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Adepero Oduye, Paula Patton Grace Cover of Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue

by Vanessa Martinez
January 31, 2012 5:58 PM
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Vanity Fair Cover

Adepero Oduye, Paula Patton and six other Hollywood starlets grace this month's issue of Vanity Fair. Also on the cover, Oscar-nominated Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska, The Help's Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling.

The Vanity Fair article called the actresses "up-and-coming"; although, Paula Patton seems to have already made somewhat of an impression in Hollywood, especially after her turn in Precious back in 2009. I guess the hype of Mission Impossible IV's success prompted her inclusion this month. She's also 35; alas, I'm happy for her and the very deserving Adepero Oduye. I still think they should've thrown Nicole Beharie in there.

Anyways, I'll reserve any commentary on the relevance of these yearly Vanity Fair cover issues and their efforts to become more diverse. I'm sure you remember the controversy two years ago, when the issue featured all Caucasian actresses.

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  • Donella | February 1, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    This cover is so pale it's flourescent.

  • Sergio | February 1, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    So like how come they can't have the black women on the front of the magazine and instead of on the extended fold out part? And who in the hell are Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling?????????????

    Wait. I can hear it already: "You black people are never satisfied"

  • Geneva Girl | February 1, 2012 12:32 AMReply

    I just wish that Adepero didn't have her hands on her hips. Don't get me wrong: She looks great, but it's such a stereotypical pose. And Paula Patton's Princess Leia's hair?

  • Ivory Jeff Clinton | January 31, 2012 7:54 PMReply

    It's so funny that you have that crossed out sentence, Vanessa, because I was thinking the same thing when I first saw the spread this afternoon. Nicole Beharie is definitely a rising star, and a very talented one at that. AND sporting a Julliard degree to boot. Plus, wouldn't she have looked amazing on the page?! Oh well. I am happy Paula Patton's in there and think it's downright awesome that Adepero Oduye's included! Not that I think a publication's recognition validates anyone's abilities or beauty, but it's great exposure and a boon for the latter's young career to be in this highly anticipated and famous issue. Loved her in Pariah.

  • Naijababe | January 31, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Congrats to Adepero Oduye! Never heard of her but ecstatic that Nigerian's are proving they can excel in any field. Will certainly keep an eye out for her henceforths. Congrats girl...Very proud of you. "Lo show won Jare"

  • Duncan Manutz | January 31, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    Let's play ""Name that White Woman"....honestly I don't know who's who....yea they all look the same.

  • Kwesi | January 31, 2012 6:13 PMReply

    Good thing only Black women and White women act in films. It's a Rainbow Coalition!

  • Brad | January 31, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    No blackout this tine

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