The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is one of the covers I look forward to all year long. I’m always curious to see the theme and the talent the publication goes with. Since 1995, only three of the Hollywood Issue covers have not been photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Once again, the famed 67-year-old photographer helms this year’s shoot.
For the second year in a row, the glossy is all about girl power. They selected the most compelling, powerful, and talented women in the business. They include three actresses nominated this year for an Oscar, two child actors who’ve successfully grown up in Hollywood, a Grammy winner dabbling in acting and more. The eleven actresses featured have a total of twelve Oscar nominations total and two wins among them.
Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and Natalie Portman score the prime spots on the publication’s iconic three-panel foldout. Also making the cut and appearing in the extended cover are Ruth Negga, sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig and Janelle Monae.
Check out all the past covers below, along with the full foldout from this year. Weigh in on which covers are your favorites.
Past Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue Covers
1995 – Hollywood Highest – Class of 2000
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Arquette, Linda Fiorentino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, and Sandra Bullock.
It’s amazing that most of these women still look good today. With exception to “Medium’s” Patricia Arquette. Way harsh.
1996 – Boys’ Town
Tim Roth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rapaport, Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech, David Arquette, Will Smith, and Skeet Ulrich.
I forgot how hot Johnathon Schaech was? Man, Leo looks so young here.
1997 – The Next Wave
Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Claire Danes, Renée Zellweger, Minnie Driver, Alison Elliott, Jada Pinkett, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, and Fairuza Balk.
Overall this is a pretty good cover. Who was Alison Elliott? I love Fairuza Balk, but she sorta seems out of place here.
1998 – The Hot Next Wave
Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Natalie Portman, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol, Christina Ricci, Ed Furlong, and Rufus Sewell.
One of my favorite covers ever. Vince Vaughn used to look so hot. VF did a pretty good job of predicting the new wave. 50% correct isn’t half bad. LOL
1999 – New Kids on the Block
Adrien Brody, Thandie Newton, Monica Potter, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Stiles, Leelee Sobieski, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Polley, Norman Reedus, Anna Friel, Omar Epps, Kate Hudson, Vinessa Shaw, and Barry Pepper.
Reese Witherspoon certainly was the head of this class. How hilarious is it that Monica Potter gets the coveted left side and poor Kate Hudson is shafted to the last foldout.
2000 – Splendor in the Grass
Penélope Cruz, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Marley Shelton, Chris Klein, Selma Blair, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Sarah Wynter.
Another one of my favorites. Paul Walker looks so hot. That boy is my original Man Crush.
2001 – Master Class
Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Redgrave, Chloë Sevigny, Sophia Loren, and Penélope Cruz.
Absolutely GORGEOUS. Master class indeed. All these women are amazing.
2002 – Rhapsody in Blue
Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz, Brittany Murphy, Selma Blair, Rosario Dawson, Christina Applegate, and Naomi Watts.
Gap ad or Neutrogena? Oh, Brittany Murphy. RIP.
2003 – Alpha List
Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor, and Matt Damon.
Vanity Fair really needs to do another all-male cover. Another great cover by the magazine.
2004 – Send in the Gowns
Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Hilary Swank, Alison Lohman, Scarlett Johansson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Great theme. All the dresses look fantastic. Another great group assembled for the annual cover.
2005 – Not So Desperate Housewives
Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Claire Danes, Scarlett Johansson, Rosario Dawson, Ziyi Zhang, Kerry Washington, Kate Bosworth, and Sienna Miller.
Uma, Cate and Kate on the cover. The Holy Trinity of actresses of their generation.
2006 – Ford’s Foundation
Scarlett Johansson, Tom Ford, Keira Knightley.
This one caused a lot of controversy. Scarlett stepped in last minute fill-in for Rachel McAdams who didn’t want to pose nude.
2007 – Men In Black
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Chris Rock, and Jack Black.
Penguins. LOL. The weakest of the covers in my opinion.
2008 – Fresh Faces
Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Alice Braga, Ellen Page, Zoë Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, and America Ferrera.
Love the vintage feel of this spread.
2009 – (No Issue)
Vanity Fair opted to feature President Obama instead of doing a Hollywood Issue
2010 – It’s Showtime (New Hollywood “It Girls”)
Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart, Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, and Anna Kendrick.
This year caused an uproar too for being too “white”. If this picture were taken today, I’m sure Emma Stone and Amanda Seyfried would get bumped to the first panel. Don’t you think?
2011 – Black Tie and Tales
Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Robert Duvall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund and Noomi Rapace.
Overall a great picture, but where in the world is Ryan Gosling or Michelle Williams?!?!? The Shanghai club backdrop was a masterfully brilliant concept. Despite receiving criticism for their Oscar hosting duties, Franco and Hathaway sizzle on the front panel.
2012 – 11 Thoroughly Modern Actresses
Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling
I like the fact they kept the vintage vibe from last year’s shoot but with an Art Deco set this time around. Personally, I think the third panel is the strongest. They’re all givin’ it. That said, Jennifer Lawrence on the first panel evokes supermodel fierceness.
2013 – Adventures In Hollywood
Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Redmayne, Quvenzhané Wallis, Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington.
The whole school yearbook vibe is cute, but I miss the glamor and epic feel of the typical group shot. Happy that Kerry Washington made the cover, albeit the flap. I just adore that woman.
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2014 – 20th Annual Hollywood Issue
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, George Clooney, Michael B. Jordan, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, and Léa Seydoux.
Love the whole shimmery vibe of the photo. Classic and timeless.
Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller, Oscar Isaac, and Miles Teller.
Why is Tatum carrying Adams like a sack of potatoes? It’s a little odd, don’t you think?
2016 – Hollywood’s Fiercest Women
Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Brie Larson, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan and Diane Keaton
I love that the publication chose actresses from different generations on the cover. Fonda, Blanchett, Davis and Lawrence need to star in a film together. Fierce foursome right there.
2017 – The Great Escape
Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig and Janelle Monae.
This year’s photo doesn’t carry the same oomph as previous ones, even though the poses and the layout are the signature style they use every year. Don’t you think?
What do you think of this year’s Hollywood issue? How does it compare to previous years? Sound off below.