For its annual “Women in TV” issue, Elle is publishing five stand-alone covers featuring several of everyone’s favorite A-list TV stars. While occasions like these usually reveal a piercing lack of diversity (just think of The Hollywood Reporter’s recent all-white “Actresses Roundtable” photoshoot), Elle actually managed to select a wonderfully diverse group of women. With Priyanka Chopra of Quantico, Viola Davis of How To Get Away With Murder, Olivia Wilde of Vinyl, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, and — fresh off her Golden Globe win — Empire’s Taraji P. Henson, three out of the five covers are graced by women of color.
The glossy magazine has been no stranger to controversy in the past, facing criticism over allegedly lightening Gabourey Sidibe’s skin in 2010 and using a close-up, black-and-white shot of Mindy Kaling, in contrast with full-body, color shots of other white actresses on their 2014 “Women in TV” cover. When they released multiple covers for their “Women in Hollywood” issue last year, it featured only white actresses. While it might seem strange to praise the magazine for choosing these women — they’re starring in some of TV’s most popular and discussed shows, after all — as Fashionista writes, the fact that the majority of them are non-white actresses “feels like progress of some kind.”
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