The foldout photo features nine young starlets to keep an eye on, but excludes Sidibe, whose youth and Oscar nomination should have made her a no-brainer to be included. Adding to the controversy is the fact that all of the chosen actresses are white and thin.
Sidibe spoke to Access Hollywood about the controversy, saying, “At first I thought, ‘Hmm, should I be there?’ Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway.”
“I would have felt a little like… whether or not I should have been there,” she told Shaun Robinson. “[It] doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t on it and I’m excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn’t matter to me where I’m not mentioned.”
The issue, which is on newsstands now, features such Hollywood up-and-comers as Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried and Sidibe’s fellow Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Carey Mulligan.
According to MSNBC Scoop, Vanity Fair did not comment on the absence of actresses of color on its cover, but did issue the following statement: “Deciding who will appear on the Hollywood Issue cover — and within the issue itself — is a long process, and one we take seriously. For the young actresses on the cover, both films coming out this year and past work were taken into consideration, as were schedules and availability, since we had to shoot all nine actresses in a single day.”