While her younger sister Elle just became old enough to snag her first Teen Vogue cover, Dakota, who is four years older has apparently reached what Cosmopolitan refers to as her “Cosmo years.” Just a couple of months after her Marc Jacobs perfume ads were banned in the UK for “sexualizing children,” the 17-year-old actress and NYU student covers the women’s magazine’s February issue.
It’s not something we necessarily saw coming–especially since we’ve gotten used to seeing her in slightly more fashion-focused publications like W and British Elle–but is it inappropriate?
As The Cut points out, Cosmo decides to document her evolution into womanhood, which gets a little weird when they include pictures of her when she was six or seven and a photo of her now, wearing bunny ears, with the caption “Two years ago this would have been cute. Now it’s hot.”
The thing about Dakota is that she’s always seemed older than she is–not because she’s trying to, but because she’s always been exceptionally smart, poised and mature. She’s been acting since she was six, spoke like an adult when she was still in single digits, played Cherie Currie when she was only 15, etc. And we bet she’s mature enough to know what she was getting herself into by signing on to do a Cosmo cover at 17. Thus, nothing about the spread or accompanying cover story is notably scandalous or revealing.
While we never pictured Dakota’s face next to headlines about sex tricks, just about every major Hollywood actress does it at some point. Dakota’s just doing it earlier than most, which is what she’s always done.