Look at this cover of Vanity Fair’s hottest Young hollywood and what is missing? Perhaps the Oscar nominated star of “Precious” Gabourey Sidibe. Many of the actresses on the cover aren’t even recognizable, yet because they fit the modelesque idea of “young hollywood,” they get the “privilege” of being on the cover. If not Gabby, why not Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire)? Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”)? Granted, Zoe has been in film for a while, but since Vanity Fair chose both Kristen Stewart and Amanda Seyfried who were already on the 2008 Cover for New Hollywood, clearly they could have made an exception.
So what does this cover tell you about Vanity Fair? Writer Eugenia Peretz spoke on how the beautiful actresses have “ivory soap girl features.” So, is this what new hollywood is supposed to be? I doubt it, since the newest face of Hollywood is big, black, and being nominated for Oscars!