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Record-breaking 6 black actors cover the 2014 ‘Vanity Fair’ Hollywood Issue

vanityfair2014Vanity Fair recently released its annual Hollywood Issue and there is something refreshingly different about this year’s most coveted magazine cover. A record-breaking six out of 12 actors featured on the cover of this year’s 20th annual installment are African American.

Prior to this year’s release, the most blacks to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue, which highlights the cream of the crop in Hollywood talent, was three. In fact, in the history of the Hollywood Issue, only four black actors have been featured in total. Talk about a come up.

This year’s cover includes 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s Idris Elba, 42’s Chadwick Boseman and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan as the male counterparts. As for the women representing this year, you’ll see Academy Award nominee and 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o and Elba’s fellow Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom co-star Naomie Harris sitting pretty and poised in this year’s issue.

Hit the flip for other black actors who have shined on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue over the years. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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  1. Janeen on February 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Awesome cover; I especially want to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Although Naomie Harris isn’t really African American as mentioned because she is British and her parents are from Jamaica and Trinidad, so really Jamaican-Trinidadian British lol. But she would have African ancestry from far back on her Jamaican side.

  2. Nnamdi on February 6, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Correction: 2 are African American, 4 are not.