Do You Have To Be White and Thin To Be The IT Girl In Hollywood?

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Jezebel ask the question. I am glad someone decides to ask that question again…that question has been repeatably asked and put on blast by a number of legendary African American actresses. It is not just a black girl issue just in Hollywood. Diversity has been lacking in a number of industries considering the world is global with a diverse group of people living and tuning in from around the world.

Do You Have To Be White and Thin To Be THe “IT” Girl In Hollywood?

My answer would be no…but the same old outdated standards of selection based on race will always be there until a new crew of magazines prop up with a different mindset. Perhaps Love Magazine is willing to take the reign featuring a diverse group of actress and actors that perpetuate our global society. On a sidebar note. Vanity Fair is not the only publication on the market that features a one race collection of faces either……you have this diversity issue across multi-cultural  magazine platforms featuring just black, chinese, indian, jewish or whatever race the magazine features, that’s what it is and it has been that way as long as I can remember. Perhaps all the publications on the market should take heed and realize that the same ole’ can get bored and doesn’t reflect a changing society but a closed mind.

VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE Do You Have To Be White and Thin To Be The IT Girl In Hollywood?

Left to right, Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, and Evan Rachel Wood.  Abbie, Kristen and Carey fit on the cover, the other 6 are on the fold out.

Cover shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz  Vanity Fair’s “New Hollywood” issue

What does “Young Hollywood” look like? According to Vanity Fair, it’s pretty, thin, female and white.

Amanda Seyfried, Anna Kendrick, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, Evan Rachel Wood: There’s not a single woman of color on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s “Young Hollywood” issue. Two of the ladies — Kristen Stewart and Amanda Seyfried — were already on the August 2008 “Hollywood’s New Wave.” issue. There were two women of color — Zoe Saldana, America Ferrara — on the cover of 2008′s “Hollywood Issue,” but apparently the next decade is not about diversity.

VF‘s “Young Hollywood” is much like the golden age of Hollywood: There was a fetishization of the lithe, gorgeous, virginal ingenue, whose virtues and ambitions were pure, and therefore desirable. You either wanted to be her or sleep with her. She was the photographed wearing white, and her “All-American” good looks meant that she was a WASP or a fresh-faced farmgirl. Certainly not black, definitely not fat, and never both. Looking at the March 2010 issue, has anything changed? Even Evgenia Peretz’s descriptions of the actresses — “Ivory-soap-girl features,” “patrician looks” “dewy, wide-eyed loveliness” — reinforce the idea that a successful actress is a pretty, aristocratic-looking (read: white) actress.

It’s hard to say if fault lies with the editors of the magazine, or with Hollywood itself — trying to come up with some projects employing new, young Asian, black or Latin actors and actresses is a tough exercise. The few names which come to mind — Jaden Smith (The Pursuit Of Happiness, The Kung-Fu Kid), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, Woody Allen’s next film), Gianna Jun (Blood: The Last Vampire, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) — are up-and-comers with just a few roles under their belts. The Hurt Locker‘s Anthony Mackie recently did a Q&A with VF.

Gabourey Sidibe — cover girl for the March issue of Ebony — is an obvious choice, though she admits in the accompanying interview:

“I don’t try to live up to the standards of Hollywood or any of that – I know that I’m different and I celebrate it. In a weird way, I kind of really, really love being the alien in the room. I dig it.”

And it’s good that Gabby doesn’t care about living up to Hollywood standards. Because judging from the VF cover, the “Hollywood” standards need to change.


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