Dakota Fanning for Town & Country Magazine

Posted on July 02, 2014

Oh, HONEY! You discovered EYE MAKEUP!


Dakota-Fanning-Town-Country-August-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Gucci-Miu-Miu-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Dakota Fanning covers the August 2014 issue of Town & Country magazine in Gucci photographed by Daniel Jackson.


We couldn’t be more PROUD, darling. Now pose, so we can get a better look at you.


Dakota, explaining how getting into show business was her idea: “It’s hard to explain to someone who didn’t know me as a child. But even before I started working – when I was two, three, four, five – I was an exceptionally mature child. I just was. And my mom and I were able to have conversations like, ‘Do you want to go to California and go to auditions for commercials and TV shows? Is that something you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a try.’”

On privacy: “I’m just never going to parade my personal life. If you choose to not do it, it’s not hard to not do it… Any part of an artistic business is made better by there being a little mystery. That’s what movies are about.”

On growing up in the public eye: “Because people saw me grow up, there’s this weird sort of ownership that they feel for me and that is…difficult. Because it’s not real; it’s in their minds. People don’t know me as much as they think they do. I’ll be walking down the street and someone will say hello, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, hi!’ I’ll think I must know this person if they said hello, but then you realize, you don’t know them.”

On her mother’s sacrifice for Dakota’s career: “[My mother] realized I had the potential to do things that were bigger than the life she knew. And she recognized that in Elle, too. When she made that initial move with me to L.A., she completely gave up her own dreams and started over in a place she never imagined living. I mean, Los Angeles, to a person from 20 minutes southeast of Atlanta, might as well be Africa.”

On the types of movies she’d like to direct and produce one day: “It’s very hard to find a movie about a strong woman – one that doesn’t have anything to do with a guy or the love of a guy or the heartbreak of a guy. Is that the only crisis that women deal with: love and loss of love and sadness? There’s more to life than that.”


Dakota-Fanning-Town-Country-August-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Gucci-Miu-Miu-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Gucci Fall 2014 Collection

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Dakota-Fanning-Town-Country-August-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Gucci-Miu-Miu-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Miu Miu Fall 2014 Collection

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Dakota-Fanning-Town-Country-August-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Gucci-Miu-Miu-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Saint Laurent Fall 2014 Collection

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And yet our joy is tinged with sadness because the likelihood that she’ll adopt this ’60s mod-inspired makeup style (not to mention fashion style), is very, very slim. She has a loooooooong demonstrated history of having a pale-faced, washed-out preference, when it comes to clothes and makeup.  In order to prevent future disappointment, we’re going to have to all treat this like a momentary aberration, we’re sorry to say.

Not that she’s required to wear makeup in her day-to-day life or anything. But the next time she’s walking a red carpet, we’d love to see her working a look like this.






[Photo Credit: Daniel Jackson for Town & Country Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    to. die. for. she looks fantastic and I like her (publicist created) blurbs.

  • ubreyn12

    Wow!! She is a beauty in these pics!!!

  • Matt Wołoszyn

    She looks EXACTLY like the Saint Laurent model.

  • ninamadeleine

    Holy eyeballs. I love these pictures. Also, these blurbs are something else. That thing about women in movies? <3 Even if it is publicist created like my bitter heart assumes.

    • MilaXX

      Zoe Saldana said something similar recently when asked why she does so much Sci Fi.

      • random_poster

        If that’s why she does Sci Fi, I don’t know that I’d agree it’s worked out for Zoey. Haven’t all those roles involved a relationship/love/heartbreak for her character? Star Trek and Avatar both did. I realize both of those roles had her character directly involved in the bigger plot of the movie, so at least there’s that (although I have mixed feelings about Uhura being the girlfriend). Has she been in other roles that did not involve a relationship?

        • demidaemon

          It’s really too bad, because the original Uhura didn’t have any of that baggage and was really a stand out role in so many ways.

        • sweetestsith

          While I agree that her roles are awfully romantic-accessory, I do wonder if they are the best/most interesting roles that she is offered. Women of color in hollywood tend to be a weee bit type cast (/sarcasm), a woman of color who also likes active roles? I’m a little surprised she works as much as she does.

          But that might mean that I’m overly pessimesitc.

          • random_poster

            I don’t think you’re pessimistic. I’m sure that’s exactly what it is–these are the offers she gets. I know it’s even worse for women of color, but I can’t really think of too many female Sci Fi protagonists (or other genres) where there isn’t the romantic interest/accessory. I’m glad they kept Uhura tough and show her at work.

          • barbarienne

            I want to just keep slapping every producer in Hollywood and shouting “RIPLEY RIPLEY RIPLEY” at them.

        • MilaXX

          I’m not a Zoey fan, can take her or leave her. Off the top of my head she has done at least 2 action films where she was a stronger female character. Columbiana and another one of those Expendable type movies that I am too lazy to google for the title.

          • random_poster

            Thanks, MilaXX. The two films I referenced are the only things I’ve seen her in (I think), which is why they came to mind.

        • FrigidDiva

          Actually my favorite Zoey role is Eva Rodriguez on Center Stage. Her character doesn’t deal with love loss or heartbreak and she’s a wonderful dancer IRL.

          • Clash D

            Centre Stage made me a Zoe Saldana fan. I So KNEW she would make it big after watching that.

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

      She should look up Geena Davis. I feel like they could get something going. Looking at Dakota’s roles since she’s had a bit of choice, I think those might actually be her feelings. She was the best thing about that Runaways biopic.

    • Sarah

      I like the blurbs too, but even if you were one, it somehow never sounds right when people say “I was an exceptionally mature child.”

      • Sarah

        Just the fact that she said that makes me doubt her maturity level.

      • Fuchsiaforever

        Yes, totally rolled my eyes

        • Lizzyisi

          Rolled my eyes and stopped reading.

      • fursa_saida

        I never know what to do on that front. I really…was? The thing about mature or precocious kids is that it doesn’t mean necessarily grown up. Like, emotionally, I was still more entitled and less conscious of consequences than I am as an adult. But in terms of making decisions, the way I processed things intellectually, my perceptions of others, I was unlike other kids. I know of no easily acceptable way to express this.

        • Grumpy Girl

          I tend to describe it as “I was raised amongst adults to be an adult-acceptable small person.” Of course, if I had wanted to be a professional actor, my mother would have patted me on the head and taken that as a sign of immaturity, so there’s that . . .

          • barbarienne

            “I was raised amongst adults to be an adult-acceptable small person”

            Yes, this. My folks brought me and my sister to a zillion places where we were the only children (political functions, mostly), and we were expected to behave ourselves. I spent my childhood watching adults make decisions, and being asked to make decisions for myself. I often wish parents would expect more of their children, and give the kids a chance to prove what they can do.

          • Sarah

            “I often wish parents would expect more of their children, and give the kids a chance to prove what they can do”

            Yes, this! I had much older sibs, and in turn, older parents. I got treated like a baby, insofar as I was protected from the world, but intellectually, I was expected to keep up with everyone on a not-baby level. And also, taken to a lot of military functions where I was supposed to act like I respected God and Country. Makes for a larger worldview pretty early on.

        • Sarah

          Yep. I feel you. I agree w/@grumpygirl. I think it has to do with what responsibilities you were faced with and how the adults around you treated/socialized you. Maybe “I had a more mentally structured childhood than a lot of other kids?”

          • conniemd

            My husband was an active criminal defense trial lawyer. We first took our daughter to the courthouse at age 3 waiting on a jury verdict on a murder case. Over the years she spent a lot of time at the courthouse waiting for daddy, visiting judges and around adults and even watching parts of trials. I wouldn’t say it made her more “mature,” rather it meant that she was very comfortable being in adult environments and “socializing” with adults.

            Not surprisingly she is a public defender now. Right out of law school, she was able to feel comfortable interacting judges and older lawyers, secretaries and lawclerks because she grew up with it and never felt awkward or intimidated. She was an only child and had their been siblings, we likely would have taken her less places.

        • KES4K

          Agreed. How many toddlers in diaper commercials end up with enduring and respected dramatic careers? I’d say those that do are rightfully referred to as preternaturally mature/driven.

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        Exactly. My eldest is an old soul. Always has been, but he never realized it. He would never call himself “exceptionally mature.” Heck, neither would most adults. She’s showing her young age there, in thinking that she was grown before her time. We’re all still growing. I took it as pompous and very immature for her to say that. Silly girl.

        • christykins

          Yes, but how often has your eldest been asked (on a national stage no less) about the choices he made as a young child? While Dakota’s response could have been worded better, I think she was just trying to emphasize that, despite starting to act at a very young age, she had some agency in the matter. So many child stars are pushed into acting and modeling by their parents; I’m sure she is very cognizant of the negative connotation of being a “child star”, particularly as it relates to her parents’ care taking.

          (Also, I know nothing about the Fanning’s personal lives, so this is all conjecture).

  • KinoEye

    Serving Twiggy realness. J’adore.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m definitely seeing Twiggy here. Love that St.Laurent mini/tunic whatever. That shade of blue is fab on Dakota.

  • PinkyK


  • NMMagpie

    STUNNING. She looks as fresh and as savvy as you would expect her to be.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    Does Twiggy know?

  • hughman

    Next up : remake of “Cactus Flower”.

    • decormaven

      It’s those eyes. What a gorgeous look for her.

  • Alyssa

    She should adopt this makeup style for at least some of her appearances, because it is stunning! And she gave good answers as well.

  • Rhonda Shore

    This is the best she has ever looked.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    This is gorgeous on an intergalactic level.

  • greymain

    better than the models! no more wan victorian tear stained eyelids!

  • Fanny_Trollope

    She looks adorable, but I never would have guessed it was her.

  • mjude

    love & adore!

  • Jennifer Bober

    WOW!! It is amazing how that eye makeup is working for her. Absolutely spectacular.

  • spooki

    She needs to do this makeup more often

  • Judy_J

    The completely encircled black eyeliner has a tendency to make eyes look squinty (I’m looking at you, SJP), but on Dakota, it really opens her eyes and makes them pop! She looks fantastic.

    • kimmeister

      It also gives you an idea of how large they really are! It’s so hard to tell when her hair and skin color are almost the same color as the whites of her eyes.

  • julnyes

    I’m going to ignore the whole “I was an incredibly mature 2 year old” clap-trap and focus on the amazing make-up and styling job in this (though I also hate that shade of blonde)

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Oh the spasms of eyeball rolling at all of her comments.

    • MilaXX

      I found her very creepy in a Children of the Corn way as a young child.

      • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

        Same. I had a mixture of admiration and, yeah, creepiness towards her when she was younger.

  • Danielle

    The Saint Laurent HOLY SHIT

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

    You know Zooey D. is salivating over that Saint Laurent paired with the black tights!! But seriously, Dakota looks so ’60s fab here, it’s just delightful. Cut her hair short and there’s your lead for the Twiggy biopic.

    • ballerinawithagun

      That is possibly the only thing I don’t like about this shoot, the black tights just seem too heavy. I can’t imagine that her legs are flawed.

  • mjmiller77

    wow. can’t decide – Twiggy or Goldie Hawn? no matter… amazing!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    She looks so like the dolly bird I wanted TO BE circa 1968.

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

    She looks great. Fashion…not so much!

  • Sam Smith

    Love the eye makeup, as a fair blonde with light eyes I might even try this myself. Oh, and I say hi to people that I don’t know all the time, its polite and friendly.

    • FibonacciSequins

      The difference is, the people saying hi to her are doing it not to be polite but because they feel like they know her. That has to be a strange experience.

      • kimmeister

        I think pretty much all famous people experience this, even radio personalities. But, a child star who has grown up and is still in the business have a unique set of strange experiences for sure!

    • Sarah

      Me too. (The “Hi” part, not the makeup. I’d look quite racoony, I fear.)

    • somebody blonde

      It really depends on location, whether that’s weird or not. It’s downright strange to say hi to people you don’t know in a city like LA.

      • kimmeister

        Totally. My mom got used to people being friendly in the Pacific Northwest, so when we were travelling in France, she would say hi to random French people in train stations. They looked at her like she was from Mars.

      • Alloy Jane

        That really depends on what neighborhood you’re in.

  • lundibleu

    Dayum, she looks so different. These are great pictures, although something looks odd on the cover one. It might just be makeup/lighting, or there was a bit of retouching round the chin, but something looks odd.

    I would love to see her using this sort of style more often, but this is Dakota we’re talking about. I suspect we won’t.

    Love the blurbs though, particularly the last one.

  • Judih1

    talk about a personal best! she has never looked better . All cylinders are a go – make-up, clothing, accessories. even the fried hair doesn’t look so fried. Now that I know she is from the south that explains her preference for the pale faced look

  • MilaXX

    Oh honey that is your look, please adopt it. Even a modified version would be lovely.

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

    I have long had respect for this kiddo, ever since she was flouncing around Manhattan with Brittany Murphy (may she rest in peace.) Fanning looks amazing here, a little eyeliner and she has the most interesting face in the room! I hope she tears these photos out and gives them to every makeup artist she works with. I also hope she sends me that honking disco-ball cocktail ring.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Loving all of this. The clothes look better on her than on the models. Maybe this will inspire her to be more adventurous on the red carpet.

  • KT

    FUCKING FINALLY!!! She looks fabulous. Personal bests across the board.

  • Susan Sontag

    Oh, come one. Atlanta is Africa compared to LA? How precious is that?

    • Sarah

      That’s funny because I just read a VERY long article about the many ties between LA and Atlanta, culturally.

      • Imasewsure

        That would be worth reading…. I grew up in LA and can’t think of anything that ties it strongly to Atlanta… interesting…

        • Sarah

          It was sort of centered around the sports aspect, with a lot of transplants between the cities regarding that, and as a tie-in, the African American communities in both cities. I have been to both cities, and I’d say that they are both more similar to each other than Africa, but I get what she means, as a metaphor.

        • Candigirl1968

          People have been referring to Atlanta as little LA for decades (bc of the car culture, the sprawl, the transplants, etc.). But Dakota lived in a small town (Conyers), best known for horse farms, not Atlanta.

          The quotes seem ho hum, but the pics are great and a nice change of pace.

    • Alloy Jane

      Actually, she’s comparing Los Angeles to Africa, not the other way around. It’s a silly thing to say but I get that she’s implying the level of culture shock that would come with moving away from a southern suburb (and likely the comfort of family) to the sprawling labyrinth that is Los Angeles. Not to mention LA in the early 2000s was a LOT more dangerous then than it is now.

  • Thomas

    I find her much more attractive and interesting than her sister. I also think blonde suits her more than her sister.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    YES GIRL. That is YOUR COLOR. God, look at how the clothes + the makeup just sets off her gorgeous eyes.

  • Imasewsure

    Gawd… those quotes… she sounds like every other kid who wanted to go to Hollywood and be a star (except that she made it while others didn’t). So glad I had boys… that being said, cute photo shoot

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I’m trying to imagine a world in which this magazine’s contents – aside from pretty fashion – would interest me one whit.

  • Candy Kane

    She look gorgeous. So this is the power of good eye makeup? I have to step up my mascara game.

  • demidaemon

    Love the shots. Beautiful.

    The tagline at the top made me burst into entirely inappropriate giggles. Obviously, I’m mentally twelve today.

  • Mori Rene

    holy damn i just got the biggest crush on her like this. wow.

  • Alloy Jane

    I hate her hair and don’t really give a crap about what she’s wearing but that comment about women in movies gives me hope for the future. It made me think of that #likeagirl video on youtube.

  • CatLady

    She looks amazing! I love the blue tunic with her blue eyes.

  • Yoshio

    I love the earrings in the cover look. Concur on the make up front.

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  • Sophie

    She looks amazing. And I hate putting so much make-up on my eyes, so I can understand why she wouldn’t do it more often.

  • marlie

    Dakota looks great. This look really suits her. She looks so much more mature, too. Also, she gives good quote.

  • Shelby

    I think she looks beautiful. BUT SOME NUT JOB PUT HER IN THE TOOLS ‘N SCREWS SHOES!

  • Anique Ashraf

    I’m going to ignore that comment about LA and Africa and focus on eyeliner. Because eyeliner.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Great but her hair specially her bangs look so fried and dry. Couldn’t they have put some drops of anti frizz oil or something???

  • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Magic! She’s just beautiful. Wears everything far better than the model.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Those clothes are so beautiful. I thought they were all from the same collection, but they’re all from different designers. She looks great in all of them! I wonder if they try to pick clothes the celebrity will look good in, or try to pick the celebrity who’s going to best showcase the clothes?

  • suzanne77

    She’s definitely got a young Goldie Hawn/Laugh In sort of thing going on here and I love it!

  • barbarienne

    She used to be on my irrational hate list, but after reading that interview, I have done a complete 180. You go, Dakota!

    Also, she looks amazing here.

    Also also, I am laughing my ass off at the various headlines on the cover. Oh rich people, you are so stupid in certain ways.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Tami from Seattle

    Is she in an ABBA cover band?

  • Shawn EH

    I love “oh, and Elle, too. She’s also special!”

  • CakesOnAPlane

    I love everything except the cover. She doesn’t look like herself on the cover, especially in the mouth area, and also looks vaguely smug.

  • Lisalady161

    She reminds me more of young Goldie more than KH does in these shots. Lovely!

  • amanda lynn

    I read that first sentence just like Samantha Jones. Which is how I’m sure you intended.

  • conniemd

    60’s mod indeed. British inspired, feeling Twiggy, Petula Clark and Olivia Newton John.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    omg she’s a little manga-creature! Stick a pair of cat-ears on her, and she could be the heroine of any manga series currently in existence. Cute to death, and the decision to stick to blues that match her eyes was very clever.

    In other thoughts, those nut and bolt shoes with the Miu Miu dress look far sillier than they did grouped with the collection.

  • Mothra

    I hardly recognize her without her trademarked hair in her face, slump shoulders and pasty skin. Oh wait. I mixed her up with her sister Elle. Or did I?

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  • http://ashurcollective.com thehousesparrow

    That eye makeup could go further. It’s just drawn around her, it doesn’t really bring out a particular shape. I know the cateye is fading away now, but I’d love to see this applied a little more creatively.

  • CT14

    She’s never looked better.

    The same hair color that washes out her sister looks amazing on her in those blues. Oh, Dakota! Please give us more of this!

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  • gingerella

    Whether she actually said the blurbs or whether her publicist put them together, they are doing a fantastic job of positioning her as the second coming of Jodie Foster. (Look up Jodie Foster and the phrase “exceptionally mature” and you’ll see what I mean.)