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Viola Davis and Dario Calmese Make History With Vanity Fair’s July/August 2020 Cover

Vanity Fair has clearly been hit or miss so far this year. Radhika Jones kicked off 2020 with a brilliant take on the magazine’s annual Hollywood installment, did Ana de Armas a disservice for March, gave us a joyous Reese Witherspoon for April and also left us scratching our heads over a questionable Janelle Monáe offering back in May. But we’ve just hit the jackpot with Vanity Fair’s latest thanks to a stunning Viola Davis cover for July/August 2020. Photographed by Dario Calmese (the first black photographer to capture the magazine’s front cover) and styled by Elizabeth Stewart, the Oscar-winning actress is a vision wearing a royal blue coat dress from Max Mara.

Vanity Fair July/August 2020 : Viola Davis by Dario Calmese


Our forum members were absolutely in awe. “Wow, the most beautiful cover of Vanity Fair in a long, long time,” admired caioherrero.

“Probably one of the best covers of the year if not of the last few years. Viola is one of my favorite famous people, incredibly talented and just an awesome human being. Glorious to see her covering Vanity Fair,” applauded [Piece Of Me].

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“I’m in love. Viola is perfection,” admitted Velasco.

Also sharing the same level of enthusiasm toward the cover was vogue28: “A brilliant cover, definitely one to add to Radhika Jones’ finer moments editing Vanity Fair. It’s extremely eye-catching and arresting — love the blue overload, the use of the profile shot which highlights and complements Viola wonderfully. Zero complaints here!”

“It is quite a dark cover, but I think it makes her look alluring and mysterious yet also commanding. She’s rarely ever photographed this way so I like it for that reason!” said Yohji.

“The cover is STUNNING! Very dramatic, glamorous, the kind of cover we need right now,” appreciated jorgepalomo.

“Wow, I adore this cover so much. I can’t remember the last time I felt compelled to buy an issue of Vanity Fair, but I will definitely try to get my hands on this one,” declared tipi1355.

Check out Viola’s accompanying cover feature and join the discussion here.