If anyone deserves to take over the entertainment world, it’s Lena Waithe. Vanity Fair, or more pointedly the new Vanity Fair run by editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, agrees, picking Waithe as her first cover story for April. It’s a clarion call to the industry: This is the future of Hollywood
The piece is meaty: Jacqueline Woodson delivers an engrossing deep dive into Waithe’s upbringing as a Chicago kid raised on TV, her success as a writer/actress/producer super hybrid, and her attempt to foster the power of storytelling for marginalized people who feel like their voices don’t have wings. Annie Leibovitz’s photography is refreshingly non-Annie Leibovitz-like, and Jessica Diehl styled Waithe so authentically dapper it’s as if Waithe styled herself.