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From Lupita Nyong’o to Cate Blanchett…Vanity Fair profiles 13 of Hollywood’s Fiercest Actresses




Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence, Diane Keaton, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Rachael Weisz, Alicia Vikander and Saoirse Ronan are featured in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

The 13 actresses are described as Hollywood’s finest and fiercest actresses, measured by years, awards, or performances.

For Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood Portfolio, legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the 13 women in their raw beauty.

See some shots below.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence & Jane Fonda

Jennifer Lawrence & Jane Fonda

Read each woman’s profile here.

Photo Credit: Vanity Fair


  1. DAME

    February 2, 2016 at 8:52 am

    PLEASE we are tired of seeing black actress photographed like they are still slaves !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The director of such shoots come up wit some foolish originality claims which make these black actress look like they are under their colonial masters
    See Viola Davis as if she is recoiling from a horse whip

    • Josephine

      February 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Dame, God bless you. This is rubbish. Why is Jennifer Lawrence in classy makeup and the black women are not? Even she looks hunched and odd next to Jane Fonda who is also styled to look elegant, by the way. Why can’t Viola be pretty too?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      You’ve spoken my disappointed thoughts very well.

      See me initially excited when I saw Annie Leibovitz’s name and then spotting that first photo of Lupi (my dearest black beauty)… thinking to myself “Oh, that’s a nice shot”… then I saw Viola’s, took it in stride still because I thought Ms. Annie was going somewhere with this. Only to see Gugu and some Caucasian women looking as palely poised and ethereal (AND CLOTHED) as ever; Only excuse which helps this make sense if there were other similarly raw photos featuring all skin colors?

      Issorait. Sisters Lulu and Vio-baby, nothing do una…. continue repping the fierceness of the black female soul.

    • tiana

      February 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      kini – but thats how she and lupita look now – they are not beauties – don’t blame camera – director or anything

    • truthservedhot

      February 3, 2016 at 2:10 am

      tiana, you must really hate yourself. i bet you are one of those obsessed with being light, bright and damn near white

    • does that make feel better

      February 3, 2016 at 4:41 am

      beg to differ, make up on or off Lupita is a beauty. scientifically Her face is symmetrical and well proportioned. she’s has that feminine look men want in their woman.

  2. beauty

    February 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I have a few questions. Why are Lupita and Viola looking like slaves? Why is Jennifer Lawrence looking like a fly with her eyelashes when they are supposed to be in their raw element? Why are all the light skinned women looking like divas. Do they all look like this in their natural and raw element? yimu*side eyes*

  3. June

    February 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Oh boy!!! Look at all the diversity in the main pictureee!,???

  4. zeezee

    February 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Jennifer and Jane Fonda aren’t wearing any makeup.

    • Uberhaute looks

      February 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      They have makeup on their faces oooo…
      As for the black vs white thing, no comment

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Look well, nne, they’ve both got war paint on (and so does Gugu) – from eyeliners/mascara, to blush to lip tint….

  5. oyin

    February 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I like lupita but whatever happened to taraji p.henson and kerry washington. Pls lupita isn’t a fierce actress to me

    • thirsty

      February 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      @oyin Lupita is fierce deal with it…she is gorgeous

  6. Ni Ne

    February 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    “The 13 actresses are described as Hollywood’s finest and fiercest actresses, measured by years, awards, or performances”

    Biko, how did Lupita make the cut then? even Gugu?

    • chibele

      February 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      It is called favor……i.e you have the fattest lips in Lagos..if your time of favour to hit big in hollywood cometh..they will worship them fat lips..just like Lu’s and Viola darkskin

  7. inferiority complex

    February 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    you all need to calm down. looking like slaves? as if that’s not how you all look when you’ve removed the layers of make up disguising your faces. If you think they look like slaves without the fake hair and clown cover then, so be it let them be natural as they come.

    if anything those with the slave comments have exhibited inferiority complex. that is how you look, embrace it. and if you think it makes you like a slave then deal with your issues.

    • Josephine

      February 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      You need to calm down and check your own complex. Why so defensive unless you yourself think natural hair is unkempt deep down. I have natural hair but its groomed and neat. When has Lupita ever looked untidy as she does here? And Viola’s pose and expression is very unflattering. I didn’t use “slave” but neither do I object to it because I see where Dame is coming from.

    • Zzz...

      February 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      what do you look like straight out the shower? don’t tell me you look all shiny with your hair magically combed out now? if you’re truly confident in your natural look then you wouldn’t have anything against the portrayal these two women in their most natural form.

      And what is wrong with the magazine wanting to go this route…….all have seen here is black women who complain about how white women are seen as the standard of beauty and can’t even stand what they look like without the aid of make up and weaves.

  8. naya

    February 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Pls lets hit d nail on d head, what is lupita doing there? Dere is nothing fierce abt her am just tired of d over-hype with dis babe

    • lulu

      February 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Jesus i pray you continue blessing Lupita….

  9. Akpeno

    February 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Na wah! The black ones could have been picked from the slave boats in the 1800s and the white ones are all made up and shiny…. What the hell!?

  10. tiana

    February 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

    am i lying ni – her lupita and viola are not beauty just great actress to me – everyones sees beauty in a different way – i have no problem with her dark skin – i am dark too and don’t bleach thanks – just don’t think they are beauties naturally – thats all – is it a crime to have such opinion.

    • king

      February 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      tiana……its not a crime you do not find them beautiful….i find them beautiful with their deep dark chocolate skin that looks rich….melanin wins..

  11. hive

    February 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I cant stand j law overrated actress we all know how she gets her roles.i pray Lupita dont sell her soul.God protect her ooo

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