Oscar nominated 'Precious' actress Gabourey Sidibe has finally commented on the lack of diversity on Vanity Fair's March Young Hollywood issue cover.

Sidibe spoke to Access Hollywood about the controversy, saying, "At first I thought, 'Hmm, should I be there?' Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway."

The issue, which is on newsstands now, features a host of hot Hollywood up-and-comers, including Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried and Sidibe's fellow Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Carey Mulligan, but no women of color. Oscar nominated 'Precious' actress Gabourey Sidibe has finally commented on the lack of diversity on Vanity Fair's March Young Hollywood issue cover.

Sidibe spoke to Access Hollywood about the controversy, saying, "At first I thought, 'Hmm, should I be there?' Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway."

The issue, which is on newsstands now, features a host of hot Hollywood up-and-comers, including Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried and Sidibe's fellow Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Carey Mulligan, but no women of color.

According to MSNBC Scoop, Vanity Fair did not comment on the absence of actresses of color on its cover, but did issue the following statement: "Deciding who will appear on the Hollywood Issue cover -- and within the issue itself -- is a long process, and one we take seriously. For the young actresses on the cover, both films coming out this year and past work were taken into consideration, as were schedules and availability, since we had to shoot all nine actresses in a single day."
Sidibe does appear inside the magazine in a photo spread with 'Precious' co-star Mo'Nique and director Lee Daniels. Asked by Access Hollywood if she was content to be included inside the magazine, the always affable 26-year-old said, "Was I satisfied? Yeah, well ... I mean, I come from a world where I'm not on covers and I'm not in magazines at all. And so I was happy to be in the magazine."

"[It] doesn't matter, because I wasn't on it [the cover] and I'm excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn't matter to me where I'm not mentioned ... I'm just grateful that I am there because so many people go through this -- beautiful people, gorgeous people -- don't feel it, don't feel as if they're gorgeous and I think it's really sad and I'm glad that I happen to be one of the people who does feel [it]."

'Precious' is up for six Academy Awards, with Mo'Nique considered the frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actress prize. Daniels is up for Best Director and is only the second African American to be nominated for that award. Sidibe, a contender for Best Actress at the March 7 ceremony, will next be seen in 'Yelling to the Sky,' which is set for release later this year.
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