This Year’s Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Cover Is All Women


Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood issue (Photo: Vanity Fair)

This year Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, an annual tradition in which Annie Leibovitz photographs a pile of actors of assorted style and sheen, features not a single Y chromosome. Sorry men, you’re going to need to look to literally any other media tradition, awards body, institution, or government agency to celebrate you.

The women featured in this year’s issue are, from left to right: Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, Charlotte Rampling, Brie Larson, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan, and, down there at the end, Diane Keaton, where it’s clear a space heater would have been nice.

Last year’s cover featured just 40 percent women (Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones, and Sienna Miller), while another 10 percent was dedicated to Miles Teller’s mustache.


Vanity Fair’s 2015 Hollywood issue (Photo: Vanity Fair)

The last all-female cover was in 2012.

Of the styling, Jessica Diehl, Vanity Fair’s fashion and style director, said: “The dresses on the cover are all black because that lets each actress’s face stand out — faces that are expressive, and in many cases even transformative.”

In an additional featurette, all of this year’s VF cover stars share their secret talents: Jennifer Lawrence is a talented mime, Cate Blanchett can do the splits, and we won’t spoil Jane Fonda’s but suffice to say it is the most Jane Fonda secret talent imaginable.