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Today we glimpse briefly at that escalating spat between Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter and über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow. (The actress is shown below on the cover of the magazine’s September 2000 issue.)
It all started when Vanity Fair decided they wanted to do another story on the actress. It isn’t the first time Ms. Paltrow has appeared in the magazine, she has been showcased on Vanity Fair’s cover five times. But things took an odd turn in June when portions of an email Ms. Paltrow was said to have sent to friends was made public. More from a September NY Times story:
“Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine,” Ms. Paltrow wrote by e-mail, according to someone who had seen the message. “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again.”
That NY Times story looked at a bigger issue than just the Paltrow/Vanity Fair disagreement, delving into the changing relationship between celebrities and the magazine.
For years, the relationship between Vanity Fair and Hollywood was like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: the magazine gave the movie business class and Hollywood gave Vanity Fair sex.
But even the best relationships can hit a rough patch. Recently, Vanity Fair has toughened its coverage of Hollywood with articles about the troubles plaguing the making of Brad Pitt’s movie “World War Z” and the intrusiveness of Scientology in Tom Cruise’s romantic life and marriage to Katie Holmes.
Some celebrities and their handlers, accustomed to more control over coverage, are not pleased.
Long something of a “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” arrangement, the relationship between celebrities and mainstream media is often an uneasy association based upon constantly shifting circumstances. Add in a relentless 24-hour news cycle fed by countless online sites and situations can rapidly become precarious.
In this case it isn’t as though either entity could be described as a lightweight. Not only is Ms. Paltrow a star in her own right, with a popular website and additional business interests, she is married to musician Chris Martin of the band Coldplay. Vanity Fair is also a heavyweight; for more on the magazine’s heft we return to the Times story:
The magazine still has enormous influence in Hollywood. Graydon Carter, its editor, remains a figure to be reckoned with, and the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party remains the hottest ticket in town.
“Vanity Fair’s influence is still enormous,” said Ron Meyer, president of Universal Studios, who in recent years has hosted an annual dinner honoring Mr. Carter the Thursday before the Oscars.
Ms. Paltrow on another Vanity Fair cover, this one from August 2011.
“We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it’ll run.”
Us Weekly’s reportage is somewhat more excitable.
“Gwyneth Paltrow may want to prepare herself for the worst. Despite her reported efforts to prevent Vanity Fair from doing an article about her, the influential pop culture magazine is moving forward with what many expect to be an epic takedown piece on the Oscar-winning actress.
“She’ll find Los Angeles very different and very difficult,” he says. “Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them … But it doesn’t really exist any more in L.A. unless they stay in. I mean, you can be a well-known movie star and go decades without getting an embarrassing picture in a magazine just by leading a quiet, normal life.”
Once again United Bamboo’s Cat Calendar is on sale, featuring only the most stylish of felines in all their sartorial splendor. We leave you with this photo from the Calendar, accompanied by an image of the outfit worn for the shoot and its original inspiration, the generally well dressed Mr. Draper. The outfits are always auctioned off after the Calendar is photographed, thus the statement by United Bamboo that “Your cat wants to be Don Draper for Halloween.”
We love the company’s optimism, but no. There’s not a chance it’s happening here, perhaps at your Palace? For a fun peek at how the Calendar is put together, click here for a Style.com feature.
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