Vanity Fair’s Women on Women

Penguin Pr. Oct. 2019. 448p. ed. by ed. by Radhika Jones with David Friend. ISBN 9780525562146. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780525562153. LIT
Jones (editor in chief, Vanity Fair) and Friend (editor, creative development, Vanity Fair) have put together an eminently enjoyable collection of Vanity Fair profiles of women by women from the 1980s to the present. We are treated to interviews and profiles of the now famous as their stars were rising (Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey), the already acclaimed (Cher, Tina Turner), the historical (Emily Post, Frida Kahlo), and the current (Michelle Williams, Lena Waithe). Among the delights are the 2007 Michelle Obama interview and 1992 profile of Hillary Clinton, in which several remarked she should be the one running for president and her brother, Hugh Rodham, declared she’d make a great secretary of state. The royal family also appear, including Tina Brown’s 1985 piece on Princess Diana’s transformation from shy, blushing girl into glamorous star.
VERDICT A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much. There are plenty of “I didn’t know that” moments in spite of how well known many of these talented women will be to readers.

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