Vanity Fair just came out with their March 2010 cover and it’s gorgeous! It’s bright, vibrant and so fresh. Shot by Annie Leibovitz it’s classy and endearing. Except for one thing: apparently the new young Hollywood is pretty, white and skinny.
There is a serious lack of diversity going on here as the cover features Abbie Cornish, Amanda Seyfried, Anna Kenrick, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Stewart, Mia Wasikowska and Rebecca Hall.
What’s not only disturbing is that fact, but, that Vanity Fair left out two very important actresses.
These actresses, currently, can top each of the current issue’s cover girls in terms of accomplishments (by Hollywood and ‘normal’ standards) … combined.
Who are those two young women? …… Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Saldana.
Gabourey Sidibe is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Precious, her first movie and first nomination. It’s very Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Zoe Saldana was a part of The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek 2009 and is Neytiri in Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time surpassing Titanic.
By the way, it’s rumored that Avatar will be a trilogy and yes, it’s confirmed, there will be a Star Trek 2 in 2012.
What about America Ferrara? Yes, Ugly Betty is ending, but Ferrara is top Latina actress, make no mistake — lots of attention is paid to her.
What about Freida Pinto? She’s one of the few Indian actresses to break through the American market and was the female lead in Slumdog Millionaire. She’s certainly part of the “up and coming” and “has arrived” “Young Hollywood.”
I think it’s also important to point out and while not American, another MAJOR player of “Young Hollywood” that didn’t make the cut, who is tall, white, pretty and skinny is Burberry face and Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson. HerÂ films (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) combined gross amount is far above EVERYONE at a whopping $5.4 billion USD for the decade (2000-2009).
Just like Stephen Colbert joked at the Grammy Awards 2010 that it’s thanks to Susan Boyle that the music business was saved from itself recently — the same can easily be argued about Emma Watson and her co-stars Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe with Harry Potter and the revenue they’ve taken in for Warner Bros./Universal.
Incidentally, Emma is one of the highest paid actresses in the world for 2009 bringing in an estimated $30 million USD and Daniel Radcliffe is one of the top paid actors bringing in $41 million USD. BOTH of them are the TOP youngest paid actors of 2009.
So really, I was put off when I saw this cover and it’s tag line of “Young Hollywood” because, yes, granted all of the women on cover have accomplished something — there are others out there, under 30,Â who fit the bill of immense success for the current state of Hollywood today, who did not make the cut.
- What do you think of the March 2010 Vanity Fair cover?
- Are they on the mark?
- OR have they missed it by a long-shot?
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (â€™07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami (â€™08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ delivered to your Kindle.