Looks like there was something to all those rumors suggesting a soured relationship between Gwyneth Paltrow and the magazine Vanity Fair after all. Editor Graydon Carter admitted that the rag is planning a harsh, “epic takedown” of the actress for an upcoming issue.
Last month, it was reported that Paltrow had been asking friends to decline comment for an upcoming profile in Vanity Fair, fearing that it would be a smear piece. She was asked to collaborate on the article herself, but declined. She was rumored to be concerned about the magazine’s intentions after they ran unflattering profiles of mega-stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
“Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine,” she reportedly wrote in an email to her closest friends. “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again.”
Paltrow has graced the cover of VF many times before, usually under “glowing headlines.” But apparently this new piece, by frequent celebrity profiler Vanessa Grigoriadis, is anything but. Us Weekly called it “an epic takedown.”
In an interview with The Times of London, Carter said that Paltrow’s resistance has only emboldened him.
“We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it’ll run… She sort of forced my hand,” he said.
“Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them. But it doesn’t really exist any more in LA unless they stay in. I mean, you can be a well-known movie star and go decades without getting an embarrassing picture in a magazine just by leading a quiet, normal life.”
Vanity Fair also refuses picture or copy approval to its subjects as a matter of editorial policy. Carter concedes that this is controversial, but he doesn’t care.
“I can live with that,” Carter said.
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