Kate Upton does her best impression of Marilyn Monroe for the 100th anniversary issue of Vanity Fair.
The magazine on Wednesday released images of its October cover, which shows Upton blowing out a celebratory birthday candle. Editor Graydon Carter sees the cover as a fitting tribute to a magazine that has been able to celebrate longevity throughout volatile eras for print media.
“Magazines have ‘bones’—the unchanging elements that give structure to creativity—as surely as gardens and houses do,” Carter wrote of the Vanity Fair 100th-anniversary issue. “Today’s magazine is different in countless ways from yesterday’s—as even the briefest excursion through this issue will show. But I like to think that if [Vanity Fair’s first editor] Frank Crowninshield…could see the modern Vanity Fair, stripped of its logo and other identifying marks, he’d know in an instant what he held in his hands.”
Inside the magazine, Kate Upton is photographed relaxing on the moon and mimicking the original cover of the first issue of Dress & Vanity Fair from October 1, 1913. Noted photographer Annie Liebovitz was tapped for the shoot.
The cover will add to what’s already been a big month for Kate Upton. The swimsuit model turned high-fashion supermodel will be given the Model of the Year honor at Wednesday night’s 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City, an event that kicks off New York Fashion Week.
Earlier this year Upton became the first model to earn consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers since Tyra Banks in 1996, and she’s also been featured on a number of magazines including Elle, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan.
The October issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, and will be released nationally on the iPad, Nook, and Kindle on September 10. Those who want to get a sneak peek of Kate Upton channeling Marilyn Monroe on the cover can check it out here.