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
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