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Vanity Fair

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Subscription Length: 1 year

Product Description

Nobody knows more about star power than VANITY FAIR, where you get access to people, personalities and power like no other magazine. From unmasking Deep Throat to intimate interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Martha Stewart and Lindsay Lohan, VANITY FAIR scooped the competition and gave its readers the must-read exclusives everyone has been talking about. Your subscription includes must-see special issues like the Hollywood issue and the Music issue, and monthly coverage of the movers and shakers in entertainment, media, politics, business and the arts.

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Who Reads Vanity Fair?

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, 2008
Smart, stylish, and voraciously interested in the world, Vanity Fair readers have an extraordinary ability to discern what is truly worth their time, attention, and money. It is essential for Vanity Fair readers to be conversant in a wide range of topics—from global issues, economics, and travel, to beauty, fashion, and entertainment—and they pursue the knowledge of these subjects with an unusual intensity. Vanity Fair readers actively seek out friends and colleagues with whom they share ideas and experiences, creating a diverse and eclectic network of peers. Known for its ability to "ignite a dinner party at 50 yards," Vanity Fair is meant for readers who enjoy expert-level knowledge and lively, spirited debate.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
  • Fanfair: Vanity Fair’s monthly guide to truly unique and talked-about cultural events around the world, hot new CD’s, books, and films; groundbreaking art and design; exhibitions and theatrical events; fashion, beauty, and travel trends.
  • Fairground: The magazine brings its discriminating eye into the world’s most exclusive events, capturing candid snapshots of the culture’s rich, famous, and iconic. This pictorial feature goes around the world, one party at a time.
  • Columns: Insightful essays by distinguished writers, such as Dominick Dunne, James Wolcott, and Michael Wolff, cover the most relevant topics of the day. These investigations on crime, politics, business, society, the media, and current events are often touted on the cover and have a dedicated following.
  • Vanities: Short takes on today’s most compelling personalities, Vanities is a reader favorite, incorporating splashy graphics and quick wit.
  • Spotlight: Spotlight shines a light on the stars of the future. Former discoveries include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gwyneth Paltrow, all before they made it big.
  • Proust Questionnaire: An update of the 19th-century parlor game, this classic Q&A features a different celebrity subject every month.
  • Features: In-depth, award-winning stories about entertainment, the arts, business, politics, fashion, design, and more, are at the heart of the magazine each month.
Past Issues:

With every issue, Vanity Fair allows its contributors the freedom to indulge in extraordinary storytelling, making it a destination for the world’s most renowned photographers and award-winning journalists, such as Marie Brenner, Bryan Burrough, Bob Colacello, Amy Fine Collins, Dominick Dunne, Christopher Hitchens, Sebastian Junger, William Langewiesche, Maureen Orth, Todd Purdum, James Wolcott, and Michael Wolff; and photographers such as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Patrick Demarchelier, Todd Eberle, Larry Fink, Jonas Karlsson, Annie Leibovitz, Tim Hetherington, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber.

Magazine Layout:
With a dynamic combination of big pictures and big stories, Vanity Fair delivers both bold, beautiful photography and the very best thought-provoking journalism in a clean, bold design that is simple yet sophisticated, minimal yet full of restrained energy. When it comes to visually expressing the passions of its stable of photographers, illustrators, writers, and editors, the magazine must look as smart and powerful as the topics it covers.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Vanity Fair June 1997
With a broad range of interesting subjects, Vanity Fair is a general interest magazine that captures the best of the best, from world affairs to entertainment, business to style, design to society. Vanity Fair is unique in its ability to act as a cultural catalyst—a magazine that provokes and drives the popular dialogue. No other magazine can match Vanity Fair's unique mix of stunning photography, in-depth reportage, and social commentary. Each month, Vanity Fair accelerates ideas and images to center stage, creating an unrivaled media event that attracts millions of modern, sophisticated readers.

Vanity Fair's advertisers are as eclectic as the editorial content. Fashion and retail advertisers are responsible for the majority of Vanity Fair's ad pages, but other advertising partners stem from a wide array of consumer categories, including automotive, financial institutions, not-for-profits, corporate entities, beauty, travel, entertainment/media, home furnishings, food, and wine and spirits. On average, a little more than half of the pages in Vanity Fair are devoted to advertising (56%).

  • The American Society of Magazine Editors has nominated Vanity Fair for 63 National Magazine Awards since 1984; the magazine has won 15 times
  • Winner of National Magazine Awards for Reporting and Photo Portfolio, 2008
  • Winner of National Magazine Award, Columns & Commentary 2007
  • Winner of National Magazine Award, Public Interest 2007
  • Winner of the 51st annual World Press Photo of the Year 2007
  • Gold Medal Award, Photography, Spread/Single Page, Society of Publication Designers’ 42nd Annual Competition 2007
  • Graydon Carter: The only two-time winner of Adweek magazine's Editor of the Year
  • 248 awards for design and photography since 1984
  • Included on Adweek’s Hot List nine times–more than any other magazine

Product Details

Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Conde Nast Publications
  • ASIN: B00005NIPX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Conde Nast Publications

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90 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of gossip and hard news December 16, 2001
By mirope
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
"Vanity Fair" is head and shoulders above anything else on the magazine rack. On the one hand, it has loads of fun, gossipy stories on celebrities - past and present - combined with state-of-the art work from the premier photographers in the business, including Herb Ritts and Annie Leibowitz. While the articles on entertainment celebrities are usually pure PR fluff pieces, there are also more in-depth articles about the power players behind the scenes and old Hollywood legends. These voyeristic guilty pleasures sit comfortably side-by-side with some of the best serious journalism in print. Month after month, "Vanity Fair" addresses important issues that are only covered superficially in most of the media. The editors aren't afraid to allow their reporters to do long pieces on foreign affairs, politics and the economy. If it's been a major event on the world scene, "Vanity Fair" has covered it, and covered it well. I almost always read it cover to cover, and always come away feeling like it was time well spent.
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware Vanity Fair Subscription Renewal SCAM August 3, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I enjoyed Vanity Fair magazine for several years but I chose to not renew it in January 2005. They sent the usual renewal notices and I tossed them out, and the magazine stopped coming.

Now in July 2005 I got a harassing letter from "National Credit Audit Corporation" threatening me if I don't pay the $15 account. I did not renew this and I don't owe it, but the tone of the letter is serious.

With some research on the Net I see that Vanity Fair is using an unreputable firm to harass people into renewing.

Anyhow this is finally getting picked up by the mainstream media such as the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported that VF's sister publication, WIRED Magazine, is doing the same thing (they are both Conde Naste publications).

NOTE this is NOT related to Amazon.com, and I am not saying if you subscribe via Amazon that this will happen. It seems to be part of a certain low-rate offer that contained certain language about "auto-renewal" that nobody could possibly read, it's so small. I am writing a letter to the magazine, the credit agency, and the attorneys general of New York and Florida.

The magazine is great, the journalism is top rate. But just try to stop your subscription, you might face the same dunning.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine November 8, 2001
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I would disagree slightly to say that this magazine engages in celebrity gossip. Yes you might read something with a different perspective on a certain person than you normally see, such as George Bush or Barbara Walters. The writing is very good for the most part, I think "literary journalism" is a good way to describe it.
Yes, there's always an extremely goodlooking person on the cover, with a feature article, and you might get some dirt that way, but there are all sorts of topics featured in the magazine. The writing is such that you'll find yourself reading the whole magazine, and reading about people and things you didn't necessarily think about before, nor did you originally plan to read them when you picked up the magazine.
I highly recommend this magazine.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone - young and old May 29, 2003
By A Customer
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I've been a subscriber for about 10 years now. I cannot WAIT until this magazine shows up each month. Vanity Fair is full of wonderful articles mostly of the rich elite, but it capitalizes on on how sometimes awful things can happen to people with money too. For instance, Dominick Dunne's diary of the Moxley murder and the Safra murder. I turn to Dunne's article first in every issue. Christopher Hitchens is sometimes a bit of a "windy" rebel. He sometimes makes a point a peppering a lot of words that you may have to look up in the dictionary.
The lives of the rich and famous are a fascinating read. Truman Capotes Black and White Ball article a few years ago was great. The coverage in the Middle East has been cutting edge. I first heard of the Martha Stewart Imclone stock selling in the pages of Vanity Fair well before it became a scandal.
In response to some postings on Amazon regarding the Hispanic comment: Dame Edna is a comedian. The Hispanic community should take his/her remark with a grain of salt and rise above it. I'm Polish, but I can still appreciate a good Polish joke. The well received sound of laughter is universal.
In closing, I just love reading about casanovas from the 1920's, bi-sexual poets from the 1940's, outsider art from the 1990's, famous restaurants in the 1950's, the history of the corset dating from the 1800's, and cheezy billboard art on the highways of the U.S.A.
Vanity Fair has it all.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware; RENEWAL SCAM!!! November 14, 2012
By Ben
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
This is my very first negative review on Amazon -- or anywhere else, for that matter. Moreover, I've become a die-hard Amazon fan.

However, I feel compelled to warn others about what Vanity Fair is doing with these subscriptions. I had signed up for a one-year subscription at a great rate, which is usually the case with Amazon.

Now, nine months later, I just received a letter from Vanity Fair, informing me that my subscription is about to be automatically renewed for another year at $32.95 -- nearly twice the price of the original subscription. To avoid the charge, I then had to call the Company and work through their automated network until I got to the correct automated robo-voice.

We look forward to the magazine, and think it's great reading. However, they should be ashamed of practices like this. They should be getting subscribers by virtue of the value of the product -- not by underhanded automatic renewals at ridiculously inflated prices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars has lost a lot of their best writers
has dumbed-down over the past couple of years.
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Vanity Fair has been around forever and I've never read the magazine. Can you believe it? It was good. I enjoyed very much.
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Most of the magazine is ads, not renewing my subscription
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