Waithe makes ‘Vanity Fair’ debut

Vanity Fair’s latest cover star is making waves in more ways than one.

According to HuffPost, actor and writer Lena Waithe is starring on Vanity Fair‘s April cover, which some are saying marks “a major shift in the magazine’s largely mainstream focus by showcasing an up-and-coming black, openly lesbian woman.” The cover, photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, is the first for the glossy’s new editor in chief Radhika Jones, reports HuffPost, potentially indicative of how Jones may steer the magazine in the future.

“When I thought about the kind of person I’d like to see on the cover of Vanity Fair, I thought about Lena Waithe — a member of the new creative elite remaking entertainment for her generation,” Jones wrote in a note to readers of the new issue, according to HuffPost.

Waithe is best known for her role on the hit Netflix series Master of None, says HuffPost, previously working up through the ranks of the entertainment industry while serving in a more behind-the-scenes capacity as a writer and assistant under the likes of Ava DuVernay and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Most recently, HuffPosts says Waithe has created her own series, — The Chi, which has already been renewed for a second season on Showtime — and has another series about a queer black woman in development, not to mention she appears in Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Ready Player One.

Whatever is coming next for Waithe, we know we’ll be watching!



Leibovitz and Steinem collaborate for ‘portraits’

In 1999, renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz worked on a book collaboration with her partner of 15 years, Susan Sontag, called Women. Left incomplete, Leibovitz has since resurrected the project, according to Women in the World, and she’s getting some help from one of the most well-known feminist figures of our time.

Women in the World reports that the reboot of the project — Women: New Portraits — kicked off with a portrait of 82-year-old political activist Gloria Steinem. But beyond the creation of a new book, Women in the World reports that Leibovitz and Steinem have embarked on a “10-city international tour,  exposing the work through the use of pop-up sites, where the audience joins the two women in talking circles led by Steinem.”

Each city showcases new portraits, bringing the book to life with every stop on the tour while addressing a range of topics from “sexual violence perpetrated against women in Mexico City to life in the tech world of San Francisco.”

Women in the World says the project also attempts to advance the idea of “capturing women’s character rather than their physical beauty” that Sontag (who died in 2004) wrote about in the earlier edition of the book.

The tour stops in New York City on Nov. 18, setting up shop in a former women’s prison that Women in the Worlreports was damaged and closed after Hurricane Sandy. But once the exhibition closed on Dec. 11, “the structure will be transformed into the Women’s Building — a future hub for women’s groups and service, slated to open in 2020,” Women in the World reports.

For more information about the project, click here.

Amy personifies Aphrodite

Amy Schumer is known for promoting a positive body image, often fighting naysayers online and in the media at large. But on Tuesday, May 31, Schumer didn’t have to combat Internet trolls alone; instead, she had help from one of her fans on Instagram.

In late 2015, the Inside Amy Schumer star posed almost completely nude to be photographed by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli calendar. While this photo is now several months old, Elite Daily says that a fan with the username ‘whitneyzombie’ on Instagram took to the social media platform to share the image of Schumer alongside an image of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Schumer posted the side-by-side photo comparing her to Aphrodite following a separate screenshot containing Whitneyzombie’s caption, which prompted women and girls alike to love their bodies as they are.

“What a wonderful resemblance between two beautiful women. So many women and young girls are shamed by the media and fashion industry for not having a flat stomach and not being a size zero. But look, the goddess of beauty is portrayed here with stomach rolls and doesn’t have a perfectly smooth, toned body. I want to remind everyone that they do not have to be a Victoria’s Secret model to be a beautiful goddess with a beautiful body. Your body is not bad, ugly or wrong. Embrace your inner goddess.”

Joining the user’s caption were hashtags like “#bodypositive,” “#everybodyisagoodbody” and “#Aphrodite.”

Schumer’s comment on Whitneyzombie’s body positive post? A simple thank you.