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Very Vogue Recession: AKA, The Terrible War Against Rich White Women

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How does the Conde Nast title that once featured gold-dipped fur stay current during the recession? By exposing how "the other half" lives!


"Reality Check" tells the sordid tale of Maggie McGuane, a divorcée forced to live frugally. She chronicles her plight — taking her kids out of private school, riding her bike to the grocery store, turning down her thermostat so low that it induced coat-wearing — with less pretension than most articles of the "I was rich and am now poor" genre. We actually had to check twice to make sure we were reading Vogue! But then we took a closer look at the accompanying images and then realized, ah yes, the lithe beauty with crimson hair reclining in suburban squalor is the reason this article didn't hit the cutting room floor. But, that's not the only story about a suffering but picturesque, thin, white women in the July issue. There's a profile of ivy-league-educated, socialite-descendant, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. Her profile explores how she's coping with the decline of the newspaper industry while living in a "modest" house in a wealthy D.C. suburb... with toys on the floor! And of course, as we mentioned before, we are delighted to see Sienna on the cover of Vogue again. After all, she too is a survivor of um... Jude Law and Balthazar Getty? Below find out what else survives in this issue:

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The McGuane piece was somewhat less obnoxious than their other down-on-their-luck rich people pieces, but the extent to which they played up her "creativity" was really annoying. There was not a single novel thing this woman did to change her life— she simply embraced practices that the great majority of lower-income people do. Yet because she found a piece of furniture at an thrift store, she's a decorating genius. Please. She didn't make anything, do anything, or contribute anything valuable to society during her great "growth phase." And she spent the entire time dreaming of using her charge card. I'll bet all the money I don't have that as soon as her situation improves, her habits will go right back to the way they were before.