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Vanity Fair Summer 2018

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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presents At Vanity Fair, we are fortunate enough to meet a bevy of incredibly talented, influential, and interesting people on a daily basis. This month, we’ve profiled 12 of our new friends for your reading pleasure—and we think you’ll like what they’re up to. BRIDGET HELENE BAHL NYC-based Bridget Bahl (@bridget) is the talent behind the blog And I Was Like. Bridget is now a premier destination for fashion, beauty, and travel inspiration. ERIN HIEMSTRA Erin Hiemstra created Apartment 34 to be your destination for an intentioned approach to modern living. LIV MICHELI Liv Micheli is the inspiration for the fashion and lifestyle blog, Liv For Luxury. Through visual stories, Liv blends her feminine style with classic staples and shares everything she “Livs” for. CAITLIN LINDQUIST Dash of Darling was created by Caitlin Lindquist, a lawyer…

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VANESSA GRIGORIADIS Contributing Editor Vanessa Grigoriadis spoke to icons of American women’s gymnastics—including Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, and Maggie Nichols—about the often insidious, insular world of their sport and the fallout from the predation of Larry Nassar. “There needs to be more positive coaching—not coaching through fear,” says Grigoriadis, whose “Spring Forward” begins on page 92. Her book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, comes out in paperback this September. GILLIAN LAUB “I have been following their harrowing story,” says photographer Gillian Laub of Raisman, Nichols, and Wieber (above, right), the tenacious gymnasts who, following the crimes of Larry Nassar, are working to detoxify women’s gymnastics for good (“Spring Forward,” page 92). “They were just as I expected: beautiful, strong, and brave.” Laub’s “Southern Rites” exhibition—a 12-year visual study of…

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editor’s letter

‘Everything in my life is a spoiler,” Emilia Clarke tells Joanna Robinson in our summer cover story. The luminous star of Game of Thrones and the new Star Wars movie, two of the most closely guarded and avidly followed creative properties of our time, is not wrong. She who commands dragons must be constantly on her guard lest she let a plot point slip. But let me take a moment to praise the spoiler—or at least take you back to a galaxy far, far away (the Midwest, 38 years ago), when one would have been welcome. Here’s what happened: like most Americans in the summer of 1980, I went to see The Empire Strikes Back, only to walk out two hours later blinking in the harsh sunlight (it must have been…

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you are here

I am a longtime subscriber to Vanity Fair. Most issues have made for great reading; some not so much. The April issue fits into the former category; I read it cover to cover! From James Wolcott’s plaintive essay on pining for Obama (a feeling which I completely share!) to the happier article on the Duchess of Cornwall—and, in between, the tragic story of the El Faro, the brief glances at Jane Fonda and Priyanka Chopra, and the deep dive into Eddie Lampert’s questionable handling of Sears and Kmart—it all resulted in my copy of the April issue becoming ragged at the edges and looking well-worn. CAROLINE DE SOUZA Mission Hills, California TO SIR, WITH LOVE No doubt you will receive many more letters thanking James Wolcott for his wistfully perfect portrayal of that…

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billie eilish

AGE: 16. PROVENANCE: Los Angeles. THE FAMILY: Eilish and her older brother, Finneas O’Connell (20), collaborated on music from the start. “We wrote, I sang, he produced—it happened gradually.” THE CATALYST: “I find a lot of inspiration through visuals. When I was 12, I saw Aurora’s “Runaway” music video. Something inside me clicked, like, that is what I want to do, no matter whether it goes anywhere or not.” It has. Her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” catapulted Eilish to fame, and her unique sound and modern teen spirit have earned her co-signs from Lorde, Lana Del Rey, and Halsey. THE INFLUENCES: “I grew up on the Beatles; I love Linkin Park and Green Day. I heard hip-hop for the first time at 11 and realized what I was missing.” THE…

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The December 2003 cover story of this magazine declared that “Gay TV is here, and the revolution will be televised.” Writer Ned Zeman was referring to the seeming preponderance of L.G.B.T.-centered television shows available to audiences at the dawn of what is our current golden age. As fate would have it, the two most Zeitgeist-y series featured in the article, and on the cover—Will & Grace and Queer Eye—have returned to TV recently, a little polished and modernized, but still recognizably the same shows. Was this the bold future we envisioned at the onset of the Gay TV revolution, or are we stuck in a loop? Some progress has been made. This year, glaad’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report found more regular L.G.B.T.Q. characters on broadcast television than ever…