TV mogul Shonda Rhimes and actresses Sarah Paulson, Keira Knightley, Yara Shahidi, and "Black Panther" stars Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong'o, have all also landed their own covers for the publication's upcoming special issue.
And the #ELLEWIH 2018 cover stars are *drumroll please*@ladygaga, @ImAngelaBassett, @DanaiGurira, @Lupita_Nyongo, @CharlizeAfrica, @shondarhimes, @MiaFarrow, @MsSarahPaulson, @YaraShahidi, and #KeiraKnightleyhttps://t.co/uWVYhEjOx6pic.twitter.com/HL6nwtC0eZ— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) 10 October 2018
They will all be lauded at the 25th Women in Hollywood ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, October 15, when Mindy Kaling will serve as emcee.
Each of the honourees have been selected for their contributions to the fight for equal rights both on and off the screen, particularly in light of the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and inequality which made waves in Hollywood following the downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein last autumn (17).
"There has been a major paradigm shift in the entertainment industry since Elle's last Women in Hollywood and this year we are celebrating women who are standing up for what's right and advocating for change in the industry," Elle Editor-in- Chief Nina Garcia tells The Hollywood Reporter.
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To say there’s been a paradigm shift in the entertainment industry in the past year would be an understatement. And no one has faced its brave new landscape more head on than our eleven honorees for 2018—the twenty-fifth anniversary of Women in Hollywood. . To start, #LadyGaga, the ever-outspoken singer-turned-actress currently selling out theatres in #AStarIsBorn; @YaraShahidi, who at 18 is a leading voice for social justice; the fearless @CharlizeAfrica; and the powerful writer/producer @ShondaRhimes, who recently signed a multimillion-dollar megadeal with Netflix. . Link in bio for the full story, featuring all the women above (plus Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Keira Knightley, Sarah Paulson, and Mia Farrow). || November 2018 #ELLEWIH brought to you by editor-in-chief @ninagarcia and creative director #stephengan
"This movement is a result of women banding together and supporting each other," she continues. "The change we have seen over the last year has been incredible but there is so much more to be done. It is important that the voices of actresses and women everywhere are heard and respected - no matter the circumstances."
The 2017 ceremony took place just days after the first Weinstein expose was published in the New York Times, and hit headlines as honouree Reese Witherspoon used the opportunity to go public with her experience of sexual assault, while Jennifer Lawrence recalled a humiliating "nude line-up" she'd been forced to take part in when starting out in the industry.