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Stephen Gan
(1966 - living) U.S.A.

Stephen Gan

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Co-creator of the fashion publications Visionaire, V and Vman, and creative director of Harper's Bazaar.

Stephen GanGan, along with Kaliardos and Cecilia Dean, founded Visionaire in 1991, using $7,000 he'd saved up to print 1,000 copies of his first issue. Details, where he'd been an editor-writer-photographer-designer, had just gone glossy and mainstream.

Stephen Gan"I was 25, and I'd been at Details for almost four years," Gan recalls. "I didn't really know what to do next. I couldn't see myself as an editor or as a writer or as a stylist or as an art director. All the jobs out there were - well, you did one thing."

The magazine is brimming with gorgeous men. Is Gan, who is openly gay, finally reaching out to his "family" fan base? We don't think he'd ever be that ghetto-oriented. Last year we talked about Tom Ford's nude ad for YSL fragrance he was running and how it appeared to shock the American advertising world. Gan remained unfazed, and clearly excited by its possibility. He said,

"Some people say, 'That's a gay ad,' and I ask, why's it a gay ad? It's a picture of a naked male model that's geared toward attracting male customers. I think the general public isn't so used to seeing overt male beauty, and that may scare some of them into thinking it's a gay image or a gay picture. I think that we should be able to appreciate beauty in whatever form it comes."

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