This past awards season, the stars of “Precious,” Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique, were center stage. While the actresses dazzled on the red carpet and collected awards statuettes, many in the media pointed to their reign as a positive wave of change in Hollywood, which has continually placed stick-thin actresses on a pedestal.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair placed a handful of svelte, non-ethnic actresses (think Carey Mulligan and Amanda Seyfried) on the cover of its annual Hollywood issue, which prompted outrage from critics and bloggers who claimed the selection wasn’t representative of modern-day Hollywood.
But was it? When looking at the upcoming summer movies, many of the leading ladies that will grace the big screen seem to be uniformly of a similar size and color: Katherine Heigl, Megan Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Kristen Stewart. One exception? Queen Latifah.