Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye Featured in Vanity Fair’s 2012 Hollywood Issue

This annual issue has drawn criticism in the past. What do you think of this year’s cover? 

Posted: 01/31/2012 03:23 PM EST

Vanity Fair has put out their 18th annual Hollywood Issue saluting “the fresh young stars of 2012” that are making their mark on Hollywood. The issue comes out right in the middle of awards season and this year Mission Impossible star Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye, the face of acclaimed indie film Pariah, are among the 11 starlets that were highlighted. 


The magazine has been criticized for overlooking Black actresses altogether for this issue, and/or strategically placing them off the cover in the group image. Not surprisingly, Patton and Oduye appear on panels three and two, respectively, on the fold-out picture that was meant to pay homage to art deco and jazz-age designs, but they still dazzle among the group. Oduye is radiant in a one-shoulder silver dress and Old Hollywood pin-curls. It’s especially great to see a newer Black actress getting shine for her performance, while Patton sits in a delicate white dress and fur stole with smoky eyes and a bold red lip.


Rooney Mara (nominated for Best Actress Oscar for Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Mia Wasikowska (Albert Nobbs), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Jessica Chastain (The Help) are placed on the cover image, shot by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. Actresses Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction), Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Brit Marling (Another Earth) are also featured.


The March issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and L.A. on Feb. 2, and nationally on Feb. 7.



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