For 20 years, the first page of V.F.’s Vanities section has been regarded at the magazine as its second cover. The making of the page then and now.Since 1992, the magazine’s Vanities section has opened with a full-page portrait of a promising young star. In September 2006, we tweaked the format to feature an up-and-coming actress in a 50s-style pinup shot. These shapely ingénues are on the cusp of fame or have just hit it big; they have names you need to know and faces you won’t have trouble remembering. Here’s a look at all the bombshells who’ve struck a playful pose in the retro style.
April 2007 Kristen Stewart
Age: 17. Provenance: North Hollywood, California.
You first glimpsed her as … Jodie Foster's doppelgänger daughter in Panic Room (2002). "[Director] David Fincher does a lot of takes," Stewart says. "There was this one scene we must have done, like, 80 times. I didn't know that it wasn't the norm. Now I wouldn't be as chill with it … " Because now she's a prolific industry veteran, with four films due out this year. Namely, In the Land of Women, The Messengers, The Cake Eaters (the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson, with Stewart in the lead role), and Sean Penn's Into the Wild, based on the Jon Krakauer book. But is this the life for her? Not necessarily: "I want to go to college for literature. I want to be a writer. I mean, I love what I do, but it's not all I want to do—be a professional liar for the rest of my life." Still, Kristen's no brooder: "I love big-band music, and I'm taking swing classes now. I can't wait till I'm going to be able to be tossed up in the air." —Krista Smith. Photograph by James White.
Source: Vanity Fair
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