Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Profiles Two Black Women, No Viola Davis

I don’t think I’m upset that on the first day of Black History Month, Vanity Fair keeps their black cover girls off the cover page of the annual Hollywood issue. I shouldn’t even be surprised, right? I’m happy for VF‘s inclusion of Pariah‘s Adepero Oduye and Mission Impossible‘s Paula Patton, they look gorgeous. However, I am wondering where the leading ladies of The Help Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are in this photo. Would that be too much brown? Jezebel racked up a few of the previous covers boasting about one-two black people per cover but how does an editor overlook the woman who won both SAG and Golden Globe awards for her work in The Help?

Check out the full cover below:

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And here’s Viola’s SAG award acceptance speech, my favorite part is Octavia Spencer’s “Yes Gawd!” face at 1.55, the clip’s bitter end. Comedy.

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