'Vanity Fair' Cover Sparks Pale Outrage

'Vanity Fair' Cover Sparks Pale Outrage

In one of the most diverse and history making years for people of color in film -- Vanity Fair somehow missed the rainbow colored memo. 

Published February 3, 2010

vanityfair In one of the most diverse and history making years for people of color in film -- Vanity Fair somehow missed the rainbow colored memo.  All over the web from urban to pop sites, folks are giving Vanity Fair the side-eye for their March issue that declares "New Hollywood."  Sadly, new Hollywood to Vanity Fair seems a lil' Jim Crow-ish.  The cover includes up and coming starlets like Abbie Cornish , Mia Wasikowska , Amanda Seyfried , Rebecca Hall and Evan Rachel Wood. What's missing?  Well, despite the black letters on the cover -- color is missing!

It wouldn't have been a stretch to pull some diverse names into the mix like 2009 Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson , recent Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe , Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson , Anika Noni Rose from The Princess and the Frog , or one of the hottest actress in the world right now (regardless of race), star of Avatar and Star Trek , Zoe Saldana .  Leaving all of these successful names out would be like doing a story on the "new face of politics" and not including President Barack Obama !

African-American films are making more money than ever and Black stars have proven to be bankable -- especially more bankable than any of the women on the cover of this Vanity Fair issue (with the exception of the girl from Twilight -- Kristen Stewart ).  A writer from Vanity Fair described the girls with "Ivory-soap-girl features" -- wow!  That sounds like something from a 19th century slave narrative!

Did Vanity Fair miss the mark or just following the lily White tradition of their magazine?

Written by Clay Cane

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