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Tina Fey: I Like to Fly My 'Normal' Flag

Tina Fey may be a celebrity, but she is also a self-proclaimed champion of normalcy.

Ever since her Palin impression during the 2008 elections, the comedienne has become a household name. But in a new interview with Vogue magazine, which hits newsstands on February 23, Fey opens up about what it's like to receive hate mail for the first time.

"When Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal, but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal," she tells Vogue.

Check out our sneak peek of Tina's interview by Jonathan Van Meter and her photo spread with legendary photographer Mario Testino. Then be sure to pick up your copy of Vogue on newsstands February 23.

QUOTES:

On 'Going Rogue':

“People started projecting politics onto me,” she says. “There are people who hate me know because of that ... The partisan nature of politics continues to appall me. I’m almost paralyzed by my inability to see things in black-and-white… I felt uncomfortable to be in that discussion."

On normalcy: 

“I feel like I represent normalcy in some way. What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there’s me, carrying normalcy.” Pause. “Me and Rachel Ray.”

On the fashion industry:

“People will say, ‘Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they’re giving girls a negative message’—but we’re also the fattest country in the world, so it’s not like we’re all looking at fashion magazines and not eating. Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I’m never going to look like that model, so… Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don’t look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and giant feet.”

On shooting her Vogue cover:

Her favorite moment: “At one point I was posing for [Mario Testino] and he was talking from behind the camera and he was like, ‘You have to fliiiirt, darleeeng. You have to bee-leeve you are wuuuurthy to on the cover’ And then at one point he said very quietly, ‘Lift your chin, darling. You are not eighteen.’ And I was like, ‘You probably say that to all the 23-year olds.’”

MORE FROM VOGUE:

Read the full interview with Tina Fey

Photos: Tina Fey in Vogue

Video: Behind-the-scenes at Tina Fey’s Vogue cover shoot

Photos: Jessical Biel in Vogue

Photos: Rachel McAdams in Vogue

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