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Vanity Fair Cover Controversy

One thing magazines love to do is call dibs on who will be the new "It" celebrities in the year to come. Sometimes they pick stars whose careers are destined to take off, occasionally they make incredible calls with near-nobodies who later become A-listers, and usually the majority of their picks fade into oblivion. While we'd like to think celeb bible Vanity Fair puts a great deal of thought and planning into its annual "New Hollywood" issue, this year the editors really limited their scope when it came to choosing the next big stars. (Or perhaps they overemphasized the "Fair"? ) Every woman on its new cover is extremely thin and very, very white. Unless Vanity Fair considers one redhead to be diversity, we feel the need to cry foul.

The cover of the March issue features Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, and Anna Kendrick. Many, if not all of these women have good reason to grace the Vanity Fair cover, and to be a part of what they have dubbed "the fresh faces of 2010." Evan Rachel Wood has garnered critical acclaim since her Golden Globe-nominated performance in 2003's "Thirteen" as well as loads of media attention from her highly publicized romance with rocker Marilyn Manson. Kristen Stewart was catapulted to fame by the mega-successful "Twilight" franchise and will star as Joan Jett in the upcoming film, "The Runaways," while Amanda Seyfried's career was put in motion after her role in 2008's "Mamma Mia!" But WAIT: Vanity Fair already had both Stewart and Seyfried on an August 2008 cover touting "Hollywood's New Wave." And this was also a white-girl-only cover. Were there no promising young actors of color who could have been featured in either issue?

Though it's true, Young Hollywood is predominantly Caucasian, we can think of a slew of non-white, non-rail thin actors who made a splash this year (Gabourey Sidibe from "Precious" anyone?). In the accompanying article, Vanity Fair writer Evgenia Peretz calls out the young cover stars by their best attributes: "downy-soft cheeks," "button nose," "patrician looks and celebrated pedigree," "dewy, wide-eyed loveliness," "Ivory-soap-girl features." Roles for black, Asian, and Latin actors are scarce in Hollywood, but surely Sidibe, Zoe Saldana of "Avatar" and "Star Trek," and Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" are having their moment. Vanity Fair may have been looking for the most promising batch of talent for their issue, but they should have been looking for a diverse group of women as well.

We reached out to Vanity Fair for comment, but as of publishing time they did not respond.
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While I like some of the actresses who made the cover, I completely agree that Gabourey Sidibe, Zoe Saldana and Freida Pinto were greatly over looked. It would have been nice to see at least one girl who doesnt look like Children of the Corn on the cover but Vanity Fair doesnt agree. And besides, the movies that Gabs, Zoe and Freida were in alone nearly trounce all the movies of the girls who made the cover combined.

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One thing magazines love to do is call dibs on who will be the new "It" celebrities in the year to come. Sometimes they pick stars whose careers are destined to take off, occasionally they make incredible calls with near-nobodies who later become A-listers, and usually the majority of their picks fade into oblivion. While we'd like to think celeb bible Vanity Fair puts a great deal of thought and planning into its annual "New Hollywood" issue, this year the editors really limited their scope when it came to choosing the next big stars. (Or perhaps they overemphasized the "Fair"? ) Every woman on its new cover is extremely thin and very, very white. Unless Vanity Fair considers one redhead to be diversity, we feel the need to cry foul.

The cover of the March issue features Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, and Anna Kendrick. Many, if not all of these women have good reason to grace the Vanity Fair cover, and to be a part of what they have dubbed "the fresh faces of 2010." Evan Rachel Wood has garnered critical acclaim since her Golden Globe-nominated performance in 2003's "Thirteen" as well as loads of media attention from her highly publicized romance with rocker Marilyn Manson. Kristen Stewart was catapulted to fame by the mega-successful "Twilight" franchise and will star as Joan Jett in the upcoming film, "The Runaways," while Amanda Seyfried's career was put in motion after her role in 2008's "Mamma Mia!" But WAIT: Vanity Fair already had both Stewart and Seyfried on an August 2008 cover touting "Hollywood's New Wave." And this was also a white-girl-only cover. Were there no promising young actors of color who could have been featured in either issue?

Though it's true, Young Hollywood is predominantly Caucasian, we can think of a slew of non-white, non-rail thin actors who made a splash this year (Gabourey Sidibe from "Precious" anyone?). In the accompanying article, Vanity Fair writer Evgenia Peretz calls out the young cover stars by their best attributes: "downy-soft cheeks," "button nose," "patrician looks and celebrated pedigree," "dewy, wide-eyed loveliness," "Ivory-soap-girl features." Roles for black, Asian, and Latin actors are scarce in Hollywood, but surely Sidibe, Zoe Saldana of "Avatar" and "Star Trek," and Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" are having their moment. Vanity Fair may have been looking for the most promising batch of talent for their issue, but they should have been looking for a diverse group of women as well.

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While I like some of the actresses who made the cover, I completely agree that Gabourey Sidibe, Zoe Saldana and Freida Pinto were greatly over looked. It would have been nice to see at least one girl who doesnt look like Children of the Corn on the cover but Vanity Fair doesnt agree. And besides, the movies that Gabs, Zoe and Freida were in alone nearly trounce all the movies of the girls who made the cover combined.
I agree about Gabby -- especially after her amazing performance in "Precious", but Zoe was in a recent Vanity Fair cover (I believe from a couple of months ago), which could have had something to do with why she's been left out.
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I agree about Gabby -- especially after her amazing performance in "Precious", but Zoe was in a recent Vanity Fair cover (I believe from a couple of months ago), which could have had something to do with why she's been left out.
It says in the article Kiristen Steward and Amanda Seyfried were in the "Hollywood's New Wave" 2008 issue. so appearing on the cover multiple times doesnt seem to be a problem.

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I only recognize the name of one of those actresses, and I still couldn't pick her out of the line-up.

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It says in the article Kiristen Steward and Amanda Seyfried were in the "Hollywood's New Wave" 2008 issue. so appearing on the cover multiple times doesnt seem to be a problem.
There's a huge difference between two years and six months. The likelihood of the same subject making the cover of a publication twice in the same six month period is very rare (a year even). I believe Zoe was on 2008 cover, too (along with another minority America Ferrera)
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There's a huge difference between two years and six months. The likelihood of the same subject making the cover of a publication twice in the same six month period is very rare (a year even). I believe Zoe was on 2008 cover, too (along with another minority America Ferrera)
even if its rare, Zoe's two recent movies are the most successful of all the girls even mentioned. so i dont think it would be or should be impossible to have her on there. i mean if you want to talk about the new it girls of hollywood, Zoe is the definition.

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i think it looks bad aesthetically but i dont see too much wrong with it.

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While I like some of the actresses who made the cover, I completely agree that Gabourey Sidibe, Zoe Saldana and Freida Pinto were greatly over looked. It would have been nice to see at least one girl who doesnt look like Children of the Corn on the cover but Vanity Fair doesnt agree. And besides, the movies that Gabs, Zoe and Freida were in alone nearly trounce all the movies of the girls who made the cover combined.
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I only recognize the name of one of those actresses, and I still couldn't pick her out of the line-up.
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even if its rare, Zoe's two recent movies are the most successful of all the girls even mentioned. so i dont think it would be or should be impossible to have her on there. i mean if you want to talk about the new it girls of hollywood, Zoe is the definition.
It just wouldn't happen. Zoe got a huge honor getting the SEPTEMBER ISSUE of Vanity Fair. For all lifestyle publications, September is ALWAYS the biggest -- more pages, more notoriety. It's a huge issue. There is no way she would get that and then this cover, too. It doesn't matter if she's the biggest white start to come to Hollywood since Julia Roberts. It just wouldn't happen. It has nothing to do with race or talent or popularity. She's not getting two covers in 6 months, especially if she already nabbed September.

And to be quite frank, Zoe is not on the same level as most of who's on the cover, acting talent wise. I say most because I'm not familiar with everyone's work, but Rebecca Hall, relatively unknown to many, will act circles around Zoe. And so will Anna Kendrick (a Tony nominee), Carey Mulligan, Evan Rachel Wood, Abbie Cornish and Mia Wowsikowska. I would have loved to include Gabby (or yes, even Freida but she's really from last year. I don't think I saw her in a single thing in 2009) in this, because there then would have been 3 2010 Oscar nominees. It's really a huge and unfortunate oversight on VF's part.
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Anyway... I don't think Freida is really a "fresh face of 2010", and Zoe's been around for a fair while now too. Gabourey should have been included though, yes.
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for starters, the list wasn't just made last month. at the very least it has been made two or three months ago so this might explain why Gabby and Zoe (eventhough she has made quite a flash in Star Trek) weren't included. Freida Pinto is not a fresh face and apart from having projects in development, she doesn't have a project that's currently showing or will come out in a few months. you also have to remember that it's also the actor's manager or PR agent and to some extent, the movie studios, that campaigns for these kinds of list so it depends on how good your agent is and how well connected he/she is to put you out there. believe me, there's a lot of campaigning and haggling behind all this. lastly, the girls on the cover/list are girls who have been heard of 6 months or a year before so eventually, no matter how they want you to believe, these girls are not fresh faces (go check their fimmography and list of projects in development).
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When I saw the full picture, even before these articles about the controversy came out, I was surprised that everyone was white. That being said, how out of place would Precious's fat ass have looked in this picture?!
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I have to agree with you. I think this is more of a case of bias against big actresses than black actresses as Sidibe is the one who really broke out in the time frame that would get you on the cover of this issue.

This isn't to deny there's a dearth of good roles and recognition for women of color in Hollywood, but then things are better they were.

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When I saw the full picture, even before these articles about the controversy came out, I was surprised that everyone was white. That being said, how out of place would Precious's fat ass have looked in this picture?!
for aesthetic reasons, yes it would look out of place

you also have to remember that Vanity Fair is quite an elitist magazine
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Vanity Fair has the creepiest covers, I swear.
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