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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