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How Vanity Fair Kept the Caitlyn Jenner Cover Shoot a Secret. No Cell Phones, and Which Celebrity Most VF Fashion Staffers Thought the Magazine Was Photographing

Jun 3, 2015  •  Post A Comment

It’s amazing that in this day and age of instant communications and Twitter, Vanity Fair was able to keep it a secret that it was doing a high-profile cover photo shoot of Caitlyn Jenner.

To keep the big photo shoot secret Vanity Fair had to take on the challenge of “working largely around the usual protocols,” reports The New York Times.

For example, the paper reports: “At the magazine, only a ‘skeleton group’ knew of the shoot. … That skeleton crew numbered around 10, [Vanity Fair’s fashion and style director, Jessica] Diehl said; she told the rest of her team they were shooting Barbra Streisand.”

The Times adds: “Typically, fashion editors will borrow clothing directly from brands; in this case, because of the need for secrecy, Ms. Diehl largely resorted to shopping. She scoured Bergdorf’s and Barneys, Max Mara and Tom Ford, Michael Kors and DVF, working with Ms. Jenner’s measurements in mind. What couldn’t be sourced in store was sought online. ‘Online was actually a great boon for us in terms of finding sizing,’ Ms. Diehl said.”

The report also notes: “The shoot itself, which took place over several days at Ms. Jenner’s home in Malibu, Calif., was a feat of seamless leak-proofing. ‘There were no cellphones,’ Ms. Diehl said. ‘They were all in a box. There was nothing.’”

To read more about the secret photo shoot of Caitlyn Jenner, please click here, which will take you to the original New York Times article.

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