As of this writing, mid-afternoon on Monday, Vanity Fair is a top 10 trending topic on Twitter in the U.S., along with #SuperBowl, #PhilipSeymourHoffman and #EsuranceSave30. Why? Because the Twittersphere collectively seems to genuinely love the magazine's annual Hollywood Issue cover, its 20th annual.
In the past, Vanity Fair's March covers have been criticized for being a bit... monochromatic. (See, for instance, "Vanity Fair's 'New Hollywood' issue completely lacks diversity," from 2010, when the magazine's cover choices -- all white women -- were especially uniform.)
Here's the just-released new cover, via Vanity Fair's own Twitter feed -- followed by some reactions on Twitter.
SO in love with Vanity Fair's 20th annual Hollywood Issue cover!! Look at all that beautiful brown skin pic.twitter.com/kg2Ccq2fIw— eh (@thegardenof_) February 3, 2014
Vanity Fair done put SIX blacks on the cover. Yesssss! Inclusive diversity w/out it being "The Black Issue." pic.twitter.com/hRjNlHkHJ7— BV (@blackgalfound) February 3, 2014
That Vanity Fair cover is fantastic! Nice to see so much diversity and it's so much classier than recent years (last year's was so tacky)— Ashley Reynolds (@Ashley_Reynolds) February 3, 2014
Wow that cover of Vanity Fair has so many Black people I thought it was Jet.— Cherry (@CherryOMighty) February 3, 2014
It has men & women; it's multiracial, & no one's in underwear. DAMMIT I HAVE NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. pic.twitter.com/wTiIbMd7fW— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) February 3, 2014
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.