Beauty in Hollywood: The Hollywood Beauty Detective
Presenting different versions of "beauty" is why I created The Hollywood Beauty Detective. Today when I saw the 2016 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover I felt inspired. Perhaps it's because there seemed to be a more diverse mix. For me, that mix included Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, Viola Davis, and Jane Fonda.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the cover (and accompanying piece ) also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rachel Weisz and Lupita Nyong’o. In the photo shoot spread, Annie Libovitz captures the actresses in different shots and set ups. There is minimal photo-shopping done and the results are breathtaking.
The breathtaking part for me -and truly, it was an emotional release of breath- was to see that these women have flaws, imperfections, and are aging, just like me. Just like all of us.
I love to look at Charlotte Rampling (69 years old and nominated for her first Academy Award for 45 Years) and think, "She is beautiful. I relate to her" There is something so liberating about seeing women in a publication that is so about "Hollywood," featuring actresses from 25 to 78.
Yes, we need to get more diverse culturally in Hollywood, in terms of roles, awards, and acknowledgement (#OscarsSoWhite), but for me, this cover made me a little bit hopeful.