED. The young photographers and stylists took their inspiration from the style of the gamers. The result is fresh colourful fashion, which is both elegant and ironic.

Grazia confirms its position as a constantly evolving brand, in part through a growing number of special projects for customers who want to communicate with the Young target: from the creative idea to the final engagement process, the aim is to produce content that speaks the same language as the target audience, capturing and engaging its attention, and so reaching the ambitious KPIs of each activation. The latest completed projects include Pandora, Onitsuka Tiger and Primark.

With 21 editions worldwide, Grazia is a reference for 3 million users and readers (source: Nielsen Media Impact Data Fusion, September 2021) and more than 1.6 million fans (source: Shareablee plus Tik Tok and Pinterest Insight, March 2022).

Icon presents “Rebel rebel”, the new issue for people stepping out of the mainstream to build a better future

Starting this month, the magazine offers an exclusive column by celebrated artist Maurizio Cattelan

Icon, the Mondadori Group’s fashion and lifestyle brand for men, is launching its latest issue, “Rebel rebel”, on newsstands as from tomorrow.

A special issue that the magazine edited by Andrea Tenerani devotes to rebels, people who step out of the mainstream to open up new roads, imagine possible new worlds and build a better future.

Icon has chosen five faces for the cover story of the May issue.
Actor Vincent Cassel, whose frequent roles as a rebel have made him an international movie star, confides, in an exclusive conversation with Icon: «The real rebels are people who lead their lives thinking for themselves and saying what they think, even when they know what they say could get them into trouble. Today very few people can afford to do that».

Next up is Liam Gallagher, founder and frontman of Oasis, the archetypal band of the 1990s. «You can tell I’m a born revolutionary just by looking at me. My style is basic, a mixture of casual and outdoor, but I’m more of a trendsetter than all of my colleagues put together,» he tells Icon.

Another cover protagonist is actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster. After appearing in the romcom Love Actually when he was 13 and in 2020’s most viewed TV series, The Queen’s Gambit, at the age of 30, he will be playing one of the most controversial figures in the British pop industry, Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, in the series Pistol, from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. The Sex Pistols’ take on rebellion was an inspiration for this issue of Icon and will also be narrated by legendary bass player Glen Matlock, one of the band’s founding members.

Finally, the cover features actor Luis Partridge, who joined Thomas Brodie-Sangster on the Pistol set, and footballer Rafael Leão, whose age and cheerful flamboyance at every match mark him out as one of the top premier league talents of the future.

Starting this month, Icon will also offer an exclusive new column, “In a nutshell”, where contemporary art star Maurizio Cattelan, will tell readers about his favourite artists. A feature with which Icon once again extends its reporting from fashion to art, culture and society to offer its community of readers an ever wider selection of detailed investigations into the passions of the modern man.

Those featured in the May issue also include Wet Leg, an ironic British rock duo, who in the wake of their extraordinary first single, have just released their eagerly awaited debut album, and rebel Michelle Ngonmo, the visionary founder of AfroFashion Week, who is fighting for inclusion in the world of fashion. Also not to be missed are the conversation with Robert Stickgold, a full professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, who will tell Icon readers why we dream, and, in the Destination Future section, an essay by Ester Viola on why author J.K. Rowling can be considered a rebel.

The stories of individuals who have made a difference by going outside the mainstream will also appear on the Icon.it website and on the brand’s social media, with exclusive interviews with people who have achieved success by following alternative routes. In addition, the magazine has in-depth features and reports on style, the latest trends and a special section on the passions of the contemporary man, ranging from grooming to beverages, from travel to motorcycles.

Grazia USA nominated for 2022 Webby Awards in the “Best Website & Mobiles Site” category

The graziamagazine.com platform has been called a real revelation by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

Grazia USA, the American edition of Grazia, launched as a result of the licensing agreement entered into by the Mondadori Group with Pantheon Media Group LLC, is in the running to win the title of “Best Website & Mobiles Site” in the Fashion and Beauty category of the 2022 Webby Awards.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced the nomination, the committee promoting the prestigious award, made up of the most pre-eminent experts in the digital and technology industry in the USA. At the 26th edition of the Webby Awards – whose winners, announced on Tuesday, 26 April, will receive the award on Monday, 16 May at the historic Cipriani Wall Street in New York – in addition, Grazia USA can boast a double honourable mention in the Websites & Mobile Sites categories – Best Visual Design – Aesthetic and Social – Fashion and Beauty.

A result that further consolidates the success of the first 100% Italian fashion brand in one of the largest and most important countries in the world for fashion and luxury goods.

“We are thrilled that Grazia USA has received a nomination at the Webby Awards: a prestigious award, which, just over a year after its launch, confirms the strength and vitality of our brand in an important market such as the US, contributing not only to consolidating the positioning of Grazia in the fashion and luxury markets, but also to strengthening the founding values of its DNA”, said Daniela Sola, Managing Director International Business of Mondadori Media.

“We are honoured that the Academy has selected Grazia USA in the very first year of operation, not only as a media brand, but also as a contemporary reality alongside consolidated and well-established brands with great traditions”, underlined Melissa Cronin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Pantheon Media Group.

“This year’s nominees are really engaged in the evolution of digital culture and society in the most diverse categories: Websites & Mobile Sites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps & Software, Virtual & Remote, Podcasts, Social and Video Games”, says the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. “Ultimately, they represent an incredibly stimulating mix of well-established brands on the web and independent projects, but also celebrities and viral phenomena. Of the more than 14,000 entries received from the 50 American states and more than 70 foreign countries, the best ones selected – totalling 12% – will have the chance to win a Webby Award”.

Voting for the 2022 Webby People’s Voice Awards – a parallel edition which allows the public to express their preferences in the same categories reviewed by the experts – will remain open until 11.59 am on Thursday, 21 April. To support Grazia USA in the Fashion & Beauty category, click here .

 Grazia is the first 100% Italian fashion magazine to have exported its successful formula all over the world, from Italy to the United States. The Mondadori Group brand, which today has 21 editions in a total of 23 countries, reaches a global audience of 15 million readers and 45 million unique users, with over 30 million followers on social media.
Present on the American market with the first global digital platform graziamagazine.com, Grazia USA has already received coveted recognition as “Best New Magazine Launch 2021”, awarded based on the brand’s demonstrated ability to combine quality content and unmistakable and up-scale style, consisting of fashion, art, culture and beauty, but also travel, design and entertainment.

 

TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: announcing the new Telegatto

The entertainment world's favourite award evolves with a contemporary look, becoming a “green” artwork designed by Cracking Art

The first Telegatto awarded to Vasco Rossi

Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni, the Mondadori Group’s flagship entertainment brand, has launched the new Telegatto, the stars’ favourite award, which, for the magazine’s 70th anniversary, evolves with a contemporary look as a green artwork.

With the new completely restyled and sustainable Telegatto, Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni is looking to the future, taking a new approach to celebrate the talent of artistes and enhance the prestige of an award that has become an integral part of the history of Italian entertainment.

The exclusives statuettes, in blue, yellow and fuchsia pink, were designed by Cracking Art, a well-known artistic movement that has created urban installations all over the world. Each piece is made of recycled materials and regenerated plastic, with a procedure that is unique in the world of art.

«We are delighted to present the new Telegatto to the readers of Sorrisi. Our famous statuette has been given a make-over, for a contemporary look in tune with the times. Its function has also changed: the criterion with which the Telegatto used to be assigned was based on a subdivision into categories and it was largely a competitive award. But the world has changed, as has the way entertainment is delivered with the arrival of social media, digital and streaming. At the same time the manner and timing of the presentation is changing: our new Telegatto will be presented on several different occasions during the year, as a recognition of the achievement of the recipient» says Aldo Vitali, editor of Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni.

The Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni awards will be given to the stars of television, music, cinema, and sport, as well as to the most representative personalities in modern entertainment, who for Sorrisi have become reference models for audiences of all ages.

The star who opened the age of the new Telegatto is Vasco Rossi, presented with the Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni award by editor Aldo Vitali as a symbol of Italian music returning to a new season of concerts in Italian stadiums. An artist who is a bridge between different generations of fans.

Vasco Rossi is the cover on this week’s edition of Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni with an exclusive interview. Sorrisi is also putting up tickets for the artist’s tour: simply register on the link https://sorrisi70.sorrisi.com/. All the videos on the award of the new Telegatto will be available on the social channels and on the website of Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni.

Palazzo Mondadori, where the editorial staff of Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni are based, was “invaded” by the new Telegatto for a day: the Cracking Art pieces were placed along the edge of the building created by Oscar Niemeyer for the launch of the initiative. 

The new Telegatto underscores the continuous innovation that has always been a distinguishing feature of the DNA of Sorrisi, a brand that continues to win new generations of readers and users, thanks to its special relationship with the stars of the entertainment industry.

Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni is a multichannel system with an audience of 2.4 million readers (source: Audipress, 2021/III), 3.1 million users (source: Audiweb, January 2022) and more than 950,000 fans (source: Shareablee e Insight, March 2022). Its editorial offer comprises the magazine, Italy’s best-selling and most widely read weekly publication, the website, social media and events.

The creative project was developed and organised by the Hunbranded agency.

Grazia presents a special issue: Pianeta verde, Pianeta di pace (Green Planet, Peaceful Planet)

To mark Earth Day, that falls on 22 April, Grazia, the magazine edited by Silvia Grilli, presents a special issue entitled Pianeta verde, Pianeta di pace (Green Planet, Peaceful Planet) which brings together the voices of leading figures in the ecological revolution along with stories from people who show that another style of life is possible. The whole world in worried about the war in Ukraine and the inevitable consequences it will have of the balance of power in the world, but there is another battle that must not be forgotten: the fight against global warming.

“We are appalled by the images of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It is a horror the effects of which will haunt us for a long time. Not only in history and in our memories, but also engraved in the environment, because the arms industry is the most polluting in the world: and weapons manufacturers are the biggest institutional producers of greenhouse gases on the planet,” declared the editor of Grazia Silvia Grilli. At the end of February, a group of scientists prepared a report for the United Nations, warning that the effects of global warming are increasing extremely rapidly. While the whole world is watching Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with its unspeakable burden of suffering, there is another battle that cannot be overlooked: that for the survival of the planet. On the occasion of Earth Day, in this special issue, I wanted to hear the voices of some of the leaders of the ecological revolution and the stories that can inspire each of us to change our style of life. Because only commitment of everyone can lead us to a more peaceful and greener future,” Silvia Grilli concluded.

Grazia Pianeta verde, Pianeta di pace is an issue full of interviews, exclusive first-hand accounts, surveys, fashion and beauty features dedicated to eco-sustainability and environmental issues. Readers can read an interview with Jovanotti who with his Jova Beach Party 2022 is breathing life into fundraising efforts, scholarships on environmental issues and missions to clean up natural areas. And, once again, Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie star who has done so much for the environment talks about his vocation, his network of donors and the choices in the pursuit of transparency. Marion Cotillard confides in Grazia that she is tempted to leave the movie business for the ecological battles that have already taken her from Antarctica to the Philippines. Now the actress is coming to cinemas with a documentary about young people who are leading the shift towards a sustainable future.

So, a range of content and activities not only in print, but also on social networks and on the web. In fact, from this week, on the Grazia Instagram profile (@grazia_it), Camilla Mendini, on the web Carotilla, the most famous green influencer in Italy, will be the protagonist of a series of videos against daily waste. It begins with a number of reels dedicated to the issue of clothes and objects that are too often thrown away or destroyed, when they could be usefully recycled.

Grazia, with 21 editions around the world, confirms its role as a brand able to continuously evolve, remaining a point of reference for 3 million users and readers (Source: Nielsen Media Impact Data Fusion, September 2021) and more than 1.6 million fans (Source: Shareablee plus Tik Tok and Pinterest Insight, March 2022).

Mondadori Media joins ONIM

The Mondadori Group’s social multimedia company joins ONIM to offer the National Influencer Marketing Observatory an even broader vision of Italy’s influencer marketing scene

ONIM – the National Influencer Marketing Observatory, which analyses Influencer Marketing at the national level in Italy, welcomes new member Mondadori Media, the social multimedia company in the Mondadori Group that leads the Italian market with 60 million fans.

This synergy will broaden ONIM’s vision of the Italian market even further, integrating the experience and know-how of the Mondadori Media brands, which lead the way in vertical segments linked with the Italians’ great passions: from Giallozafferano to Focus, MyPersonalTrainer and The Wom, to mention only a few.

The social multimedia company holds a distinctive position with 110 social profiles and a growing fanbase on all platforms. This dynamic range continues to grow with innovative editorial content drawing on exclusive partnerships with more than 200 top creators particularly popular with Generation Z, a target that is increasingly the focus of brands’ projects and special initiatives.

“The addition of a company like Mondadori Media,” says Matteo Pogliani, ONIM Founder and President, “represents yet another step toward a complete understanding of influencer marketing and the creator economy in Italy. Mondadori Media has stood out over the years for its constant focus on creators, leading to particularly interesting forms of synergy and integration. It represents a case history worth analysing, offering us an opportunity to broaden our horizons in different directions from “classic” Influencer Marketing”.

“We’re very proud to become a part of ONIM: as Italy’s top social destination, we maintain a constant focus on new idioms and the production of innovative, creative formats”, commented Andrea Santagata, General Manager of Mondadori Media. “Our brands respond to the demands of an increasingly vast public, playing a leading role on the social networks, where we can count on the collaboration of a team of creators including top talents from Italy and abroad. This is why we consider it strategic to continue focusing on influencer marketing, adding to and strengthening our range of content,” concluded Santagata.

The Wom celebrates uniqueness with #TheWomPower

A new branded effect on TikTok and an inclusive Instagram filter, to give a voice to everyone's exceptional normalness

The Wom, the 100% inclusive digital media brand for young millennials and generation Z, is today launching the #TheWomPower campaign to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and freedom to express their personality.

The project is designed to actively involve the new generations on social media through an innovative and inclusive tool, which encourages creativity and helps people speak frankly and openly about themselves, becoming an inspiration to all the community.

People who do not wish to be boxed into a single definition are being invited by The Wom to share their “superpowers” on social media, i.e. share what makes them exceptionally normal, creating a short video with the new #TheWomPower TikTok effect and the Instagram filter. 

Just use your hands to create the The Wom “W” in front of your smartphone’s camera to activate the effect and be surrounded by the new explosive purple cloud in the brand’s palette, and so transform into one of the WOMderful Heroes with the courage and determination of The Wom. The effect is completed by the original Be WOMderful audio track composed specifically for it.

“After its début last month, the new #TheWomPower campaign is a new piece in the The Wom communication strategy aimed at reaching the young generation as its target, promoting the brand’s values. It is an initiative aimed at making everyone feel perfect in their uniqueness, multiplying the contents and positive models they can see themselves in. Because being normal is an amazing endeavour,” declared Daniela Cerrato, mass market brand manager for Mondadori Media.

The campaign has been developed working with the brand’s Gender and Inclusion editor, focusing also on accessibility for people who have hand motor coordination issues.

“The Instagram filter is completely inclusive: it can be activated your fingers or mouth. It is an important step towards eliminating all types of barriers,” explains Benedetta De Luca, Gender and Inclusion editor for The Wom.

The campaign will be expanded by the The Wom squad and involve over 50 creators. These include body positive creator Giorgy Colella, gamer and cosplayer Antonella Arpa – Himorta, creator and makeup artist Abbia Maswi, curvy influencer Barbara Conte, creator and gamer Gioffy, makeup artist and beauty creator Beatrice Gherardini, fashion stylist and creator Lucia Andreoli, beauty creator and makeup artist Pierangelo Greco and beauty creator Arienne Makeup.

All contents created by users and creators will be included in the #TheWomPower effect page on TikToK and in the The Wom Instagram stories.

The project was developed with the contribution of the TikTok Italia team and the FLU and Cosmic agencies.

To support the launch of #TheWomPower, a domination and amplification campaign was put in place and is currently active on TikTok and Instagram.

The Wom can count on a growing audience: in February, its total fanbase on social media was 3.7 million, with 100,000 more followers compared to January, with 2 million interactions (Source: Sharablee and Insight, February) and a 38% increase in unique users on the web (source: Google Analytics, February vs January).

The initiative confirms the versatility of the project that can be activated on the The Wom platform. Thanks to marketing by Mediamond, the brand’s exclusive dealer, customers can use original formats that strategically combine videos, reels, stories and challenges, curated with The Wom editors, to talk about different product sectors, ranging from beauty to fashion, pharma to travel. In each of these sectors it is possible to activate commercial solutions with different types of offers, with guaranteed reach and possibly involving the most WOMderful creators.

 

Focus launches “Talks”

An exclusive video library, on the web and on social media, with interviews and talks with the world’s greatest experts on the challenges of our future

Focus, the Gruppo Mondadori brand leader in scientific dissemination, is launchingTalks”, a new web and social media channel which, through direct interviews with scientists, researchers and science communicators, will talk about the innovations and transformations that will change the world in the next thirty years.

In this video library with original contents, available on Focus.it, Facebook and YouTube, Focus will give a voice to the most authoritative representatives of the scientific and academic community: well-known and respected speakers will share their views and vision on the future of science, technology, environment, medicine, nutrition, lifestyles and sustainability, in a variety of formats that range from presentations and debates to live events.

Challenges, progress and evolution will continue the story that the brand started with Focus Next 30, the series of special initiatives and in-depth talks that Focus launched to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2022. This journey can build on a strong and constantly increasing digital audience, with over 4.2 million fans on social media that add to the 5 million readers and users.

The Focus “Talks” will be inaugurated with 4 exclusive videos, premiering online:

Nanomedicine for challenging tumours
Marco Ferrari, an academic and entrepreneur, involved in studies on nanotechnologies applied to tumour therapy, will speak of his experience in academia and his research that focuses on the development of nanomedicines.

The motor of water
Giulio Boccaletti, one of the world’s most important experts in environmental safety and natural resources, will speak about water, sharing his experience at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental non-governmental organisation, where he directed programmes on this resource in over 70 countries and territories.

The first environmentalist
Paolo Colombo, professor of History of political institutions in the Faculty of Political sciences in the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore [university] in Milan, will talk in detail of Alexander Von Humboldt, a naturalist, explorer and scientist who, two centuries before anyone else, spoke of the dangers and consequences of man recklessly exploiting the natural environment.

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Two people will hold this talk, the fantasy writer Laura Troisi and Luca Perri, an astrophysicist working in the Merate Observatory and the Milan Planetarium, which has been dealing with science dissemination for more than ten years. In their talk, they will speak about how literature, fantasy and science seep into one another and mix.

The “Talks” format will be expanded by talks from scientists, astronauts, athletes, artists and experts from all over the world who took part in Focus Live. Every year, the unmissable Focus festival of science offers an audience of fans a thick programme of meetings, events and experiences, with the participation of well-known international figures. Available for the first time on demand, there will be talks by Telmo Pievani, Stefano Mancuso, Giampiero Accinelli, Barbara Mazzolai, Norma’s Teaching, Alberto Mantovani, Luca Parmitano, Bebe Vio, Oliviero Toscani, Tommaso Ghidini, Vittorio Sgarbi and many more.

This digital library of exclusive videos will be with the Focus community until the event’s next edition, which will be held from 4 to 6 November in the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan and streamed live.

Source: Nielsen Media Impact Data Fusion, October 2021
Source: Shareablee + Insight, January 2022

 

Icon presents “Beautiful minds”: a manifesto issue dedicated to inspiring stories of talent and courage

 

Icon, the men’s fashion and lifestyle brand of the Mondadori Group, presents a new special issue entitled “Beautiful Minds”: a manifesto issue with five exceptional cover stories, dedicated to young talented people selected for their inspiring stories of valour, courage and determination.

An issue celebrating all that is contemporary, increasingly enhancing fashion, its protagonists and the worlds that it embraces as a key to narrating society, also with a view to art, culture and current events.

They are Chiara Corapi, the nineteen year old girl who, during the violence on New Year’s Eve, in Piazza Duomo in Milan, decided not to look the other way and saved a girl of her same age: a courageous gesture that switched on a light in the darkness and a hope for the future; Manu Ríos, who, following the success on Instagram and YouTube today is the star of the Élite and La edad de la ira series; Harry Kirton, who, starting from scratch and with his determination, has become one of the stars of Peaky Blinders, a cult series now in its final season, and Evan Mock, actor and model among the stars of the reboot of Gossip Girl, who faces life and the ocean with temerity. Positive examples, accompanied by the wild vitality of the boys photographed by Bruce Weber for the fifth cover of the new issue of Icon, perfect portrait of freedom.

 

In the April issue of Icon, the story of the style and male passions continues, intertwining with the voices of other amazing people, capable of visions and inventions, able to influence what happens around us: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, the world-renowned neurologist who explains how our brains work; a fashion giant like André Leon Talley remembered by the great journalist Michael Roberts; Giacomo Bertagnolli, Italian flag bearer and Paralympic ski champion; Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode; the best-selling author Sally Rooney. And also entrepreneurs, industrialists, creative artist and musicians tell what is happening in fashion and beyond.

The contents of the new issue will also be amplified on Icon.it and on the brand’s social media. Always attentive to contemporary trends, Icon offers its community of readers and users a sophisticated look at the latest news, which extends from fashion to beauty, beverages, travel and cars, to reach a distinctive and increasingly broad and international audience.

For the launch of the new issue of Icon, at news-stands from 15 March, a communication campaign has been planned on digital out-of-home circuits in the main districts of Milan.

 

Grazia presents “Buongiorno Grazia”

An extraordinary issue reflecting our values in order to help the women and children of Ukraine

A special issue of Grazia celebrates freedome with 10 collectable covers created by the artist Bianca Cedrone:
a collection of unique digital works, developed with NFT technology, with a soundtrack by contemporary composer Giovanni Allevi

The collection is on sale on manifesto.grazia.it in support of the “Emergenza Ucraina” project by the Fondazione Francesca Rava Italia Onlus

There is a war at the gates of Europe, a conflict that is also an attack against our values. In support of liberty, Grazia, the magazine edited by Silvia Grilli, has developed an extraordinary project entitled Buongiorno Grazia (#BuongiornoGrazia), for which it asked the young artist Bianca Cedrone to create 10 works which have become 10 collectable covers for this special issue.

“There are times when it is our duty to underline which side we are on. This is one of those moments and we are on the side of freedom. And we are declaring it with this extraordinary issue of Grazia and 10 covers that are works of art and represent what we believe in: peace, human rights, care for the planet, honest journalism,” said the editor of Grazia Silvia Grilli. “In attacking Ukraine, Vladimir Putin wants to subdue a nation that is on the road to self-determination. Begun as a “special operation”, the war led by the Kremlin’s boss has (thanks to the reaction of the free world) become a conflict between two different conceptions of history. On the one hand, progress, on the other, a retreat evoked by a bloodthirsty leader who rules through lies, oppression and death, and a view that the lives of others are of no value. Grazia, with honest journalism, devoid of fake news, knows which side it is on. This edition, with its values and commitment, wants to reassert the primacy of free information, rights and peace, because we must never take them for granted,” the editor concluded.

Each cover of this special issue represents one of the values that guide the Grazia brand, forming a collection of unique digital works, created with NFT technology, in which images blend with the exciting notes by the brilliant composer Giovanni Allevi. The collection is inspired by a desire to defend a freer and more inclusive world, more respectful of the planet and of people, where the uniqueness of everyone is the strength to pursue their talents and realise their dreams.

“This project with Grazia has allowed me to explore parallel realities and worlds with the dreamlike and surreal aesthetic that represents me,” said Bianca Cedrone. “Being able to explore such important values through my vision and imagination is an enormous satisfaction. And I believe it is important to convey profound messages through beauty and imagination and I hope that my work can serve as an example,” the artist concluded.

“A work of art must move consciences and focus attention on urgent issues. When the innovative Grazia project was presented to me, I immediately realised the important synergy that could be created for and in support of women,” said Giovanni Allevi. “The musical heart of Grazia NFT is represented in 3 themes in the different emotional approaches – rhythmic, poignant and dreamy – of my solo piano piece” “Woman Warrior”, a tribute to all the women warriors who in this historical period are carrying the weight of the tragic and difficult events we are seeing, thanks to their combative spirit, their courage and an unconditional love for life. I am thrilled to think that music, such an ethereal and impalpable art, can make a contribution to the creation of concrete change in our time,” concluded Allevi.

The collection of NFT digital works, which includes all ten covers, can be purchased on the manifesto.grazia.it platform, developed by Smartxchange Ltd. With this platform, for the first time ever, Grazia has made the world of NFT inclusive, simplifying the purchasing processes in a few clicks. The proceeds will go to support the ‘Emergenza Ucraina’ project for children and women of the Fondazione Francesca Rava N.P.H. Italia Onlus (#GraziaNFTforUcraina).

“I am deeply grateful to the editor Silvia Grilli who, with this wonderful initiative launched by the magazine Grazia, decided to support the Fondazione Francesca Rava, which is always at the forefront of helping children and families in difficulty, and is now also involved in the Ukraine emergency,” said Mariavittoria Rava, President of the Fondazione Francesca Rava NPH Italia Onlus. “A few hours after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the foundation took immediate action to respond to the most urgent needs of hospitals through Prof. Oleg Bodnar, head of the Pediatric Hospital at the Bukovnian State Medical University in Chernivtsi and a volunteer of the Foundation also in Haiti. We took prompt action on two fronts: sending convoys with drugs, medical, surgical and operating theatre equipment via Siret-Romania and warmly welcoming Ukrainian mothers and children arriving in Italy making enormous sacrifices. We need everyone’s help in order to save as many lives as we can and this wonderful project is of great help to us. I therefore launch an appeal to all readers of Grazia, for their support for the work of the Francesca Rava Foundation in this emergency.”

The special issue
This special issue of Grazia, on newsstands from tomorrow, is dedicated to the 10 values for which the brand is a spokesperson: PEACE, in the defence of a free world; ACTIVISM for freedom of opinion; INCLUSION, for the enhancement of diversity; BEAUTY, to embrace all types of bodies, sizes, and skin colour; FEMINISM, enhanced with new shades and power, for a sexy woman full of energy and free to love whoever she wants; VOICE, for reliable information, shared with a community of readers; INTERNATIONAL, because news travels very fast and comes from every source and part of the world; VISION of the challenges to be faced, the causes to fight for but also the discoveries, the achievements, including SAFEGUARDING THE PLANET; FASHION, for a style that intercepts and interprets the most contemporary trends.

Buongiorno Grazia is the first special issue of 2022 and has met with a lot of interest in the advertising market which continues to recognise the commitment and values that have always characterised Grazia. In fact, many clients have included the magazine’s initiative in their planning, leading to a total of over 100 advertising pages.