What's missing from Vanity Fair's New Hollywood actress shoot?

It's like one of those seeing eye puzzles.

Wait for it, wait for it.

Oh! Any non-white girls!

Now, I’m not saying that this Vanity Fair piece about Hollywood’s new, fresh class of young actresses IS racist per se, I’m just saying that’s what the entire rest of the internet is saying. And it does raise certain questions.

The girls featured are Abbie Cornish (STOP-LOSS), Rebecca Hall (FROST/NIXON), Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR), Carey Mulligan (WALL STREET 2), Amanda Seyfried (DEAR JOHN), Kristen Stewart (TWILIGHT), Emma Stone (ZOMBIELAND), Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND) and Evan Rachel Wood (THE WRESTLER).

Now, yes, most of this girls’ careers are on the upswing in some form or another, so I think it’s fair to feature them here, however, does the lack of any actresses of other races reflect poorly on Vanity Fair, or more so Hollywood in general?

My thoughts immediately jumped to Zoe Saldana, who had a breakout year starring in two huge films, AVATAR and STAR TREK, but at 31, she might be too old for a “young Hollywood” list. And outside of her, it’s hard to think of other black, latino, Indian, Arabic, or Asian actresses having similar career surges at the moment. SLUMDOG's Frieda Pinto maybe? Jamie Chung? What do you mean DRAGONBALL wasn’t a career booster?

This does look bad for Vanity Fair (another up-and-coming actress they could have featured is PRECIOUS’ Gabby Sidibe, but I think we know why they passed on that), but I do think the blame lies more with Hollywood as barely any mainstream filmmaker wants to take a chance by making a non-white young actress the lead of their film. I’m really not trying to be Mr. Politically Correct here, but look around and it’s true for the most part. I think audiences are ready for such a “bold move” as multi-racial casting in mainstream flicks, more so than the studios might think.

Extra Tidbit: To be fair, Emma Stone is a redhead. Diversity!
Source: Vanity Fair



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