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Jessica Chastain has addressed the criticism around the lack of diversity on this magazine cover

She says it’s a “sad look”.

THE ENVELOPE SECTION of The LA Times was released with the paper on Thursday – and it aimed to examine the upcoming awards season in Hollywood.

The cover story was titled “A Shift in Focus: Actresses Call for a Change in the Way Many Stories Are Told” and featured Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain and Kate Winslet on the cover.

It caused a storm immediately due to the lack of diversity, especially given the title’s aim to “shift the focus”

Fans of Jessica Chastain – known for her outspoken views on equality in the industry – asked her was she embarrassed by the optics of it all

Others pointed out that there wasn’t a shortage of minority actresses that could have shared the cover with the deserved women already there

Last night, Chastain responded to the furore on Twitter saying that the cover is a “sad look”

She then requested people’s favourite performances by women of colour in 2017.

Chastain then noted that her struggle to think of five names was indicative of a problem in itself

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There’s been a mixed reaction to Chastain’s tweets

People have praised her for speaking up and not ignoring the issue following the publication

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While others thought The LA Times should receive the brunt of the criticism given it was their call on who sat for the photoshoot

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