Kerry Washington is gearing up for the debut of her ABC primetime show, Scandal, and the press is eating it up.

In the show, Washington plays Olivia Pope, a D.C. crisis-management expert whose clients are some of the city’s most prominent residents. In Scandal, she’s tough, fearless, and great at her job.

This month Vanity Fair rolled out its TV issue, and features Washington in the spread along side Emily Vancamp of Revenge; The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies; Downtown Abbey star Michelle Dockery; Modern Family’s Sophia Vegara; Emily Rossum of Shameless; Homeland’s Claire Danes; Kat Dennings of Two Broke Girls; and a few others.

While it’s great that Washington was included in the spread, the cover shot left me wondering why she wasn’t featured there as well (and not even after the fold–you know how Vanity Fair does it).

Kerry Washington is the only black woman to anchor a network show this season. Not only that, her show is the first to have a black lead, a black show runner (Shonda Rhimes), and be based on a real-life black woman (Judy Smith). Based on that alone (and not to mention she’s talented), Washington deserved a spot on the very pale cover.

But I guess this is just another example of Hollywood welcoming black actors into the fold, but keeping them on the fringes.

What do you think?

*Scandal premires April 5 at 10pm on ABC

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