Dissecting the Chocolatey Cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair's 2014 Hollywood issue
Vanity Fair's 2014 Hollywood issue

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

EO: and say "Hear ye B**CHES. This is Lupita. And so it was written, and so it will be good.”


TR: ha

EO: Kerry Washington hasn't been on the cover of Vogue, has she?

TR: No, she has not

EO: That's insanity. She arguably is the most popular TV actress at the moment. Yet they try to make Blake Lively happen. Blake was on GOSSIP GIRL and has 2 or 3 Vogue covers. Ridiculous.


TR: Any thoughts on that Jared guy? Is that his name? White guy with the long hair? Looks like the Anglicized image of Christ.

EO:  Jared Leto. Nah … he was fantastic in Dallas Buyers Club

TR: seeing MBJ [Michael B. Jordan] just makes me frustrated that Fruitvale Station was overlooked by the award shows


EO: He's gotten exposure—which is just as important

TR: Does it mean anything that there's only one female on the cover? And they put the rest on the inside?


EO: Julia stands alone. 25 years later.

TR: Lupita looks like an Oscar. Here’s to hoping that's foreshadowing.

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web show that parses those compelling topics in your favorite TV shows, songs and movies. Follow her on Twitter.