The Queen. Wonder Woman. Oprah. This year’s Hollywood cover features some of film and television’s most iconic and beloved women (and the roster of men—Han Solo, anyone?—isn’t too shabby, either). Unsurprisingly, managing to assemble the group of 13 cover stars for the ultra-glam, white-tie-and-shimmery-gown shoot was no simple feat.
Photographed in Los Angeles and New York by Annie Leibovitz, this year’s cover marks the last one in the 25-year tenure of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. And yes, Carter—nestled between Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and New York institution Robert De Niro—appears on the cover for the first time ever. “We wanted to celebrate all things Graydon on this cover,” V.F. creative director (fashion and style) Jessica Diehl explained. Said Annie Leibovitz, “In honor of Graydon, we went to the full white-tie . . . which is his style.”