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It is sort of ironic that some 16 years after a very, very pregnant Demi Moore appeared on the cover of abc Vanity Fair xyz in the now famous Mario Testino photograph; she again graces the cover of the magazine’s February edition. Since its inception in 1913, abc Vanity Fair xyz has made news as well as covered it. It has long been rumored that the way for a celebrity to grace the cover is tell as much “dirt” as possible. In other words, publicity shy stars need not apply. Over the years, such writers as Dorothy Parker, Christopher Hitchens and Gertrude Stein have contributed to the magazine. In addition, such famous photographers as Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz have provided photography. Leibovitz was chosen personally by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to photograph baby Suri for the magazine.
The Hollywood issue has taken on a life of its own. Last year’s edition was spearheaded by former Gucci designer, Tom Ford. Ford appeared on the cover with Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson after Rachel McAdams got cold feet. The rest is publishing history. Some of the greatest articles are those that are written years after the fact when it is “safe” to reveal all of the facts. Stories range from articles about celebrities such as George Clooney or Jennifer Aniston, to articles on the Iraq War and Jacob Arabo otherwise known as “Jacob The Jeweler”. The writing in Vanity Fair is second to none and the articles are thorough and thought provoking.
Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member