Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue cover is here, and it’s… shockingly diverse!

24th Annual Critic's Choice Awards Arrivals

Yay! Despite the many annual controversies, I actually love the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Every year, VF devotes their March issue to “Hollywood,” and they always try to put together an interesting (or controversial) cover. There have been lots of Hollywood Issue covers devoted to the bright-young-things of Hollywood, the young ones, and especially the actresses. For this year’s VF cover, they went with some diversity and some age differences – actors like Chadwick Boseman and Regina King have been around forever, working consistently for years (in Regina’s case, decades). Then we have people like Yalitza Aparicio, who got an Oscar nomination for her first-ever film, Roma.

In addition to Yalitza, Chadwick and Regina, we’ve got Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Nicholas Hoult, Rami Malek, John David Washington, Henry Golding, Elizabeth Debicki and Tessa Thompson. Man, Tessa and Elizabeth are giving FACE. They should have been on the cover!! I’m sad that they – along with John David and Henry – got shoved to the third panel, because that would have been an outstanding cover too. I’m saying that as someone who loves Saoirse and Timothee too, but it’s like VF felt like “diversity is great but let’s make sure we have two white peeps on the first panel.” Otherwise, the entire cover has well-represented diversity: an Asian man, an Egyptian-American man, three African-American actors, a Mexican actress (of indigenous Mexican descent) and two white women and two white men. Shockingly balanced, right?

The only person here where I’m like “why is he here?” is Hoult. I love Hoult, and he’s in The Favourite, but is it worth it to have him as the sole representative of The Favourite on this cover?? I get not wanting Emma Stone on another cover, but call Rachel Weisz or Olivia Colman, damn it.

You can see many more photos from Vanity Fair’s cover shoot and and more here.

24th Annual Critic's Choice Awards Arrivals

24th Annual Critic's Choice Awards Arrivals

24th Annual Critic's Choice Awards Arrivals

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  1. Coco says:


  2. Mia4s says:

    Meh, who cares. The only thing I want to know is who has the third arm and third leg this time! 😉

    • Lightpurple says:

      There’s something weird going on with Elizabeth’s right boob and her dress behind Tessa’s sleeve.

  3. Kittycat says:

    These images cleared my debt, took off 4 pounds, and brought a smile to my face.

  4. TheOriginalMia says:

    Wow! It’s the real deal. Diversity rules! I love it!

  5. Aerohead21 says:

    Wow good job

  6. Sash says:

    I’m glad the diversity is there but also ticked off because shouldn’t have taken this long and 2. They had to do it this way, the power of diversity couldn’t be ignored.

  7. Lizzie says:

    all of these are beautiful. i love that timothee is in leather pants and i just noticed that he and Saoirse Ronan could be twins.

  8. joro says:

    This cover is much nicer than last years.

  9. Lucy says:

    These are absolutely beautiful. All of them look amazing.

  10. Tallia says:

    Yay! So many shades of beautiful!

  11. Sojaschnitzel says:

    The last picture is sooo sexy. That one should have gone onto the cover.

    • CALI says:

      YES! How is the 3rd picture NOT the cover? All pics are gorgeous though it’s just that the 3rd has the extra spice 🙂

  12. Case says:

    How beautiful! I absolutely love Tessa Thompson and yes, she should’ve been on the cover! She’s awesome.

  13. livealot says:

    Regina looks divine and John David looks pisssd off. LOL. Love the color scheme. I’m here for this !

  14. xdanix says:

    Meh. It’s a pretty nice cover, but god, I am SO ready not to see Rami Malek EVERYWHERE for a while. (I have no idea why the tag “thirsty” hasn’t attached itself firmly to him this year the way it has other actors, because he really has been EVERYWHERE.) I felt like this before yesterday too, but honestly after yesterday the feeling has tripled.

    (Henry Golding on the other hand… please can we see HIM lots more??)

  15. The Voice says:

    I love Henry Golding and I’m so glad he was part of this cover! Agree that Elizabeth and Tessa in the last panel are sizzling. Kind of wish Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, or Constance Wu were also part of the group. But I’m happy about the progress and diversity!! About time, it’s 2019!

    • osito says:

      I agree fully about wanting to see Constance Wu (!!) and Michelle Yeoh (!!!!!!!!!!!) on this cover. Michelle would have been so brilliant on this cover that I’m kind of pissed that she wasn’t included.

  16. Spikey says:

    Squeee! John David! I really, really hope he breaks out big time. Nepotism or not, you cannot turn your eyes away from him in Blackkklansman. He is a legit miracle of human charisma! I would die die die a thousand deaths if he were our next Bond. God, he would be so. F*cking. Spectacular. As James Bond. *swoooon*

    I have to add: He would be the best f*cking Bond since Sean Connery! The only one ever in the history of Bond to even compare! Please, please, universe. Let me have this!

  17. Ocho says:

    I like the colour diversity but they have a lot of room to grow on the age range represented. Olivia Colman definitely should have been on there. A much bigger player this year and next than Nicholas Hoult. Glenn Close, who might finally win an Oscar, and Melissa McCarthy.

  18. Tiffany says:

    John David is beautiful. Spitting image of his mother.

  19. Jinny says:

    They were clearly going for the ‘New Hollywood’ crowd this year, with the hot young actors and those who’ve had big breakthroughs this year. Hoult is the right fit in that context. He’s incredible in The Favorite (really should have got a supporting actor nomination) and it’s made a lot of people finally wake up to what a talent he is. Stone, Weisz were already extremely well established in that regard, and Colman doesn’t seem to be interested in doing this kind of stuff. She’s done promotional duties for The Favorite, but nothing really beyond that. She’s running a quiet, laidback Oscar campaign.

  20. tempest prognosticator says:

    Yalitza! Yes!

  21. DiegoInSF says:

    So glad Yalitza is there!

  22. Jamie says:

    I’m glad they included Nicholas Hoult as The Favourite representative because he was so good in that movie, but he was robbed of a nomination.

  23. lucy2 says:

    Gorgeous cover, and a great group of people to feature. The women especially – Tessa, Elizabeth, Saoirse, and Regina are 4 of my favorite actresses (I haven’t seen Yalitza’s work yet but I’m happy for her!).

  24. Rice says:

    Great covers, but am I the only one who noticed the article about Hope Hicks?

  25. Moneypenny says:

    Just a note that there are FOUR African-American actors on the cover, not three. Chadwick, Regina, John David and Tessa.

    Saoirse’s pose is weird, but I’m loving this, especially the last panel!

  26. Tiffany says:

    I felt the cover was different this year…then I read that Emmanuel Lubezki shot the issue for this year’s cover. This has to sting for Annie Leibovitz.

  27. Nan says:

    Huge misstep to not have Coleman.

  28. anon says:

    loooooooooove it! still not over Timothee’s snub

  29. hogtowngooner says:

    Regina looks amazing! i’m so happy she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves.

  30. Sparker says:

    Tessa May Thompson is perfect, btw.

  31. Marianne says:

    Speaking of Nicholas Hoult, I found out earlier today that he’s a father. Like dafaq did that happen?

  32. Edmund Chew says:

    Very happy to see Nicholas Hoult, the highlight here (along with Henry Golding). This is one issue I want to collect, Thank you Very much!

  33. msd says:

    Suddenly shipping Tessa and Elizabeth. They both look hot, yes, but even hotter together. The sexy hand touching is giving me feels.

  34. Mash says:

    the indigenous woman is sooooo gorogoues…such an earth beauty….like she reminds me of the beautiful statues and sculptures in DC NAtive American museum.