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Vanity Fair UK March 2021

Vanity Fair opens the door to Hollywood. With a unique mix of grit and glamour, we track the latest scandals, the greatest achievements and the newest stars. Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst. A provocative mix of culture, politics and high finance that generates more monthly media coverage than any other glossy magazine.With an outstanding combination of iconic photography, groundbreaking stories, in-depth reportage, and social commentary, Vanity Fair is the biography of our age, one month at a time.

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@vanityfairlondon JEWELLERY Diamonds are Forever Back in November 2020, De Beers announced a 10-year plan for sustainability goals called “Building Forever”, including pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030, to support 10,000 young women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and to cite the provenance of all their diamonds—to name but a few. It’s an incredible set of targets, and one to celebrate every positive step of the way, so watch this space. Pictured (below) is Lebogang Elsie Machaba, an entrepreneur enrolled in the AWOME (Accelerating Women Owned Micro-Enterprises) programme. debeersgroup.com BEAUTY Great British Flake Off! Dry shampoo may sound like an anathema to dandruff, but the masters at Philip Kingsley have come up with a product that both soothes and cools stressed scalps and reduces the visible effects. Unlike other dry shampoos,…

4 min
editor’s letter

Since the fall of 2017, Vanity Fair has been checking in once a year with Billie Eilish, in a video series that has become a fixture on her fans’ calendars and our own. There’s no set of metrics that can fully explain the rise of a pop star, but these annual videos—in which we ask Billie the same questions, year over year, about her dreams, her accomplishments, her tattoos or lack thereof—chart the path of a preternaturally talented young artist from homegrown musical phenom to instantly recognizable icon. It’s like a hyper-focused version of Michael Apted’s Up series, accelerated for the new millennium. What’s striking about the latest video, which we released in November, is how much has changed in Billie’s world in the course of 12 months, and also how…

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Jeff WISE “DOWN IN THE VALLEY,” P. 50 Wise received his pilot’s license in Los Angeles in 2002, training in the city’s skies 18 years before Kobe Bryant’s fatal flight. “I had firsthand experience dealing with the intricacies of the airspace in the San Fernando Valley,” says Wise. Abigail SANTAMARIA “DEAR MRS. L’ENGLE,” P. 82 Biographer Santamaria first read former Black Panther Ahmad Rahman and writer Madeleine L’Engle’s prison correspondence in the spring of 2019. Their wildly disparate worlds could be disorienting, even devastating. “But ultimately,” Santamaria says, “their friendship filled me with hope.” Quil LEMONS “CHARMING BILLIE,” P. 38 At 23, Lemons is the youngest photographer to shoot the cover of Vanity Fair. His goal was to find a sense of intimacy with Billie Eilish. “She’s one of the world’s biggest stars and everyone wants to know…

3 min
surveillance state

Martin Luther King Jr. probably had too much faith in the decency of America. In director Sam Pollard’s new documentary MLK/FBI, close friends and family of the murdered civil rights leader say he dismissed concerns that government authorities, under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover, were tracking his every move. The truth arrived in the form of a threatening letter and embarrassing recordings from bugged hotel rooms, sent to King in an effort to demoralize and silence him. A half century later, it’s the FBI that’s wracked with shame over its conduct—in the documentary (distributed by IFC and executive produced by, among others, Vanity Fair’s David Friend), former director James Comey says this represented the bureau’s “darkest” period. “I’ve done lots of documentaries about the African American experience and the civil…

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all in the family

Few parts have reached the same heights in television’s pantheon as James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano. The Sopranos was appointment TV at the dawn of cable, and 13 years after the series ended, The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film, will land on HBO Max this fall, with Michael Gandolfini succeeding his father as a young Tony. As the buzz begins, Gandolfini, who also stars opposite Tom Holland in the Russo brothers’ adaptation of Nico Walker’s Cherry, out this month, opens up about stepping into Tony’s shoes. EARLY MEMORIES OF The Sopranos are few. “My dad didn’t want me to see Tony Soprano—the violence, the angry, the mean. Of course I was on set and would visit him in his trailer, but I had never watched the show…. I never knew…

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man with a plan

1. BRIDGE MAGAZINES “You have to try to communicate with your partner”—for Gates, this is often Warren Buffett—“using nothing but your bids. It’s fascinating.” 2. HIS NEW BOOK, HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER “Dealing with climate change requires solving some easy problems and some hard ones, and we can’t just deal with the easy ones.” 3. PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM “For Melinda and for me, what it really recognized was the work of all the health care workers and teachers whom we’re fortunate to be able to support.” 4. HOLOLENS 2 MIXED REALITY HEADSET “The uses go way beyond gaming and entertainment, such as training people by simulating the use of new products.” 5. DESK CHAIR AND WORD CLOCK “I don’t know that I have a design aesthetic. I like this chair (Melinda gave it to me) and this…