The Young Actresses On The Cover Of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue Are Virtually Unrecognizable

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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

Vanity Fair has released its annual Hollywood Issue, but the makeup artist went way overboard on the smoky eyes and red lips. The eleven young actresses all look beautiful, but they also look interchangeable. Really, it's impossible to identify more than one or two of them without scrutinizing it really closely. (Click to enlarge.)

I'm gonna tell you who's in each panel, and I bet it'll surprise you. Left panel: Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain—these ladies are all mostly recognizable since two are Oscar-nominated, but I was sure that Mia was actually Amber Heard.

Middle panel: Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, and Shailene Woodley. You would never have realized that was the tiny Descendants/Secret Life of the American Teenager star, right? Maybe it's her head tilted almost ninety degrees, but the look just overwhelms her.

Right panel: Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling. Honestly, Felicity and Lily look almost identical, and I was sure that Brit — who I've interviewed in person and who comes across as very down-to-earth — was Castle‘s Stana Katic.

The behind-the-scenes video is fun to watch, but it doesn't shed any more light on who's who. If anything, you get a clearer view of how caked in makeup these women are. And don't let this sound overwhelmingly negative: I love the pastels and Old Hollywood look. It's just bizarre when you can't even pick out which celebrities are on the cover. I much preferred the 2011 Hollywood Issue, which posed its male and female subjects in a bar and made them, you know, look like themselves.

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2011

Like, you wouldn't even question that that's Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and others in front of you.