The Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition has been making major waves since it was revealed because of the obvious mix of people of color. For the first time in the 20-year history of their famed Hollywood Edition, Vanity Fair’s highly regarded cover includes 6 prime actors of African decent. This is a major step forward for the publication which, in the past, has come under considerable criticism over its lack of diversity on its covers.

Prominently featured are Luptia Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor who co-starred together in “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong’o is nominated for the category of Actress in a Supporting Role at the 86th Academy Awards, while Ejiofor has earned a nod for Actor in a Leading Role.

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Michael B. Jordan delivered a heartfelt performance in his role as Oscar Grant in the dramatic biography, “Fruitvale Station.” Although he was denied a nomination, many considered his work and portrayal of the murdered teen his breakout role, thus earning him his cover spot.

Also pictured are Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor, Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. The pair starred together in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” alongside Chadwick Boseman, who also shined in the biopic “‘42,” which is based on the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

The March spread also features Hollywood A-listers Julia Roberts, who received a nomination for Supporting Actress in “Osage County” and George Clooney. Also, newcomers Jared Leto, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wallstreet) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color), earned coveted spots as well. The theme, which evokes a sense of “Old Hollywood” was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and will be on stands this Tuesday, February 11.

What do you think of this Vanity Fair shoot?

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