Fashion Up-Front: Throughout history Vogue US model covers have long been heralded as something of a magical novelty - only surfacing once every few years, much to the applaud and delight of all fashion lovers. This September readers of the magazine were treated to a new cover lensed by Wintour’s current favourite Mario Testino, and featured, as they have done in the past, the girls of the moment; we’re talking the Victoria Secret angels, editorial stars, rulers of the runway, and campaign queens - all on one glorious glossy fold out page. These iconic group covers are particularly special for me on a personal level as the Vogue US May 2009 models issue was in fact the first Vogue I ever purchased. I was a shy pre-teen waiting for my flight in an airport when I saw it, and after years of being too nervous to buy fashion magazines I finally plucked up the courage to do so; I ended up reading and re-reading it for the whole 9 hour flight. Because of this special issue I was introduced to the inspiring eye of Steven Meisel, the creative and commercially savvy mind of Anna Wintour, the importance of models and their versatility, along with the impact that fashion has on the world as a whole - simply said without this issue my adoration for fashion would not be nearly as strong. These are more than model covers and go beyond being just magazines; they are the base in which many people’s love for fashion is built and in turn forever influences lives. Issues from top to bottom: September 2004, May 2007, May 2009 (all photographed by Steven Meisel), September 2014 (by Mario Testino)via.