Elle Fanning for ASOS Magazine

Posted on June 02, 2014

This is kind of refreshing.

Elle-Fanninf-ASOS-Magazine-July-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Elle Fanning covers the July issue of ASOS magazine photographed by Michael Hauptman.

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She looks her age. She’s not over-sexualized or Lolita’d. The clothes look like stuff she might pick out herself. She’s not servicing someone else’s fantasy image. She looks relaxed and comfortable. It doesn’t make us harrumph. Yeah, that’s pretty damn refreshing. Also depressing, that such a thing is rare and notable.

And we’re not gonna lie: Lorenzo has a shirt with little kitty faces all over it, not dissimilar to this one. Judge him if you must, but he only wears it around the house – and one time on Fire Island. And Tom talked him into buying it. And it’s a tight little muscle tank, which only makes it funnier.




[Photo Credit: Michael Hauptman for ASOS magazine]

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  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I really need a shirt with little kitty faces. It doesn’t have to be pink, but I need one.

  • Tee

    Must see Lorenzo in the kitty shirt looking that happy!

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Please, please, please!!?!?? That would make my whole week.

  • SAA

    I love that last picture! made me smile (and the top is adorable). This is a cute spread.

  • Julie Chase

    She looks adorable.

  • ms_kat

    I LOATHE the kitty face shirt, but I love how happy that photo is.

    • @Biting Panda

      The Ariel shirt irritates me.

      • Anathema_Device

        Little Mermaid was on TV last night. My 15 yo daughter wanted to watch it because she hadn’t seen it since was a toddler. I said that was because I wasn’t into showing her movies where a woman literally gives up her voice to be with a man.

        • Glam Dixie

          but he’s a prince!

          • Anathema_Device

            My daughter, to her credit, agreed with me, even laughing and saying, “But she’s pretty and he’s hot! What more do you need?”

        • random_poster

          You go, Mom! Mulan was on right before that. I hadn’t seen it before, so I asked my daughter why she spends most of the flick as a warrior and saves the world, and yet I’ve only ever seen pictures of her in her pink kimono. She agreed with me that a Mulan action figure would be much more fun.

          • P M

            I would buy it! I also want an E. Edna Mode toy, but that’s a different story.

          • random_poster

            I LOVE Edna Mode. “Luck favors the prepared” is an all-time favorite quote.

          • P M

            ‘Yes, yes, what is it-who are you-what do you want?’…… ‘My God you’ve gotten fat -COME IN!’ LOL

          • random_poster

            You are seriously making me want to put on the movie. Too bad I have to work today! “Fight! Win! And call me when you get back, Darling. I enjoy our visits.”

          • Anathema_Device

            Seriously! My son told me about this performance art/improv group that somehow managed to sneak talking GI Joes and Barbies off the shelves of toy stores, switch their voice boxes, and put them back on the selves, so unsuspecting parents would get a Barbie that said “VENGEANCE IS MINE!” or a GI Joe that said “Math is hard!” LOL

          • random_poster

            I love that!

          • FibonacciSequins

            I love that story!

          • Anathema_Device

            Here’s an article: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2004/dec/07/marketingandpr.bbc

            One of the guys is a graduate of my son’s college (Reed in Portland). He spoke at commencement this year and announced that Reed had finally fully divested of fossil fuel companies. The crowd went nuts. It was a hoax that the university had to clear up, thus putting more focus on their investments.

          • Folk Devil

            That’s beyond awesome!

          • holla

            Because we can both save the world and look good wearing a pink kimono. Everyone should practice the philosophy of looking demure but can really kick ask deception.

          • Janice Bartels

            At Disney World last summer, my 7-year-old called Mulan out on that very issue (wanted to know why she was in the dress she didn’t like when she should have been in her warrior gear). Mulan told her it was very hot in Florida and her kimono was cooler than her armor. At our house, we rank our princesses by ability to solve their own problems, and Mulan is usually #1- Snow White and Cinderella are tied for last because they “just whine and wash stuff”.

        • limedaring

          She gives up her voice to be in the human world — when she decided to do that, she hadn’t even met him. She had an entire grotto devoted to the human world. Eric was just a bonus.

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

            Thank you! I wrote an entire blog entry about that once. Ariel just doesn’t get enough credit. She was only fantasizing about leaving until her father came into her room and smashed all her stuff in a rage.

        • MissusBee

          She *thinks* she has to give up her voice (the sea witch persuades her that men ‘don’t like a lot of blabber’), but actually it’s the voice he fell in love with and he doesn’t recognise her without it. Not making claims for Disney being a bastion of feminism, as that would be absurd, but there it is.

          • Anathema_Device

            My memory was of her falling for him based on looks before ever meeting him, but I get what you’re saying. Also, I haven’t watched it 12 years, so I can’t do any kind of strong analysis…and who would want me to? LOL My first child was a boy, so when my daughter came along I was shocked by the girl messaging from the moment of her birth, which made me hyper vigilant. She still went through the princess phase, so there you have it. Then again, I’m the only mom I know who hated The Rainbow Fish. It upset me that the little guy had to physically give away pieces of himself to make people like him. Rock those shiny scales little man!!!! haha…

          • ryenerman

            Ugh The Rainbow Fish, don’t even get me started on how much that story irritates me.

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

            No doubt she liked his looks but she also saw him dancing, playing the flute, and playing with a dog at the same time. It’s not like she fell in love with a portrait of him. There was some indication of personality. Her original song before she even met the guy was about going to explore the world of two-legged landlubbers. She was an explorer first, a girl with a crush second.

          • suzanne77

            Rainbow Fish and Giving Tree were banned from my house, Not because I am ungenerous, but those books feel codependent to me.

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

          At least he doesn’t choose someone else in the Disney version. As I recall the Hans Christian Anderson version was a parable about being good, keeping your mouth shut and then maybe getting to heaven.

          • fursa_saida

            I thought it was fairly standard to interpret it as being about hopeless, unrequited, socially unacceptable at the time same gender infatuation? …Which leads to exactly what you described and remains super depressing and not exactly a good message for kids.

          • Jean Marie Downing

            I saw it as more just because you really really want something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, and no one owes you. It wasn’t like the girl he fell for in the Hans Christian Anderson tale was the sea witch. She was just another girl. He didn’t know the mermaid. He didn’t owe her his love. Her realizing that and not then choosing to murder him in his sleep to save herself (which, to be fair, is probably far less problematic for mermaids considering a history of drowning sailors) was what gave her the potential to be more.
            The sea witch played totally in that tail too fair too.
            I was always annoyed with Disney. The whole point was that she didn’t get the guy.

      • Alyssa

        I think it looks like a pajama shirt.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    She does look her age, and that is refreshing. The kitty face shirt is too funny. and hey, this BK is not going to judge Lorenzo for having a muscle tank kitty shirt.You wear that whenever you want, cher.

  • @Biting Panda

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    • Danielle

      Right? I smell a new avatar.

      • Pennymac

        Seriously, Uncles. You can’t tease the kittens like that and then not put out.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Dagnabit – I knew I should’ve read down the comments before adding my own! ie great minds think alike…

      • DuBey2

        Me Too

    • Julie Parr

      Hear, hear!

  • Patrick Scott

    That smile she has with the kitty-cat top gives me life!

    • CPK1

      Right? Rarely have I seen her look so joyful

  • Glam Dixie

    Love everything, the clothes, the big smile, the age appropriateness, and the story about Lo’s kitty face muscle tank. I would only be able to recommend a hot oil treatment and a better color for her hair.

    • DagnyReardon


  • kittentoes

    I won’t judge if I can borrow it. I have rainbow kitten leggings, after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234087433 Jen Freeman

    This is all so damn cute. I love it. I’d love to see more of these kinds of shoots with the younger stars, like Kiernan Shipka!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Home and Fire Island are perfectly appropriate places for a man to wear a kitty-face muscle tank.

    Really great to see Elle being styled and shot in a natural, non-exploitative way.

  • Alloy Jane

    Love that little gingham shirt and the circle turquoise skirt. This is definitely refreshing but yes, kinda sad that a photo shoot of an underaged celebrity looking her age is so abnormal. I don’t know why they shy away from this sorta thing though.

    Another vote for pics of Lorenzo in the kitty shirt!

  • Anathema_Device

    “One time, on Fire Island,” sounds like a great American Pie-esque set up… I’m sure Lorenzo rocks the hell out of that kitty tank.

    And Elle Fanning looks great here. Agree with everything you said, especially that it is sad this is notable!

  • Sophie

    The Ariel top doesn’t make her look her age, it makes her look younger and I find it really ugly. Love her smile in these pictures.

  • P M

    I don’t know how someone even found such a shirt, but I LOVE the idea that one of the Uncles has such a shirt.

  • random_poster

    These really are adorable photos and for once I believe that she’s enjoying her life. She’s selling it, and the clothes.

  • P M

    And omg that last picture!

  • CPK1

    I love this! It’s fashion forward but fresh and young. I couldn’t STAND that last editorial we saw here with her

  • ktr33

    Oh, my – she’s TWENTY, and she looks 13, but not in a creepy way, in a fresh cute way.

    • FibonacciSequins

      You’re thinking of Elle’s sister Dakota. Elle is only 16!

      • ktr33

        YESYESYES! Right, sorry!

  • Meg

    hooray for color! in clothes AND lipstick

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      And she’s sitting by a pool without her legs spread apart!!!!!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Re: the kitten muscle shirt – photos or it didn’t happen…

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    What does her necklace spell out in the last photo?

  • bookish

    Seriously. She looks super cute, but like a teenager rather than a child (which I’m sure she would hate). The Ariel sweater is a stretch, but I’m sure it’s just a callout to her Disney princess role.

    • lunchcoma

      It’s certainly a good fit for the newest Disney princess, but she’s actually not the first teenager/early twenty-something I’ve seen with ironic Ariel gear. I’ve seen shirts and even a purse around. Care Bears also seem to be popular with that crowd. I laughed a little when I realized none of the people I’m thinking of were born when those characters were new.

      • bookish

        True, I haven’t stepped in a Hot Topic for a few years (and that was to buy a shirt for my niece), but they used to be full of merchandise with 80s cartoon images.

  • Kristi Puckett Carrillo

    My daughter loves ASOS. It’s nice to see age appropriate fashion. She has those black platform sandals with the red outfit.

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

    The only thing that bothers is the bright red lipstick with the kitten shirt.

  • demidaemon

    This is perhaps the most refreshing, age appropriate editorial I’ve seen this year. It is making me flummoxed and happy all at the same time.

  • nannypoo

    Modeling is really her thing. She conveys a lot of personality.

  • msdamselfly

    This is beautiful and uplifting

  • quiltrx

    She looks like she’s enjoying herself, and like you said, it’s perfectly appropriate for her age…while at the same time making the more mature of us want some fun summer clothes.

  • Qitkat

    Natural light is her friend, she looks so cute in all of these.

    BKs NEED pics Lo!

    • PastryGoddess

      +1,000,000 on that pic

  • LadyVimes

    Love this shoot. Relaxed, happy, teenage-y.

  • BLauD

    Love this shoot so much! Know what I’d love more? A pic of Lo wearing the shirt.

  • majorbedhead

    I need a shirt with the half-lidded eyes on it. Minus the over-sized ric-rac, though.

    She looks better here than I’ve seen her in just about anything. Very fresh and not shiny and looking really happy.

  • Judy_J

    Very cute. She looks entirely natural. Sad indeed that this is so rare in Celebrityville.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    TLo… the first bitter kittens.

  • frannyprof

    I love that last shot! So fun, so full of personality, so refreshing!

  • Trickytrisha

    Delightful, so appropriate for her, and cute as a bug. Good for the magazine, the stylist, photographer, and especially Elle. The kitten shot takes it to the stratosphere.

  • Jacquie

    Thank you for the last paragraph. It put a smile on my face, just like the one Elle has.

  • CT14

    Her hair is so fried. Chop it and stop bleaching the life out of it!

    Otherwise, how delightful to see her looking her age!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I love the kitty face shirt and I applaud Lorenzo for owning one.

  • Mr. J.

    I want that kitty shirt so bad I can’t hardly stand it…..5XL, please. Serve it up.

    Boy, does she look great.

  • Linderella

    I pray her windswept hair in that last photo is a happy accident. It makes me so absurdly happy, I want to believe it’s not committee-d to death. She looks perfectly age-appropriate and, well, just every other kind of perfect.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    What a great spread! Nice to see them taking pictures of a kid and treating her as a kid.

  • joything

    Sally Draper’s granddaughter, if she & her own daughter both got started in their early 20s.

  • roche

    Hilarious! Thanks for sharing about the kitty shirt TLo.

  • beebee10

    Love that story about the little kitty muscle shirt strolling around Fire Island!!!! You two!

  • Sweetvegan

    <3 the 8 of hearts shirt! Great editorial!

  • gitchygitchymama

    Super cute and how pretty she looks! Lets hope this angle is a staying trend in editorial for displaying the young ones. Where can one get one of those muscle tanks w/ kittys?

  • unbornfawn

    Love this editorial. How happy and natural she looks. This Bitter Kitten needs to see a picture of Uncle Lorenzo in his kitty shirt. I promise not to judge.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

    More of this please, in general, for ALL young female stars. It’s wonderful.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

    ps (Lorenzo has a muscle kitty shirt? To quote, “OF COURSE.” tee hee)

  • H2olovngrl

    Pictures, or it didn’t happen!!

  • decormaven

    Kitty head muscle shirt? That I gotta see!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She looks so blessedly regular- no trying to look like an underage hooker, no super fashionista- just cute, and pretty. Thank goodness.

  • Beardslee

    This is just great! If I were her parents, I’d want a copy of that last photo and would put it in a solid gold frame.

  • KinoEye

    Fresh, adorable spread for a teenage girl. Good work, ASOS. You apparently don’t have creeps working in editorial. The kitty shirt is great, and I’m also loving the poolside shot. Were she a regular teenager, that would be a Facebook default photo to celebrate the beginning of summer.

  • stubbornthoughts

    LOVE that shot of her in The Little Mermaid top. And the fact that she’s really smiling in half of these pictures makes me very happy to know this photo shoot exists. It all just looks totally organic for a girl her age. Props, ASOS.

  • DuBey2

    PLEASE a pic of Lorenzo in his kitty muscle shirt?

  • DuBey2

    Absolutely LOVE that 1st photo (& outfit). Her face is perfection there. Oh, to be young and unafraid of bright natural light while being photographed…

  • Pablo

    The picture by the pool is so lovely. We definitely need more editorials like this.

  • Sam Smith

    Adorbs, that last kitty kat and hair shot made me squee. I think its great to see her dressed closer to her age, but seriously any teen at this age would’t be caught in the Ariel shirt (unless ironically).

  • andreawey

    so cute! and pink is her color!

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  • JynxTheCat

    man I hate the outright childishness of the little mermaid and ever the body eating monster. I’m over all this grown child horse shit.

  • Constant Reader

    I have several pairs of cat-themed pajamas: Hello Kitty, cats that look like their names more literally (“Boots” is wearing cowboy boots, etc.), cats in pajamas, and a Crazy Cat Lady sleep tee. So no judgment here.

    Agreed about these photos: adorable, age-appropriate, happy.

  • suzanne77

    I need pictures of Tom in his kitty tee. HIS BITTER KITTEN MUSCLE TANK, ohpleasohpleaseohplease!