(Update: here’s the full spread)

Rooney Mara, star of a movie I refuse to see because it looks kind of dumb (but maybe I’m wrong!), is on the cover of the November issue of Vogue. Unlike WVogue did not make the mistake of showing her all dressed up in her cyberpunk costume from the movie, because nobody who buys Vogue cares about that. Instead, they put her in a Ralph Lauren dress with a dragon embroidered on the back, in a subtler nod to the fact that, yes, there is a movie called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and yes, she is in it. But she’s way too smart to let that define her image.

I mean, look at her. She l0oks like a goddamn model. As Styleite pointed out, it would be quite easy to mistake this skinny, delicate person for an up-and-coming model if you didn’t know she was an up-and-coming actress. It seems strange to me that a person whose job it is to emote and understand complex characters should be required to look just like someone whose job it is to look good wearing clothes in pictures, but what do I know about anything? Regardless: Rooney Mara looks model-y and great, and it seems like she’s already taking steps to outgrow the image of her that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has created. So basically, she has both beauty and brains.