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Lena Waithe is Vanity Fair's Stripped Down Cover Star

Lena Waithe is Vanity Fair's Stripped Down Cover Star

Lena Waithe
Photography: Annie Leibovitz

The OUT100 Artist of the Year dressed down in a white shirt for her groundbreaking cover shoot.

Queer actress, comedian, writer, and producer Lena Waithe appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's April 2018 cover looking cool and comfortable as ever in a white tee rolled at the sleeves. She also wore minimal or no makeup, a couple of chains, and a smile with a hint of a smirk.

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Waithe has risen quickly to fame in recent years. She was first Ava DuVernay's production assistant on I Will Follow in 2010, then a few years later, she produced Dear White People. She appeared in Master of None, and in the second season, won an Emmy for writing the show's Thanksgiving episode. This year she executive-produced Showtime's The Chi and produced Step Sisters. She's the writer and producer of TBS's Twenties, which has yet to come out, and will appear in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One.

If that resume made you dizzy, her Vanity Fair spread will bring you back to earth. Instead of the usual glamour, the inside spread features photos of her chilling at home or with her girlfriend. There's even one of her making eggs. These photos show how honest Waithe is in real life-- and, according to Steven Spielberg, how honest she is on set, too.

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"She was accessible at a glance. Her honesty was glaring. And she couldn't hit a wrong note, because she found a way to be herself on-camera," he said in the magazine. "I suddenly felt like I had hit the jackpot."

"I didn't realize I was born to stand out as much as I do," said Waithe. "But I'm grateful."

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