Dolores-Park-goer Mark Zuckerberg is featured on the cover of glossy rich person chronicler Vanity Fair this October, homilized by the publication's editor as "an elder statesman" and "brilliant." And, by the looks of his cover photo, preternaturally smooth-faced.
Though we're urged to click through a link to read the magazine's profile of Zuckerberg, as of publication time it's apparently been removed from the site. I'd love to ascribe this to some sort of skullduggery, but it's probably just a technical snafu/incompetence. Ironic, given Zuckerberg's number one spot on their "New Establishment List 2015" list, in which his technical prowess is lauded. Maybe VF can give Zuck a call and ask him to send someone over to fix his article's page?
Since we're denied the profile for now, I'll have to rely on VF editor Graydon Carter's description of Zuckerberg. It is certainly effusive!
“At 31, Mark Zuckerberg stands out as something of an elder statesman,” Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter writes in his October editor’s letter. “He is far and away the youngest person ever to grab the top spot on the New Establishment list. He has not only proved himself as a brilliant entrepreneur; he may well become one of the great long-haul corporate leaders of the past half-century. . . . The $240 billion company he scratched out of his dorm room at Harvard is apparently just his first step toward world domination in the realm of social networking.”
According to a Cnet blogger, a decent portion of the Zuck profile dealt with Facebook's acquisition of virtual reality headset company Oculus VR, which Zuckerberg described as having "the hacker culture that we have" at Facebook. Oh, you mean, like this?
In his "New Establishment" entry, VF says that Zuckerberg (who was #5 on the magazine's annual list of "the most important visionaries, investors, and cultural leaders" in 2014) "rules, with near omnipotence, over Silicon Valley’s grandest empire, and remains eager for more."
And then there's the cover photo by renowned photog Annie Leibovitz, in which Zuckerberg dons his traditional casual garb. Have some liberties been taken with Zuck's mug? Probably, because Vanity Fair is a professional print publication and that's what professional print publications do. However, as Tesla's Elon Musk argues, some cover-pic Photoshop jobs go too far. Has his visage been manipulated into, as Jezebel commentator Catass says,"a Wax Zuckerberg"? I'll leave that to you to decide.