Dissecting the Chocolatey Cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue 

A brief analysis about who’s included and why. Plus, why Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong’o could be headed for Vogue’s cover. 

Vanity Fair's 2014 Hollywood issue
Vanity Fair's 2014 Hollywood issue Vanityfair.com 

The cover of Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood issue is just oozing chocolate goodness: Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Naomie Harris—just to name a few. Below is an impromptu interview, in the form of a Gchat conversation, with Elizabeth Ozemebhoya, a former staffer at a Los Angeles entertainment agency. She waxes about who’s included and why, and drops a few gems about the politics behind these sorts of editorial selections and placements. She also tells us why she hopes Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, will give Kerry Washington her just due already.

The Root: look at all that brown sugar

Elizabeth Ozemebhoya: yeah … but awfully confused by the inclusion of Clooney and Julia, which I suspect was to bolster magazine sales

TR: do you have any solid arguments as to why they should have not been included? I mean, wasn’t Julia in that movie that got all those nominations? although I must admit that I am confused by Clooney. OH … wait! [He was in] Gravity.

EO: Yes, but usually, Vanity has up-and-comers on the cover of this edition

TR: hmmmm

EO: But I guess this year they focused on great performances. But I still suspect they put Julia and Clooney on there for sales. Because let’s be real, Lupita should’ve been on Idris’ lap, and not the middle cover

TR: Chile I should’ve been on Idris’ lap

EO: This is what I mean, they could give Lupita her big moment, like Anna [Wintour] could introduce her to the world with a Vogue cover

TR: true