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She’s a filmmaker, a film distributor, and now a bonafide cover girl.

Selma director Ava DuVernay graces the cover of Elle magazine’s November issue, one of eight commemorative “Women In Hollywood” covers celebrating the biggest, brightest talents in film right now.

Photographed by Paola Kudacki, the Compton native wears a silk dress from Calvin Klein Collection and a copper, zinc, and silicium earring from Balmain. She is styled by Simon Robins.

Inside, the former celebrity publicist talks about her upcoming series, Queen Sugar, on OWN, the film she’s writing starring her good friend David Oyelowo, and her myriad of other projects – including her own distribution company to get more Black films into theaters.

“There’s a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work,” DuVernay said of the relaunch of distribution company ARRAY. “And that is a huge barrier. They’re asking, ‘Why make something if no one will see it?”


The other Women in Hollywood covers feature Amy Schumer, Mia Farrow, Salma Hayek, Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vickander, Kate Winslet and Dakota Johnson.

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