Noah Beck, Paris Brosnan, 24kGoldn + More are ‘New Rulers’ for VMAN

Photos by Damon Baker
Styling by Nicola Formichetti
Noah Beck appears on a digital cover for VMAN.
Noah Beck appears on a digital cover for VMAN.

VMAN unveils a round of digital covers for its 2021 “New Rulers.” The fashion magazine celebrates music artists and social media influencers with a portfolio lensed by photographer Damon Baker. The latter collaborates with stylist Nicola Formichetti for the occasion. Formichetti provides a provocative wardrobe with an edge as Noah Beck, 24kGoldn, Paris Brosnan, Grimstepper, Jordun Love, Damiar Krogh, and Xowie Jones share the spotlight.

24kGoldn poses for a digital cover for VMAN.
24kGoldn poses for a digital cover for VMAN. Discussing his album, the music artist shares, “I am just trying to touch on different topics like dealing with success, exploring where I came from, how I’ve changed, along with how my relationships with people have changed.” 24kGoldn continues, “I think it’s really an album about change and I wanted to create my own world and give more context than I ever have before about myself. I am getting more personal than I’ve gotten before.”
Paris Brosnan connects with VMAN for a digital cover.
Paris Brosnan connects with VMAN for a digital cover.
Damon Baker photographs Grimstepper for a digital VMAN cover.
Damon Baker photographs Grimstepper for a digital VMAN cover. Grimstepper talks about achieving his dreams: “Life itself [inspires me]—my mind and heart has brought me off [of] sleeping on the floor, and looking for anyone to produce or record me, to living in a townhouse with a studio five minutes away from my production and management teams state of the art facility, with engineers and producers who’ve worked with Kanye West, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. Basically, my point is that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to if you believe and work hard.”
Jordun Love snags a digital VMAN cover.
Jordun Love snags a digital VMAN cover. Broaching the subject of self-acceptance, Love explains, “There was a point in my life where I truly just stopped giving a fuck about what other people saw as “cool and masculine” or whatever society’s standard is for Black men in general.” The model and social media personality adds, “I started feeling like I was living my life to please other people and didn’t want to piss anyone off by being who I am. There have been so many moments where I have shied away from the spotlight or doing exactly what it is that I wanted to do out of fear of not being accepted. But what I didn’t realize is that the more that I share my authenticity, the more love is generated around me and from me.”
Damiar Krogh and Xowie Jones pose for a digital VMAN cover.
Damiar Krogh and Xowie Jones pose for a digital VMAN cover. Dishing on today’s alt community, the couple says, “You know, a lot of people in the alt community don’t really like e-boys and e-girls and I’ve never really understood that. To me, it’s just another era of the scene and emo kids that alt kids hated back in [the day]. Times are [always] changing, so what’s happening now was completely different 10 years ago.”

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