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Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood issue has been unveiled, and unlike the Oscars, it looks like the magazine opted for more diversity this year.

The issue features, among others, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and additionally shows off four women over the age of 60: Jane Fonda, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton.  Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz took the photos of the “Lucky 13” actresses.

TheGuardian‘s Benjamin Lee reports that Viola Davis is making history twice on this cover: she is the first black woman since 1999 to appear on the main cover and the first black woman over the age of 30.  The magazine first debuted the special issue in 1995.

The first black actress to appear on the main cover of Vanity Fair's "Hollywood issue" was Thandie Newton.

The first black actress to appear on the main cover of Vanity Fair’s “Hollywood issue” was Thandie Newton in 1999.

Vanity Fair took to Twitter and Snapchat to show off the cover with the caption: “Could these women be any more impressive?”

The cover is a vast improvement over last year’s, which featured three white actors and actresses and had only David Oyelowo and Oscar Isaac in the foldout to bring diversity to the mix.

Vanity Fair says the decision about who would be on the Hollywood issue cover was made back in October– before the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.  The issue is meant to highlight “the power of women in Hollywood today.”

The 2015 Vanity Fair cover stirred controversy over a lack of actor diversity.

The 2015 Vanity Fair cover stirred controversy over a lack of racial diversity.

 

 

 

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