Apr 22, 2008

The Vanities Girls

Since 1992, the magazine’s Vanities section has opened with a full-page portrait of a promising young star. In September 2006, we tweaked the format: the Vanities opener now features an up-and-coming actress in a 50s-style pinup shot. These shapely ingénues are on the cusp of fame or have just hit it big; they have names you need to know and faces you won’t have trouble remembering. Here’s a look at all the bombshells who’ve struck a playful pose in the new retro style.

May 2008: Kristen Bell

Age: 27. Provenance: Detroit, followed by the Tisch School of the Arts, at N.Y.U., alma mater of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Martin Scorsese. You know her from … Veronica Mars, the now defunct CW show, in which, as the title character, Bell played an amateur sleuth in her hometown, Neptune. Up Next: Bell stars in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, due out this month, the latest romantic comedy from Judd Apatow, the auteur behind Superbad and Knocked Up. “They’ve sort of invented this new type of moviemaking where you really just improv almost the whole thing,” says Bell. “I think the sense of accomplishment when you’re done is even greater.” —KRISTA SMITH

Photograph by Mark Seliger.

Source: Vanity Faif

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