‘Vanity Fair’ Cover Sparks Pale Outrage

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 2:15 am.

vanityfairIn one of the most diverse and history making years for people of color in film – Vanity Fair somehow missed the rainbow colored memo.  All over the web from urban to pop sites, folks are giving Vanity Fair the side-eye for their March issue that declares “New Hollywood.”  Sadly, new Hollywood to Vanity Fair seems a lil’ Jim Crow-ish.  The cover includes up and coming starlets like Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall and Evan Rachel Wood. What’s missing?  Well, despite the black letters on the cover — color is missing!

It wouldn’t have been a stretch to pull some diverse names into the mix like 2009 Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, recent Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose from The Princess and the Frog, or one of the hottest actress in the world right now (regardless of race), star of Avatar and Star Trek, Zoe Saldana.  Leaving all of these successful names out would be like doing a story on the “new face of politics” and not including President Barack Obama!

African-American films are making more money than ever and Black stars have proven to be bankable — especially more bankable than any of the women on the cover of this Vanity Fair issue (with the exception of the girl from Twilight Kristen Stewart).  A writer from Vanity Fair described the girls with “Ivory-soap-girl features” — wow!  That sounds like something from a 19th century slave narrative!

Did Vanity Fair miss the mark or just following the lily White tradition of their magazine?

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Comments

Todd Said on

I think that Vanity Fair missed the mark by not including black actors or actresses at all on their cover or in their story. There are many black people that they could have included on their cover and their story for “Hollywood’s New Wave”.



Ace Dei Said on

Some of those young women , I have never even heard of or seen before. They could have incorperated some many women of color. Beside all the beautiful young women BET listed- What about the actresses from the show “Glee” and the young lady from “Slum dog Millionaire”…….
Vanity Fair needs to be Fair about this issue and stop being so Vain!
Tsk tsk Vanity Fair tsk tsk



Dredqueen Said on

Why should we be shocked by this?.
VF has always promtoed Poster Pin-ups of “White America” only.

They will never see a dime of my money.



naadiq5 Said on

WWWOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



melinda Said on

like someone else said…why are we surprised…i know it is about doing the right thing and being fair but vanity fair has always been about their own! and they only see people like them as beautiful..it is ignorant. i have never picked up or purchased this magazine because of the closed minded pictures and articles the only way i know what this magazine is doing is if i am on a website and see it advertised or see pictures on a entertainment show…it is crazy. but that is ok. as long as we recognize how gifted and gorgeous an talented our own people are.



MS PATRICIA Said on

THAT IS NOTHING NEW…….AND WE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED BY IT. JUST TAKE ACTION AND NOT PURCHASE OR SUPPORT ANYTHING VANITY FAIR HAS TO OFFER IS MY MOTTO.



amy Said on

THIS IS NOTHING NEW!!!!!
WE ONLY HAVE MAGAZINES FOR OURSELVES
WITHOUT THE MAGAZINE WE MAKE FOR OURSELVES
WE WOULDNT EVEN BE ON A MAGAZINE
BET NEEDS TO MAKE A MAGAZINE



saha Said on

THIS IS NOTHING NEW!!!!!
WE ONLY HAVE MAGAZINES FOR OURSELVES
WITHOUT THE MAGAZINE WE MAKE FOR OURSELVES
WE WOULDNT EVEN BE ON A MAGAZINE
BET NEEDS TO MAKE A MAGAZINE



mario Said on

You mean no one in that confrence room stood up and pointed out what was missing on those photos before giving the ok for the cover to be printed. Come on, this happens to be black history month, woman of color should not support this magazine until they, (heads of vanity fair) start giving and showing woman of many colors the respect for what they bring to the table, (movies, sports, music) etc. Until then only support the many black magazines that we have out on the market. Vanity Fair don’t care about us, they only care about our dollars……



Jen Said on

But does Essence not fill its new comer section with only black women?

I agree VF was biased but it is generally a ‘white magazine’ so Essence, Ebony and the like should step up to the plate.



shad Said on

why the outrage?…you all arent outraged when essence and ebony plasters mostly black women and men on their covers…so stop it…leave vanity fair alone…go protest something that really matters…