Tina Fey is Vogue‘s cover model for their eighth annual March power issue. As both a talented actress and writer, Tina is at the top, but in her interview she calls herself a celebrity who is “normal.” Anna Wintour disagrees in her editor’s letter: “There is nothing ordinary about her brilliance, her perceptiveness, or her beauty. Mario Testino and Tonne Goodman’s portfolio of the star captures a woman who fully understands the power of style to elevate the everyday.”
Tina doesn’t view herself as representing anything other than just a common person.
“I feel like I represent normalcy in some way, she tells Vogue. “What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there’s me, carrying normalcy.” Pause. “Me and Rachael Ray.”
But, after her Sarah Palin impression her life can’t be all that normal especially since she now receives hate mail.
“People started projecting politics onto me,” she says. “There are people who hate me now because of that.”
“The partisan nature of politics continues to appall me,” the SNL star adds. “I’m almost paralyzed by my inability to see things in black-and-white… I felt uncomfortable to be in that discussion. The weird thing is, when Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal, but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal.”
Fashion magazines receive a similar double standard.
“People will say, ‘Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they’re giving girls a negative message’ — but we’re also the fattest country in the world, so it’s not like we’re all looking at fashion magazines and not eating,” she says. “Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I’m never going to look like that model, so… Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don’t look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and giant feet.”
Tina isn’t one to care too much about looks or what she wears — at least she definitely didn’t at school. When Tina was in grade school, a cousin gave her some hand-me-downs that included a “colonial-lady” Halloween costume.
“It consisted of a bonnet,” says the star of 30 Rock, “and a burlap apron and a long skirt. And I would just wear it sometimes after school. As an outfit… It was the Bicentennial! People were excited!”
“I think women dress for other women to let them know what their deal is,” she explains. “Because if women were only dressing for men, there would be nothing but Victoria’s Secret. There would be no Dior.”
So, what was Tina’s favorite moment when shooting for the cover of Vogue?
“I was posing for [Mario Testino] and he was talking from behind the camera and he was like, ‘You have to fliiiirt, darleeeng. You have to bee-leeve you are wuuuurthy to on the cover,’” she remembers. “And then at one point he said very quietly, ‘Lift your chin, darling. You are not 18.’ And I was like, ‘You probably say that to all the 23-year-olds.’ ”
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