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Four Covers of Town & Country Summer 2020


The magazine releases its annual Philanthropy Issue (on newsstands today) featuring four cover stars: Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Robert F. Smith, Agnes Gund, and an illustrated cover by Maira Kalman.

Inside the issue, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves open up about their Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, a non-profit they founded in 2008 to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices. McConaughey and Alves also share the teachings they impart on their kids and what makes them want to give back.

Robert F. Smith, the software titan and businessman, made headlines in 2019 when he surprised the graduating class of Morehouse University with a $40M check to pay off college tuitions. Smith, who ranks third on the Forbes global list of Black billionaires, speaks to how his father shaped his philanthropic roots and more. At the time of this interview, Smith was working with Apple and AT&T to get internet access and smartphones to children from low-income families so they could participate in remote learning.

Agnes Gund, the philanthropist and art patron, gets candid about her “Art for Justice” fund which gives grants to artists and advocates working on the crisis of American mass incarceration. But her philanthropy doesn’t end there. “Aggie didn’t simply make one of the largest single donations to comprehensive criminal justice reform we’ve ever seen, she did the uncomfortable things activists do,” says lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Finally, Israeli-born American illustrator Maira Kalman illustrated her cover as an homage to gratitude in a difficult season. (source)


Featured Article: Keri Russell for Town & Country December 2019


Keri Russell is the cover star of Town & Country’s latest issue (on newsstands November 27th).

Russell is gearing up for her role as Zori Bliss in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker film in theaters December 20th.

Russell opens up to Town & Country about what she liked about wearing a mask for her Star Wars role, how she balances work and family life with her husband, actor Matthew Rhys, and her three children, along with if she believes she has an expiration date in Hollywood, and more.

On being in a mask for her Star Wars character, Zorri Bliss: “…It was very attractive, the idea of not being the lead. The mask – I felt safe in it. And tough.”

On balancing work and family life: “I see a lot of other people who have great ambition, but I feel as if my life is so full, with little kids. I’m not hungry for a certain type kind of success.”

On being shy in front of the camera: “Being photographed is a skill, and I’m not good at it. I’m a shy person, so it’s embarrassing. And I’m 43 now, so I’m able to say it’s embarrassing to me. It’s weird. I always look bad!”

On if she feels she has an expiration date in Hollywood: “I do think about it. And I feel that [the time dwindling for roles] should sort of be now. But at the same time, I just got an incredible offer to do something. A really, really rich story. Maybe it doesn’t stop.”

On social media: “I know a little bit about Instagram. I like to look at pretty things.” Images courtesy of Town & Country. (source)


Featured Article: Laura Dern for Town & Country November 2019


Laura Dern is the cover star of Town & Country’s November issue, on newsstands October 29th.

Dern is gearing up for two highly anticipated film premiere’s later this year – Marriage Story (in theaters Dec 6th) and Little Women (in theaters Dec 29th). Here for Town & Country, the Academy-Award nominated actress gets candid about the shifts toward fully-realized roles for women in Hollywood post-#MeToo, what she loves about her character, Nora, in a Marriage Story, and her process behind choosing roles to play. Plus, Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon shares what she and Dern first bonded over.

On her character, Nora, in her upcoming film Marriage Story:Nora is the turning of the screw in this piece in that they might have done it very differently if not for this one character.”

On what the characters she chooses to play each share: “I’ve always been drawn to characters that not only haven’t found their voice, they don’t know they’re entitled to one. That’s been a real theme to the women that I have fallen in love with.”

On the shift she’s noticed toward fully-realized roles for women in Hollywood post-#MeToo: “I’m being offered things that are very true about a woman’s sexuality. Even a decade ago when they might have thought, ‘But she’s a 50-year old actress – and cast a 27-year-old.’ [Now] there’s consideration for character and truth, and, I think, less fear.”

Reese Witherspoon on the Southern tradition her and Dern’s mother instilled in them: “They made us say please and thank you, yes ma’am, no sir, write thank-you notes, and always have a story to tell at any dinner party.” Images courtesy of Tom Schirmacher for Town & Country. (source)


Featured Article: Salma Hayek for Town & Country April 2019


Salma Hayek is the April 2019 cover star of Town & Country, on newsstands ‪March 12‬.

Hayek is gearing up for this month’s thriller The Hummingbird Project (in theaters ‪March 15th‬) where she plays a trading tycoon who finds herself in competition with a former employee (Alexander Skarsgard) and his cousin (Jesse Eisenberg) as they battle to control a technology that could make its owner a fortune.

Inside her T&C cover story, the 52-year-old Oscar-nominated actress opens up about her marriage to fashion magnate François Henri Pinault, the joys, and struggles of Instagram, Harvey Weinstein, motherhood, and plastic surgery.

On her character in this month’s thriller The Hummingbird Project (in theaters ‪March 15‬): “They’re rare. And if you’re Mexican they’re practically nonexistent.”

On the joys and struggles of Instagram: “Funnily enough, I have 8.6 million followers…doing it on my own! I remember my first Boomerang. I did it, but it was without my head, and I got so frustrated I just posted it. I said, ‘Sorry, guys. I tried but I really can’t get it.’”

On her husband, François-Henri Pinault and what she keeps private: “[Pinault] is the best husband in the world. I get to be who I am with him, and I don’t feel that somebody tries to limit me. I’m not going to tell you [how we met]. It’s such a romantic, amazing story, but it is mine. I don’t want to vulgarize it by making it into a story to make myself interesting.”

On those who were surprised when she married Pinault: “A lot of people are very shocked that I married who I married. And some people are even intimidated now by me. But it’s another way of showing racism. They can’t believe this Mexican ended up in the life that she has, and they’re uncomfortable around me.”

On Harvey Weinstein’s discrediting her story following her 2017 New York Times article: “There is a theory that women of color are easy to discredit.”

On becoming a mother at age 41: “I think I’m a better mother because I had her [Valentina] later. But I do get tired, I’m not going to lie.”

On plastic surgery: “I haven’t done an-y-thing.” Images courtesy of Town & Country. (source)


Featured Article: Anne Hathaway for Town & Country February 2019


Anne Hathaway is the cover star of Town & Country magazine’s February issue (on newsstands Jan 15th).

Hathaway gets candid with T&C (cover images shot by Francesco Carrozzini) where she opens up about Hollywood’s school of hard knocks, why she’s grateful for Instagram, and how she sets her anxiety on fire (literally).

On how Instagram has helped her: “Having the ability to do something on my own terms has been good for me. It has allowed me to calm down and communicate in a way that’s more clear.”

On her gratitude for acting roles: “A part of me just has to be aware that whatever it’s asking me of me, I’m incredibly lucky to be the one who’s being asked.”

On drawing strength from female friends and fellow actresses: “You just believe that more is possible. You’re a little bit braver and you want to dig a little bit deeper, you know?”

On fighting for causes such as intersectionality and anti-racism efforts: “A huge part of doing the work, particularly as a white woman, is listening and hearing and valuing the voices of people whose voices are not allowed to be raised up as much as yours.”

On how she manages stress: “Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down. You spew it out. You do not read it. The timer goes off, you tear it out of the book, and you light it on fire. All of this energy, this angst, this rage – everything is smoke.” Images courtesy of Town & Country. (source)


Featured Article: Ralph Lauren & Ricky Lauren for Town & Country November 2018


Celebrating 50 Years of Legendary Style, Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky Lauren are the cover star of the November 2018 issue of Town & Country (on newsstands October 16th), captured by Pamela Hanson.

The magazine received exclusive access to photograph three generations of the Lauren family at their Bedford, NY home and this is the third time the Ralph & Ricky Lauren grace the cover (their first two T&C covers were in March 1992 and December 1996 together). On the heels of Lauren’s 50th Anniversary show during NYFW this September, Ralph opens up to the magazine about his fashion philosophy, how philanthropy pays a part in his life, his take on American fashion, and why he considers everything in his life to be personal.

On his fashion philosophy: “My philosophy has always been that I can sell chinos and T-shirts and $5,000 gowns – they just have to be the best of what they are.”

On how Ralph Lauren the man and the brand represent the U.S.: When I started, I felt that America was too much about mass production…Why should people go to Europe, to European brands, for good clothes? I wanted to show that we could do something American that was just as good. When I went to Russia to open a store in Moscow, I remember thinking, This is where my parents came from, and now I’m back here not just to open a store but to represent America, that Ralph Lauren is a big part of how they see America.”

On family: “I am very emotional about life and family – I’ve been married for 54 years. I’ve appreciated my life and my family, and I’ve been very lucky.

On his legacy: For me everything is personal. I realize that over the course of 50 years you could blow it or you could stand for something. I’ve worked hard, and I feel that I’ve made beauty, and I’ve made things that make people feel better. I don’t want to be remembered only for selling thousands of shirts.” (source)


Featured Article: Julianne Moore for Town & Country October 2018


Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (in Chanel Couture and Chanel Fine Jewellery) stars in this month’s release of Bel Canto (in theaters September 14), based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling 2001 novel of the same name. Moore plays Roxane, a world class opera singer taken hostage while performing at a politician’s party in South America. In the film, Roxane’s singing voice is provided by the opera star Renée Fleming, whose own soprano is the voice Patchett had in mind when she wrote the character.

The October cover of Town & Country is photographed by Tom Munro with styling by Nicoletta Santoro.

On how she related to Roxane in Bel Canto: “A character who had been in Paris by herself, that was something I could relate to, because before I had a family I would find myself in a location all by myself and think, ‘This isn’t the kind of life I want to have. She lives without any kind of community.’”

On opera in the modern day: “I think that’s the tragedy of opera in the modern day, that most people’s access to it comes through TV, and it sounds, unfortunately, the same. But being so close to these musical masters, you hear the different qualities of their voices unamplified.”

On what her daughter thinks of the roles she chooses: “…Oddly, a lot of my roles get lumped together. There was a series of 1950s housewives that were all thrown at me at the same time. Or you do a bunch of funny things all at once. MY daughter recently asked me about a project, ‘Do you die again, Mom? I feel you like you always die.’

On the most important element to her acting method: “For me the most important thing is research. If I’m playing an opera singer, I better learn what it is to be an opera singer or be able to approximate it. I’m going to know my lines. I’m going to know the music. I’m going to know all of that stuff. But then that preparation allows you to drop it on camera.” (source)


Featured Article: Carys Zeta Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones for Town & Country September 2018


Catherine Zeta Jones and her daughter Carys Zeta Douglas wears Michael Kors dresses and Tiffany & Co. earrings on the September cover of Town & Country magazine photographed by Victor Demarchelier, styled by Nicoletta Santoro.

On adjusting to the paparazzi and defining who she is in the public eye:
“I used to get really upset. They [paparazzi] would jump on the subway and sit right in front of me. I was like, six. I was confused. That’s when I knew, ‘If this is going to be what it’s like, I need to focus on who I really am, and this is going to be something that’s just going to happen, and I can’t do anything about it.”

On having to prove herself being a part of the Douglas Dynasty:
“When I was younger I didn’t like the idea of having his name attached, this kind of ‘Douglas Dynasty’ stuff. I think what bothers me the most is that people think I don’t work hard for it, that I don’t need to work hard for it. That anything I do gets handed to me. When, honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people – that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”

On how she and mother bond over fashion:
“Fashion has been so important in my life, because my mom is like a fashion icon to me. I’m always looking through her closet.”

What Catherine Zeta-Jones is most proud of in her children:
“What I instilled in my kids, and I’m very, very proud of it, is manners. There’s nothing worse than a privileged kid without manners. I drilled it into them like boot camp. The teenage years…She [Carys] knows she cannot roll her eyes at me, or huff and puff around me. I never did it to my mother; and she’s not doing it to me.” (source)


Featured Article: Three Covers of Town & Country Magazine June/July 2018


Town & Country magazine revealed its June/July 2018 ‘Philanthropy’ issue featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karlie Kloss, and the students from March For Our Lives (Emma González, Lenor Muñoz, Alex King, D’Angelo McDade, and Delaney Tarr) on three separate covers photographed by Max Vadukul. (source)


Featured Article: Penélope Cruz & Édgar Ramirez for Town & Country March 2018


Penélope Cruz and Édgar Ramirez stars on Town & Country’s March 2018 cover, on newsstands nationwide February 06th.

Cruz (in Michael Kors) and Ramirez (in Dior Homme) are pictured together by photographer Tom Munro for their first cover (not in costume) who currently portray siblings Donatella Versace and Gianni Versace on the FX Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the cover is styled by Nicoletta Santoro and Alex Weiderin both of whom were a part of iconic Versace fashion campaigns in the early 90s and 2000s.

Cruz on Donatella Versace: “To me she [Donatella Versace] is like a heroine. She has demonstrated in so many ways in her life how to be an incredible woman.”

Ramírez on his admiration for Gianni Versace: “He [Gianni Versace] was a visionary and a disrupter, and we’re experiencing an era that he helped create aesthetically. There were no designers expressing that rock ‘n’ roll approach to couture before Gianni – this mix of sexuality and celebrity. The current obsession with fame started with Gianni.” (source)


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