Fact Check: Dr. Rachel Levine Was NOT Featured On The Cover Of Vanity Fair

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Dr. Rachel Levine Was NOT Featured On The Cover Of Vanity Fair Photoshopped

Did Vanity Fair feature Dr. Rachel Levine on the March 2021 cover of the magazine, and did Dr. Levine send a 'thank you' tweet to Vanity Fair expressing dreams of one day being President of the United States? No, that's not true: This photoshopped magazine cover is not real and was tweeted by a parody account on Twitter.

The fake image first surfaced as a tweet. Now a screenshot of that tweet was posted (archived here) by the Facebook page 'Kylee's Conservative Hangout' on February 4, 2021 with only the caption, 'Gross'. The text of the fake tweet from the parody account 'Dr. Rachel Levine' opened:

Thank you Vanity Fair for honoring me on the cover of your magazine this March. My dream of becoming @POTUS one day just took a step forward.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 5 14:38:09 2021 UTC)

The photo used to produce the photoshopped Vanity Fair cover appeared originally in a June 9, 2015 article published by Reuters titled, "Transgender physician breaks barrier in Pennsylvania capital". Dr. Rachel Levine has served as the Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary since 2015. She was nominated by the Biden Administration to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services on January 19, 2021. The nomination is still waiting for the required confirmation of the Senate.

The person featured on the cover of the real Vanity Fair magazine for March 2021 is singer/songwriter Billie Eilish.

The parody account @DrRachelLevine which originally tweeted the fake Vanity Fair image has been suspended by Twitter.

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(image source: Twitter screenshot 2/5/2021 10:15 AM EST)

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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