An all-white Vanity Fair cover

3 02 2010

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Vanity Fair’s New Hollywood issue (coming in March) has created some controversy. The issue? All the women on the cover are thin and white (i.e., Caucasian).

“Unless Vanity Fair considers one redhead to be diversity, we need to cry foul,” says Joanna Douglas, a Shine! staff member.

She says that even though Young Hollywood is primarily white, they can think of many “non-white, non-rail thin actors who made a splash this year (Gabourey Sidibe from Precious anyone?)”

Douglas says that the magazine might have been looking for the most promising set of talent, but they should have searched for a diverse group, too.

Now, I’ve never read Vanity Fair, but I’m not all that surprised by the cover. I mean, Hollywood is not really known for being diverse in the first place. Anywho, what are your thoughts about it?

"Hollywood’s New Wave" featured only white women on the cover, too. (Vanity Fair, August 2008)

(You can check out the entire article here)

Source and photo from: Vanity Fair’s “New Hollywood” issue completely lacks diversity

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2 responses

3 02 2010
Madison Bleu

Vanity Fair has always been and will continue to be a magazine that, let’s face it, is primarily for the women depicted on the cover in question. Its not for us and was never meant to be and therefore its never going to be. Why do we keep looking to these kinds of publications and other media outlets to ‘include’ us as if by doing so they will verify what we already know: that we are just as talented, articulate, intelligent and beautiful as our counterparts of other races. Seriously I don’t look to mags like Vanity Fair to validate my existence. Let them have an all white cover we have plenty of our own magazine to showcase ‘our’ Hollywood.

Love the blog and the FB site.

Peace and blessings overflowing,

Maddi B.

3 02 2010
Toni

I pick up Vanity Fair from time to time (almost had a subscription too). However, I am not suprised by the cover. I am assuming most Vanity Fair readers are not of color. Vanity Fair knows its readers. From what I’ve seen in the pages, not much diversity is reflected. Most readers are probably able to better identify with the celebs on the cover. Would you expect to see Essence add some white faces on its cover? Maybe I should be more bothered by this than I am. But you’ve got to pick your battles. This is one I don’t care about.

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