Here at UNO magazine, we basically get paid to enjoy ourselves. Make no mistake, it is a job, and not an easy one at that: what with all the setbacks, drawbacks, unforeseen reversals, late nights, last-minute disasters, and just typical day-to-day difficulties of putting out a worthwhile monthly print magazine, sometimes we work so hard at this that our pets don’t recognize us any more and our personal hygiene suffers (I won’t name names).
We won’t lie though: it’s fun to put together UNO, a magazine with features on beautiful and interesting women (among other beautiful and interesting things), as well as everything from self-improvement to creative workspaces to power cars to sports icons like Manny Pacquiao (titles we considered for this issue’s Pacquiao feature: “Mo’ Manny Mo’ Manny,” “Manny Changes Everything,” and “I’m Waiting for the Man(ny).”) And every anniversary issue, we get to look back at another year of awesome.
We are very happy indeed to feature the incredible Iya Villania on the cover of this, our eighth anniversary issue.
Putting together the cover is one of the most vital aspects of making UNO magazine. With so many factors to consider (the strength of the main image, the composition and placement of the coverlines, the logo, the newsstand eye-catching appeal), debates and seemingly endless revisions are not uncommon (special thanks to our very own Mark Garcia, who has managed to remain sane in the face of it all).
The most basic factor the choice of the cover subject is, naturally, not exempt from this dynamic process involving selections, negotiations, and revisions. We are always proud of the end result, but for this month, we thought it would be fun to show you one of the other options that we came up with: an alternate-universe version, if you will.
Thanks to all our contributors, without whom the magazine would be about six pages long. Thanks to the advertisers, without whom we would be stapling together UNO from a makeshift office made from a cardboard box. Thanks to Manny, and Iya, and everyone else who ensures that we will always have amazing people to feature. And most of all, thanks to you, yes you, reading this.
We’ve been doing this for eight years, and we’re just getting better at it.
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