March means two things: College Basketball Playoffs in the U.S., and Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue. The cover on this year’s issue is wall to wall with the young, the blonde, and the caucasian. The lineup includes: Anna Kendrick, 24, Evan Rachel Wood, 24, Emma Stone, 21, Mia Wasikowska, 20, Rebecca Hall, 27, Amanda Seyfried, 24, Carey Mulligan, 24, Kristen Stewart, 19, and Abbie Cornish, 27.
Which ones will still be written about 10 years hence? It is interesting to speculate. In that vein, if we go back 10 years, to the April 2000 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair, we have the following: Penelope Cruz, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Marley Shelton, Chris Klein, Selma Blair, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Sarah Wynter. Determine what percentage of those you remember, then handicap the odds as you will.
According to the cover copy, these nine represent “the new Hollywood.” That’s because “the old Hollywood” always shunned the extremely young, physically perfect ingenue, right?
The nine cover pics were arranged with hair color rotating throughout, perhaps to make it easier to tell them apart. But it might explain why 24-year-old Anna Kendrick, around whom Oscar buzz is floating like a glittery aura, ended up on the inside fold. The three brunettes had to be distributed evenly so as not to upset the balance.
By tradition, famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shoots the Hollywood Issue cover, and this year is no exception.