Elle Fanning for BULLETT Magazine

Posted on December 19, 2012

Darlings, for your Pretty of the Day, we give you something that’s bound to inspire vigorous opinion-stating. Because that’s just the kind of stinkers we are. Miss Elle gets the artsy editorial treatment from BULLETT magazine. Discuss.


Elle Fanning is featured in the latest issue of BULLETT magazine – The Surreal Issue – photographed by Pierre Debusschere and styled by Melissa Rubini.



[Photo Credit: Pierre Debusschere for BULLETT]

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  • AnnPopovic

    they would’ve been great pictures if some 4 year old didn’t go an’ color all over the magazine. *sigh*. 

    • http://twitter.com/OperaSickness Opera Sickness

      I could be wrong, but I think she’s supposed to evoke Delirium from the Sandman comic.

      • AnnPopovic

        It looks like my doodles when I’m stuck on a phone conference and wishing I was elsewhere.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.porta Jeremy Thomas Porta

         That would be cool if it was true. Do you get that information from the magazine, or is that just your own interpretation?

        I think she looks great, but I’m not a fan of the photoshopping.

    • EveEve

      Looks like the results of a bad high school photography class project – at some elite prep school where the girls can grab the good stuff from mommy’s closet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jgonz85 Jasmine Gonzalez

    Looks like a rookie playing with MS paint.

  • MilaXX

    lazy photography. As if someone took standard pictures then poured acetone on them and smudged them, then played with an ink pen. How is that art?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      It’s definitely not “surrealism”, that’s for sure.

    • Crow Winters

      How is it not art?

  • Jennifer L.

    As a dancer, I appreciate the life in her hands and fingers. But I wish she had done a few less of the ‘oh-I-dropped-something-on-the-floor-look-at-my-hair-fly’ shots. 

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Looking past all the “editorial” – I see a girl that looks good with a little bit of make up on!!  Some foundation.  Some powder.  Some eye color.  Take that with you to the world, Elle. Seriously!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Though I love that she is actually seen with, gasp!, color around and on her, I am annoyed that these photographs are in no way surreal. Interesting, yes. Surreal? No.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Agree about the Surreal thing. ‘Surreal’ is often misused as a term for ‘art that is kind of abstract, or has been manipulated in some kind of funky way.’

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        The image that gets closest to surrealism is the one with the superimposed bones on her hand.

        • Deb Oswald

          Absolutely true. Part of surrealism’s gig is to an object having characteristics that is not true of that object.  Playing with size, scale, dreams, etc.  Not just color.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Agreed.  Though the focus on her left eye and the scribbled lines going into the eye probably indicate that someone’s seen Un Chien Andalou at least!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I have to read before I post, I agree completely. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Yeah–I was trying to figure out what was surreal about them at all.  I’ll grant, surreal photography would be difficult, because so much of surrealism is about truly bizarre images, but if you’re going to use Photoshop anyway, go crazy.  Take the last pose.  She could easily have become the figurehead on the prow of a ship sailing through a forest of sample sale racks or something.  I mean, yes, that’s dippy, but at least it approaches surreal, and I’m not the one planning a surreal layout.  The thing about surrealism is that the images are more than  what they are, and you just have to keep looking at them to see the whole thing.  I’m pretty much good at one viewing here.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Actually I kinda love the idea of her being turned into a figurehead sailing through sample racks.  Its a great notion.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    I think it’s freaking awesome, and I love how her beauty and personality still come through loud and clear.

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      Damn skippy! The girl sure knows how to model and wear clothes. I’m such a fan…of a 14 year old. (  ._.) 

      Excuse me while I sort out my life real quick.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    The clothes are all gorgeous and age appropriate. The special effects are kind of yawn, and she herself isn’t giving much face either other than deer-in-the-headlight. But totally enjoyable just for the clothes.

  • TheLaurenJean

    Who let the 11 year old who just found Justin Bieber be the art director?

    • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

      Ha!  I was just going to say that, as a teenager, I would have thought this editorial was totally “edgy” and “radical.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    The surreal issue? Maybe more the “For real??” issue. The posing looks weak/limp and unoriginal.

  • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

    This is really similar to what happened when a friend of mine combined photoshop and Ambien. 

    I’m going to conclude there’s a similar backstory here.

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    Some rich kid goofed off in art school and didn’t bother learning Photoshop, got this editorial job through his parent’s networks and now is trying to implement a philosophy of ‘simplicity’ with a throwback to the 80’s as an anchor to this new digital art movement of ‘simplicity’.

  • elirt

    Part of me likes this for the less than standard use of color and motion overlaid on some pretty, but standard photos. Part of me thinks it looks like a bad high school photography class project. 

  • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

    I love this girl and this editorial so much it hurts. Thanks for the photos – I’ve got nothing pithy to say.

  • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

    I cannot enjoy this.  Superimposed garbage on probably decent pictures.  I am amazed more than one person thought this was acceptable as “artistic” and did not shit-can it as “quarter-assed and contrived.”

    • Joanie Hunt

      It read Perez Hilton goes Photoshop crazy to me.

  • PastryGoddess

    This reminds me of the girl who won that Hair show on Bravo with fake hair sandwiched between pieces of packing tape and attached to her models heads.

  • nannypoo

    Weird and fabulous.

  • hughman

    I know I’m really an Old when the first thing I thought of was the album cover for Janet Jackson’s “Control”. 

    • http://CallMeJane.com/ CallMeJane

      Can we start a club?  Secret handshakes and matching jackets?  I’m Old with you all the way.

      • GinAndPopcorn

         I’m in! I love a good secret handshake, but if it’s too complicated I might forget part of it since I’m Old and all. Will there be a password as backup, or will wearing my jacket suffice?

  • Knightley

    Wow, so Elle got a TARDIS and went to the set of “Take On Me.”  

    • Janet B


    • kimmeister

      That is EXACTLY what I started singing in my head as soon as I started scrolling down.  Especially the 4th pic.

  • rissa42210

    she is a baby.

  • Rand Ortega

    Interview Magazine & Andy Warhol have nothing to worry about.
    Derivative at best. Uninspiring & jejune at worst.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Bless you, for using jejune in a sentence. You made my little language loving heart go pitty pat.

      • Rand Ortega

         An honor coming from such a Raconteur of English.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           (blushes, fetchingly)

  • schadenfreudelicious

    apparently the art director was sleeping through “Surrealism 101” in college….

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      And no one else managed to mention anything about it either, like the editor in chief, for instance.

  • http://twitter.com/Lisa81211 Lisa

    Even though it kind of looks like my kid got a hold of these pics and colored all over them, I still like.

  • marilyn

    I realize she is trying to do something arsty without taking off her clothes, which is nice.  But, she looks like the Borg Queen’s child.  I keep looking for the black electronic boxes and such attached to her face.  She is young and trying something different.  Good.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    This is already so much better than her red carpet offerings. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    I like most of the clothes. The rest is just okay, nothing special.

  • Jeremy Rueger

    i think the photos look cool.

  • http://profiles.google.com/junkfoodgenius Neva Reese

    A place where no editorial dared to go – they called it “Xanadu”.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I actually really like this.  I wish she’d dare to wear these kind of bold colors on the RC. That second shot is one of the few times I’ve seen orange eyeshadow actually work.

  • lamamu

    Okay, so the word surreal was misused… Some of these images really work when thin strokes are employed. However, the broad swathes of color totally overwhelm her ethereal beauty.

  • trisker

    Wow the comments are fascinating!  Jejune!  I like these a lot — some better than others, of course, but I’m interested to see that some of us hate it and some love it.  Isn’t this more divided than usual?

  • Robin Foster

    I’m old and an art director and I love these (I loved the 80’s though :)

  • Imasewsure

    I like them but the thing I like the most is that it hasn’t been all smoothed out and airbrushed on her body (I see a few lumps and bumps – in the fabric not in her body I’m sure). You can also see the clothes – most of which I like). I’m fine with it.

  • Qitkat

    I don’t think I could possibly hate this any more than I do.
    Some really good clothes though.

  • Trisha26

    She has perhaps 2 expressions. I think she’s too young for this yet. I also don’t see anything particularly surreal going on.

    • 3boysful

       Exactly–“Vacant” and “Even More Vacant.”

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love it when magazies use Photoshop for purposes different from making people look skinnier.

  • RzYoung

    I’m going against the flow here but I find these much more exciting and interesting than the usual editorial

  • j_anson

    I’ve never been super-crazy about her look, and I agree about the MS-paint nature of some of the effects, but overall I still think this style of presentation makes good use of what she’s got.

  • a_liking

    I don’t mind the smudging on some of them where it’s… less there (the second picture pulls at me). definitely too much in the later ones though. but I think it ‘s fun to blur that line between paintings and photography.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I don’t find her particularly beautiful or striking.  Yet her face reminds me of those medieval women in paintings in the Met.  Timeless.  Sortof flat, yet haunted too.  I kind of like the coloring all over the photos. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535548244 Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

    well, no, it’s not surreal — but it’s kind of fun.  i like the motion and color added by the lines.

  • http://figgylicious.blogspot.com/ Figgy

    Huh. I want to dismiss her because she’s, you know, a fetus, but…she takes a good photo. Too bad some idiot drew badly all over them. 

  • Laylalola

    This is really the first time I’ve liked her looks.

  • http://twitter.com/HeckYeahHeckNo KC

    I like it. As a graphic designer I appreciate the simplicity. I think its a lot of fun and fits Elle’s personality.

  • msdamselfly

    Love this

  • SewingSiren

    1. Monster High
    2. Call Me
    3. Mimi
    4. Our Lady of Guadalupe
    5. Sybil
    6. I Want to Live
    7.I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair
    8. Peek a Boo
    9. Martha Graham

    • calimon

      1. I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      2.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forthl
      3.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      4.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      5.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      6.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      7.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      8. I Whip My Hair Back and Forth
      9.  I Whip My Hair Back and Forth

  • alyce1213

    I don’t know where surrealism comes into this, but I like them — they’re fun pictures of a striking young girl in very pretty clothes, and that’s fine.  

  • girliecue

    I’m just killing time here until the next Miss Universe World Costumes post.

    • decormaven

      Ditto! I can’t wait to see what TLo says about the broadcast. Caught a snippet last pm during the evening gown portion. Shanna Moakler was doing the “fashion” commentary. Hope they caught some of her more winning thoughts. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Pretty colors, but not as cool as somebody thinks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/styrch Sarah Wacksmuth Tyrchniewicz

     I get why some people wouldn’t like these, and I’m not sure I necessarily do. But they make me smile. :)

  • http://twitter.com/nuanc Nancy SM Waldman

    I love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13805908 Kelly Sowers

    I like the scribbles! She’s so youthful, it’s a playful complement.  Also, some sort of satirical statement about the use of photoshop on photographs? lol

  • quiltrx

    Remember that girl on PR years ago who kept saying “surreal” and obviously had no idea what it meant?  Yeah, that.

    Anyway, beyond the word nitpicking, I think this is kind of interesting.  I also think that generally she makes a pretty good model.

    I wish we had the source info on the clothing…it’s hard to tell what some of them “really are”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renate.yerkes Renate Yerkes

    Nah. Not interesting. and she really always is making the same spoiled facial expression.

  • frederieke

    I like the concept but they could have drawn a lot better art over her than that.

  • Corsetmaker

    I like the idea. Not so sure about the execution in some places. But someone has been having a bit of fun in photoshop.

    I do think she should strongly consider some pink streaks in her hair though. It suits her.

  • Vainte

    In pics 4 and 8 her eyes are much more interesting, she seems to take much better shots when she really focuses on the camera. Some of the others look like a young version of heroin chic.

  • thecitysleeps

    I really do like the concept and almost all of the shots.  Plus she makes a good model for these kind of things.

  • Deb Oswald

    Personally, I like it.  BUT NOT surrealism in the least.  Just altered- they could have gone further to push the idea of adding art to the photographs.  Making it just beyond a clothing photoshoot.  They played it too safe

  • decormaven

    I would like to see these photos before the “art” was added, because these are some interesting fashions. Hard to get details of the work with the added “flair.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RUBNXEG5QLEMRCA6WWAZSLAT7E alyssac

    Hahaha, wow.  Someone got crafty with the smudge tool and tablet pen.  And by craft I mean that this is in no way an artistic approach, but rather indulgent crap.  The photos on their own would have been fine enough.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RUBNXEG5QLEMRCA6WWAZSLAT7E alyssac

    Hahaha, wow.  Someone got crafty with the smudge tool and tablet pen. 
    And by craft I mean that this is in no way an artistic approach, but
    rather indulgent crap.  The photos on their own would have been fine

  • B_C_J

    If the purpose is to showcase clothing, then the editorial fails. However, as an expression of art it is legitimate.  She is certainly committed in the photos. The third photo is particularly compelling. 

  • Emily Giovanni

    I have nothing to say about this editorial, except that I need that blouse from the first picture. I don’t care how impractical it is. I will rock it. If I owned a shirt like that, I would maybe even attend a New Years party!

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    What BS. I hate the fact that they smeared the images and hid the clothing. This turned what could have been a cool editorial into – well – BS!

  • Judy_J

    I wish she would wear bold color more often.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Cute enough

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/37TPKASIMXVUPYK5BNQFOL43KU Carina

    I think they’re gorgeous and inspiring images. I love the colors. 

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • guest2visits

    It would have been enough to scribble on 2 or 3 pics. I didn’t think the added magic marker element was sufficient to
    call the results “surreal”.   I would’ve liked to have seen more of what Elle was wearing – especially that peacock-thing.
    (look – she’s got CM’s deconstructed straight jacket dress on; that WAS a surreal design.  But I thought CM wore it well.)

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Photo five is the best one, IMHO. The rest? Meh. Why does she always look dully surprised?

  • Tamara Hogan

    Too bad we can’t actually see the dresses….The bodice detail in the third picture is completely obscured.

  • tereliz

    Surreal is stretching it. And the retouching is so Digital Design I. 

    But the photos are fun and mostly pretty youthful and the colors look great with her coloring. The only thing I really don’t like is the makeup.

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    This is far better photography than it is fashion.  Really cool images!  I like the one with the abstract hand bones.  The work of a very original artist!

  • DessertWratt

    Meh. Looks like some Adobe geek made a (not terribly creative) Photoshop demo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    Interesting idea, half-assed execution. Pity.

  • lehen

    i love it.  she is perfect for this kind of wacky stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk


  • ccm800

    Well you go ahead and model little miss!  

  • elizonthelam

    Photoshop in the hands of a 5 year old. 

  • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

    So…we gonna wonder why her mother won’t keep her out of the business instead of exposing her like Willow…or nah?

  • LambeeBaby

    It looks like a bird pooped on her head

  • gubblebumm

    im sorry but shes a baby…why oh why…

  • desiree

    can i say. it’s pretty (for the most part), and interesting (for the better half). but it’s nothing i couldn’t have done with a mediocre looking girl in my sophomore year graphic illustration class when we were learning how to use a tablet. she is not beautiful (she is bland), and the technique isn’t anything i haven’t seen before. but i love the motion and the colors, so ever upward, Bullet. i guess.

  • adnama79

    Looks like the A-Ha video for “Take On Me.”  But less cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1594250515 Kim Brightman

    Stills from the artsy-fartsy remake of The Bad Seed.

  • jennsilentcrow

    enjoyable. seriously.