And I mean that in more ways than one, because traditionally Vanity Fair has blinded us with covers so white you’d think they were ads for fluorescent lights in a snowstorm. Ever since the infamous #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was born back in 2016, Hollywood has been trying to diversify more. The Vanity Fair covers of late have also been partaking in that trend by spotlighting a variety of Hollywood stars who bring the American dream of collecting checks from playing make-believe on screen into full blown Technicolor.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hollywood issue, which was shot by Academy Award winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chavo” Lubezki. It features a mixture of newbies and OG’s as well as some current Oscar nominees and everyone is staring into the camera like they’re equal parts confused, hungry and ready for the sexiest power nap of their lives.
The 25th Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is here. V.F. teamed up with three-time Academy Award–winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki to capture, in eloquent motion, the Hollywood of today and tomorrow #VFHollywood https://t.co/pEz6DP8y06 pic.twitter.com/03MpkzHIZ9
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 24, 2019
In the past the covers have ranged from 2018’s glamorous re-creation of keeping your balance while drunk to 2016’s Morticia Addams look-a-like contest so this cover falls right in line with Vanity Fair’s tradition. And just in case you don’t recognize any of these beautifully bored specimens here they are in order:
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Saorsie Ronan (Mary, Queen of Scots) , Timothee’ Chalamet (Beautiful Boy), Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress nominee for Roma), Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite) , Rami Malek (Best Actor nominee for Bohemian Rhapsody), Regina King (Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk), John David Washington (BlacKkKlansmen), Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), Tessa Thompson (Creed 2), and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians).
Best Actress nominee Yalitza Aparicio is the real MVP of this list because Roma is her very first film. She spoke to Vanity Fair about how she felt to receive the honor, especially being a woman of color.
While my time in the business has been short, it has been a source of pride and hope for many people to see someone that looks like me—an indigenous person—starring in an Oscar-winning director’s film. And a big change for Hollywood.”
I’m all for diversity and everyone coming together for change but can we have a cover one year where the people actually look like they want to be there? I know Hollywood ain’t exactly a place where reality is common but it’s very hard for me to cheer for these people when they look so damn jaded. I’m currently sitting at a wooden table writing on a laptop bundled up from head to toe because I had to choose between the heat or electricity however I’m still smiling! And not just because my cheeks are frozen into that position either.
Pic: Vanity Fair