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Vanity Fair December 2017

From entertainment to world affairs, business to style, design to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst, inspiring and driving the national conversation. Now the magazine has redefined storytelling for the Digital Age, bringing its high-profile interviews, stunning photography, and thought-provoking features to your device in a whole new way.

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the good, the bad, and the truly, meaningfully dangerous*

There are two distinct approaches to the opportunities and pitfalls provided by modern-day fame. There is one in which the person believes that by being famous he or she lives in a glass house— a fully transparent one—and that every word and deed will be subject to public inspection and mockery. This is the majority, and they tend to keep their noses clean. Members of the second group go about their days in the belief that they live in a fame bubble—a protective place where any kind of abhorrent behavior is permissible. This group is blessedly in the minority, but it’s the one that takes up most of the tabloid headlines and causes abundant collateral damage. Two charter members of this fame-bubble sub-species are our current president and the former…

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JOE BIDEN This fall, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., pictured with Annie Leibovitz (left) and his wife, Jill, will be conducting a 19-city tour across America, holding public discussions with local leaders about our nation’s pressing questions. In an adaptation from his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad, on page 119, Biden shares intimate moments from his family’s last Thanksgiving with his son Beau, who died of brain cancer six months later. “I hope my own story will strike a chord with other Americans who have walked the same path I have,” Biden said. DAVID KAMP For “Joe, Mourning,” on page 112, V.F. Contributing Editor David Kamp sat down with Joe Biden, who discussed his new book, Promise Me, Dad. In it, the 47th vice president not only talks about the demands…

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vanessa kirby Visit the set of VANESSA KIRBY’S Vanities shoot at VF.COM. AGE: 29. PROVENANCE: London, England. HOUSE SEATS: “I was taken to the theater quite a lot as a kid, and I remember seeing Vanessa Redgrave in The Cherry Orchard and thinking, I want to do that, get in someone else’s shoes and explore the world in that way.” RISKY BUSINESS: Bucking tradition, she chose to make her professional debut instead of attending drama school. “I had to gamble. I could’ve done three plays in six months and never worked again.” But the work hasn’t stopped. “I am very lucky.” THE SPARE HEIR: Next month, Kirby returns to Netflix as Princess Margaret in the award-winning series The Crown. “We really delve into the darkness of an identity pulled in two different directions,…

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my stuff

Best known as the X-Men’s Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has become an acclaimed international star, on Broadway as well as on-screen. In addition, the Australian actor is the founder of Laughing Man Coffee and the Laughing Man Foundation. Ahead of his latest movie, The Greatest Showman, premiering on December 25, Jackman shares his favorite things … MORNING ROUTINE Wake; walk dogs; meditate; eat; work out; repeat. TECH Favorite apps? Waze, ESPN, and NFL. Last person you texted? I’m not much for texting. Favorite podcast? This American Life. Favorite Web sites? Ted Talks, The New York Times, AFL Live, NFL. Thoughts on social media? Like alcohol—if you don’t abuse it, it can be awesome. On your music playlist? Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars. On your workout playlist? AC/DC, Eminem, Midnight Oil. Album you could listen…

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my place

The Earl of Snowdon, known professionally as David Linley, has traveled the world following his passion for the arts. When not in London or at his French home, the Christie’s U.K. chairman, and founder of his eponymous, bespoke furniture company, spends his time in the English Cotswolds, in Daylesford. KEY PHRASE TO KNOW: “Where’s the nearest pub?” BEST PLACE TO STAY: The Wild Rabbit Inn (4): a Michelin-starred pub with Cotswold-stone floors, Windsor chairs, crackling log fires, and walls hung with Hugo Guinness line drawings. FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Daylesford Farmshop—world-famous farm-to-table establishment. FAVORITE LOCAL FOOD: The famous Daylesford Cheddar. WHAT TO DRINK: Château Leoube rosé (3). FAVORITE MUSEUM: The British Motor Museum, in Gaydon, showcases the history of British inventiveness and manufacturing excellence on four wheels. THE LOOK: Tod’s and Loro Piana (6) are perfect for reading Sunday…

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The Surrealists In partnership with the Man Ray Trust, François Nars tapped Fabien Baron to help Nars Cosmetics create a colorful interpretation of the celebrated photographer’s black-and-white world. Nars re-envisioned the work of the 20th-century artist, a love of his since he was 19, by channeling components of Ray’s best-known imagery into a limited-edition makeup collection. Glass tears and lips are some of the defining elements of the collaboration, which includes blush, eye shadow, highlighter, lip gloss, and lipstick—surrealism made real. ($24–$55; —nora maloney MILESTONE Following a unique collection of scented, statement jewelry designed by Elie Top in October, By Kilian is launching a range of opulent, quote-adorned clutches this month. In celebration of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, every clutch will house one of the perfumer’s signature scents. Hidden treasures. ($315 for clutch,…