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Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue cover strains to reflect diversity

By WITW Staff on February 3, 2016

Vanity Fair has released the cover for their annual Hollywood issue, and it features a panoramic shot of female actors, including women of color as well as older actors. Recently, a spotlight has been shone on Hollywood for its underemployment of older women and actors of color, and a failure to pay female actors on par with male counterparts. Vanity Fair’s spread showcases the diversity that does exist in Hollywood, but also serves as a reminder that opportunities for actors of color and older women are far fewer for feature films than they are for television.

The inclusion of Viola Davis in the Hollywood photo spread marks the first time since 1999 that a black woman has appeared on the main panel of the magazine’s fold-out cover, and the first time ever for a black woman over age 30. Davis’s wildly successful year however did not come in film, but as the result of her work on hit TV show How to Get Away with Murder. Lupita Nyong’o, also featured, hasn’t been seen on screen in a major role for two years despite winning an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton have had minor film roles, but their real opportunities have come doing TV for Netflix and HBO respectively. So while Vanity Fair’s Hollywood spread does highlight the industry’s diverse talent, it also reveals the extent to which the film industry lags behind television in respect to diversity.

Read the full story at The Guardian.