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Vanity Fair's 100th anniversary cover for its October issue has been unveiled, and, with Kate Upton on the cover, it definitely doesn't disappoint.
The pic, photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, features Upton doing her best Marilyn Monroe impression. The shoot itself seems to have focused on mimicking iconic images from decades past in an effort to commemorate the magazine's long history: According to Vanity Fair, another image from Upton's shoot features her lounging on the moon, recreating an illustrated cover of Dress & Vanity Fair from October 1, 1913.
In his editor's letter, editor of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter explained:
In his Editor’s Letter, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter remarks on the magazine’s milestone: “In an age when nothing seems to last—not convictions, not even cities—a centennial, like the one Vanity Fair celebrates this year, makes me marvel at the simple fact of longevity.”
“Magazines have ‘bones’—the unchanging elements that give structure to creativity—as surely as gardens and houses do,” writes Carter. “Today’s magazine is different in countless ways from yesterday’s—as even the briefest excursion through this issue will show. But I like to think that if [Vanity Fair’s first editor] Frank Crowninshield…could see the modern Vanity Fair, stripped of its logo and other identifying marks, he’d know in an instant what he held in his hands.”
The issue also includes some of the most iconic images from past issues, including portraits from Leibovitz, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber, in addition to illustrations from the Jazz Age.
Vanity Fair's October issue will be on stands on September 5th in NYC and LA, and on September 10th nationwide.
[via Vanity Fair]