Elle Fanning for Interview Magazine

Posted on May 15, 2014

It’s an Elle-splosion around here lately. That’s what happens when you get on the Disney Princess train; poledancing like you’ve never seen.

Although there’s not a lot of Disney Princess to be found here.

Elle-Fanning-Interview-Magazine-May-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Maleficent” actress Elle Fanning covers the May 2014 issue of Interview magazine photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Karl Templer.

On her dream career: “I go to ballet, like, five days a week and I love it so much, but that’s the hardest thing I’ll ever do in my life, no doubt. You’re good or bad, and that’s it. [sighs] That would be hard to pursue as a career, but in my dream that would be the thing.”

On her idol, Marilyn Monroe: “I was 7 when I first saw a picture of her. I didn’t know that she was such a big icon. But I would just look at her and I was mesmerized. She was beautiful and so … truthful. She’s not faking it. If she’s having a terrible day when the picture was taken, she’ll show that she’s really depressed and having a terrible day. You can see it in her eyes. There are all the layers behind it.”

On working with Angelina Jolie: “I was very nervous to meet her. It was the same thing with you. When you hear “Angelina Jolie” and you haven’t met the person, that’s just a name. When I met her, she became, like, flesh—someone who wasn’t just a big celebrity. And you feel like, ‘Oh, I can actually just talk to her about regular things.'”


Elle-Fanning-Interview-Magazine-May-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)JACKET BY SACAI | BANDEAU BY LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ | SHORTS BY ANNA SUI



She’s sixteen. We had to double check.

Not to get all harrumph-y, but… harrumph. This is borderline icky. But every pale white girl serious teen actress eventually has to sport the “Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver” drag for someone, somewhere. It’s an iconic look. Especially for pale white girl serious teen actresses. Might as well get out of your system, Elle. And hey, at least she’s not thirteen.



[Photo Credit: Craig McDean for Interview Magazine]

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  • KateShouldBeWorking

    That blue-ish filter is her friend.

    • Man Dala

      That blue-ish eye shadow is her friend also.

  • crash1212

    That cover makeup is atrocious. Love the shoes in the last two photos.

  • Danielle

    The heavy blue eyeshadow is giving me serious flashbacks to 7th grade.

    • poggi

      Yep, we slathered it on in the mall restroom after someone’s mom dropped us off.

    • ankali

      At least her makeup for once doesn’t look like she got sunstroke and then fell into a vat of Vaseline.

    • MoHub

      And Mimi on The Drew Carey Show.

  • MilaXX

    So glad you mentioned it I was getting a pedo vibe from this and I was thinking maybe it was just me having a get off my lawn moment.

    • Sarah

      I wasn’t, but I totally thought she was of age. Now that I know; yeah. Gross.

      • demidaemon

        MEGA ICK.

        • Sarah

          Yeah. Totes. And really, even if she was of age, the whole idea is kind of pervy anyway. So I admonish myself for not thinking about it more critically the first time.

          • demidaemon

            It really is just a softcore porn shoot, and you know they would not ask it of most other actresses because they would immediately veto it. As I said, MEGA ICK.

          • Amel

            Unfortunately it kind of reminds me of that recent shoot of Sarah Hyland with the creepy dolls. Why is this a thing that keeps happening … I mean that question rhetorically, I guess, but it’s upsetting.

          • Judih1


          • demidaemon

            I know. When I said other actresses, I meant older, more established actresses. If this is a trend in how younger actresses are represented in editorials, I want it to stop.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            OK, Elle is 16, but this is still icky. It’s yet another tired, cliched photo shoot of a bright young thing in teeny tiny shorts shot by a male photographer and once again we’re all supposed to be cool with it. Harummph.
            How about showing some creativity and finding some great clothes to photograph? is that really so hard? And by great clothes I specifically exclude teenytingy shorts made out of cheesy lame, glitter spandex, etc.

          • demidaemon

            Your words to stylists and photographers ears. I mean, really.

    • CPK1

      yes, me too! That was the first thing I thought. I get the iconic thing TLo refers to but half the time I get tired and gross and not iconic 70s realness from these wannabe editorials

    • Anna

      It’s not the clothes as much as the poses. I definitely had a “if I were her mother” moment. So yeah, if I was her mother, the sexy face and those suggestive languid poses would be a no go. I guess selling your soul in Hollywood is a prerequisite.

  • hughman

    Roller skates and “Boogie Nights”.

  • kimmeister

    Her ballet skills came in handy for that second shot.

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      Yeah, her legs look kinda broken. Not cool.

  • @Biting Panda

    I guess my hope that things would improve with the next up and coming group of interesting young women, was far fetched. This is creepy. It just is.

    • Violentcello

      You don’t like the suggestive pose on the dirty, unmade mattress? What are you, some kind of prude?

      • @Biting Panda

        How do I chose a favorite between that and, the suggestion of toplessness in 70s hooker heels? So much Art to chose from. Shit like this makes me hate men. Or the media outlets that bow to them.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’d like to know why the women who are in positions of power at fashion mags continue to sanction these kinds of shoots. If nothing else, they are telling young actresses that yes, you have to do this to further your career, and that’s a bit sad.

          • venusvelvet

            Why does Elle Fanning, or anyone representing her, want people leering at her, at her age?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Good question. There are other ways to show that you are a sensual, sexual being.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

            I’m actually clutching my pearls at the notion that 16 year olds are sensual, sexual beings. I mean, yes of course, and legal age of consent and all, but still. Ick. I guess I think their sexual side should be played out in private, before their parents get home from work, like sensible people 😉

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            We can clutch our pearls together.

  • Chameleon

    That cover photo is mesmerizing

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I LOVE her eyebrows.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Your harumphing is 100% warranted. Is she siting with an open shirt and booty shorts in wedges? At 16? I don’t like it at all.

  • venusvelvet

    From the Uncle Terry school of photography.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Ding ding ding.

  • clatie

    nothing like an underaged girl in short shorts with her legs spread on a mattress to say FASHION. Between this and Jane Fonda, we of the female persuasion just can’t win.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’d say more than borderline icky (I’m so sick of Terry Richardson and his influence). I do love the cover shot.

    • Anna

      How is Terry Richardson not in jail? There are so many accusations that there *must* be some truth to it all.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I don’t know that he’s actually broken any laws, but if he has, nobody’s filed a complaint with the police. The real question is, how does he continue to book major ad campaigns and editorials.

        • Alloy Jane

          He actually admitted to some of the things he’s been accused of! That’s what gets me. The only reason I know who he is was because I was reading about some photographer who was accused of sexually harassing young models during photo shoots a few years back.

          It’s like the whole Kobe Bryant “Well I thought she wanted it, but I guess she actually didn’t” bullshit, it utterly astounds me that these men haven’t been to prison.

          And this photo shoot makes me sick and indignant.

          • FibonacciSequins

            He’s very well connected; that must be why so many people turn a blind eye to his predatory behavior. But I also wonder if it means the way he behaves is common (if not so extreme) in the industry.

          • Anna

            That’s what I think the bigger issue is – a lot of these people are rich and powerful and know they can get away with whatever they want to do. You never hear of them abusing a big name star – it’s always someone who is in an already vulnerable position so these creeps have the power right off the bat.

  • snarkalicious

    Not at all crazy about the pics, but I really love her freckles. I don’t think I had ever noticed them before.

  • nannypoo

    Super trashy pictures, but if you ignore the eye shadow her makeup is really pretty.

  • Mrs. C

    As the mother of a 16 year old girl with identical hair/skin/eye/brow coloring to Miss Fanning, the last two photos raise my hackles. Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to give Craig McDean and Karl Templer a stern lecture.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Can I come with you and slap them around a bit?

      • Mrs. C

        Absolutely! Get your pitchfork and I’ll meet you at there.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I would like for the male photographers to admit that they just like to put lissome young things in sexually provocative poses because they, as men, like to do that, and quit the artistic, creative license twaddle.

        • Smokey

          Okay then, I guess I’m supposed to agree or get lost, I see. Sorry for troubling you guys with my views. Bye

    • Smokey

      Well no disrespect intended here, but when your daughter is older wouldn’t you still feel creeped out seeing Elle in pictures like this since you say she resembles her? Again, not trying to be weird or anything, just a question.

  • DesertDweller79

    The *cover* photo made me think, “She’s a bit young for this, eh”, let alone the next two. Harrumph away, Uncles.

  • NBG

    I am forever grateful to you guys for calling out this Lolita bullshit when you see it. It’s gross and way too pervasive in fashion. The world needs more uncles like you.

    • http://www.alisarivera.com/ Alisa Rivera

      …and not like Uncle Terry.

  • greymain

    at least it’s not the consumptive red eye look….

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, not loving the oversexualized, bust bearing images. But she gives good talk.

  • Julie

    Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver…. you guys nailed it.

  • somebody blonde

    “But every pale white girl serious teen actress eventually has to sport the “Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver” drag for someone, somewhere.” God, do they? I really hope this isn’t the case.

  • http://www.alisarivera.com/ Alisa Rivera

    I’ll harrumph along with you. HARRUMPH.

  • marlie

    The cover is fine. Cute even. But I hate, hate, hate that second photo. HATE. The “broken doll” imagery AND spread legs is just TOO MUCH. I don’t like the third picture either, but it doesn’t squick me out as much as the second does.

  • Sydney Rose

    As it happens, I was just rewatching Taxi Driver this afternoon. And yes, they’re definitely trying to replicate Jodie’s Foster’s look from that film — especially with those hideous hooker shoes.

  • elirt

    Icky is right. Reminds me of the movie “Kids” too. Gross.

  • BLauD

    Yeah. Ick. That second photo especially makes me want to punch someone through my computer screen.
    Big ol’ mama HARRUMPH!

  • Emilee Clark

    Marilyn Monroe is her idol. Of course.

    • Imasewsure

      I posted this already but I got really excited when she said her idol was Marilyn… which I misread as Manson… Monroe is so “of course” for every little waif starlet I couldn’t even register it in my mind… and… of course

  • isapaiva

    Agree that it’s a bit icky, but in the interest of not keeping the commentary solely on visual grounds, I like her soundbites. It rarely enters my mind that an actor’s dream career is not acting, I thought it was a very genuine, sweet comment.

  • Jen

    Yes, you said exactly what I was thinking as I scrolled down!

  • what not

    Sofia Coppola movie in editorial form.

  • SugarSnap108

    There is nothing borderline about this. It’s full-on ICK.

    And I’m beginning to think she must like awful makeup. Of course, I did when I was 16, too.

  • susan6

    Kneejerk reaction 1: “Pedophile-bait.” Kneejerk reaction 2: “Did Terry Richardson take these pictures?”
    I wonder if that was what the magazine was going for….

    • Kristin McNamara

      These photos have way too many furniture and props in the background to be a Terry Richardson shoot.

  • Imasewsure

    Yes not loving the infantile styling and hooker makeup… I almost fell in love with her though when I mis-read her Marilyn crush to be on Marilyn Manson not Marilyn Of Course

  • Glam Dixie

    It would have been just as good if her shirt was buttoned. That’s what’s squicking me out. Button the shirt please.

  • Trickytrisha

    Wow, Interview Mag needs someone to take them out behind the woodshed and give them a good paddling, metaphorically speaking of course. Maybe the most tasteless layout in like, forever? Besides, those awful shoes are wearing her.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m afraid that the folks at Interview might enjoy the paddling, so it might not be the right punishment.

  • BobStPaul

    Wow. Taxi Driver was my immediate thought when I saw that pic. That was not a good thought.

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

    I wish these starlets would find someone other than Marilyn Monroe to look up to. It’s unoriginal and sad.

    • sweetlilvoice

      I still love MM and have since childhood. She was a really interesting person and shows what can happen when a pretty, naive girl gets turned into a sex goddess. It’s a good lesson for any female actress. Elle is right, MM always looks sad.

      • boweryboy

        I get Marilyn Monroe’s appeal and maybe it’s just me, but a sad, naive actress exploited for her looks and treated like a dumb blonde who may or may not have been murdered or committed suicide as a result of her sex goddess image isn’t exactly an ideal role model.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Maybe a good model for what NOT to do.

  • Miss wks

    The resident hotel mattress is SOOOOOOOO ARTSY. Seriously, where are her parents? This isn’t art. It’s just BAD and inappropriate styling.

  • deelup

    It’s really a shame they sexed this up, because as someone said on the other Elle post today, her 70s look in Super 8 was awesome. This could have been a similar vibe and been the best she’s looked yet. Unfortunately bewbs and snatch rule the media.

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    She’s a dancer and these are the poses they went with? Girl, give us an arabesque or a piqué at the very least. What a waste.

  • amanda lynn

    awwww, how nice she looks with powder on her face!

  • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

    Good actress…..but a sad / pretty face?

  • bookish

    Yeah, I googled her age as soon as I saw the second photo. Plain old yuck.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    She looks like Julie Taylor in the cover shot.

  • flamingoNW

    Of course it’s for Interview Magazine nearly every time…

  • Jennifer Bober

    Excuse me, but I said saturated blue DRESS, not eye shadow. Seriously, were you listening?

  • unbornfawn

    I need a shower.

  • ankali

    “Borderline” icky?

  • RohanMBN

    I was just in a book store and flipped through this magazine. I can say that the pics featured here are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of icky-ness.

  • Miss wks

    Interview has become a cliche of itself…….

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    Very Taxi Driver.

    So, you’ve got women like Kristen Bell going into bat for star’s kids not getting papped. Which I am on board with. But where are the women (and men) in the industry making a noise about this routine sexual objectification of teenagers?

  • kmk05

    That 70s floral unmade mattress really sums up the tone of that photoshoot, doesn’t it.

  • ktr33

    It’s like an American Apparel ad with better clothes.

  • MoHub

    No identification for the hideous shoes? And can they be burned, please?

  • anonylind

    Geez, don’t kids have parents anymore? Where are hers?

  • V No Privacy

    Whoever is putting eye shadow on this girl: PLEASE STOP.

  • NMMagpie

    This just creeped me out. And blue eye shadow will always be over-rated.

  • conniemd

    I find the mattress shot particularly creepy because the mattress without sheets/bedding is totally evocative of cheap and tawdry sex. What teenager is going to be hanging out on an unmade bed? Seriously?

    • Joanna

      I get what you mean….but this made me laugh because I did nothing but hang out on an unmade bed when I was a teenager- mostly because I never made my bed and enjoyed doing innocent in bed things like reading and drawing.

  • boweryboy


  • cocohall

    I think the sexualization of children and teens has become so normalized (Toddlers and Tiaras, anyone – I mean some of those contestants are not even WALKING and they are done up like hookers) that for many people these sorts of photos, and all that they signify, don’t even register as perverted. Add in the American love affair with fame and celebrity (Ooh, I’m getting the cover of Interview; they want me to pose on a mattress in shorts, weird huh? But the COVER!!!) and this is where you end up. And if you complain (other than here in BK Land) you are viewed as a prude. And then is it any wonder that we need the President’s chief advisor to spearhead a campaign to stop rape on college campuses? Because all of this imagery implicitly says to boys/young men that girls/women are there for their inspection and pleasure.

  • JP

    Something about this screams exploitative. Like you could get arrested for it if the feds found it on your hard drive.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Nope. Nawl. NOAP. Not supportive of the “baby hooker” look- not in this life, or the next.

  • smh4748

    I gasped with horror at that second photo. Kudos to you guys for calling this shit out, but no need to water it down with a “borderline.” Absolutely inappropriate, and so sad.

  • Joanna

    Yes, this is icky. I’m pretty disgusted by it.

  • Super_Red

    Another reason I love you– you call shit like this out. Definitely icky. ugh.

  • kategs

    It’s not borderline – it IS!

  • Carla_Charlton

    Editors must think that the only way to be cutting-edge is to have a young girl look like a hooker. And we all know how tired THAT is!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Yuck. Yuck. Totally Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver and totally creepy.

  • venusvelvet

    Well, Bryan Singer is finding out it’s not too late to file a suit. Maybe one day TR will be busted. I’d just like to see his schtick become passe.

  • Dagney

    Robin? Sean? Anyone?

  • NeenaJ

    Love the freckles on the cover shot – the rest is too Lolita for me. Also, couldn’t they find her some shoes that fit?

  • Aurumgirl

    She wins the award for wearing the highest number of stupid shoes in one acting career. And she’s only 16!

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    sorry, i thought the photos were beautiful. especially the cover. i don’t know why, but i guess i relate to the pale young girl who loves ballet but knows she will never be a ballerina. i was one once. her ballet training shows, she has a grace and elegance about her. and i thought her answers were insightful for one so young. those layers of feelings she sees in marilyn’s eyes are there in hers too. i guess that’s why i loved the cover so much.

  • Sabin

    Borderline? All out.

    No way in Disney Princess hell would my 17-y-o be photographed like that.

  • Columbinia

    What T Lo said.

  • Loren S

    The photoshopping on her legs in the second picture is terrible.

  • thatch pheasant

    say what?

  • thatch pheasant

    that eye shadow is gag-worthy.

  • thatch pheasant

    eye shadow is gag worthy.

  • andreawey

    on the other hand….. color!

  • Smokey

    What is with the judgemental attitude in this article? I’m not saying that it’s perfectly acceptable for a 16 year old to pose in such sexually suggestive pictures, but you don’t need to sound like such a bitch. Why are you mocking her for being “pale white”? Are pale skinned girls not allowed to be models? Lighten up. No pun intended…

  • Smokey

    Thanks for removing my comment, but as for what you said “There’s absolutely no mocking of her being done here.” I think when you write “That’s what happens when you get on the Disney Princess train; poledancing like you’ve never seen.” and the refer to her as pale white not once but twice, that kind of counts as mockery. If you’re going to take a snobby, judgemental tone in your article don’t blame people for being offended by it.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      I removed your comment because you called me a bitch. Learn how to make a point without being so obnoxious about it.

      Sorry, but there’s no mockery of her here. She actually is pale and actually is a Disney Princess. We’re mocking the unimaginative styling of the editorial, not her. To point out she’s pale is no more of a mockery than to note that she’s blonde. You’re trying way too hard here.

      • Smokey

        Well it seemed like you were having a swipe at her for being pale, if I’m wrong then I’m sorry, but what was the pole dancing comment about?

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Pole-dancing is the term we use around her to describe the promotional efforts celebrities have to make when they have a new project to promote.

          I appreciate the “if I’m wrong, I’m sorry,” because very few people manage to say that on the Internet. We weren’t mocking her for being pale, I promise. We were noting that pale young teen actresses routinely get dressed up like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.

          • Smokey

            Fair enough, I guess I got the wrong idea. Nevermind all that