Vanity Fair cover lacks any women of color

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(NNPA)—The cover of this month’s Vanity Fair boasts a portrait of what the magazine calls up-and-coming actresses—but missing from the cover are any women of color.

Actresses Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart, Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood and Anna Kendrick—all White-appear on the cover of the magazine.

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CONTROVERSIAL COVER—The lack of any actresses of color on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue has drawn criticism.

The move has led some critics, including ABC’s news entertainment and gossip blogger Tim Leslie, to ask why the magazine did not include any women of other ethnicities.

“[I’m] not doubting the skills of these lovely ladies, but you can’t tell me the only talented youngsters in Hollywood are White,” Leslie wrote in a blog post.

Among the actresses who critics said could have been recognized as stars of tomorrow are Zoe Saldana, the star of “Avatar” and “Star Trek,” and Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in “Precious.”

However, Sidibe is mentioned inside the magazine and is featured in a video on the magazine’s website.

Vanity Fair has not yet commented on the criticism, or explained its choices.

(Reprinted from the Afro-American.)

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