Vanity Fair's Hollywood Is Skinny, White

White and skinny is the new black

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 10:54 PM EDT
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Vanity Fair's Hollywood Is Skinny, White

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This is the 16th year Vanity Fair has published its Hollywood issue.

Hollywood's hottest rookies have a few things in common: They're white and skinny.

Vanity Fair's cover story, "A New Decade, A New Hollywood," stars the fresh faces of 2010. The faces may be fresh but they're certainly not diverse -- and that's garnered a bit of attention.

Jezebel has compared the photo shoot to the golden age of Hollywood, when the must-have A-list female lead had a certain image:

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.

Gossip website bossip.com asks, "You mean to tell us -- in all of Hollywood, they couldn't find one Black, Latina, Native-American, Asian, multi-racial actress on the rise worthy of this group??? SERIOUSLY???"

That's tough to argue with. Vanity Fair passed up the especially fresh Gabourey Sidibe (nominated for an Oscar) for Abbie Cornish (has anyone actually seen "Bright Star"?).

This is the 16th year Vanity Fair has published its Hollywood issue.

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