Jane Fonda, activist, actress and Megyn Kelly unenthusiast, covers the November 2017 issue of Town & Country. The black-and-white image, shot by Max Vadukul, is noteworthy not just because the 79-year-old Hollywood legend looks as badass and regal as ever in her crisp, white Ralph Lauren shirt — but also because it hasn't been retouched.
The in-book editorial (also lensed by Vadukul) features Fonda in looks from Maria Grazia Chirui's Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired Cruise 2017 collection for Dior, but it's the accompanying interview (by Brooks Barnes) that's arguably the most compelling — and relatable — part of all this. "Who gives a rat's ass?" she says when asked about her career. "It's just that, with everything going on in the world, our country, it's really hard to talk about myself or entertainment right now."
During a more reflective portion of the interview, Fonda makes it clear that so many years in the biz have brought with them wisdom and self-awareness. "Perfect?" she says. "It doesn't exist. What matters is that you're whole. I felt so much of my life that I was two people. There was this person everyone saw, and there was another person who lived outside of me, alongside me, who had been delegated all of the imperfect stuff. To become whole, you reach around and pull all those shadows in and they join your light — you put it all together inside your skin. And you accept that, yes, I'm flawed, but my intentions are good, and I will never be perfect, but I will continue to evolve toward that."
Head to Town & Country to see more images and read Fonda's full interview.