People ask me what it is like to be in Vogue magazine. I keep a lot of it to myself because it's still tough to talk about, the experience has been that humbling. I don't take any of it for granted. I will say this, though: the day I learned that Anna Wintour had read the manuscript of "Innocent Spouse" and liked it, was big on it, and had decided to buy the exclusive first rights for Vogue, I had to walk away from the phone/computer/desk, shut a door behind me and scream. It was that or faint on the floor.
If you don't know why I would react that way, please read the profile of her in The Wall Street Journal magazine: Brand Anna
The experience of being photographed by Vogue, of having a team (sittings editor, photographer, make-up artist, hair stylist, assistants) come down from NY to dress me and make me look good, was nothing short of Cinderella-like, which proves that one is never too old to be Cinderella.
About the photo below: Kevin Sturman had clicked off many frames of Spencer and me looking into the camera, posing conventionally, trying to be ourselves. I broke from the pose, grabbed my dear boy's shoulders, and said, "Can you believe we're being photographed for Vogue?" Click. That's great shooting. Thank you, Kevin. I don't recall, but Spencer probably said, "whatever, Mom."
Everyone I dealt with at Vogue was at the top of their game and it was a pleasure.
The article is on the Vogue website: Debt Becomes Her
You'll get the connection of being in an issue with Rihanna on the cover only once you've read the book. I love the cover.