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Vanity Fair turns 100


This month world-renowned title Vanity Fair achieved the milestone every magazine founder could ever dream of – it’s 100th anniversary.

The magazine first came to life after publisher Conde Montrose Nast purchased men’s fashion magazine ‘Dress’ in 1913. Cleverly rehashing and renaming ‘Dress & Vanity Fair‘, Nast had the goal of recording “truthfully and entertainingly the progress of American life.”

During the depression the magazine was folded into Vogue but continued to publish it’s own point of view with contributions from ground-breaking thinkers, writers and photographers.

In 1983 Vanity Fair relaunched with Editor Tina Brown at the helm who had the goal of capturing the “spirit of our age” focusing on “literature and the arts, politics and popular culture.”

Graydon Carter took the reins in 1992 and has held onto the magazines editorship until this day. As editor he has produced some of the most controversial and beautiful covers including Demi Moore’s famous nude and pregnant portrait, singer KD Lang being shaved by supermodel Cindy Crawford, a suited Tom Ford with nude Scarlett Johansson & Keira Knightly, Tiger Woods pumping iron and more recently for its September 2013 cover with Diana Princess of Wales.

Not all celebrities get off so easily. Brad Pitt’s latest movie ‘World War Z’ faced an interrogation by Vanity Fair with the magazine running a cover story based on the production issues that cost the star millions. In October the mag ran an expose on Scientology’s role in Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ relationship.

Now Gwyneth Paltrow is in the firing line with The New York Times saying the celebrity has been apparently telling friends “Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine” and “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again” she supposedly added.

The magazine, somewhat agreeing to the speculation, responded with “We wouldn’t be doing our job if there wasn’t a little bit of tension between Vanity Fair and its subjects. In any given week, I can expect to hear from a disgruntled subject in Hollywood, Washington or on Wall Street. That’s the nature of the beast.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the November issue – it may just have Gwyneth on the cover!

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