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Vanity Fair May 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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ONLINE FEATURESPATH TO THE PALME D’ORRendezvous with at the Cannes Film Festival for a week-long celebration of film and fashion on the French Riviera. Plus: go inside V.F.’s fête at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc for portraits of the glamorous guests.GIOVANNI’S ROOM WITH A VIEWAs a young writer, Jacqueline Woodson was consumed by the brilliance of James Baldwin and the ferocity of his prose. Now a National Book Award winner, Woodson recalls the novel that inspired her to write, when so many were struggling to survive.TABLE FOR ONEJesse Tyler Ferguson may play one half of a beloved (and groundbreaking) couple in the Modern Family ensemble, but now he’s stepped into his own spotlight. Head to for an interview with the actor starring in the one-man comedy Fully Committed, now…

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AIMÉE BELLIn her more than two decades at Vanity Fair, Deputy Editor Aimée Bell has overseen a number of special issues, on such subjects as Africa, the environment, the British theater, music, and young royals. For this month’s Sisters Issue, Bell, who has three younger sisters (and two younger brothers), edited “My Sister, My Self,” on page 96, along with Bruce Handy’s profile of Amy Schumer (“Bombshell Blonde,” on page 120), Lisa Birnbach’s report on all-women colleges (“Degrees of Separation,” on page 138), James Wolcott’s column on the Mitford sisters (page 86), and the five “My Sister” essays. Says Bell, “Having five siblings has made me an eternal collaborator.”CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIEChimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the best-selling author of the novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah and, more recently,…

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sister acts

Why don’t we take a break from Donald Trump and the dismaying hamster wheel of American presidential politics for one month? How about a special issue devoted to something occasionally adversarial, completely different, and yet utterly familiar? Sisters. Many of us have one, and a large proportion of the people on the planet are one. They can be the loves of our lives and the banes of our existence—often in the time it takes to boil an egg. In this issue we have enough sisters to staff a Tuscan nunnery. Deputy editor Aimée Bell, who has overseen a halfdozen or more special issues in her near quarter-century at Vanity Fair, guided the staff through this one. She comes highly qualified for the assignment: Aimée is the eldest of four sisters…

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fun while it lasted

Thank you for taking me back to the genesis and sine qua non of my rock ’n’ roll misspent youth [“Swinging on the Screen,” by James Wolcott, Hollywood Issue]. In August 1966, my family steamed from the Hague to New York aboard the S.S. Statendam. Every night for a week I watched A Hard Day’s Night in the ship’s theater, virtually alone. I could not believe my good luck at having the Beatles to myself. By the end I knew every eyelash, crooked tooth, and boot scuff. The 60s British cultural invasion left an imprint on my DNA. I am now 60, but my enduring brand remains Anglophile hippie chick. Your look back was pure joy for me. Toodle pip!ROBIN GORNEAUMalvern, PennsylvaniaAs usual, James Wolcott’s column was a great read.…

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“they are my telepathic colleagues. “

Imeet C at the airport after not seeing her for months. We are both wearing red pants, the same striped shirt, and nearly identical brown sandals. D and I speak on the phone: Where are you? In line for my latte. I’m in line at the post office. E forwards me a poem she likes. I have read it the night before. C, D, and E are my telepathic colleagues. In other words: my sisters.If you have sisters—and I have three— you will begin, against your better nature, to believe in telepathic communication. It is not unusual to be on the phone—chopping Brussels sprouts—with a sister in Boston, also chopping Brussels sprouts. Over a lifetime your stories of synchronicity and coincidence pile up. But what is actually happening is an…

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“we have our own, unspoken language.”

I discovered my best friend the moment we were born.It is a household legend that when we were three my twin sister, Jenna, kicked the pre-school class bully in the shins. Jenna was a feisty, stout blonde with straight-cut bangs and a determination to protect her “people,” who at that moment were our classmates, and me.Jenna is my point of reference. I’ve never known the world without her in it, minus one minute. Or without her next to me. We’ve had a peculiar life—one that is extraordinary in scope yet ordinary in the dayto-day. And what a magical idea the universe had in giving each of us the luxury of a partner. We have always had a dinner partner, a dance partner, a partner in mischief.When we were young, that…