Vanity Fair Celebrates Three of Our Finest Black Actresses in their Hollywood Issue

In timeless portraits, photographer Annie Leibovitz captures the beauty of 13 of Hollywood’s leading actresses. Vanity Fair's 2016 Hollywood Portfolio featured several women of color including, Viola Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lupita N’yongo.

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The Regal Lupita N’yongo. Queen Lupita has won one Academy Award and starred in 5 films. Her most recent is George Lucas' $1.961 billion film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is her second time appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Portfolio. Here is her stunning portrait from Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Portfolio.

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Lady of Grace Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This talented actress has been in six films including Concussion with Will Smith.  Gugu is widely known for her starring role in the film,  Belle. The film is told from the perspective of a mixed-race daughter of a British admiral. Gugu’s character, Belle, plays an important role in abolishing slavery in England. It is based on a true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.

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The Stunning Viola Davis. Mrs. Davis has won two Tonys and one Emmy. She has starred in 36 films, including Suicide Squad. Viola Davis has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today. When we watch her on screen, there is no denying the fact that she has studied every inch of the character she is playing. Mrs. Davis has a major project this year, DC’s Suicide Squad. We are excited to see her star as the stone cold Amanda Waller!  Recently, Lifetime aired Lila and Eve  with Jennifer Lopez. Davis plays a mother who lost her son to a horrific murder. Her character seeks to avenge her son’s death after law enforcements fail to pursue the case.

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In this issue, Vanity Fair decided to focus on women and diversity in Hollywood. While we would love to see more Black women at the forefront, it's great to see Black women on this cover.
This issue has three dynamic women from three different walks of life, and they are representing magnificently.

Here's how the women described what they want their legacies to be.

We’ve been here, and we ain’t going nowhere.

Rachael Edwards is an artist of many forms from Baltimore, who blogs, styles folks & uses too many commas. Follow her on Twitter: @rachael_firefly
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