In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
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If we hadn’t already seen evidence of Kristen Stewart’s upcoming Vanity Fair spread, we know there’d be an uprising about her absence from the cover of VF’s annual Hollywood Issue. After all, there are two other alumnae from the 2010 issue returning for this year’s cover: Mia Wasikowska and Jennifer Lawrence. They share the mag’s front image with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara and Jessica Chastain, she of The Help and every other critically acclaimed movie of 2011.
Behind the fold are some other rather recognizable faces from the past year, albeit made up in ultra-glam ’30s-era styling for the Mario Testino photo that makes them nearly unrecognizable: Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton and Lily Collins. Three of the actresses are buzzy but not yet getting mainstream recognition: Adepero Oduye, star of the indie fave Pariah; Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Brit Marling, who co-wrote and starred in last year’s Another Earth and co-stars opposite Richard Gere in the upcoming hedge-fund drama (!) Arbitrage.
Kristen Stewart’s got a big year of publicity ahead for her, what with Snow White and the Huntsman out in June, Breaking Dawn Part 2 in November and On the Road set for sometime in 2012. So we imagine the big photo shoot she did with Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris for Vanity Fair is just the beginning of her many amazing shoots in the coming months. E! has the pics of her all dolled up and 19th-centuryish in a huge Christian Dior couture gown with a huge fascinator as she posed with horses in the park. After the jump, we present you with a closeup of her makeup for the shoot, and a shot of her in another outfit as she chats with Lagerfeld in a cafe (can you get any more Parisian than that?).
We realized today that we weren’t doing justice to our end of the gender spectrum. We love keeping you up-to-date with all the hottest magazine covers as and when they release, but the majority of those are of actresses and models. What about the dudes? How about a slice of action for the ladies? We and Vanity Fair are obviously on the same wavelength because they decided to establish a little more gender balance with a triple whammy on their February cover. Behold the Holy Trinity of hotness in all their glory — Daniel Craig, George Clooney and Matt Damon. It’s almost too much to handle! We’re definitely going to pick up the issue for the article titled, “The Proust Smackdown: Clooney vs. Craig vs. Damon,” which features all three actors’ responses to the mag’s signature questionnaire.
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How different does Scarlett Johansson look on these covers. The one on the left is the December issue of Vanity Fair, and the one on the right is Interview Magazine‘s December offering. We love the red hair, pink lips and soft lighting on the VF one, but it’s the sexiness of the Interview photograph that has us sold. She’s wearing Dolce & Gabbana in the shot and it’s so much more angular and harsher — right down to the darker, thicker brows — than the other cover photograph. We don’t blame either magazine for wanting to end their year with ScarJo! Which one do you prefer?
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Unless “photo shoot” means something complete different and 10,000 times more horrible than we think it means, Johnny Depp’s rape comments in his new Vanity Fair interview are bizarrely off-base, and not in the fun way Johnny Depp normally is. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, you just feel like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re being raped somehow,” the Rum Diary actor tells the magazine about photo shoots. “Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man.” Yes, the word “weird” seems fitting here. Not so much the sexual assault comparison. Someone get this man a thesaurus!
Depp isn’t the first celebrity to compare getting their photo taken to rape, just the latest. Last summer Kristen Stewart’s rape comments drew criticism from virtually everyone with a grasp of the English language, after the Twilight star said paparazzi photos “make me feel like IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking at someone being raped.” People are still using standard camera to take celebrity photos, right? Not some kind of crazy terror lasers? We’re just checking, because…that’s the only possible explanation we can come up with.
Sofia Vergara is totally working it in Vanity Fair‘s October issue. The profile on her is short and succinct, but what speaks louder than any words is her photo shoot, which this lush black-and-white is part of. The other shots include the Modern Family actress stretched out on a couch and wrapped in mink (and nothing else), or smiling in leopard print lingerie. It would be a bit too much if it wasn’t photographed so darn classily. Because it is! Her make-up, hair and that SMILE are just right so even when we see her just about fitting into a blush-colored corset, you sigh and think ‘gorgeous’ as opposed to ‘trampy’! Look at the shots here and let us know if you agree with us?
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Vanity Fair have got Jennifer Lopez‘s first interview since her split with husband Marc Anthony for their September issue. More importantly, they’ve got her on the cover and inside the magazine looking ridiculously caliente! Of her relationship with Marc she reveals, “I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer. We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. Together we could make magic — and we did. He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children.”
She doesn’t directly address why exactly they broke up but she does talk about where she’s coming from even after a couple of failed marriages behind her. Jennifer told the magazine, “I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love. It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself—if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now.” It’s good to hear her speaking out finally but we’re not going to lie to you, we want the deets. We’re still wondering what went wrong!
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Lindsay Lohan looks super glam in Vanity Fair, Italy. She’s on the cover as well, but we prefer these bella donna shots of hers inside (even though they looked quite retouched). It may not be a US cover, but she’s making her way on to this continent slowly and steadily. Plus the Italian’s know their fashion so this quite a legitimate move on her part. She looks pretty amazing doesn’t she? We google translated our way through the long-ish interview and she’s dropped some real pearls of wisdom about her recent incarceration like, “Unless you’re a killer, I don’t see a reason to stay there.” She means jail, because she feels her treatment was way harsh. These are the first photos of Lindsay taken since her house arrest, and we give her top marks for the shoot. Not so much for the interview.
[Photo via Italian Vanity Fair]
Wow! NSFW — but wow! Emma Stone covers Vanity Fair‘s August issue and looks like a total bombshell. She also gives a really funny interview where she speaks about how she functions in day-to-day life. “I think I’m a Type A personality who’s trying to convince herself she’s Type B”, she revealed. Emma, you’re on the cover of Vanity Fair. That’s Type “Star”. She was also quite nervous getting into a bikini for the cover shoot, joking about how she only wears one-pieces and how her vices aren’t conducive to letting it all hang out. She joked, “That’s pretty much it, the heroin, the sugar, and the wine—nothing too crazy.”
Emma also a recalled a particularly funny incident with a paparazzo where he tried to strike some sort of crazy deal with her. She recounted, “He stands up while I’m walking to my car and is like, ‘Hey, Emma! Listen, I’m going to delete these pics. Here’s my card. If you ever go to the beach with your friends or walk out of your house in your pajamas, call me.” On refusing his card and basically not getting what the hell he was trying to do, she added, “He’s like, ‘But I’m deleting these pictures, see?’ … These guys try to strike up a deal with you so you feel like they’re your friend. I didn’t even know that was a thing — that people would call them.” Perhaps she needs to have a chat with Lindsay Lohan and the like. They’d tell her all about it.
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