V Magazine & VMAN Launch 2022 Special-Edition Calendar with EA7 by Emporio Armani

Posted on December 15, 2021

New Year, New Calendar! V Magazine & VMAN are celebrating the arrival of the new year with EA7 by Emporio Armani and 12 of the world’s most promising rising athletes for our annual limited-edition calendar! Showcasing exceptional young talent hailing from many points on the globe. stunningly captured by visionary photographer Sølve Sundsbø, the proceeding images convey the glory, strength, and merit of professional athletics—one month at a time.

 


Alexis Chaparro (Boxer / NYC, USA)
“I wanted to start boxing at 8 years old because I wanted to be a part of the sport my father had been in—I wanted to be like my father. I’m just a real student of the game and love everything about the sport.”

 


Mia Pachansky: (Martial Artist / Manchester, UK)
“The feeling of thrill that you get from stepping onto the mats is very addictive, and the atmosphere in the venue, even at my first small local competition – it’s always electric.”

 


Edson Gomes: (Hurdler / Lisbon, Portugal)
“I wanted to take this seriously when I first lost a race. At the time, it was the worst feeling imaginable and from that point onwards, I decided that I would work hard on bettering myself so I wouldn’t feel like that again.”

 


Jordan Rand: (eSkootr Racer / Colorado Springs, USA)
“The gender inclusivity of eSC is a hugely important factor for me. I love that men and women compete together. Most racing sports are [also] extremely expensive to even dream about getting into [but] eSC has created a sport that is financially accessible to anyone.”

 


Michael Gunning: (Swimmer / London, UK)
“I always wanted to prove everyone wrong and be the representation I didn’t see growing up. I’m so proud that I’ve managed to smash stereotypes out of the water by competing in 2 World Championships and breaking 4 Jamaican Records. I always focus on my inhabitation and goal to break down the stereotypes of black swimmers all around the world.”

 


Alix Morillo: (Equestrian / Montpellier, France)
“My mother was a horse rider so I was raised around horses since I was a baby. As soon as a could ride ponies, I was competing in international showjumpers with my fully grown mare ‘Tentation de Brial’.”

 


Miles Chamley Watson: (Fencer / London, UK)
“When I was 12 years old and I beat an 18-year-old who was on the national team [I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life]. Sports gave me everything—discipline, time management, losing, and adversity. It’s why I work so hard and go so hard with everything I do.”

 


Holly Fischer: (Tennis Player / London, UK)
“Right now, I’m actually playing tennis at Harvard University on the tennis team. In the future, I think I’d like to work in finance or computer science as those are two subjects that really interest me.”

 


William Bracewell: (Ballerino / London, UK)
“As a young boy I was pretty badly behaved, so when a friend suggested I go to a ballet class, I was not keen. I think my mum thought it would tire me out, so she made me go—and after my first lesson I was hooked.”

 


Nataliya Bulycheva: (Gymnast / Moscow, Russia)
“I adored rhythmic gymnastics from my early childhood, after attending world championships that took place in Moscow—I fell in love with it completely. Seeing those beautiful athletes, their performances, their ribbons, their costumes! When I went to school, my mom asked me if I want to dedicate myself to the sport and the decision was made.”

 


Jeremy Parisi: (Martial Artist / London, UK)
“My cousin is Angelo Parisi, who was the Olympic Champion for France in Moscow in 1980. He was a huge inspiration to me, so my dad took me to my first Judo class after watching him fight. Martial arts is something my father encouraged and I had a natural ability in.”

 


Kendall Baisden: (Runner / NYC, USA)
“The greatest athlete of all time, Serena Williams, is the reason I wanted to become an athlete in general. And the most decorated track and field athlete of all time, Allyson Felix. I admire how they have paved the way for the upcoming generations of Black female athletes like myself to excel in sports with eloquent regality and intense fierceness.”

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Courtesy of V Magazine]

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