This year Vanity Fair's Hollywood cover looks a lot less white than it usually does.
The magazine began doing its annual Hollywood issue in 1995. From that year until 2013, 177 stars were featured on the extended covers. Only 17 were black (which doesn't account for repeat appearances by Rosario Dawson and Kerry Washington). Most of these black actors and actresses were hidden "behind the fold," like Anthony Mackie was here in 2011:
But it seems Vanity Fair finally heard calls for more diversity, and the 2014 cover is happily different than the ones that came before. The stars featured: Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, George Clooney, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, and Léa Seydoux. That's six black actors and six white ones with plenty of Oscar buzz to go around. Elba and Ejiofor are featured prominently before the fold.
Of course, some think girl-of-the-moment and Oscar nominee Nyong'o should have gotten top billing, too.
Nice to see so much diversity on VF cover, but c'mon, Lupita shoulda made the front flap! http://t.co/66VWZR3KM0— Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) February 3, 2014
The issue is on stands February 11. (Something else to look out for in this issue: that Gwyneth Paltrow profile.)