Its success is due to a simple premise: gathering together the most glamorous stars of awards season, dressing them up all nice and forcing them to stand around sullenly in a series of agonising CIA stress positions. Listen, we want to start an annual event where we find the most attractive women working today and put them on the cover together. One quick thing: they all need to be wearing their nighties. This is a nightmare. How about we just get everyone to pull a really disappointed face. Would that work?
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Launched by Conde Nast Publications in late , Vanity Fair magazine became a trailblazer in the art of celebrity photography, publishing iconic images of figures from the movies, business, literature, politics and society circles. Editor Graydon Carter writes of America at the time of the Great War, when the magazine made its debut: "For the first time, the nation saw itself encircling the planet - not just as a Great Power whose benefits and consequences were debated even then but as an entrepreneurial powerhouse and cultural dynamo. And Americans had attitude: they were willing to build people up but also cut them down to size. They applied a sense of humor - broad, sophisticated, sly, rambunctious - to everything.