Remember when that Marc Jacobs perfume ad featuring Dakota Fanning was banned in the UK for appearing to sexualize a child? I was a little disappointed she didn’t weigh in at the time, as she seems like a smart young lady who thinks at least a little bit about why she does the things she does. Well, in the February issue of Glamour, she finally addresses the controversy…by playing dumb about it.
“Yeah I was!” she said when asked if she was surprised by the controversy. “If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it’s also like, ‘Why are you making it about that, you creep?’ I love Marc and trust him, and we just laughed about it.”
I’m pretty sure Marc Jacobs was the one who made it “about that” when he said she could be “this contemporary Lolita, seductive yet sweet” and placed the universal symbol for female sexuality in between her legs. But no matter, Dakota is 19 now, which means she can take all the sexy pictures she likes!
Only…maybe I am reading too much into this now, but does it seem like she’s still trying to capitalize on the whole “sexy child” thing just a bit? I mean, I get it that a Mickey Mouse shirt can be retro, but I know that if I were a (still very young looking) former child star trying to grow up my image, I might go the Emma Stone route and avoid anything that made me look even younger, no?
Is Dakota Fanning playing up her underage appearance for attention, or am I a creep for making it about that? Look at the pictures and decide for yourself.
Photos: Ellen Von Unwerth for Glamour