The biggest surprise of Caitlyn Jenner‘s Vanity Fair cover wasn’t the revelation itself but, rather, how they were able to keep it all on the down low. A lot of people need to be in the know for a story as big as this and, let’s face it, Hollywood is full of blabbermouths and some of the stealthiest, sneakiest bloodhounds capable of sniffing out a scoop anywhere. But somehow VF managed to keep one of their biggest covers ever — Cait’s debut — from being leaked.
Since the cover’s reveal on Monday, details have emerged as to what the publication did to protect Cait, themselves, and the story of the year.
VF contributing editor Buzz Bissinger recalled how the last moments of seeing Bruce were crazy because he had to stay completely isolated and in hiding, despite being anxious to show off Caitlyn.
A no cellphone policy was strictly enforced, thus ruling out any potential Twitter or Instagram leaks. Just like at Bieber‘s house, security confiscated all phones during the shoot.
A single computer that was never connected to the Internet was used for everything. Brilliant.
Hackers had no chance
The final copy of the issue was “hand-delivered to the printing press.” And likely escorted by armed guards.
They shot at Jenner’s place
The photoshoot had to be completely out of the spotlight so what better place than Caitlyn’s Malibu home (which also happens to be where Bruce’s last interview with Diane Sawyer was)? It helps that Casa de Jenner is a gorgeous estate so it wasn’t tough for the tiny crew.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz and a style squad descended on Caitlyn and did their thing. Led by VF style director Jessica Diehl, she revealed, “The people here at VF did not know. Three people in the fashion department knew, including me.” Size doesn’t matter; the team tackled the makeup, hair and hands like champs.
Babs, not blabs
To keep it quiet, people who are normally in the know (just not in this case) were told the shoot was for Barbra Streisand. And that’s all they needed to hear.
The Kardashians are on Cait’s side
They might not like that she went with Caitlyn instead of Kaitlyn but that doesn’t mean the K klan were going to spill. The family that normally clamours for any scraps of attention have kept it all close to the vest and anything they have said about her has been nothing short of amazing.