Want your own copy of this historic issue of Vogue Italia? It's still in the plastic wrap and features Sessilee Lopez on the cover.
You will not believe what I went through to get this. Let's just say it included a transglobal search involving friends in Dubai, Hong Kong, London and Milan. Why? Because I was straight arrogant; foolish enough to think that I would just be able to walk up to the newsstand in Grand Central (which I've been hounding since early July) to get one.
Boy, was I wrong. In the end, I was able to get a couple of copies--off the truck (literally)--from a distributor, who let me have them, as long as I threw in a few (many!) extra dollars for him. I'm a good capitalist...demand exceeds supply...he only had five copies left...yadda yadda yadda...But, there you have it.
Now, you can have your own, for free. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me where the cover girl--Sessilee Lopez, featured above-- is from (hint: I lived in this city for 5 years). I'll pick a winner at random. Don't forget to include your shipping address and "Vogue Italia Giveaway" in the subject line of e-mail. Deadline is midnight [11:59 p.m.] Monday, July 28. Good luck! Stay tuned for a write up of this groundbreaking issue.
Update: The odds are looking better, another copy just came through from Milan. This one features Jourdan Dunn; sorry, it's not wrapped in plastic, but is otherwise in perfect form. Thanks, Nishant!