Vanity Fair magazine’s March issue with a cover shot by noted photographer Annie Leibovitz showing a gathering of "pretty, thin, female and white” (as some described it) young actresses did not bring an expected uptick in single sale copies, notes Grumpy Editor.
In fact, it was the worst seller of the year, based on just-released figures.
Newsstand sales reached 300,000, compared with 435,000 for the January issue with actress Meryl Streep on the cover.
The March cover included Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Carey Mulligan and Anna Kendrick among nine actresses in the photo shoot for the magazine.
"The Hollywood cover was made up of the next wave of young actresses, faces that the public is just beginning to recognize," Vanity Fair spokeswoman Beth Kseniak informed Esther Zuckerman of the New York Observer.
Top-selling issue of 2010 with Streep on the cover led to a feature on the mystery of how, at age 60, the veteran actress “has become the industry’s new box-office queen.”