Covering the coveted September issues of Fall fashion magazines isn’t an easy feat for anyone who isn’t white. That’s why Blindie was shocked to see, not one, but two Latinas amongst the lily-white covers (from Keira Knightley on Vogue to Carrie Underwood on Allure) on the newsstands.
Marie Claire‘s cover girl, Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes, who has just debuted her steamy ads for Calvin Klein, is starring in her first female-driven film, The Women, with Annette Bening.
“She reminds me of one of those women back in the ‘40s and ‘50s,” Mendes says. “She’s a broad, and I want to be a broad. I mean, she’s like Ava Gardner or Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn. Those women were broads. They said it like it was.”
As for Glamour cover girl, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, she’s starring in two films, including Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy with Ben Kingsley, who tells Glamour, “She comprehends the struggle of the female soul in our confused society. She doesn’t have to guess what the vital issues are–she knows.”