Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vanity "Fair" . . .

Every year, Vanity Fair publishes its "Fresh Faces" or "Next Big Thing" issue, full of promising young starlets who are the flavor of the moment and showing up in seemingly every movie released in the Western Hemisphere. The March issue is about to hit stands, and it features such up-and-comers as Mia Wasikowska, so brilliant in "In Treatment" and soon to star in "Alice in Wonderland", Kristen Stewart of the "Twilight" films, and Carey Mulligan of the excellent "An Education". I could make an argument for each of these young women being on the cover; they are all certainly having their moment in Hollywood right now.

However, in 2010, in a country that elected a black President where the term "minority" isn't even really accurate anymore, where is the diversity on this cover? What about Zoe Saldana, so incredible in "Star Trek" and "Avatar"? Or Gabourey Sidibe of "Precious"? Or Freida Pinto or Mila Kunis? Vanity Fair seems to have decided that the next big things are extremely thin and extremely light-skinned, and that's a tad disturbing.

Vanity Fair, can we get a little diversity next time? Impressive women come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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