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Vanity Fair Summer 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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EXPERIENCE Letters from Baghdad Voiced and executive produced by Academy Award-wiiming actor Tilda Sw'rnton,Lettersjrom Baghdad tells tl!e extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, tl1e most powerful woman in tl!e British Empire in her day. Bell shaped tl1e destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways tl1at still reverberate today. More inlluential tl!an her fi·iend and colleague T. E. Lawrence (a .k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), why has she been written out of tl1e history she helped make? In tl1eaters June 2. To learn more about tl!e movie, visit lettersf•· EXPERIENCE Glade® Almosphere Colleclion"" A sensory tangle ofjasmine, cedarwood, apples, and rose petals invites you to walk a little fartl1er down tl1e pall!. Redefine your room witl1 tl1e masterfully crafted No.1 Enraptured.,." fi·agrance candle from tl1e new Glade'" Atmosphere Collection"~"". Visit to learn more. SHOP YOU…

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a farce to be reckoned with

The media, the opposition, the resistance, and indeed the rest of the Free World are playing by outmoded rules of engagement with regard to the man in the White House. The thing is, you cannot rise above Donald Trump, you cannot go under him, and you cannot engage him in a conventional way. Before he became president, you could basically ignore him—he was a local joke, after all. Now that he’s commander in chief, you must resist him, with everything that is in you and in every way you can. As anyone who has followed his jerry-rigged career from the 1980s onward will tell you, Trump just drags you to the bottom of the pond every time. Decades ago, he was a short-fingered vulgarian tooling around town in a mauve…

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the force was with her

In May 2016, Annie Leibovitz visited Sybil Head, a high coastal perch on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, to photograph Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley for this month’s Vanity Fair cover story. At the time, the actors were filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film’s writer-director, Rian Johnson, had dreamed up a “little Jedi village”—the mysterious place where Hamill’s grizzled Luke Skywalker has been hiding out all these years—and a team of Irish craftsmen had dutifully realized Johnson’s vision, creating a picturesque, convincingly ancient-looking setting that evokes Skellig Michael, the remote Irish island that had been used for filming the scene in which Ridley’s Rey met Luke at the conclusion of the previous installment of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens. The upside of such a dramatic locale is that it…

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sofia boutella

AGE: 35. PROVENANCE: Bab el Oued, Algeria. ON POINT: “My family was artistic and encouraged me to express myself. I was a show-off, so they took me to ballet class.” AU REVOIR: “Times were hard for my country when I was young. France had more opportunities, so we left.” INTO THE GROOVE: In Paris, Boutella danced professionally—“it taught me discipline”—and, at 20, she was introduced to Madonna. “We worked together for 10 years. Being on tour is a unique dynamic because its pace is so intense and special. You grow up fast.” BACKGROUND TO FOREGROUND: “Acting has always been a strong force in my life, but it was hard to change direction. I didn’t make a paycheck for two years.” UNWRAPPED: After starring in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star…

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haute news

WELCOME TO MIAMI Positano’s household name, Le Sirenuse, has arrived Stateside, with a restaurant and champagne bar situated in the historic Miami landmark the Surf Club. Serving authentic Italian cuisine at the iconic oceanfront property, in a space designed by Joseph Dirand, Le Sirenuse Miami is the family-owned resort’s first venture away from its Amalfihome. “Everything is true to who we are,” says co-owner Antonio Sersale, “in both style and experience.” Pasta-and-palm-tree perfection. ( Shine Bright As worshipped for her style as for her songs, Rihanna has joined forces with Chopard to co-design two contemporary collections for the luxury-jewelry house. The Rihanna Loves Chopard collaboration, available this month, marries the singer’s distinctive flair with the jeweler’s classic designs. Brilliant and beautiful. ( EYE ON . . . Float into summer: (1) The Rainbow Cloud Daybed…

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my place

British adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild is devoted to the exploration and preservation of the planet. His Sculpt the Future Foundation and sustainable-lifestyle company, the Lost Explorer, inspire positive ecological change and encourage others to “Live Curiously.” Leading by example, the travel aficionado gives V.F. a master guide to Iceland. KEY PHRASE TO KNOW: “On with the butter.”* *Meaning: “No complaints, just keep on getting on.” I.e., keep exploring! FAVORITE HOTEL: Hotel Búdir (1), on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: In Reykjavík, Gló is good for lunch, Snaps Bistro-Bar (3) for dinner and drinks—get the steamed mussels—and Braud & Co. (4) for the best baked goods in town. FAVORITE BAR: Kaldi Bar. BEST COCKTAIL: The Lost Explorer Mezcal (6) with one ice cube. WHERE TO DANCE: The Grjótagjá volcanic cave. Get a sweat on, then take…