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Vanity Fair February 2016

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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HENRY PORTER For “The War for Europe,” on page 86, Henry Porter, Vanity Fair’s longtime London Editor, reports from Paris, Brussels, and Lesbos on the terror and migration crises threatening to de-stabilize Europe. “The deep and lasting impact of this migration will change Europe in untold ways,” says Porter, who cites the fall of the Berlin Wall as the last such event of this magnitude. Porter, a former political columnist for The Observer, is the author of six novels, including Brandenburg Gate (2005). GEORGE STEVENS JR. “Being a theatrical clown is quite unique for our time,” says George Stevens Jr. of Bill Irwin, the shape-shifting subject of this month’s V.F. Portrait, on page 98. “There aren’t many, and he has mastered the art.” Stevens is a filmmaker, playwright, and co-chairman of the President’s…

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the good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s interesting that Donald Trump’s “Silent Majority”—the adherents to his vision of the American future— have put their shoulders behind the loudest of loudmouths in a field of loudmouths. Nothing, it seems, is beyond his disdain or ridicule. He is the Nelson Muntz of presidential hopefuls—“Ha, ha, you’re lame!” If your eight-year-old made fun of the disadvantaged child in his classroom, or went around boasting about his brains or his success or his money, I know what you’d do: you’d give him a good talking-to. To Trump’s followers, I would offer advice similar to the old expression that says you shouldn’t shop for food when you’re hungry: Don’t vote for a presidential candidate when you’re frightened. Americans who don’t buy into his act are coming to realize what New Yorkers have…

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the great hereafter

Nothing lasts forever. Wait, does that mean us? That’s fine, because for most Americans a little immortality will take the sting out of our ineluctable disappearing act. Many more of us would rather be remembered by history than actually live forever—no surprise, given what’s been happening to real-estate prices. And Americans, particularly poorer Americans, are better prepared for death than for retirement. Regarding death, we’re somewhat curious to know What Happens, but we’re essentially just as interested in learning the Meaning of Life. Maybe that’s because we figure we’ll eventually find out what happens after death anyway: nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that people have glimpsed the afterlife. (If it’s immortality you’re after, let’s face it, a little afterlife can’t hurt.) Immortality and the afterlife aside, there are indications that we wouldn’t…

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easy on the eiza

EIZA GONZALEZ AGE: 26. PROVENANCE: Mexico City. CREATIVE OUTLET: After her father died, when she was 12, Gonzalez turned to acting classes as a distraction. “It worked as therapy.” CHILD’S PLAY: Upon turning 13, she declared to her mother, “I want to be an actress; this is what I want to do.” TEENAGE DREAM: Gonzalez starred in the teen-musical telenovela telenovela Lola, Érase una Vez (“Lola, Once upon a Time”)—a modern-day Cinderella story, in which she played Lola, a nanny in a rock band. (Think: Hispanic Hannah Montana.) MAKING MOVES: Following Lola, Gonzalez studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. Her big international break came when she was cast as the vampire Santanico Pandemonium—the role was originally played by Salma Hayek in the 1996 feature film—in…

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you must read this

A TWIT’S TWEETS A continuing series As dutifully transcribed by CRAIG BROWN Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 6m They call it the Great Wall. It’s a crumbling wreck, no plumbing, no electricity, not one apartment, totally useless. You call that Great? Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 9m Now they’re telling me Mao is dead. C’mon! Believe that, you’ll believe anything. Why do we let these guys fool us?!! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 11m OK, so Mao’s no Jap he’s a Chinaman. Same difference. #trump2016 Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 13m You want the Japs to cream us? Is that what you want? Chairman Mao shifty-looking, untrustworthy. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAMON PEREZ (FRACKING), ERIK TANNER/CONTOUR (TRUMP), BOTH FROM GETTY IMAGES…

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the photo that changed my life

“When I was 16, Roger Legel, a local photographer in my small town of DeKalb, Illinois, asked to photograph me for the college newspaper. I agreed, and he shot this picture at the backyard pool of my high-school boyfriend. I was still a teenager and dreamed of becoming something big—a nuclear physicist or the first woman president, the two biggest jobs I could think of. Doing this first shoot changed my life. The photographer encouraged me to go to Chicago to try to find an agent. At the time, my dad thought modeling was a nice word for prostitution, so my parents were very protective of me. I went to Chicago, ended up signing with Elite, and from there started doing catalogue shoots as well as working with Victor Skrebneski—the…