When Julia Louis-dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, the communal heart sink was tangible. Julia is a beloved part of our culture, a legendary lady, and a vital, brilliant, and hilarious performer who has lived in our hearts for decades ( Seinfeld will turn 30 next year, if you can believe it).
Julia announced her illness with characteristic frankness: “1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote on Twitter. “Today I am the one.” Then she immediately turned the focus to women who don’t have access to the same quality of care that she does: “Let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
And so she went on, sharing droll vignettes from her chemo and rousing dispatches her Veep castmates sent her while she was on leave. She posted her first post-op photo in February and in August returned to shooting the final season of Veep.
To say we are thrilled to feature Julia in Instyle this month is an understatement. What’s more meaningful is her partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue on its Key to the Cure campaign. This year marks the 20th anniversary of KTTC, which to date has raised over $40 million for cancer treatment and research organizations throughout the United States. Together with Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon, Julia designed the T-shirt you see here to benefit the AIRS Foundation, which helps underserved survivors obtain breast-reconstruction surgery. The T will be on sale all of October—breast Cancer Awareness Month—so please support KTTC if you can.
Also, the shirt is chic as hell, which Julia has always been (by the way, I once produced a photo shoot featuring her for another magazine, and my pitch was simply “She’s so hot”).
A sincere and grateful welcome back to the incredible JLD.
Enjoy the issue.