Why Does The Highest-Paid-Actresses List Not Include Any Women Of Color?

2017 has been the year of diversity. You see more people of color in movie and television roles winning awards. Even though many actors of color seem to be at the forefront of movie and television this year they still aren't making as much as their white counterparts. Forbes released its annual top ten paid actress list earlier this week and none of them were women of color.

Emma Stone—$26 million

Jennifer Aniston—$25.5 million

Jennifer Lawrence—$24 million

Melissa McCarthy—$18 million

Mila Kunis—$15.5 million

Emma Watson—$14 million

Charlize Theron—$14 million

Cate Blanchett—$12 million

Julia Roberts—$12 million

Amy Adams—$11.5 million

How is it possible that they were no women of color on this list? Well, according to Forbes associate editor Natalie Robehmed it is due to lack of roles.

"The lack of diversity on the list comes down to roles: Only 28.3% of all speaking roles across formats go to characters from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, according to a 2016 study," she said, Cosmo reports. "That means there are simply fewer characters—and fewer high-paying roles—written for women of color. When studios, directors, and screenwriters begin creating more main characters for women of color in the types of big-budget movies that pay huge upfront fees and backend profits, we'll see more actors of color on the list."
Photo taken from Shades of Noir

Photo taken from Shades of Noir

This year has proven that people of color, especially women, can star in successful movies that generate money in the box office. Movies like 'Get Out,' Girls Trip,'  'Moonlight,' and Hidden Figures are just a few examples. 

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