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
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?