VF Workers Told They Were Shooting Streisand
But really, it was Caitlyn Jenner
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2015 10:24 AM CDT
This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for "Vanity Fair" shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner.   (Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP)

(Newser) – The New York Times sheds a little more light on what went on behind the scenes of Caitlyn Jenner's super-secretive Vanity Fair cover shoot, via the paper's conversation with Jessica Diehl. Diehl, VF's fashion and style director, says she found her job "completely petrifying," partially because in depicting Jenner, Diehl wanted to nail "how she sees herself," she explains. And then there was the secrecy: Only about 10 people at the magazine knew Jenner was being photographed; Diehl told the rest of the team Barbra Streisand was the subject of the shoot. And, because of the need for secrecy, Diehl had to buy rather than borrow some of the clothing for Jenner to wear—a challenge for a 6-foot-2-inch cover model. One dress was sourced traditionally from Zac Posen, and the designer didn't realize he was going to be part of such a "historic moment," as he later called it, until he saw the magazine Monday morning.

More news:

  • In case you were wondering why Caitlyn didn't go with Kaitlyn, in a nod to ex-wife Kris, stepdaughters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, and daughters Kylie and Kendall, well, she's not saying. But, as the AP reports, Caitlyn does acknowledge in the full VF interview that she at least considered the "K" spelling before deciding to break the tradition.
  • Jenner's mom is having a hard time adjusting to all the changes: Caitlyn is "beautiful" and "so much more at ease," Esther Jenner tells Access Hollywood, but "I still have to call him Bruce. His father and I named him that. It's going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change, but happily so … I'm very happy for him—or her!"
  • Caitlyn seems to have overshadowed Kim Kardashian's pregnancy news, but a source tells the New York Daily News that Kim and Kanye are expecting not one but two babies. "Kim has told a handful of people that she had in vitro and that two eggs were fertilized. She is waiting to see if they both 'stick' before she makes any kind of announcement," the source says, adding that Kim also doesn't want to take away from Caitlyn's moment. Another source tells E! the due date is December.
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