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Teen Vogue Young Hollywood 2018: Our Time Is Now

In light of conversations about diversity and equality on and off the screen we’ve seen seismic shifts across the industry in the last year alone, and a new class of actors has been inspired and impacted by this changing climate. In this year's Young Hollywood package, Teen Vogue spotlights eight of the performers who are those breaking barriers, advocating for equality, fighting for better representation, and using their art to challenge Hollywood's regressive norms.

The iconic 9-cover portfolio, photographed by Camila Falquez, features eight rising stars who represent the next generation of Hollywood's leading ladies: Bria Vinaite, Sasha Lane, Margaret Qualley, Ellie Bamber, Letitia Wright, Laura Harrier, Storm Reid, and Awkwafina. This formidable group of talented actors is featured together on a group cover and in the cover video, plus each of the young women is also honored with her own cover, and profile.

The future of Hollywood is undoubtedly burning brighter than ever. We present to you, the future: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood 2018.

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Storm Reid on the impact of her role in A Wrinkle in Time:
"Representation is everything. If I was younger, if I saw Meg as myself, Meg would empower me and inspire me and make me feel like I could save the world. So to have those characters and to be able to be that for young African-American girls or just young people in general is really empowering.”

Letitia Wright on combatting the stigma often associated with mental health:
“In the black community, it’s something that happens, but we don't speak about it. We have to continue to talk about it and bring it straight to the forefront. And [that doesn’t only apply to] the black community, but different races as well.”

Letitia Wright on her Black Panther character, Shuri:
"I hope that Shuri opens up a new way of thinking for young girls in terms of careers and subjects in the academic world. I wish I watched movies like Hidden Figures when I was a kid, and maybe I would've taken science classes super seriously, because I saw myself. I can only hope that Shuri can encourage a lot of girls to be a part of subjects in school like science and math and technology."

Bria Vinaite on the current political landscape:
“It's really sad…. The one positive thing about this sort of political craziness going on is that it's finally making young people stand up and have a voice.”

Sasha Lane on why initiatives such as #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp are so pivotal:
“People want to be represented; people want to be seen. You want to see yourself on screen so you have something to relate to. You can feel comfortable.”

Ellie Bamber on gender equality within Hollywood:
“The idea of bringing equality not just to entertainment but to every walk of life, I think it's very important. There should be no segregation. Everyone should be united and everyone should be seen as equals.”

Laura Harrier on what she learned while preparing for her role in Spike Lee’s Black Klansman:
“I studied Angela Davis. I got to meet Kathleen Cleaver, and talked to all these incredible women of the Black Panther and Black Power movements. It just struck me how relevant these things are now, unfortunately…. It was a lot more peaceful than we were made to think. Women were a big part of it. It wasn't just this male-driven thing."

Margaret Qualley Margaret Qualley on gender parity behind the lens:
“The goal is to not be patted on the back for hiring a woman because it shouldn’t be an exceptional thing. It should just be commonplace that women should have equal opportunities as men…. gender parity is a crucial part of any healthy society. It’s applicable to the entire world.”

Awkwafina on being hopeful about the future:
“I'm seeing a general shift in Hollywood and even since I've started acting, like two or three years ago. I think whatever we're in right now, we're moving in the right direction.”

Young Hollywood Group Cover Talent IDs (L-R) & Fashion Credits:

  • Bria Vinaite / Helmut Lang
  • Sasha Lane / Rodarte
  • Margaret Qualley / Acne Studios, Converse
  • Ellie Bamber / CHANEL, Converse
  • Letitia Wright / Ellery
  • Laura Harrier / Louis Vuitton
  • Storm Reid / Nina Ricci, Sandro
  • Awkwafina / Juicy Couture Versus Versace


Jaime Ellyn Marsanico
Communications Director, Allure & Teen Vogue
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Thursday, March 1, 2018