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Dreamgirls Takes Vanity Fair Cover

Dreamgirls Takes Vanity Fair Cover

GIRLS GOTTA DREAM! Here’s a sneak peak of Vanity Fair’s January 2007 issue with DreamgirlsEddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Beyonce Knowles on the cover. The cover was photographed by Mark Seliger in West Hollywood and is supposedly a fold-out with Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose on the other half.

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  • DarwinSF

    What? Black people on the cover of Vanity Fair? This is truly a momentous occasion.

  • stardust

    supposedly a fold-out with Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose on the other half.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Figures. They got the shaft. I can’t wait to see Jennifer Hudson’s star rise. She is a powerhouse of talent. She was in Dallas a few weeks ago and was doing an interview with the local morning radio station. She wasn’t planning to sing but the host asked her and she sang an Aretha song. She was so good, the listeners were calling in and saying that they were crying listening to her voice. She blew everyone away. =)

  • Vanessa

    The world is turning upside down! Black people on the cover!!!!!!!!!

  • Frenchy

    Eddie’s face is sheer comedy. FUG!!! that’s the way he looks the entire movie. Um ok, AA’s on the cover, no longer regulated to inside and on the the ads for Tiret, Rockefella, Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms etc…LOL!!!! I think Jennifer’s singing in this film will be the equivalent to Mahalia Jackson’s singing in the film Imitation of Life.

  • Dirk
  • WTF

    Jennifer should have been on the cover. She’s going to win an Oscar.

  • http://www.teesmybody.com Bob King Neverland III

    I need to look for a bigger pic on ebay for my secretary – she has 12 eddie murphy fan sites.

  • Glenda Ford

    OMG…Not one, but three Black Folks on the COVER of Vanity Fair. Time to pull out the Bubbly!!

  • Letoya

    Black people on the VF cover?!! What has the world come to!
    I love Beyonce as much of a hypocrite as she is, because despite what many say, she is a very talented and hard-working woman (have y’all ever seen pics of B out partying besides that one time, and she’s so young…she’s always out promoting shit), but I agree, they definitely should’ve had J-Hud on the cover as she is the REAL star of Dreamgirls.
    In my opinion, most of Beyonce’s diva-ish attitude comes from the fact that she allows her parents to deal with all her career moves: her mom with that chinchilla fur line and her dad with the whole Destiny’s Child thing. She needs to LISTEEEEEN!!

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    VF has had very limited number of Blacks on their covers.

    Beyonce was on the cover this year I think, before that I think the last Black cover was Will Smith. Before that, I think only Denzel Washington and Diana Ross had covers.

    It is quite alarming. Anyone who has a problem with this, should write to the Editor – it is the only way to make a difference.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Some criticism of Vanity Fair:

    10/14/2005
    A White Wash at Vanity Fair?

    Beyoncé Knowles, who appears on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, is the first African-American woman to front the glossy solo since Tina Turner flashed her gams in 1993. But is she too black for Graydon Carter? Publishing insiders have been whispering about the cover girl’s strangely pale visage ever since the November issue hit newsstands. Now, a high-level source at Vanity Fair is alleging that the mag digitally altered Beyoncé’s image to appear several shades lighter.

    African-American entertainers have long complained about being ignored by mainstream magazines, which often avoid covers featuring black celebrities for fear that they will underperform on newsstands. Vanity Fair, which has drawn some of the sharpest criticism, has not featured a solo black person on its cover since the late nineties, when it showcased Michael Jordan, Will Smith, and a clown-faced Chris Rock.

    A pronounced dip in newsstand sales earlier this year has Carter feeling especially skittish. Convinced that a series of gloomy covers has contributed to the slump, says our source, the wing-haired editor ordered his art department to lighten up its act. Unfortunately, staffers got so carried away they ended up lightening Beyoncé as well. “Everything on the cover is bright, including the white background, to make it seem as white as can be,” says the source, who claims that the pop diva’s medium-dark complexion was airbrushed to a “Jennifer Lopez shade of bronze” to fit in with the magazine’s cheery new aesthetic.

    But the brightening of Beyoncé caused other problems: According to our source, the singer’s cover photo clashed with inside photos, which pictured her with longtime boyfriend Jay-Z. “All the photos of Beyoncé had been made so white that Jay-Z literally looked like [Sudanese supermodel] Alek Wek standing next to her, so then he had to be lightened up, too,” says the source.

    Not suprisingly, VF is outraged by the claim that it manipulated Beyoncé’s image. Asked about the charge, the magazine’s spokeswoman, Beth Kseniak, insisted that the singer’s portraits were “absolutely not” manipulated and said that any change in her skin tone was a result of lighting and makeup. Furthermore, she claimed that inside shots of the couple were pick-up photos acquired at the last minute that ran unaltered. A spokeswoman for Beyoncé did not return repeated calls or e-mails for comment.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    The above article was an excerpt from “Raddar Online.com”

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Here is an interesting blog entry from a RonM Hungaguhunga (sp???). Anywa, teh criticism against VF runs deep and it is a good source of debate. Hope they change. And with this I leave you all! Night :)
    Here is the post:

    Hey Graydon, where are the African Americans?

    Several years back I altogether stopped sending out my annual “Letter to the Editor” email criticizing Vanity Fair for the lack of African Americans, especially on the cover, and especially in their ‘Hollywood issue.’ It was a futile quest to get someone to listen and actually do something more than send out an obligatory response to reader email backed up with naught else but hot air. I saved this little chestnut, though, I think it was my last attempt at satisfaction, from the long suffering and saintly Heather Fink, dated April 24, 2000:

    “Dear Mr. Mwangaguhunga,

    “Thank you very much for your letter to the editor. We have received
    several
    letters regarding this matter, and I will be sure to address this point
    with the
    appropriate editors here. I appreciate your input and hope that you
    continue
    expressing your opinions to Vanity Fair.

    Sincerely,

    Heather Fink”

    Greeeaaat. I’m glad I shared.

    Of course, my problem is not with Heather Fink, who was polite, but couldn’t change the situation, no, my issue was with her boss Graydon Carter, who I snark on from time to time in this blog, but for whom I ultimately hold no hard feelings against. Look — there is no one suggesting that anything is wrong with Graydon on the issue of race, that’s crazy talk. I’m just saying that Graydon is not representing African Americans on the cover of VF; and that smarts. It is his privilege as an editor, but it is a kind of stupid thing for a so-called libertarian to do to his legacy. Hollywood itself is not as white as Graydon paints it.

    I just cannot believe that Matthew McConaughey and Gretchen Moll deserve covers more than Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Halle Berry or even Janet Jackson.

    I mean — Fuck! — even Sandra Bullock, she of the linebackerish looks — got a cover!

    The argument that nobody would ever make in public is that covers of African Americans sell less than covers of white celebs: Ruben Stoddard was the worst selling RS cover in 2003, and Serena Williams the worst selling SI cover in 2003. But last year’s best/worst cover list is closing the gap of this very sad but true industry fact. I’ve worked in magazines for 9 years, I know the game.

    But Roger Friedman of Fox 411 who I knighted an honorary black man on Monday does a fine job in explaining why VF was snubbed by the National Magazine Awards:

    “‘It’s because Graydon’s so obsessed with Hollywood,’ said one insider, referring to Carter’s sometimes embarrassing preference for celebrity profiles over actual journalism.

    “Beth Kseniak, director of public relations for Vanity Fair, said, ‘I can’t remember when we didn’t have a nomination. But we’ve been very fortunate in previous years and we congratulate the nominees.’

    “One aspect of criticism about Vanity Fair is its obliviousness to cultures other than its own. In the March ‘Hollywood’ issue, 13 famous actresses graced the cover, not one of them African-American. As well, Vanity Fair has not featured an individual black person on the cover in several years.

    “Kseniak responded, ‘We were supposed to have Halle Berry, but she backed out at the last minute.’”

    Okay VF, now is your opportunity. The African American contribution to the entertainment industry in America and the world is vast. Could you refelect that just a little bit more?

    posted by Ron @ 11:38 AM

  • Team Tonya Harding

    So let me get this straight. When Oprah puts black actors/musicians on her show its bad and when Vanity Fair puts black actors/musicians on their cover its good. Wha? Oh I get it, it’s because Oprah has a black agenda and Vanity Fair is run by white elitists. Now it all makes sense.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    # Team Tonya Harding Says:
    December 6th, 2006 at 2:09 am

    So let me get this straight. When Oprah puts black actors/musicians on her show its bad and when Vanity Fair puts black actors/musicians on their cover its good. Wha? Oh I get it, it’s because Oprah has a black agenda and Vanity Fair is run by white elitists. Now it all makes sense.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Here is the difference.

    Oprah since her show’s beginnings have always equally represented people on her show. Blacks, Whites, Molested women, Molestors, you name it. She tries her best to balance her guests – whatever you think of her.

    Vanity Fair: To have had since Tina Turner’s cover in 1993 only one black woman almost 15 years later – given the number of African-American entertainers, shows a disregard for that group.

    Many stars who are not even big name stars get on the cover before we know their names. Matt McConneghey (sp?), Matt Damon – all got covers before they were big stars and before their first films were even released.

    Scarlett Johansson made the cover but an Academy Award winner and major star like Whoopi Goldberg can’t? or Oprah? Or Angela Bassett (academy award nominee)?

    VF has also had nonentertainers on covers as well. So, what about Black social activists and politicians? Why not Ms Rice – the first African-American Secretary of State? Why not Colin Powell? Why not Desmond Tutu or Nelson Mandela on the cover?

    So Gretchen Mol can get a cover but not Nelson Mandela?

    I am not even Black and I get the disparity loud and clear.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Btw, that is my last “race” debate. They get too ugly and it seems all involved can never agree. Sad, but what can one do? At least this one did not get ugly. I think this VF cover is a step in a very right direction. Good night.

  • Coco

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL cover! I will go out and buy it and maybe everyone here will as well; therefore, showing VF that we approve and want more “color” on and in their magazine:)

    Interesting facts Team Lara Croft, thank you for sharing the information. Unforturnately, pretty much every major fashion magazine is guilty of this and not just against blacks. Where are the asians, hispanics, even indians? America Ferrara, (hot) Daniel Dae-Kim(hotter), and Aishwarya Rai (on fire) are equally as interesting and more name reconizable than Gretchen Moll ( I honestly didn’t know who she was and still don’t).

    I’m A-A and can’t remember the last time I bought VF or any other mainstream magazine because of their lack of color on the cover and within. Sad that half a century later that we still need magazines like Latina and Essence to fill the gap.

    P.S. In line already to buy my ticket to see Dreamgirls!!!!!

  • Sammy Davis

    What? Vanity Fair is turning into an all black magazine?? I won’t even go near it!!!

  • black

    Wow…three people I hate on one cover….not bad.

    And what do they all have in common?………………..right, they can´t act!

  • Queen Bee

    Beg to differ only 1 can’t act.

  • daisy

    murphy’s a first class jerk he gets scary spice pregnant than says he’s waiting for a dna test!

  • Maren

    I bought the magazine yesterday and my issue does not have a fold out with Jennifer or Noni on it…It’s just Eddie, Jamie and Beyoncé.

  • http://www.myspace.com/candicemeline candice

    I’m so sick of people making this a black/white thing. Why make such a big deal out of skin color.
    What I want to b**** about is the fact that Jennifer Hudson isn’t on the cover! It’s time for Beyonce to take a backseat, and let some new talent in.
    Beyonce IS a star, as she has so HUMBLY pointed out, but Jennifer can seriously BLOW her out of the water.
    Screw dance off’s between celebrities, I think a sing off between Jennifer, and Beyonce is a must!

  • http://deleted what’s up?

    How did Eddie Murphy manage to get his grubby little hands on Babyface’s ex? Tracey Edmonds is absolutely gorgeous! Wouldn’t she be scared to date him? I thought Eddie preferred transexuals.

    Come to think of it, Eddie has always had good-looking females on his arm. He likes to be “the man” in public. Then he sneaks behind closed doors to do his dirty deeds. Got to give it to him. He has managed to reveal himself as a freak, yet remain popular.

  • wow

    Beyonce is EVERY where these days. So much so that I am starting to believe she is wearing the same clothes over again….I can be wrong…I’m really tired of seeing her and hearing about her….shes becoming a Paris Hilton…

  • Nichole

    It’s really not a black or white issue. As with most “challenges” in the world, Vanity Fair doesn’t promote black entertainers on their covers for one reason — money. Black people have not been the leading subscribers of Vanity Fair. Buying one or two VF magazines a year doesn’t count. It’s subcribers and those subscribers translate into advertising dollars. Those ads in the magazine cater to the subscribers of the magazine.

    The right magazine covers to attract the right sbscribers to attract the right advertisers equals revenue added to the VF bottom line.

    If VF were to start having more black entertainers on their covers the number of new subscribers would not compensate for the loss revenue in subscriptions and in advertising dollars.

    The reason you have Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and Eddie Murphy on the cover has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with money. This movie was a much loved musical on Broadway. It will make a lot of money because it will reach three audiences; black people who enjoy a good movie, theater enthusiasts and white people who enjoy a good movie. But when you have a smart man like David Geffen behind a production, you can bet he will do everything in his power to promote it the right way.

    Bottom line is it’s going to be a good movie. And good movies will have great promotion.

  • yeahyeahyeah

    amen.

  • Kimmie

    They should have had Diana Ross on the Cover and the rest of them on the inside fold with Jennifer Hudson. I buy that to hear Diana say they need to pay her royalties for copin’ her style.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Nichole Says:
    December 6th, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    It’s really not a black or white issue. As with most “challenges” in the world, Vanity Fair doesn’t promote black entertainers on their covers for one reason — money. Black people have not been the leading subscribers of Vanity Fair. Buying one or two VF magazines a year doesn’t count. It’s subcribers and those subscribers translate into advertising dollars. Those ads in the magazine cater to the subscribers of the magazine.

    The right magazine covers to attract the right sbscribers to attract the right advertisers equals revenue added to the VF bottom line.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Why not portray people on your cover who don’t subscribe anyway? Maybe that will get them to subscribe?

    Also, this idea that white people only want to see other white people on magazine covers is bogus. The advertisers and media decide this – not decent folks who could not care less.

    We buy black music in a heartbeat, and have been doing so for decades, why not black people on covers?

    It makes no sense. Just like they think women can’t sell movies. Crap. Women sell movies. The media and money hungry guys just are not listening. But trust me female actresses can sell a movie yet actresses still make less than men. Not fair.

    Their assessment of the consumer is completely off (as usual)!

  • http://SBCglobal.net Loren C.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^ Thank you Thank You Thank you to many of you posters above. How does Gretchen Mol guarantee more magazines sold than let’s say, any of the major recording artists who are black?

    VF has complete white unknowns on their covers but ignore really famous black people. Finally someone sees it as I see it. Why is it so hard to admit? Also if it was for money then on their Hollywood issues since they already have like 5 or 6 white people on the cover who are guaranteed to sell the magazine, why not include one who is black? If there is a black person they are usually in the inside flap but they are not part of the cover photo that appears on the front cover.

    I am not saying they are consciously doing this, they are just not making the effort and in an undustry full of a lot of talented black people, it is time for VF to make the effort. It is not like we are talking about the Skier’s association or the surfer’s association magazine where there are a fewer number of blacks in those industries – we are talking about music and film here, hello!?

  • http://cnn.com.mailweb I Don’t Buy It

    Money motivates covers on Vanity Fair? So in 13 years since Tina Turner in 1993, only Beyonce and Will Smith are the black people capable of bringing in the big bucks? So Gretchen Moll and Kate Moss sell more magazines than the never featured on Vanity Fair, megastar Janet Jackson? Not even Tiger Woods? Not even Michael Jordan? I mean Tiger – he’s a no brainer, he’s biracial. He could at least bring Vanity Fair half of the money! Hmm. Very interesting.

  • http://cnn.com.mailweb I Don’t Buy It

    Loren C. Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 10:57 am
    It is not like we are talking about the Skier’s association or the surfer’s association magazine where there are a fewer number of blacks in those industries – we are talking about music and film here, hello!?
    +++++++++++++
    lol lol lol. rotfl. :) :) (skier and surfer association…funny stuff)…. and true!

  • mallerie2002

    This is crazy, did anyone look at the pic of the story on the inside?? am i trippin or is beyonce’s dress only half a dress, and with j-hud why is her lighting terrible?? And anyone notice the big gap between the two?? I duno but it seems to me like someone doesnt want to share her spotlight and feel that she’s “IRREPLACEABLE”!! Can someone please move her more “to tha left, to the left” until she’s off of the page please??

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