The Making of V: Janet Jackson (V28 & V45)

On photographic rhythm.

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To illustrate our V family values, we revisit this close-knit trio’s most scrapbook-worthy clips.

JANET JACKSON: The time that the legendary Jean-Paul Goude and I spent getting to know each other was very special. I remember him putting a mirror in front of me and saying, “Don’t look at yourself,” as he was shooting me. [The energy] on set was fun and up, and the end results felt different, but at the same time, [representative] of me. [It’s been 15 years since V28, shot by Inez & Vinoodh—half as long as it’s been since Rhythm Nation!] [In light of] Nation’s 30th Anniversary, I am thankful. I am thankful to have made an album that is considered one to go down in history as having a [message]. [The issues] that concern[ed] me [at the time] are still relevant today. While I hope the generations to come will listen to [Nation], and [still be able to] understand it, I [also] hope that at some point, some of the issues that [inspired it] will be history.

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