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Media critics are aghast that Dakota Fanning graces the February cover of Cosmopolitan, now on newsstands.
And they cite her age — she doesn’t turn 18 until Feb 23, 2012 — as the reason.
It’s not that Dakota’s dress, a pretty pink sparkly thing, reveals any cleavage or that her pose or gaze is overtly sexual.
It’s the headlines: “His Best Sex Ever — Guys Describe the Mind-Blowing Moves They Can’t Stop Thinking About,” and another cover line says, “Too Naughty To Say Here! But You Have To Try This Sex Trick.” and our favorite. “Um, Vagina, Are You Okay Down There?”
“Cosmopolitan is going overboard by putting an underage girl on its cover surrounded by such article titles,” Rachelle Friberg told Pop Tarts. “It is one thing to educate young women about sex and their bodies, but putting a young, underage girl on the cover of a magazine that had long been known to push the limits is sending the wrong message.”
This isn’t the first time Dakota’s gotten into hot water over her underage magazine ads. Her ad for Marc Jacobs’ Oh, Lola fragrance, aimed at a younger female consumer than his Lola scent, was banned in Britain for being too suggestive.
The British Advertising Standards Authority received complaints about the Twilight star wearing a pink dress with a large bottle of perfume stuck between her legs.
The ASA explained : “We noted that the model was holding up the perfume bottle which rested in her lap between her legs and we considered that its position was sexually provocative. We understood the model was 17 years old but we considered she looked under the age of 16. We considered that the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualise a child.”
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