Vanity Fair is honoring the fresh young stars of 2012 in its latest annual Hollywood issue, and two Oscar nominees, Rooney Mara and Jessica Chastain, are included in the list.
The Lisbeth Salander of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" and the Celia Foote of "The Help" join 9 other rising stars gracing the magazine's three-panel foldout cover.
Mara and Chastain are featured on the front panel along with "Alice in Wonderland" actress Mia Wasikowska and "The Hunger Games" lead Jennifer Lawrence. The cover insert, meanwhile, sees Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling.
All eleven of them channeled a '20s and '30s boudoir feel in the cover shot taken by the magazine's contributing photographer Mario Testino. They all put on pastel satin dresses and frothy feathers, deep red lipstick and Old Hollywood pincurls as they pose in the Art Deco set that was designed to evoke the Jazz Age.
In an e-mail to Reuters, Vanity Fair features editor Jane Sarkin explained, "We're looking for actresses who are doing great work on the screen. And if they're young and beautiful, well that doesn't hurt either. This group has solid acting cred. Some have already taken on great roles, and I think that all of these girls are on the go-to list for every film currently being cast."
Having often been criticized for its lack of racial diversity, Vanity Fair got under fire once again with this issue. The exclusion of Patton and Oduye from the front panel got Dodai Stewart, editor of feminist website Jezebel, to comment, "It's pretty obvious that Hollywood has a serious problem with diversity."
The inclusion of Collins in and the exclusion of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer from the list also generated critiques. In the magazine's defense, Sarkin stressed,"We're very pleased with our cover and the talented women who adorn all three panels."