Now look. Don’t get pissed at us for Fanning overload; that’s just how the celebrity world works. People who have projects coming out dominate the entertainment and fashion media in the months leading up to it and while the project is still selling tickets. So don’t blame us for Elle-ing out. The girl’s got a big time Spielbergian thing on the pop culture radar right now. Besides, we really like this editorial. The clothes are gorgeous and she looks fresh-faced and adorable.
Elle Fanning for Marie Claire
“La Elle Epoque”
Photographed by Tesh
Styled by Alison Edmund
We know what you’re thinking, minions. How can we like this editorial when we complained she looked a bit too grown up in the one for Blackbook magazine? Well, here’s our take, for what it’s worth: The fashion and beauty industries have been known to use models as young as thirteen. There are plenty of good reasons to dislike this practice. Ours tends to center around the idea of a young woman who isn’t even fully developed physically (in most cases) shouldn’t be used to sell products and standards of beauty to grown women. Generally speaking, it’s rare to see models that young overtly sexualized (in American fashion media at least). Done up like grown women, yes; done up to look sexually available; rarely (and there’s usually outcry when they do it).
Our issue the other day was mainly with the one picture; this one, which quite clearly (to us, anyway) references Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby. We love the pictures in this editorial because she isn’t really made up to look older nor is she particularly sexualized. She mostly looks her age and looks pretty. In other words, if the tone of the editorial is about looking pretty, we don’t mind it. If the tone is about looking sexually experienced or available, then a 13-year-old should be left alone to figure out how to do that and teams of adults shouldn’t be doing it to her for public consumption. There. That’s the difference as we see it. Or put another way: We look at this editorial and ask “What fashion-oriented 13-year-old wouldn’t want to spend the day wearing gorgeous designer clothes?” We can’t honestly and with a straight face ask, “What fashion-oriented 13-year-old wouldn’t want to be made up to look like a child prostitute by adults?”
[Photo Credit: Tesh via marieclaire.com]