So what’s it like to be the spouse of an oft-photographed social swan? Despite having to squire their wives around to an endless parade of black-tie fetes and designer dinners as well as be bossed out of shots by photographers, this gallant group always manages their escorting duties with aplomb.

“I understand the red carpet and the ‘step and repeat.’ And I don’t mind being shot in the background with the palm tree,” says Tim Schifter, husband of Helen. “Just don’t ask me to store your lipstick in my tuxedo.”

It’s, at times, a thankless job, but what better occasion than Father’s Day to give these loyal husbands some better play?

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