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Vanity Fair June/July 2016

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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM @VANITYFAIR ONLINE FEATURES STARTING THE BUZZ In 1994, Vanity Fair launched the New Establishment list—its annual roundup of the power players in media, finance, and tech. This month, launches The Hive, a must-read site about the influencers and innovators changing the game. An A-team of ace reporters—led by Nick Bilton, William D. Cohan, Sarah Ellison, and T. A. Frank— delivers the inside scoop from Washington, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and beyond. WATCH THE VOTE In a campaign peppered with schoolyard insults and small hands with short fingers, presidential hopefuls are going to the mat before they get to the White House. NomiNation, a new docu-series from V.F. and First Look Media, captures the rawest moments as candidates spar to be the nominees. In one of the most consequential—and…

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ANNIE LEIBOVITZ In 2007, Contributing Photographer Annie Leibovitz became the first American photographer invited to take an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This year, to mark her 90th birthday, the Queen sat for Leibovitz again, at Windsor Palace, and the resulting portfolio, “The Elizabethan Aura,” on page 98, includes photos exclusive to Vanity Fair. “The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas,” says Leibovitz. “She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis. I was told how relaxed she was at Windsor, and it was really true. You get the sense of how at peace she was with herself, and very much enthralled with her…

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gods and monsters

She has sat on the throne for an unprecedented 64 years. She is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. And she just celebrated her 90th birthday. Who in this age of fickle celebrity could possibly do all of this and still be held in such high esteem by so many and for so long? Just one person: Queen Elizabeth II. You may have noticed that she’s on the cover of this month’s issue to mark that 90th birthday. The portrait and the gallery of photographs inside (page 98) were taken by Vanity Fair’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz. And they capture the Queen in more familiar settings than we are generally privy to. Annie, whose first photographs of the Queen appeared in Vanity Fair in 2007, met her this time at Windsor Castle in…

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coming into her own

Michael Schulman’s “Becoming Meryl” [April] had me hooked from the get-go. While it is true that I engage myself in anything Meryl, I am tickled with how Mr. Schulman’s accounting took me through a full array of emotions as I read his article aloud to my partner. I experienced fist pumping, welling tears, hearty laughs, full-on goose bumps, and memories of my own moments of empowerment and humiliation born out of an unnecessarily harsh and deceptive divorce proceeding. TONI HENDERSON Elkhorn, California What a joy to re-experience a movie and a time in my life richly filled in with history. This is one of the best articles I’ve had the joy to read in Vanity Fair. Startling and lovely. HEATHER ROSE Kings Beach, California I have to admit I was put off by your piece on…

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earth is alive

Americans, by and large, are optimists and want it all. Many are worried about global warming, but a plurality of us believe that we will be able to adapt in the long run. Is it possible to protect the environment and boost the economy at the same time? Of course it is. And Mother Earth, we agree, is itself a living organism. We don’t mean that in a touchy-feely, tree-hugging way. We’re talking hard, scientific fact. It’s the politicians we don’t trust. We think they’re hypocrites, denying that global warming exists for their own political reasons; or they’re know-nothings, refusing to take a stand because they’re not “qualified.” But you can count on the young and righteous to take a stand. Democrats, at least, overwhelmingly support college activists who have called…

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alexandra shipp

AGE: 24. PROVENANCE: Phoenix, Arizona. COURTSIDE: “Growing up in a family of athletes, they were like, ‘Alex, choose a sport.’ I tried every single one and it was all bad.... I wanted to act. I loved everything about the theater.” JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES: At just 17, her first big screen role was in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. “I was like, ‘Ma, I’ve got to stay in L.A.,’ and then I didn’t work for five years. I was a mobile pet groomer, a live-in nanny— whatever I could do to pay my rent.” THE NEXT EPISODE: After wowing audiences as Aaliyah in the TV biopic about the late R&B superstar, she further proved her chops with her portrayal of Ice Cube’s wife, Kim Woodruff, in Straight Outta Compton. “It was such…