Thanks to Sassybella for this story: A fifteen year old Australian model named Katie Braatvedt is Vogue Australia's current cover girl, and she's sparked a national outcry. Newspapers declare Katie too young to represent fashion, and Australia's style industry questions what should represent its ideals (and its consumers, most of whom are not fifteen). Katie's cover is beautiful, but her face is wide-eyed and doughy - she really looks like a child. Of course, Gemma's first Prada glory came at fifteen, Kate Moss and Corinne Day began their partnership at that age, and the astounding Tanya D. shot her first YSL ads when she was fourteen - just a year older than Dakota Fanning, whose recent Marc Jacobs ads caused a stir (and some giggles) of their own. Is this just the way it goes?
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Is Dakota Fanning Too Young To Cover Cosmo?
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?