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Elle magazine unveils its sixth annual Women in TV issue with an extremely strong lineup of the small screen's biggest stars. The cover stars include Quantico's Priyanka Chopra, How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis, Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Empire's Taraji P. Henson, and star of the upcoming HBO show Vinyl, Olivia Wilde.
Each star was given their own individual cover and Elle also shared an image from inside the magazine. The five women also sound off on the industry and their love lives in their respective interviews.
Louis-Dreyfus talks about why television is so important right now. "How many good, meaty roles are there for women within [movie] scripts?" she asks Elle. "Not tons of them. Right now there are so many [TV] shows on with strong, complicated, powerful, not-so-powerful, interesting human beings who are women."
Davis speaks on how women on television are perceived. "We've been fed a whole slew of lies about women," she tells Elle. By TV standards, "if you are anywhere above a size 2, you're not having sex. You don't have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you're of a certain age, you're off the table."
Chopra brings together Louis-Deyfus's and Davis's thoughts and wonders why women can't have it both ways. "Why should a woman have to pick between global domination and having the love of her life?" she says.
Elle started the Women in TV issue to bring attention to the women to watch in this format for 2016. Last year, the magazine honored the likes of Lena Dunham and Shonda Rhimes.
The issue hits newsstands nationwide on January 19th.