Up until now, the closest Meryl Streep has ever gotten to the cover of American Vogue was playing the role of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada -- a character that was reportedly inspired by Anna Wintour herself.
Now, the 62-year-old legendary actress has landed her very first Vogue cover in the magazine's January issue, where she was photographed by Annie Leibovitz by the ocean (much like Charlize Theron in December issue) wearing a belted Carolina Herrera dress.
In the feature story, the actress discusses her upcoming role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and even jokes that she is the "oldest person" to be on the magazine's cover. Streep plays Thatcher from age 49 to 85 in the movie, and tells Vogue's Vicki Wood how impressed she was, in particular, by Thatcher's "stamina":
"It was really extraordinary, her tirelessness, sheer stamina. When I say that, I really mean it, because I work hard, I know what working hard is and I know what staying up late is, and you can do it for a certain time. But to do it for eleven years? And out of power, to keep on with it, into the sunset? Superhuman.”
Streep is also photographed in Washington, D.C. alongside the women who are currently campaigning for a National Women's History Museum -- including Madeleine Albright and Dr. Maya Angelou.
Vogue's January issue hits stands December 20th.