JAPAN’S DEPOSED FIRST LADY STILL IN VOGUE: Anna Wintour is planning to get her money’s worth with regards to an Annie Leibovitz shoot and story she commissioned on Miyuki Hatoyama, the kooky wife of Yukio Hatoyama, who, until Wednesday, was the prime minister of Japan. (After less than a year in office, Hatoyama said he would step down following low approval ratings and alleged broken campaign promises.) Vogue is said to have dispatched a group, which included Leibovitz and executive fashion editor Phyllis Posnick, to Japan in late April to shoot Miyuki, who, among other things, is notable for claiming she was abducted by aliens 20 years ago. In her book “Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered,” published in 2008, the now former first lady of Japan (and one-time actress) reportedly wrote, “While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus.” A spokesman for Vogue confirmed the story on Miyuki Hatoyama is still slated for the August issue — the magazine’s annual Age Issue — saying, “We still plan to use the photos because the issue is about starting over.”
— Nick Axelrod
June 3, 2010
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