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Flashback: Elizabeth Taylor’s controversial 1992 “Vanity Fair” cover about her AIDS activism: “I don’t give a shit what people think”

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“I don’t give a shit what people think,” began the @VanityFair piece about Elizabeth’s groundbreaking #AIDS activism. She was featured on the cover of the magazine’s November 1992 issue, in a lengthy spread entitled “Liz Aid: Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Odyssey.” ⁣ ⁣ The article continued, “Elizabeth put a face to AIDS. The face. Indeed she did—and before AIDS became the charitably correct disease that it is today.”⁣ ⁣ When the issue was published, Elizabeth found herself mired in controversy, mostly due to the photo of her used on its cover. Many readers were outraged that Elizabeth Taylor, bonafide Hollywood royalty, would be featured holding a condom and discussing sex so openly. ⁣ ⁣ Regardless, it was a groundbreaking cultural moment that helped further push the subjects of #sexeducation and #safesex practices into the public consciousness, with the intention of preventing the ongoing spread of HIV/AIDS.⁣ ⁣ #ElizabethTaylor⁣ #Courage⁣ #Conviction⁣ #Compassion⁣ #Confidence⁣ #Activism⁣ #HIV

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