Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

Posted on February 01, 2012

It’s Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, darlings! THE media event of the year! This week! And everyone is thin, conventionally pretty, and SATINY! There’s more satin on this cover than in Kmart’s bedding section.

 Vanity Fair Hollywood 2012 issue photographed by Mario Testino featuring from Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling.

 We, for our parts, have opinions.

Rooney Mara in Ralph Lauren, Mia Wasikowska in Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lawrence in custom Donna Karan and Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani.

This is the front cover, and thus all the ladies in this section don’t really look all that much like they do in real life. That’s the price of a cover spot, darlings. You’re on your way to becoming a household name, but for the rest of your life, people will be disappointed when they meet you and find out you have pores.

Rooney is giving SERIOUS. FUCKING. FACE. And speaking of faces, Mia’s has been secretly replaced and this one has flavor crystals. Let’s see if anyone notices! And we’re ready to say it: Jessica Chastain just doesn’t take a good picture. She’s much prettier in the movies. Jennifer Lawrence looks stunning, but we’re not entirely convinced that’s not a life-sized cardboard cutout of her.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 Collection

Elizabeth Olsen in Salvatore Ferragamo, Adepero Oduye in Carolina Herrera and Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren.

This is the section for girls with spinal problems.

Shailene! Look what happens when someone puts makeup on your face! Take notes! Adepero’s dress is stunning. Elizabeth looks like a decoration in a drag queen’s bathroom.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 Collection, Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 Collection, Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 Collection.

Paula Patton in L’Wren Scott, Felicity Jones in Burberry, Lily Collins in Calvin Klein and Brit Marling in Tommy Hilfiger.

Oh, Paula. You should sue over the Princess Leia buns. Actually, this whole section should have a sign over it that reads “Poorly Styled Girls.” That may be the worst we’ve seen Lily Collins look. Is every dark-haired, light-skinned, big-eyed actress going to be done up in Liz drag for the next couple of years?

L’Wren Scott Spring 2012 Collection, Calvin Klein Spring 2012 Collection.

 

 

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  • Anonymous

    Oh look, they neglected to put a nonwhite actress on the front part of the cover!  Again.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      This is, what, the third year running? You’d think they would learn their lesson at this point…if all the controversy didn’t sell so many copies….

      • Anonymous

        According to Jezebel, it’s for the 10th time, I believe. 

        • Sobaika Mirza

          Really?? WTF

          I really question why Vanity Fair continues to do this every year, because every year it’s a topic. Either there’s a crazy bigot in charge or their sales plummet whenever someone on the cover isn’t lily-white.

          • Anonymous

            Graydon Carter is definitely not a bigot, but the cover will get more talk out of what is missing than what is there…. so he is not stupid, either.

          • Anonymous

            He may not be stupid, but for exploiting a serious issue for a few more stories, he is a jerk.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know what else it can be- Vanity Fair has to be aware this will cause talk. It has to be calculated.

        • http://profiles.google.com/gonetobudapest Emily Burke
      • Terence Ng

        Thank you. First thing I noticed, too.

        But, I to be fair, I have no idea who Adepero Oduye is. At first, from the tiny pic, I thought this was the Oscars Hollywood issue and all the women would be the big-name nominees. If that’s the case, I would have been scandalized if Viola Davis was relegated to second in-flap over Mia, Jessica, and even Jennifer.

        But I guess I don’t get the participants. Just young Hollywood starlets having good years?

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Status makes little difference. They have done spreads with big name stars and still put the non-whites in the back- Angela Bassett, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Loren. SOPHIA LOREN y’all.

          • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

            Sophia Loren is white.

          • Anonymous

            She may be white but she doesn’t look like she is. Which is often all it takes.

          • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

            Granted, but I doubt Sophia Loren has had to overcome the same issues in her career as say, Diahann Carroll.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Maybe technically true. But I doubt many would describe her that way. 

          • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

            Being exotic looking doesn’t make someone non-white. And I’ve never heard anyone describe Sophia Loren as a minority. Because she isn’t. She’s Italian and white. It’s almost insulting how you use the back-paging of a dark haired and dark eyed white woman as proof Vanity Fair doesn’t showcase people of color. You’re WAY watering the issue down.

          • Anonymous

            Good job, Shelly.

          • Anonymous

            I dont think its watering the issue down. I think the issue is that this particular magazine has a preference for paleness of any variety (unintended pun but it stays) and that’s why someone like Sophia Loren, who is in fact white but a little tan, didn’t end up on the cover.

          • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

            Of course it is. The issue isn’t “Vanity Fair only puts pale people on the cover”, the issue is “Vanity Fair never uses minorities on the cover.” I don’t think Sophia Loren was pushed to the back due to her darker skin hue — I’m sure it had far more to do with the fact that she’s over 40. Sophia Loren was and is one of the most beautiful women in the world, and if she was 25, I have no doubt she’d be on the cover — probably Photoshopped to be just as pale as these cover girls, but I’m sure she’d be there (and I’m not disagreeing that more variety in skin color would be nice to see, just as I’d like more variety in age as well).

            There is a legitimate concern here that Vanity Fair is marginalizing minorities. It would be nice if they showed skin colors of all shades, but that’s not what’s upsetting people.

          • Anonymous

            Yup. And Paula Patton, even, looks significantly paler here than I remember her.

          • Terence Ng

            Agreed. I’m just saying that for this cover I have no idea what their categories/themes were, so I was giving them a margin of benefit.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, what I’m sitting here trying to figure out is who they should have on there who’s not white, given the category of actresses they seem to be selecting. Naya Rivera is the right age, but her career isn’t nearly fancy or developed enough (yet). Devon Aoki has had some more high-profile roles than most Asian women in Hollywood (siiiigh), but it’s been a few years since Sin City. This is Hollywood’s fault (okay, well, it’s America’s fault, we get what we pay for) more than it is VF’s–though of course it’s all one depressing, self-reinforcing merry-go-round.

          I suppose they could have put Paula Patton in the front?

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Jessica Chastain’s on there. Why not Octavia Spencer? Oh right. Not skinny.

          • Anonymous

            You are 100% correct, and I feel like an ass for not thinking of it. Thanks.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            No offense meant! Just criticizing the VF people for being so predictable.

          • Anonymous

            Oh no no, none taken! I meant exactly what I said, no butthurt tone intended.

          • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

             More like not young.

          • Anonymous

            Plus Jessica had 6 films out in 2011 compared to Octavia’s awesome 1. One could argue that Hollywood is now overcompensating its ignorance by giving Octavia every award they can find. Ugh… I forgot my original point in a fury of Hollywood pissteria.

          • Anonymous

            “Hollywood pissteria” – WONDERFUL!

            If only I could think of a single conversation in my life where I could work that in.

          • Anonymous

            Paula Patton had just the one (and it was Mission freaking Impossible), as did Rooney Mara and Shailene Woodley; what did Jennifer Lawrence even have out this year? Winter’s Bone was 2010, and Hunger Games isn’t out yet.

          • Anonymous

            Jennifer Lawrence was in a couple of movies in 2011 including the X-men reboot. The Hunger Games is also getting a ton of media buzz because of the popularity of the books.

          • Anonymous

            Fine. I don’t know if buzz for an upcoming movie (which, yes, as an early fan of the books, I’m aware of that) counts for putting someone in this group, but none of this changes my overall point that there are plenty of people sitting up there on the same number of credits as Octavia Spencer, some of those credits of a much lower caliber. Look, I liked MI: Ghost Protocol. But if we’re talking about who is worthy to be an Important Up-and-Coming Actress This Year, 1 credit in The Help has got to be at least as important as 1 credit in MI:GP, right?

          • Anonymous

            Well X-Men did well for her and working with Michael Fassbender seems to generate bonus heat on its own but I think this cover has more to do with the potential massiveness of Hunger Games.

          • Terence Ng

            Oh SNAP.

          • Anonymous

            Not “YOUNG.” Sorry, I adore her and she deserves her own cover, but not this one. (She’s 41)

          • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

            Zoe Saldana was on the Hollywood cover back in 2008, I think. (This one also hangs on my wall.)

          • Anonymous

            I thought maybe that might have happened–plus, she hasn’t had a major movie out in a while.

          • Terence Ng

            YES. You’re RIGHT. WTH? Saldana should be all over this thing!

          • Anonymous

            Zoe Saldana hasn’t done anything this year though. And she’s not young either.

          • Anonymous

            Younger than Paula Patton. Your point about the output this year is correct; I was just trying to think of ANYONE they could have put on there who was remotely plausible, and at least she’s a current It Girl.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not just talking about age, even though neither one of them are spring chickens, I’m also talking about careers. Compared to Zoe’s, Paula’s film career is young. It’s so young that I’m not even really sure who she is or that I’ve ever heard of her aside from a few mentions that she’s married to Alan Thicke’s kid. In fact all of the girls on that last page are in Paula’s “WHO? Never heard of her” league.
            And don’t even get me started on Zoe Saldana’s completely inexplicable, undeserved (and IMO nonexistent) “it” status. 

          • amanda crow

            Viola Davis! Hello! We saw her give GREAT face in whatever editorial that was a few weeks ago. And yes, Saldana did headline a film this year: Columbiana.

            And hell, if Paula Patton gets an “in” for MI, why not Zoe Kravitz (XMen)? Yaya DaCosta (In Time)has only had bit roles so far, but she’s got a modeling background and it’s not like these covers are A-listers only.

            At the end of the day, this is a “Hollywood” problem that I think VF reflects more than it creates, but Davis is a glaring omission.

          • Anonymous

            I think Viola Davis is too established for the category they’re trying to create here. I mean, it’s completely pointless for us to be sitting here trying to dissect “the rules” of who gets to be in this spread, since it’s clearly pretty arbitrary; if the rules were clear and applied impartially, these people we’re talking about would be in here! But all that aside, whatever standards they are applying, and however inconsistently they’re applying them, it seems pretty clear to me that Viola Davis is too big of a deal to count for this. It would be insulting to put her in this group, IMO.

          • amanda crow

            Really? I could be pretty far off-base here but it kind of seems to me like the only standard applied to the covers these days is “had a good year” (and is white, apparently)

          • Anonymous

            I guess I don’t really know. I’m going based on what I see here and what I remember from last year. Based on that, I think it would be lowballing Davis to put her in this group, but who the hell really knows how they think about this.

        • Anonymous

          Adepero stars in Pariah, a great indie film that came out recently. She plays a young lesbian trying to find her place and all I’ll say is, you’ll never look at a strap on the same way again. Oh and Kim Wayans does a great job as her mother.

          • Terence Ng

            Oh, I just read about Pariah! Cool!

      • Anonymous
        • Terence Ng

          Man, this is like flipping through an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue…

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      And the one black actress they did use, they put in the,(wait for it)  Yep, that’s right, in the BACK!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        There are actually two black actresses – Adepero Oduye and Paula Patton.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Thanks for pointing that out.  I guess the Leia Bun Hair made me look away reflexively.

          • MilaXX

            Maybe it’s the fact that they mad her up to look like a white chick with a really great tan. Sure, she’s biracial, but her skin has a bit more pigment than that.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            That may surely be part of it too. Especially since, like so many here, I barely know who most of these babes are.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            I think Paula Patton may be grateful not to be on the cover with that hair.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Shocking.

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      I’m not disagreeing with you, but the four women on the cover are the four most famous in the bunch. One Oscar nominee, one former Oscar nominee who is set to star in a huge blockbuster this year, one who’s getting major acclaim for her huge blockbuster out now, and Mia Wasikowska, who would be more famous if anyone could remember her last name. While they absolutely should have more nonwhite actresses in there, I don’t know who you think should be on the front cover instead.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. This isn’t about race, it’s about who DESERVES to be on the cover. 

    • MilaXX

      Imagine my shock…. not!
      Whatever Vanity Fair

    • Basil Von Broccoli

      Hey now, the cover is very diverse! Each of those starlets has a different hair color. :<

  • http://if-it-comes-in-pink.blogspot.com/ Sandra

    I like the pastel colors of the cover :)

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I don’t think that pinky peach is a good colour on Ms Mara. I love the satin and marabou Hollywood schtick, but I wish they looked like they’d be photographed on the same day in the same place. Some sort of interaction between them would be nice!

  • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

    I saw these on another site yesterday and honestly could not figure out which one was Shailene Woodley. They made her look like little Sofia Vergara (not really a bad thing because, um, Sofia Vergara. I just didn’t expect Shailene to look so glam.) Her pose hurts MY back, though.

    • Anonymous

      Her pose looks like it hurts HER back!

    • Anonymous

      Yup. Poor Shailene looks like she needs Ben Gay, or a fabulous Gay Ben to advise her not to pose like that during a magazine shoot.

  • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

    Rooney is giving serious face? Really? She looks like a corpse. Jessica on the other hand, looks really natural and gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      I so agree, Rooney looks like she is falling asleep. I think Mia looks fab here.

  • Anonymous

    yay! Everyone looks like someone else!

  • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

    I love this issue every year. I have the 1997 cover hanging in my bathroom (in a large collage of Hollywood images) and I love the older covers because there are always one or two people who years later will have done nothing and you look at them and go “who is that?”

    • Anonymous

      Ohmigosh, we should do that with this cover! Who will be forgotten??

      My votes: Shailene, Brit and for a serious bonus point for cover cover girls, Rooney!

      • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

         Shailene and the whole third panel are already “who are those people?” to me. I only know the one chick because she was in Mission Impossible 4. And I go to A LOT of movies, both big-budget and independent. We’ll see who shakes out.

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          Lily Collins – who looks NOTHING like herself here – is in one of the Snow White movies this year, so they’re probably trying to draw attention to that. Also, holy crap, she’s apparently playing Clary in The Mortal Instruments movie! She might be able to make me get over my dislike of Clary! Now let’s see if the guy playing Jace can do the same.

    • Anonymous

      So…inquiring minds want to know, who from the 1997 cover made it and who was forgotten?

  • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

    That’s the best I’ve ever seen Jennifer look. Mia, on the other hand, I had to triple check because I couldn’t recognize even with the copy. I actually think the Liz drag looks fabulous on Lily, and am loving that Bri Marling made the cover at all (I saw Another Earth last night and I can’t wait to see what she does next).

  • Anonymous

    Would it have hurt them to put ONE matte dress on the cover? Just one?
    Also, not digging the poofy hair on Mia W.

    • Anonymous

      I had a déjà vu, the moment I saw this issue.  I’m looking at the 2008 Hollywood issue right now and it looks a lot like this one. All pastels, but almost all matte. :)

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      All that shiny reminds me of when my sister put satin sheets on her waterbed (it was the 80s). Slip slidin’ away…

  • Anonymous

    Someone must not like the real Mia W. because they seem intent on always making her look as unlike herself as possible.

    I have visions of these ladies slipping and sliding all over the photo set in that satin. I’m fascinated by the headline “Free Willy! The Penis in Cinema,” especially after the last episode of Downton. I didn’t realize that Cinema Penis was now a film genre.

  • Anonymous

    Though this is pretty bad and again, the colored girls didn’t earn a spot on the front cover, I have to give a tip of the hat to VF for including ADEPERO who was amazing in Pariah! If you haven’t seen it, make plans to do so ASAP.

    Otherwise, it’s so shiny and meh as to not even really annoy me. One question though, how on earth did they manage to make Paula Patton so bleh?

    • Anonymous

      I am DYING to see it. The preview looked incredible.

  • Anonymous

    I think Rooney Mara looks (by far) the best on the cover. She should wear that dress and hair style to the Academy Awards. On the middle fold only Adepero Oduye looks good, and she looks really good. She should have been on the cover with Rooney. The other two look super affected and are bringing Adepero down. In the third fold  Lily Collins and Paula Patton look the best, I think they should have made the cover with Rooney too. The girl in the blue dress is lovely , but a little bland and the grey dress  is ill fitting on the actress. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZGSQMHRCO7LAIOWG2HD74V6XU Marcie Dreyfuss

    Seen one, seen them all. VF’s Hollywood issue offers nothing but a serving up of faces we have seen TOO much of, during the awards season. The styling offers nothing new either.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Elizabeth Olsen has no neck…

  • Anonymous

    I want to know why Paula has to be Princess Leia and everyone else gets to channel some glamorous screen siren. You have Jessica as Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Olson as Catherine Deneuve, Lily Collins gets the obvious nod to Elizabeth Taylor, etc.. and Paula gets Princess Leia? She must have called the stylist names. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been reading TLO for years now, and never fully understood what “giving good face” meant. Until today! I saw the picture of Rooney and thought to myself “She is giving serious face there” and then scrolled down to read that TLO said the same thing! I feel like I’ve earned my kitten stripes! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

    borring

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253053236 Belle Burnett

    I dunno, it seems like stylists must hate Paula Patton. She’s so pretty, but those Princess Leia buns?! and those horrible dresses she wore during the Ghost Protocol press trip? Where is the love?

    • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

      She was kind of giving me Myrna Loy teas with that middle part. I actually think she’s giving the best face out of everybody in that last group.  

    • Anonymous

      I agree that some of the dresses Paula wore on the press trip for Ghost Protocol were horrid.  I like her hair here, though. Although most of them are wearing dresses that are reminiscent of the 30′s Paula’s hairstyle is pretty authentic to the 1920′s. My grandmother and her sisters had a very strict father who would not allow his daughters to cut their hair (not uncommon back then ) anyway this style of buns over the ears was called “dinner rolls”. One of the older sisters got a job in the city and bobbed her hair, she was so afraid of her father that when she came home for a visit she made “fake dinner rolls” and pinned them over her ears so he wouldnt know she cut her hair. All was fine until one plopped off during supper…

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Elisabeth Olsen’s pose makes her look afraid someone is going to hit her.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Actually, my first thought was that she looks like she’s going to push herself up as soon as the camera clicks and bolt the hell out of there.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Perhaps the reality of what her life is going to be like now is finally sinking in.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Rooney Mara as Louise Brooks. 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      again, and again.

  • Anonymous

    This was fun for a few years but it’s getting a little tired for me.  VF needs a major overhaul.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, which is why I cancelled my subscription recently. This particular issue, for the past couple years, has left me feeling hollow. All flash with a dazzling, dramatic cover and then no substance inside.

      • Anonymous

        I miss the old days with Tina Brown at her best, Dominick Dunne, Christopher Hitchens, Annie Liebowitz (pre bankruptcy!)  It is just not the same…..

  • Anonymous

    This was fun for a few years but it’s getting a little tired for me.  VF needs a major overhaul.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I recognized fewer than half of these actresses. Cover feature, yr doin’ it wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

      This is usually used to highlight the ingenue up-and-comers, so you not recognizing a lot of them is expected. VF wants to be able to look back on the cover and have people say, “Wow, they really pinpointed who was going to be big-time!”

  • Anonymous

    I covet that gray dress Adepero’s wearing, and I want to see her movie, so right now she’s winning this for me. I like Shailene Woodley, but that pose is so try-hard it’s annoying.

  • Anonymous

    O.k., I’m offically old.  The only ones I’ve even ever heard of are Rooney Mara and the third Olsen sister.  They all look pretty generic to me, except for Rooney. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    They could not have picked a more uncharacteristic dress for Rooney Mara.

  • Anonymous

    VF, The Starlets in Nightgowns Issue….

    • Anonymous

      “VF, The Starlets in Nightgowns Issue….” in Vanity Fair nightgowns if Vanity Fair made glamorous sleepwear and not plain vanilla nighties.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa! Jennifer is stunning, she has such interesting features, I’m exited to see her in The Hunger Games.
    I prefer Rooney as Audreybot, tbh.
    You’re totally right about Jessica, she looks way better in motion.
    Mia W.. i don’t know how i feel about that hair… meh
    Dead at “girls with spinal problems” and cannot unsee it now lol
    Adepero’s dress is stunning, indeed and she pulls it off quite nicely.
    The other two in that picture are right there at the front, but read as background to me, if this makes sense.
    Paula, girl, you should have pulled a “Hell and No!” moment at the sight of these buns, so unfortunate.
    Lilly Collins – Liz Taylor she is not.
    I actually like Felicity, the hair’s a bit distracting, though.
    That other… *shrug* I can imagine her styled a lot better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/clairehaley1 Claire Haley

    My first impression of this cover was “My god, what ugly dresses!” Looking at it later, I realized that the dresses are all inoffensive at worst, but I just can’t handle that much pastel satin all at once. It somehow makes the photoshopping stand out more, too.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  All of them together makes me think of Dynasty-era Joan Collins and Linda Evans.  And not in a good way.

      I do LOVE that gray Caroline Herrera dress.  Stunning once you take see it away from all the other, dare I say, cheap looking satins.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it’s like a Pottery Barn Easter tablescape.

  • Judy_J

    Adepero Oduye is stunning! She reminds me very much of Josephine Baker.

  • Anonymous

    Shailene Woodley actually has a back problem. She has scoliosis…

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Paula. You should sue over the Princess Leia buns – TOTALLY.

  • Anonymous

    Who are all of these people and why should I care? I’ll wait until they have a few more movies/awards under the belt before I try to memorize names and faces. At this point they’re expendable. (whoah … or maybe I just need coffee first :-))

  • MilaXX

    I question whether Mia is more famous than Paula, but then again, if you don’t have an Oscar or have been nominated how do you measure “more famous”?

    • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

      Same here. Paula has been making moves and was in one of the best selling and best reviewed movie of last year. What exactly has Mia done lately? Exactly.

      Paula should have been on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    I think they all look like they are getting ready for the shiny prom, except that last photo, where they are getting ready for Gatsby’s party, with their fur and feathers. And what – one woman of color??? Progress!!! I haven’t seen so much white skin since the KKK march in NYC ten years ago.  

  • Call me Bee

    Well I am officially out-of-it because I don’t know who these women are and what they do, save for the couple I’ve seen in here on TLo’s blog.  And I hadn’t noticed that for this coming spring, designers were showing the entire wardrobe from the movie “Topper”.  Oh well. 

  • Anonymous

    YOU WERQ THAT SHIT LISBETH.

  • Anonymous

    I am an avid consumer of pop culture and it took me 10 minutes to figure out who everyone was. Disconcerting. I haven’t enjoyed a VF cover in a while and I am a subscriber. I feel like their issues, content wise, are either great or just meh.

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    Vanity Fug is more like it. Yuck. Way to take beautiful women and make them look uncomfortable. They are all working hard to overcome the hideous nightgown concept, but they look as if their faces were hit with RuPaul’s spray-paint cannon. 

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    Very shiny, very pastel. Were they shooting for a 30s movie feel or something? They missed — both the clothes and the glamor of the girls. Only one who makes the grade is Rooney Mara.

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Cassie (C.M.W.)

      Even Rooney looks a little out of place in that pink. Should’ve swapped her gown for a neutral, because that makeup does not go with pastels.

  • Anonymous

    Love that dress Adepero is wearing.   The fabric is so pretty and reminiscent of Deco.  And her smile is lovely as well.

  • Anonymous

    Dear lord, are they selling glamor or toilet paper?

  • Anonymous

    All that shiny pastel is nausea-inducing.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to go all PC this morning, but seriously? They could only find one woman of color who merited inclusion?

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      Not that I disagree, but there’s actually two (Paula Patton being the other). 

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, I saw that below. No idea who she is… (sorry, Paula!)

  • CQAussie

    I love that Caroline Herrara dress!!  Otherwise, this Sea of Satin cover is underwhelming…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I see the commentary is covering the token black issues, so I’ll just leave my opinion to the photographs.  Too much satin, that is more than K-mart status bedding, that is straight up Bunny Ranch satin status.  Many of the girls are posed so oddly (Shaliene, dear god Girl, take something for the constipation hunny)  Aside from the lack of women of color, the white women are PALE.  As is the background and most of the clothes. Overall, underwhelming for me.

    • Anonymous

      Excessive satin and lack of diversity aside, I’ll take PALE white women over ORANGE, FAKE-TANNED OOMPA LOOMPAS any day. It’s the color caucasians are supposed to be, after all.

  • Anonymous

    Who are most of these women???  Why didn’t they use all nominated actresses?

    • Anonymous

      This was probably shot 2 or 3 months ago. The lead time for monthlies is much longer than that of weeklies, like EW.

  • Anonymous

    Why does this look silly? I can’t figure out what’s off about it.

    • Anonymous

      They’re in full-on satin, heavy makeup and hair, and posed stiffly to within an inch of their lives — none of which screams FRESH YOUNG WOMEN! in 2012.

      • Anonymous

        By George, I think you’ve got it!

  • Anonymous

    I get why they used the actresses they did. It says on the cover “fresh young stars.” The satin is a bit much, that’s for sure.

    Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence don’t look like themselves at all. I wouldn’t have know who they were if not for the captions.

  • Anonymous

    “Is every dark-haired, light-skinned, big-eyed actress going to be done up in Liz drag for the next couple of years?”

    This is a rhetorical question, right?

  • Anonymous

    Did they really need to place “THE PENIS IN CINEMA” next to someone’s face?

  • http://twitter.com/croquemonsieurv Victor Seipke

    The dresses are gorgeous, especially the Ralph Lauren ones. 

  • Anonymous

    Vanity Fair’s choice & placement of actresses aside (not that it’s unimportant), this struck me as how a re-make of The Women (1939 version, thank-you very much) should be costumed and I enjoyed it as such. Pretty.

    For me, the standout gown was the Caroline Herrera on Ms. Odupe. I’d say she won the lottery.

    The pink Ralph Lauren on Ms. Rooney struck me as the most early Hollywood boudoir – Carole Lombard is who I always think of when thinking of unsupported breasts in satin.

    I’ve always thought of long drapey satin gowns as something one sees in the movies, on the delusional, and as costumes. Perhaps because they make everyone look a little more voluptuous and scream “look at how sultry I am,” a combo that few can pull off, and even those that can aren’t always confident about.  Pretty, though.

  • Anonymous

    It’s beautiful — but in a very icy, plastic, distant way. Like they’re all mannequins almost with no spark of life. And we all know that’s not true. 

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful that Adepero Oduye is here, but seriously? She’s the only upcoming woman of color?  Kind of echoes our presidential field, no?  I also like that she’s not “giving face” but smiling.  Good for her!

    Nights in White Satin is playing on a loop in my head.  STOP!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Paula Patton is up there too. 

  • Evelina Chang

    Wow – I can’t even tell who they are, the makeup and hair is throwing me wayyyy off. o_o

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    What a terrible set of photos…

  • Anonymous

    Forget the starlets and satin–read the blurbs–they are hilarious!  “Hollywood’s Latest Fountain of Youth Addiction”, “the world’s BIGGEST movie studio, the world’s FUNNIEST man, the world’s MOST MEMORABLE FACES”‘, “the strange tale of BEVERLY HILLS’ BOTOX KING”

  • Anonymous

    I love Mara Rooney’s hair here. She should wear it down more often.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      I think you mean Rooney Mara…that said, I think wearing her hair down has been a touch difficult lately due to her bangs-from-Crazytown that she’s had to sport for the Stieg Larsson movies….

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, this simply bores me-another bunch of young women styled in old Hollywood glam-it’s been done before, VF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    TOO. MUCH. SATIN.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry. Who are these again? 

  • Anonymous

    Rooney Mara is giving SERIOUS. BLANK. FACE. Nothing going on in the eyes. I’ve really seen only two expressions from her: comatose or dimples.
    Love Lily Collins in the Calvin Klein. Not everyone can wear that color, certainly not the runway model.
    Adepero won the lottery for dresses- the Herrera is gorgeous on her.

  • Anonymous

    My love for Rooney Mara continues.  She looks fierce, very Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly.  Now, is it just me, or is Jessica Chastain on the verge of busty (for a thin person) in reality?  Why would the Photoshop Elves give someone LESS boobage, especially for that gown?  And finally, it occured to me a couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of this cover, how incredible it would be to do the same layout but with gorgeous movie stars over 40 (I’d love 50 but I know that’s pushing it)?  I’m so sick of VF cow-towing to the pubescent “up and coming.”  What about the stunners who have already arrived? Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Angela Bassett (who I happen to think is one of the most beautiful women ever, period the end), Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, Sandra Bullock…need I go on?  Part of this youth-sells-magazines obsession is so chicken/egg.  Start putting these women out there in that context – it would be startling in its (pathetic) unique-ness, and could be at least a tiny step in the right direction (**jumping off soapbox now**).

  • Anonymous

    Call me crazy, I love the buns and that dress looks way better on Lily Collins than that runway model. All that being said, I don’t think I’m ready for a satiny spring.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Adepuro is serving up some Josephine Baker goodness. 

    Paula makes me think of Dorothy Dandridge & Lena Horne- odd hair and all. (I actually like the hair, very 1920′s)

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Gah!  I hate that fabric. Everyone looks so sloppy, like they’ve been couch potatoing it for hours on end.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Rooney is just on a whole other level, fashion-wise.

  • marilyn

    Elizabeth Olson looks old, or like she is wearing her mother’s clothes.  She is young and fresh.  Why did they put her in a dress for a 50 year old?

  • Anonymous

    I have not been living in a cave and didn’t recognize ANY of them.

  • Anonymous

    Freida Pinto, Zoe Kravitz, Zoe Saldana…  I used to subscribe to Vanity Fair back when I was a fool until one month the editors featured Gretchen Mol on the cover and annointed her “The Next It Girl”.  It was 1998, I have nothing against her but she was virtually and unknown.  Certainly wasn’t deserving of a cover.  And what happened to their “It” girl?  She went on to 10 years of relative obscurity in small part in small movies.  Apparently, the rest of the world didn’t get It.  Meanwhile Will Smith was the number one box office star in 1998 and they wouldn’t put him on the cover.  After much backlash they put him on the cover in 1999 and the editors seemed almost ecstatic to report that sales plummeted.  Wonder what spin they will put on the recent Justin Bieber cover which also produced horrible sales.  F Vanity Fair.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3HKIK7MIJMBDAQBDWEAQDTXUM theneva

      I’m with you. I’m also sick of Vanity Fair ignoring people of color by either shunting them off to the side or keeping them off completely.

  • http://twitter.com/danielleRwest Danielle West

    I still have no idea who Felecity Jones is.

    • Anonymous

      I pretty much only know who two of them are.