1. Vanity Fair just released the cover of its annual Hollywood Issue, and there is something refreshingly different about this year’s installment.
2. As a point of comparison, this is the 2010 Hollywood Issue cover.
3. This is the 2005 Hollywood Issue cover.
4. And this is the 2000 Hollywood Issue cover.
5. Annnnd now back to the 2014 cover — where six of the twelve actors are people of color.
Prior to this issue, the most people of color to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue — one of the year’s most high profile representations of who makes up the top tier of Hollywood talent — was three.
And only four people of color have ever appeared on the actual Hollywood Issue cover, before the fold of the three-paneled image: Djimon Hounsou (in 1998), Thandie Newton (in 1999), Chris Rock (in 2007), and technically, President Barack Obama (in 2009 when his inauguration story overtook the cover of the Hollywood Issue).
6. The people of color on the 2014 Hollywood Issue cover are 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s Idris Elba, Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan…
This year, for the first time, two people of color (Ejiofor and Elba) appear on the cover, before the fold.
7. …12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s Naomie Harris, and 42’s Chadwick Boseman.
A rep for Vanity Fair did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.