Dakota Fanning for Glamour Magazine

Posted on January 30, 2013

Slap some color on this chickie’s face and she becomes unrecognizable.


Marc Jacobs; skirt, Jonathan Saunders; bracelets, Chanel.

Dakota Fanning covers the March 2013 issue of Glamour magazine photographed by Ellen von Unwerth and styled by Anne Christensen.

On what her little sister Elle has taught her: “She’s very uninhibited and will try pretty much anything. Even the way she dresses— she dresses totally for herself. She risks being made fun of…by me, which I sometimes do, because I’m an older sister! But I totally admire her and think she’s very cool.”

On if she’s having fun with the “fashion icon moment” she and sister Elle are having now: “It’s really fun when you’re getting dressed for something. It’s not when you’re in the rain with an umbrella and trying to carry a case of water. Yep, that’s me, alone, coming from Duane Reade. I’m not wearing a bra. Deal with it.”

On if she was surprised when her Marc Jacobs perfume ad was banned in the U.K. in 2011 for being “sexually provocative.” [In the ad Fanning sits on the floor with a large perfume bottle between her legs.]: “Yeah, I was! If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it’s also like, Why are you making it about that, you creep? I love Marc and trust him, and we just laughed about it.”


Dress, Nina Ricci; bracelet, Roberto Cavalli; heels, Maloles.

Nina Ricci Spring 2013 Collection

Romper, Jill Stuart; wedges, Charlotte Olympia.

Jill Stuart Spring 2013 Collection

Dress, Burberry Prorsum; clutch, Kotur; pumps, on Fanning from left: Christian Louboutin, Sophia Webster.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 Collection

Y’know, if this was anyone else, we’d say it was a bit Hollywood-standard, but she so needs something bright and colorful layered over her that it really works for her. She looks great. “Hollywood glamour” is about as done as a style concept can get, but sometimes, a gal really just needs to slap on the war paint, blow out the hair, and wear something shimmery.


[Photo Credit: Ellen von Unwerth for Glamour Magazine]

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  • A. W.

    Eugh. Hate all of it, especially the clothing on the cover. You could find that outfit in the teen section of Victoria’s Secret.

    • judybrowni

      Too Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002396153672 Ann Martina


  • Susan Collier

    I’m always surprised that Glamour Magazine still exists.

    • crackineggs

       Yeah, all I can think of is George Costanza.

    • Funkykatt

      I agree, I used to read Glamour when I was in my teens in the 70s.  Nice it’s still around .

    • Call me Bee

      Me too!  Read it in the 60s when Cheryl Tiegs and Cybill Shephard were the It Girls.  But sometime in the 80s they turned into a mini-Cosmo with enless sex articles and lost me. 

      • Karen Maslowski

         In the 60s Ingenue was much the better magazine.

        I still have a Glamour cookbook, though, with so many of the great recipes they used to have in the magazine. Have made many a great meal from it, too.

  • poggi

    I don’t love the Mickey Mouse cropped shirt on the cover.  I can decide if it infantilizing a grown woman or exploiting a girl, but either way it’s a little creepy to me.  But I really like the photo of her in the polka-dot Nina Ricci dress.

    • 3boysful

       I love that dress.

    • kimmeister

      It’s an awesome dress.

    • Airkisses

       You know, I don´t mind the outfit, but it´s so far outside her usual style that it´s jarring. I can´t ever see her wearing something like of her own accord.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GVWKCMDPWOOLT2R4KT7AAIW6XY Jimmy

    Wow that is some thick make up there. I even thought I saw a glimpse of Amanda Seyfried there.

    • MilaXX

      Old reference, but she reminded me of actress Carol Kane playing Simka (actor Andy Kaufman’s tv wife) from Taxi.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Especially the cover and dot dress shots – I can see it.  I loved Latka and Simka!


        was scrolling through to see if anyone else saw the resemblance!  I just googled Carol Kane to be sure.     

      • Sobaika

        YES! She looks like Simka!

    • kimmeister

      Totally got Amanda Seyfried from the eyes too.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like any of the clothes, but the hair and face are fun and adorable. She looks a lot like Drew Barrymore here.

    • MoHub

       Drew Barrymore is exactly whom I saw.

    • gabbilevy

      Exactly. Whatever about the clothes, but she should always do her hair and makeup in this vein.

    • out for a walk

      I think she looks like Pandora Boxx, myself! But then again I just watched the drag race premiere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djkomisar DeDe Jacobs Komisar

    This is a little too “Taxi Driver” for me. Especially the Jill Stuart. Yeesh. 

    • In_Stitches

       I’m getting Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.  Similarly sad references points, but I still like the shoot.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. Though for me the edge-of-sleaze feel is faint enough that on balance I like the look.

  • Annabelle Archer

    I’m not getting Glamorous.
      I’m getting a girl that is of age, who is styled and looks like a girl who is not of age all sexed up. Thank you Mickey Mouse sweater and prostitute make up.  Jodie Foster’s Taxi Driver, anyone?  I’m not normally a pearl clutcher, but I am tired of the over mass media turning young girls into sex objects. Tire. Of. It. 

    • ecallaw1977

      THIS.  Except to add that I love seeing her in makeup.  I just wish she wasn’t made to look like it was a Taxi Driver homage.  And I also wish that they had held her down and dyed her hair a different shade of blond while they were painting the makeup on.

    • Sweetpea176

       Her quote about not understanding what provocative about the Marc Jacobs ad adds to the sexualized child effect.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Very cute. I hope she takes some cues from this about colour and makeup and hair!

  • FrayedMachine

    That last picture of her is super awkward. Like very awkward. It’s mostly the mouth that bothers me but I oddly enough don’t hate everything else. It’s definitely different from what you usually see her in but -shrugs- sometimes it is cool to go completely out of left field and be kind of ridiculously covered in maquillage. 

    • 3boysful

       The bathtub shot.  Horrible.

  • MilaXX

    She looks so much better with her hair done, some makeup on, and some colorful clothing.  I wish she would attempt even a modified version of this on the RC.

  • RebeccaKW

    She certainly shouldn’t have to wear a bunch of makeup if she doesn’t want to, but man, look how her pop off that page at you!

    I like her comments re: fashion, and her sister’s fashion. 

  • Introspective

    good that she’s glammed it up as it made me take notice to her beauty in a totally different way.  

    for her, its cool,  even though it is standard for starlet magazine spreads. and in the end plays to the sort of infantilized stereotypes we’re used to seeing them in (doe eyes, toes pointed toward each other, dresses that look like lingerie, etc)

  • RzYoung

    I love her hair like that and the disco make up. She’s not a great poser though, I’m not too fussed about her looking too grown up, she’s 19 now and I think there are more shocking editorials going around that I can clutch my pearls about.

  • SewingSiren

    She looks cute in the pink and orange. Also with curly hair.

  • Little_Olive

    I agree with TLo’s theory, but I think it does not apply here. The “baby doll” look they gave her makes it kinda creepy. 

    And bottom line, she does not look that good (where on earth are her cheekbones?).  

  • bittykitty

    I’m getting a hint of Malin Ackerman…

  • geans

    I think she looks awesome. I’m jealous of the clothes and her ability to pull off that “kinda-70s” look. 

  • YoungSally

    The war paint and styling remind me a little of Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby….although Dakota’s too old to make it controversial…

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    Huh, I was just reminded of Sarah Moon’s photography. Which doesn’t look anything like these shots. But DF could pull off a misty waif look.

  • http://twitter.com/NikaE148 Nika E

    I kind of like the 70s Studio54 look I think the backdrop could have reflected that scene a little more but all in all its alright.

  • http://profiles.google.com/susanvmayer Susan Mayer

    I had a vintage T-shirt (my mom’s!) with that same kind of Mickey Mouse on it.

    She looks like a baby Madonna doll.  I don’t really care for it.

  • Mary Saucier

    I think this is less “Hollywood Glamour” and more “Taxi Driver” – which I love! Both of the Fanning sisters tend to dress so they look anemic – both in color and style. This is invigorating by comparison.

  • Funkykatt

    She looks darling on the cover. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the Nina Ricci dress.

    • SugarSnap108

       I covet that dress.  Don’t like the model’s boy shorts underneath, but the dress is lovely.

      • Tatiana Luján

        the shorts are awful. What ever happened with lining?

        • kimmeister

          I’ve been suspecting that there was some tragic accident at the lining factory . . .

  • j_anson

    Oh honey. That perfume bottle… yeah. If you knew it was suggestive and were fine with it, cool. But if you really think there’s nothing suggestive about it and you “love and trust Marc”… yuck.

  • Le_Sigh

    There’s something Emma Stone-ish about her face with the war paint on it non?

  • ballerinawithagun

    She is stunning even if you don’t like the shoot. Love seeing this kind of hair again, way better than the greasy, straight look. 

  • Call me Bee

    Wow she’s all grown up, eh?   Not crazy about the shoot, save for that polka-dot dress.  That is adorable. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I love the polka-dot dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    This feels very, very ’70s to me. I think it’s mostly the makeup, the shiny lip in particular. Though polka dot dress and the satin lingerie rompers thing with wedge sandals contribute. 

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      It’s kind of a “BIBA” face to my recollection.

      • formerlyAnon

         I wasn’t familiar with Biba in its heyday – I was not cosmopolitan enough to be too aware of retailers outside the U.S. unless their brands were big in my local mall.  But the timeframe is right.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          I think it really did filter down to what we saw in middle America – I didn’t know until I was a bit older that it was specifically Biba, but we all wanted that sort of thirties look, the permed hair, the platform shoes, when I was in Jr. high ( in Ohio! ) in the early seventies.   I remember buying Butterick patterns for Biba-style  skirts and camisoles. Thank god my eyebrows grew back! 

          ETA: google images for Biba – some great looks!

  • stubbornthoughts

    She should wear her hair wavy all the damn time. Love her in that polka dot dress, she looks amazing.

  • capybara_cafe

    Her hair looks amazing, and I can’t believe how much better she looks with a little color on her face.

  • altalinda

    Not loving the overly-done flash photography effect here.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I want that Nina Ricci dress.  And satin rompers are from the 1930’s and I want all clothes to look like the 1930’s so that makes me happy too.   I could do without the Mickey Mouse sweater thing on the front.   NO just no.

  • conniemd

    She looks like Audrey Landers when she played Afton Cooper on Dallas. youngish sexy bimbo

    • Judy_J

      Yes, exactly!

  • xmixiex

    what IS that sex thing that every girl is getting asked to do these days…?!?!

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

    If you hadn’t told me, I never would have guessed it.

  • kimmeister

    I love seeing her with some volume in her hair!

  • Ms_Flyover

    My first reaction – So this is what Baby Jane looked like before she got old and went nuts.

    My next reaction was ” she’s channeling Jody Foster in Taxi driver.”

    These are not mental comparisons that give me the warm fuzzies.  But I like the Mickey sweater, so what do I know. 

  • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

    You mean that’s not Amanda Seyfried?

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Don’t really get the sleaze comments here … Miley Cyrus is younger than Dakota and Miley is showing her tits on the cover of Cosmo.  I don’t love the last shot of the Burberry (but then I hate that dress), but I think the rest of the photos are pretty and sexy.

    • Annabelle Archer

      Miley is showing her tits in a grown up dress, with grown up styling.  She’s not being made to look like a younger girl.  There’s no wild eyed innocence and mixed messages with Miley.  I have no beef with girls of 18 and 19 years old wanting to be sexy, just as long as it’s not while also trying to look underage while doing so.  That’s just my humble, mom opinion though. 

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        But I don’t see this styling as “trying to look underage” at all and that is what I don’t get about the comments.  I get kind of a retro pin-up feel from these photos and don’t see that Dakota is being made to look like a “younger girl” in any way.

  • kschwarting

    She looks great, but there’s something refreshing about her normal minimal makeup look.  She just looks “done” here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1832126583 Mary Lauer

    Total broken doll stance from ANTM in the Burberry dress. 😎

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    My first thought was…damn that’s a lot of make up…but damn, I think I like it.  

  • Anne At Large

    Love her with a little color, but am I the only one getting a strong Bernadette Peters vibe from this spread?

    • tereliz

      Yes. It’s the hair and shiny lips and the 70s styling and the fake-tragic expressions. Thanks for helping me put my finger on exactly who she was reminding me of!

  • kolokOlchik

    I love it

  • Tara

    There is something very 1970s about her look.  Is she reminding me of Bernadette Peters?  Fanning needs to play that UP!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Very 70’s.  She looks like Nancy Allen in “Carrie”.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

       Or Jody Foster in Taxi Driver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

    even in makeup and colorful clothes she’s like an  egg without salt…

  • Imasewsure

    This is sort of Hollywood Glamour Blow Up Doll but I like it… maybe in part because it’s so different for her

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

    Curly hair is her look.  Love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

    She should be forced to wear her hair and makeup like that from now on!  Wow, she looks totally different, interesting, and kinda fierce.  A very good look for her imho.

  • Trisha26

    She’s giving me a very young Bernadette Peters – adorable! 

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

      YES. Her and someone else… Maybe Heather Graham? 

  • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Dollsaga

    awful facial expressions & overexposed shots. hope the magazine sells. best luck.

  • AngelaGreen

    She’s giving me a Penny Lane vibe that I’m digging, but apparently I’m in the minority.

  • unbornfawn

    Now, if she’d just put a little more color and curl in her red carpet looks. 

  • Laylalola

    Is she supposed to look like a 1970s porn star here?

  • libraangel

    Vamp it up, baby, vamp it up. It’s working. (Anyway, it’s better than SHRIEK! Miley)

  • butter nut

    i thought this was amanda seyfried till i read the caption. 

  • guest2visits

    While she’s very pretty; the cover shot is certainly very Lolita-ish.  But wow I like what they did in the next two pics;
    with the beautiful polka-dot dress and even the satin doll romper. The last photo sadly is a waste; can’t really see her or the
    dress she’s wearing in the arty glare, plus it’s a silly looking pose.

  • Kandy

    Roller Girl!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

    I will take all of those shoes in a 7, please.

  • neofashionista

    this is the best I have seen her look
    Bravo Glamour

  • StillGary

    Creepy, I got a Roller Girl vibe from these pictures.

  • LizDravis11

    Dead ringer for early 80s-era Bebe Buell (Liv Tyler’s mama). 


  • http://profiles.google.com/virginia.zint Virginia Zint

    I’m getting nothing but a blonde Kat Dennings out of this.

  • http://twitter.com/BrerAndy Andy Morris

    Boring waif, shitty photography, dull interview.

  • Frank Lithium

    Oh god, she looks like a blow up doll in this spread.

  • fursa_saida

    Pff, if people were worried about her being sexually provocative, they clearly didn’t see The Runaways. (In which she was very good, by the way.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I don’t know if it’s the styling, but she looks so scared in every picture that it’s a little bit eerie.

  • http://twitter.com/BattyMamzelle Cate Young

    She weirdly reminds me of Emma Stone here.

  • gg80302

    She looks cute. Dumb but cute.

  • PeaceBang

    Hate it, the whole baby hooker thing, the knock-knee dumb-dumb pose, the whole bloody awful thing. I read this as “Daddy Warbucks lost all his money in the market so Annie started turning tricks.”