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Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain & Jennifer Lawrence Are Vanity Fair's 2012 Ingenues

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 31, 2012 1:43 PM
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Vanity Fair loves the ladies. For their annual Hollywood issue the magazine has once again gone with hot young things for their cover, making it three straight years the boys have left off from strutting their stuff (excluding the 2009 issue which for some reason had Barack Obama fronting the edition). But also as usual, it's hard to argue with their choices for the most part, with Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence selected for the cover.

Of course, Mara has been turning heads this winter as Lisbeth Salander, while Chastain was in every movie and on every red carpet for everything in the last twelve months. And we're still not tired of her. Lawrence is going from "Winter's Bone" Oscar nominee to tentpole star with "Hunger Games," while Wasikowska was captivating in "Jane Eyre," looked lovely in the otherwise terrible "Restless," tried to figure out "Albert Nobbs" and has "The Wettest County" and "Stoker" on tap for 2012.

Meanwhile on the inside there's even more. Yes, that's "Pariah" star Adepero Oduye, along with "The Descendants" breakout Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olsen, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling. We're going to pick up this issue and you should, too. Look for it on newsstands. [Vanity Fair]

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  • Miss Coxon | February 10, 2012 7:28 PMReply

    I like all these girls; I think they each have a unique beauty all their own. Certainly Jones, Collins, Mara and Wasikowska have very distinctive looks. The only one I don't like is Lawrence. What's so special about her look and acting, she always has the same dead stare? Is it considered "acting" nowadays just to look blank all the time? I've seen Winter's Bone and X-Men First Class, and her lack of emotion is the only character that makes her stand out. She is significant only in the sense that her face is always significantly expressionless.

  • jingmei | February 1, 2012 1:34 AMReply

    VF goes indie this time for sure: damn awesome to see especially Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling are there! Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska and Jennifer Laurence kinda make sense at the same time. Funny and bizzare their wearing heavily maked-up lips. As in the shooting b-roll: Elizabeth Olsen's face was kinda frozen when she tried to smile.

  • lassica | February 1, 2012 12:32 AMReply

    Same complaints every year. At least they made something of an effort this year. Much better than the 2010 issue which was just interchangeable, skinny white chicks.

    They're supposed to be famous Hollywood starlets but some of the styling works better than others. Mara reminds me of Theda Bara more than Louise Brooks-her bob isn't very Brooksish, Adeparo is Dorothy Dandridge, Jessica Chastain channelling Rita Hayworth, Lily Collins is a dead ringer for Liz Taylor, the tall Olsen is Grace Kelly. Others I can't figure out. Wasikowska might be Lana Turner?

  • Knative | January 31, 2012 5:45 PMReply

    63% of the US population is white, and that's like decreasing every year. They could have thrown in an Asian actress or a Latina or something instead of 9 white chicks plus two black chicks. Jessica Chastain and Paula Patton aren't young either. Plus, this shoot could use a fatty or a fugo or two. And what the hell is wrong with actresses that work on television? Television has been producing better quality content than movies in the US for like the past decade. Vanity Fair is lame. I do like Mia Wasikowska though.

  • Padre's Padre | January 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    @Padre- Michelle Yeoh in The Lady if we're talking about Asian actresses that have had a "big" moment this year. Other Asian actresses that exist, in Hollywood, include Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung (Hangover 2, Sucker Punch), Maggie Q (Nikita), Gong Li (Memoirs of A Geisha, Miami Vice), Kelly Hu, etc. Your statement is inaccurate. Fact.

  • padre | January 31, 2012 6:30 PM

    There are no Asian movie actresses in Hollywood. Fact. So, your arguments are invalid.

  • OOGLE MONSTER | January 31, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    Adepero and Lizzie Olsen should have made the front cover.. Paula Patton and Lily Collins get the annual "wtf are they doing here" award. Rooney Mara and her perpetually unhappy mug get the annual "thanks for ruining this otherwise flawless cover." Shailene Woodley must have hurt her neck with that pose. Chastain looks the happiest.

  • Oogle monster | February 1, 2012 4:12 PM

    Sure thing, DD. We clearly have different interpretations of sour. And I wasn't just commenting on the Vogue cover... I said Vogue shoot :) Here's what I see (and what we seem to disagree on): Same expression, different dress.

  • dd | February 1, 2012 1:41 AM

    There seems to be a lot of exaggerating going on. I don't see how her facial expression here is all that similar to that of the Vogue cover (which couldn't accurately be described as "sour.") But let's drop it, shall we?

  • OOGLE MONSTER | January 31, 2012 8:39 PM

    And I was exaggerating... she didn't ruin it... she just... muddied it ;)

  • OOGLE MONSTER | January 31, 2012 8:35 PM

    Yes, she did ruin the cover. Her sour mug ruined the cover. What's your point? Louise Brooks never looked like she had a stick up her ass. Besides the hair and lips, there's nothing Brooks' about her. There was a slyness to Brooks' expression... a very mysterious, enigmatic presence. Mara evokes none of that. She may have been dressed up as Brooks' but her expression is all Rooney Mara: The Big, Bad, Boring. It's the fact that she has THAT expression on her face all the time... she's incredibly stoic- that this cover-shoot looks like nothing more than her staring at her own reflection. Take a look at her Vogue shoot... same ol' story.

  • dd | January 31, 2012 8:04 PM

    But... what you said was that she ruined the cover, despite -- as I pointed out -- her doing exactly what she was supposed to.

  • OOGLE MONSTER | January 31, 2012 7:14 PM

    Yes, DD I do realize that. But YOU do realize what the word perpetual means, right? She has that dour expression on her face at all times.

  • dd | January 31, 2012 5:19 PM

    You do realize they're ASKED to pose that way / use those facial expressions, right? Mara is styled as Louise Brooks, not exactly the cheeriest face in the world.

  • remy | January 31, 2012 2:05 PMReply

    actually, there were boys and girls last year.

  • Oogle monster | January 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    Yup. A very out of place Ryan Reynolds... who can forget!

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