Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman among A-listers on starry #MeToo magazine cover

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Six of Hollywood’s most influential women star on this month’s ‘Vanity Fair’ cover [Photo: Vanity Fair]

The Harvey Weinstein scandal cast a shadow of doubt over the future of the film but The Hollywood Reporter‘s roundtable issue might just be enough to restore our faith in the industry. Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Regina King and Kathryn Hahn all star on the publication’s latest cover in a strikingly feminist statement.

Decked in different shades of powerful red, Close is pictured in a berry-hued suit while Lady Gaga’s cold-shoulder dress drapes across the floor.

If the image alone isn’t enough to conjure up feelings of empowerment, the industry’s leading women stand beside the headline: “Strength in Vulnerability”.

In the roundtable interview, the actresses opened up about the major influences on their career, life choices they have made and how Hollywood has changed amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Weisz spoke candidly on the issue of actresses being asked to play ‘strong woman characters’ in the hope of ticking feminism off the agenda.

The 48-year-old told the magazine: “I have a real problem with the idea of ‘strong women characters’. Well, does that mean we have muscles or something? No one ever says that to a man.”

“But [I want] young girls growing up [to] see stories being told where a woman takes a central role. Where she is not peripheral to the story. She’s driving the story, and so, you as a kid can go, ‘Oh, that’s me. I can identify’.”

Meanwhile Regina King spoke about the role she would love to play in the future.

A Joan of Arc-type character,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Someone in history that wasn’t black but I thought was a pretty amazing woman… wouldn’t it be fantastic if I did play Joan of Arc?”

Unsurprisingly, the cover has taken social media by storm as Twitter users took to the digital platform to praise the shoot:

Though the cover has also sparked criticism, with some readers outing the publication for its lack of representation.

After a New York Times exposé accusing Harvey Weinstein was published over a year ago, a number of women accused the former film mogul of sexual assault and harassment.

The call for change spread to Hollywood, as A-listers have continued to campaign against abuse within the industry through the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.


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