For the past 20 years staple magazine Vanity Fair has compiled a list of celebrated actors for that year and featured them in a large scale, usually elaborate, cover spread. Vanity Fair has also come under attack for notoriously leaving out significant actors of color from their spread and primarily focusing on white actors. This was made most evident from the hotly discussed cover from 2010 (pictured below) which featured actresses such as Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick. All of these young ladies are talented and had big years, however Vanity Fair managed to leave out actresses such as Gabourey Sidibe, Zoe Saldana and Freida Pinto who also had huge success that year.
The backlash that followed was loud and far-reaching every year since- Vanity Fair has slowly but surely added more and more actors of color to their line-up. This year however, Vanity Fair might have struck gold with their line-up as everyone seems to be very pleased, not only with the actors and actresses chosen but also with the amazing photography undertaken by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.
This year’s spread isn’t only dedicated to up and coming Hollywood performers but also to the actor’s who’ve helped make the previous year’s film endeavors the monumental success they were. The list is as follows: Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).
Right now this edition is available for download on your mobile devices such as ipad/mini, kindle, nook, and other tablets and will be on stands February 11. How do you guys feel about this year’s cover? Anybody they overlooked?