Vanity Fair Finally Decided To Put More People Of Color On The Hollywood Issue Cover

Aly Weisman
February 4, 2014

Vanity Fair's much-hyped annual "Hollywood Issue" is notorious for including few, if any, people of color on its covers —  but this year is different.

2014's special issue of the magazine, shot by Annie Leibovitz,  features a whopping six black actors  of the 12 total cover stars.

In addition to usual suspects Julia Roberts and George Clooney, the cover also showcases relative newbies Lupita Nyong’o ("12 Years a Slave"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Naomie Harris ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Chadwick Boseman ("42") and longtime actor Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom").

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In comparison, last year's 2013 cover featured just three people —  Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, and Bradley Cooper —  but all white.

Inside the issue, 9-year-old  Quvenzhané Wallis [top right] was featured for her breakout role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."  

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But years past were even worse. Out of 11 women featured on 2012's cover, just two were women of color.

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2011 showcased 14 of Hollywood's top talents —  but just one black male.

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2010's cover was ALL young, white women.

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The roots of white covers go way back. 2004 — mainly white.

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Nice work, 1998  — D jimon Hounsou  was the sole black male.

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1997  — no better.

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Angela Bassett represented for all black actors in the inaugural 1995 issue.

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