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This Year's "Vanity Fair" Hollywood Issue Took A Huge Step Backward In Terms Of Diversity

Only two of the actors featured are people of color, as opposed to 2014's annual installment, which included six actors of color, two of whom were front of the fold. BuzzFeed News looks at the magazine's newsstand sales to see if that's behind the whitewashing.

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There is only one black actor, David Oyelowo...

The Selma star is placed behind The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones and The Imitation Game's Benedict Cumberbatch.

And one Latino actor, Oscar Isaac.

The A Most Violent Year star is draped across American Sniper star Sienna Miller's lap.


BuzzFeed News asked the Alliance for Audited Media about newsstand sales for the past five Vanity Fair Hollywood Issues to compare those with actors of color and those without.

Of course, it's also worth noting that newsstand sales in general have been steadily declining.

The 2011 Hollywood Issue cover sold the most copies — approximately 402,238 — via newsstand.

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The issue included two actors of color: Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones. And both were behind the fold.


Next is the 2012 Hollywood Issue cover, which sold approximately 284,155 copies.

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That year, there were two actors of color on the cover: Adepero Oduye of Pariah and Paula Patton of Precious.

The 2013 Hollywood Issue cover, which broke the annual issue's wide-shot form, was not far behind, with 274,987 copies sold.

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The issue's photo included Quvenzhané Wallis behind the fold.

Though not by much, the 2014 Hollywood Issue, which featured Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the front cover, brought in the lowest newsstand sales in the past five years, with 269,903 copies sold.

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Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris, and Chadwick Boseman were also in the spread for the 2014 Hollywood Issue, but appeared behind the fold.

Before the 2014 Hollywood Issue, it had been six years since a person of color was featured in front of the fold on Vanity Fair — when President Barack Obama appeared on the cover in March 2009, which replaced the annual Hollywood Issue that year.

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By comparison, that issue sold 384,994 copies, placing it slightly behind the 2011 Hollywood Issue.

A representative for Vanity Fair did not immediately reply to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

Jaimie Etkin contributed to this report.