No Latinas, Women of Color, on THR’s Actress Roundtable Issue
11/20/2012 - 17:16 ||
While the women on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable issue sure look beautiful, we notice one minor (glaring?) omission: no Latinas! Not only that, but not one woman of color made the cover. Crazy, right?
The ladies who made the cut include Rachel Weisz, Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field and Helen Hunt. While three of the actresses are non-American (Rachel is English, Naomi is Australian and Marion if French), we'd be hard pressed to say that these actresses represent a minority.
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter did feature two black actresses on the cover: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, but that seems to be an exception to the rule of magazine covers (and all thanks to The Help, which has become the saving grace for minority inclusion rebuttals). In 2010, the cover featured Amy Adams, Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and Hilary Swank.
Vanity Fair has also gotten it's fair share of criticism for its lack of minority representation on its annual Hollywood covers. This past year the cover included Adepero Oduye and Paula Patton, both black actresses. The catch? They were on the tri-fold (meaning they weren't the "cover" that many readers first saw). In 2011, the same thing happened with Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones, and in 2008, Zoe Saldana and America Ferrera were again pushed to the side. In fact, in the 16 years of Vanity Fair Hollywood covers, no minority has ever made the "power panel," or rather, the real newsstand cover.
Possibly the biggest criticism can be pointed to 2010, when the cover featured young (white) starlets, including Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan, but completely left off Gabourey Sidibe, who had that little part in the six-time Oscar-nominated movie Precious. (Oh wait, she was the star.)
It seems we still have some things left to do in Hollywood. What do you think? Share in the comments!