Oh, man. This selection has some of the best subscribers covers I’ve seen in…a really long time.
Fug File: Fug The Cover
This is beautifully done.
One of the most heartening things about this Monday morning was seeing our Twitter feed, to a person, be delighted for the former Bruce Jenner that the debut of her future is so graceful and lovely and even poignant. She looks fantastic — kind of a brunette Jessica Lange, to me. And there’s something really moving about her pose, and the simple way she’s framed. It’s classy and careful and caring, with a mix of confidence and vulnerability. As if to remind people that no matter how much this was the right decision for Caitlyn, it still requires courage and moxie and a leap of faith over an unknowable chasm.
The story will appear in the July Vanity Fair, written by Buzz Bissinger, and small excerpts were released today along with the cover:
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
“I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.”
I can’t lie: There is something delicious about this, by breaking on the same day, totally overshadowing news of Kim’s second pregnancy. And all jokes about why it’s not “Kaitlyn” aside, I LOVE that it’s not, because to me that reads deliberate and significant, like he’s truly leaving something behind. Like this isn’t just Bruce 2.0, but Caitlyn, a person in her own right who flies in another direction.
But mostly, I hope this is the freedom that Bruce craved and expected, and that Caitlyn deserves. And that once the high of the truth, and its impact, wears off and scales back into everyday life, that she finds one to lead that fulfills every yearning she has. We’re living in a time that is finally understanding that gender and sexuality aren’t cut-and-dried. As much as Caitlyn’s bravery makes her a symbol, or a beacon, she also needs space in her life to be a person.
[Photo: Vanity Fair]
I am beginning to understand why Gisele is SO EXTREMELY RICH. I don’t think I’ve ever written one of these posts where she WASN’T on a cover of SOMETHING.
[Photos: A Variety of Interational Vogues]
NO ONE called this one, right? For what it’s worth, I think this entire spread — shot in Italy by Mario Testino, like, how hideously torturous for everyone involved, right? I may or may not have gotten sucked into the Parker Villas website picking out an Italian rental for a vacation I’m technically not planning after writing this post — is kind of spectacular.
It’s time for our semi-regular eye-balling of a variety of international Vogues. There is nary an actress to be seen.
I haven’t said this in a long time, but I am delighted to say it today. This InStyle cover is so cute:
The colors are great, the outfit is fab (and something a normal human might wear in the world, which makes sense for InStyle, which has never skewed “directional”), her lovely face looks recognizably like her own lovely real-life face, and I am totally going to buy this to read it by the pool this weekend. Round of applause for everyone!