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Vanity Fair Continues Its Slide From “Noted Periodical” To “Graydon Carter’s (Highly Unoriginal) Wank Bank”

Posted by Clem Bastow on November 5, 2008

Once upon a time, as a freelance writer, I dreamed of writing for Vanity Fair. The long feature articles! The fabulous writing! The glorious paper stock! However, more and more these days it feels like a high-end version of (American) GQ, with a tits-‘n’-arse blast on the cover and little more than upper-class gossip in its guts. This is the latest cover feature, in which Kate Winslet “bares all”:

Get it? It’s a revealing interview, so it figures that she must get her kit off. Except, what’s that? Feeling a sense of de ja vu?

Kate’s not the only one who has “bared all” for VF!

Forget about those marital confessions, let’s bare the bazoongas! And what about intimacy? How about an intimate interview? Best disrobe for that one!

In other words, in VF land, giving an intimate interview means you better get intimate with the camera. Sexism is bad enough; unimaginative and self-plagiarising sexism is worse.

In fact, just cop a load of 2008’s covers so far, via VF‘s online archives:

picture-19So in chronological order, that’s: boobs, fully dressed men, funny boobs, environmental boobs, serious politician, maternity boobs, young Hollywood legs and butts, an improbably fully-dressed First Lady, RIP boobs, Enchanted boobs, and Oscar-hungry legs and boobs.

I probably shouldn’t even be surprised, but somehow, I feel disappointed.

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3 Responses to “Vanity Fair Continues Its Slide From “Noted Periodical” To “Graydon Carter’s (Highly Unoriginal) Wank Bank””

  1. Scal said

    The most depressing thing about this issue is that – apparently – Kate Winslet talks about how in her early days of acting, she was fat.

    Fat.

    I always thought Kate was keeping it real. So disappointed.

  2. Mel Campbell said

    @Scal – Kate Winslet has said in many interviews that she was a chubby teenager (like, age 15-16) – the other kids even nicknamed her Blubber – and that’s what made her do dumb things at age 18 like abusing laxatives and living on coffee and apples. I do remember Kate being scarily thin around the Sense and Sensibility era.

    It’s laudable that she’s since come out swinging against over-skinny actresses and magazine airbrushing, but I can’t help thinking she might have wedged herself because now every time she talks about wanting to lose weight or feeling fat, or every time her pictures get Photoshopped, she looks like a hypocrite.

  3. Gemma said

    In fairness to Kate, I read the article and it sounds like she’s referring to being 200 pounds and 5 foot 6 as a teenager before she started acting, and if my calculations are correct, she would have had a BMI of around 31, which is categorised as obese. I would hate to think she considered herself fat in Titanic, though.

    As for Vanity Fair, I haven’t been able to take them seriously since that ‘women aren’t funny’ crap.

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