Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue Cover Features Iconic Women of All Ages
The annual cover usually features familiar faces and the industry's next big thing — but rarely are they above age 50.
Vanity Fair got it right diversity-wise — being the big topic of the moment — but the Conde Nast glossy also did a very non-ageist and highly feminist thing on the cover of its 2016 Hollywood Issue. VF featured four major Hollywood iconic ladies close to 70 — Diane Keaton just turned 70 on Jan. 5, Charlotte Rampling will turn 70 on Feb. 5, Helen Mirren is 70 and Jane Fonda is a proud 78-year-old.
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Photographed in a triptych with Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, Lupita Nyong'o and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, all the ladies — except for Keaton — are wearing either matte black or shiny black dresses, in varying degrees of current trends: strapless, off the shoulder, showing off arms or legs Turns out the oft-working septuagenarian actress negotiated to wear her own clothes with Vanity Fair style editor Jessica Diehl and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In a year of pressure to be politically spot-on, Vanity Fair went more for reality and talent than Hollywood fantasy. Good timing.