The Vanity Fair annual “Hollywood Issue” features up-and-coming young talent that the publication sees as the next big forces in entertainment on a fold-out cover. The issue, published every March, has served as a superficial thermometer for diversity in entertainment ever since its very striking 2010 spread that was widely criticized for its total lack of talent in any form but white, very young, and pretty. Vanity Fair redeemed itself last year by including black actors Anthony Mackie (which is the least they could do since he was an Oscar nominee!) and Rashida Jones, along with some welcome age and gender diversity.

This year’s issue showcases eleven pretty young actresses and both Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye from Pariah are among them. The full lineup from left to right:Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling.

Most of the actresses in this spread are practically unrecognizable, but Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye look fantastic — even if they are inside of the fold. It’s also great to see black actresses, especially newcomer Oduye, getting attention for their contributions to entertainment as these sorts of nods tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies when it comes to actors on the rise. Congrats to both!

See more at Vanity Fair.


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  • Hachet

    Vanity fair still think it’s the 1920s.

  • ruggie

    Like LuvIt289 said, Adepero stole the show! I love the lush, satiny feel of early Hollywood in this photo; all the actresses look great. Props to the photographer, as most photos that feature people with very pale and very dark skin suffer from nude-ism and make the darker people look shadowy but this was done well for both skin tones. Adepero looks gorgeous, like a young Sarah Vaughan, with the finger waves, silver dress and plum lipstick.

    I also think it’s a smart move on Adepero’s part to show herself in a distinctly feminine style, so as not to be typecast based on her masculine-styled role in “Pariah” (the way Michelle Rodriguez was after “Girlfight”). This says she’s not trying to be boxed in.

    • ruggie

      oops, double post

  • Alexandra

    Agree with K

    Fearless Magazine did a photo shoot (in response to Vanity Fair I guess) to recognize popular the Black actresses of that year. Perhaps they will do another issue to recognize the Black actors & actresses for this year.

  • Nadell

    Congrats to BOTH ladies! Paula is making huge waves in Hollywood and Adepero is a bright star ready to explode on the Hollywood planet! Adepero absolutely distinctively stands out! She’s so radiant and gorgeous!!!
    Folks, what’s up with all the scornful missive towards Paula??? All the hostility being directed to her baffles me. The woman happens to be a light-skinned black women but somehow she doesn’t qualify or meet absurd standards to be BLACK??? It sounds all pretty ridiculous to read the comments on here.
    Both women are gracing a cover of a magazine that we all know is exclusive. Why can’t we celebrate the achievement for them both minus the regurgitated ‘skin tone’ nonsense??!?

    • AustralianGirl

      I agree