Drew Barrymore Wears Vintage Detroit News Style on National Magazine Cover
Often, when celebrities grace the covers of national fashion magazines, they are highly styled and wear the latest yarns from the hottest designers in the industry.
However, multi-hyphenated superstar Drew Barrymore styled her hair for InStyle magazine’s August cover photo and chose her own vintage Detroit News t-shirt to accentuate her casual look.
The cover photo for InStyle’s “Bad— Women” issue shows the actor, director, producer and author in what appears to be a vintage shirt that reads “The Detroit News. The first good news of the day”.
The cover photo of a smiling Barrymore holding a “peace” sign with her Detroit News shirt, blue jeans, fisherman cap and fur jacket slung over her shoulder was plastered all over social media on Wednesday morning. , prompting fashionistas to ask “Where can I find this shirt?”
Well, The Detroit News has it covered.
The $25 Detroit News vintage t-shirt will be available through July 23 online at detne.ws/vintagetee.
All proceeds from the sale of the shirt will be donated to The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundationa nonprofit organization founded by The Detroit News and Detroit Public Schools in 1980.
The foundation awards scholarships to Michigan high school students who emulate Ms. Parks’ ideals while demonstrating academic ability, community involvement and economic need. Over the past 40 years, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 high school students. It also awards $40,000 to new students each year.
“We’re proud of our nearly 150-year heritage and happy that any proceeds benefit The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation,” said Gary Miles, editor and publisher of The News. “We helped found the organization 40 years ago with the goal of helping high school graduates who exemplify Ms. Parks’ ideals attend college, a vision as important today as it was. in 1980.”
On Barrymore’s Instagram post, which hit 200,000 likes late Wednesday afternoon, some fans expressed their love for the bright red shirt. When they were reposted on The Detroit News’ Instagram account, several readers asked to buy their own version of the threads.
“Love Love Love…I want one of these shirts!” wrote Instagram user Renee Chase.
The author of the article, Laura Brown, editor of InStyle, also wants one.
“I have to get myself a shirt!” she posted in a comment on The Detroit News Instagram page.
“As for me, we loved the retro spirit of the t-shirt and the great message,” Brown told the Detroit News in an email Wednesday night. “And who doesn’t love Detroit??”
In the feature, Barrymore says she “don’t really know what it means to be a bad—“.
“And I agree with that. We live in a time when people want to be more than one thing. If you apply yourself and work hard, that’s where the bad comes in. I also like to see the word “bad—” in a happy context, like on this blanket with a smile, a peace sign, and a shirt that says “good news”. It makes me feel like I’m on the right track.”
The Detroit News has reached out to Barrymore’s agent and InStyle’s PR rep to inquire about where the Golden Globe Award winner may have picked up the t-shirt. We can guess that she bought it at a local thrift store during one of her visits to the region. The consensus among former Detroit News employees is that the shirt design dates from the early 1980s.
In 2009, Barrymore directed a film which was shot, in part, in Detroit. “Whip It,” starring Ellen Page, Barrymore, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis, was about a teenage girl who rebelled against the world of beauty pageants her mother wanted for a noisier world of roller derby.
While in Michigan, Barrymore and Page were full of praise.
“I’ve seen the state a lot. I actually know it pretty well,” Barrymore told the Toronto International Film Festival for the film’s premiere in a play The News aired in October 2009.
“Saturday night I was going to the 8 Ball in Ann Arbor and I had a cold PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) and I loved it. I loved the Majestic in Detroit.
“It was great for me because I really found places that would work. I found wonderful places,” Barrymore said. “I felt like it was a blessing that we got to shoot there.”
Along with representing The Detroit News, Barrymore also has a vintage University of Michigan sweatshirt she’s seen wearing in a few of her Instagram videos.
Besides her stint at the 8 Ball Saloon under the famed Blind Pig concert hall in Ann Arbor, Barrymore traveled to Tree Town in 2015 for an event at the Michigan Theater to talk about her memoir “Wildflower.”
InStyle’s August issue with Barrymore is set to hit newsstands July 17.