The new cover for Vanity Fair‘s annual ‘Hollywood Issue’ is a welcome surprise: it’s a tribute to the industry’s “fiercest women”.
Shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, the cover features 13 women – and not one guy in sight, not even a Cumberbatch – including some of Hollywood’s most outspoken actresses.
Stars Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence and Jane Fonda, who appear on the front page of the fold-out spread, have all spoken out against Hollywood’s systemic biases in the past year, calling for wage equality and fair representation for women and minorities in the industry.
With the ongoing outcry of #OscarsSoWhite and criticisms over it’s lack of diversity currently plaguing the industry, the cover is a powerful statement of inclusiveness.
Also featured in the spread are nominated actresses Brie Larson and Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan, and Diane Keaton (who’s already sparked memes with her no f–ks given style and pose at the end there). For those keeping count, that’s three women of colour and four women over 60.
The shoot marks a positive shift for Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue. Last year’s cover – which featured a whole bunch of white guys and a sprinkling of women – drew criticism for its “tokenistic diversity”, with actors Oscar Isaac and David Oyelowo the only people of colour featured in the whole shoot.
Alongside its active stance against Hollywood’s tendency towards sexism and ageism, this year’s spread marks only the second cover in Vanity Fair‘s ‘Hollywood Issue’ history to feature more than two black stars at once.
In an accompanying interview, the actresses spoke out about their hopes for women in the industry.
“I want young women in particular to know that you can stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in and still work,” Jane Fonda told the magazine. “This is not the ’50s anymore.”