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Thirteen-year-old Maddie Ziegler has come a long way from just being Abby Lee Miller‘s obvious favorite on Dance Moms. Over the past two years, she’s starred in four Sia music videos, had guest starring roles on popular TV shows, won a People’s Choice Award, walked in a Ralph Lauren show, and landed a hefty handful of magazine covers. Her most recent achievement? A cover, feature interview, and full editorial spread in Issue 10 of Hunger Magazine. When I was 13, I considered my day a success if I managed to get through it with spilling peanut butter and/or jelly on my shirt at lunchtime, so…
Undoubtedly used to costumes and stylists in general from her years-long stint as a dancer in the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh and her various performance’s as Sia’s little dancer muse, the Hunger spread must have been a walk in the park. Shot by David Roemer, the cover features Maddie wearing some very Twiggy-esque eyelashes, nude lips, frizzy, teased-out hair, and a checkered Miu Miu button down:
While I always get a little frustrated to see young girls on magazine covers wearing makeup that’s way beyond what anyone around her age should have on, I’ll admit that it is a very pretty shot. And really, aside from the lashes and the big hair, it’s not as over-the-top or inappropriate as other mags have gotten with young cover stars.
The rest of the spread was done in black and white, compelling Maddie to share one of the shots on her own Instagram:
This bodysuit was no doubt a callback to her dancer days.
In the accompanying interview, Maddie discusses her decision to leave Dance Moms, her relationship with Sia, and her future as an actress. She told Hunger,
“I don’t want to always be seen as a reality TV person. I want people to see that there’s more that I can do, and that’s why I’m heading into acting.”
And she’s certainly making all the right moves to make that change happen. Maddie is set to star in two movies this year: The Book of Henry, alongside Naomi Watts and Room star Jacob Tremblay, and an animated film called Ballerina. Later on, she’ll reportedly begin work on Sister, Sia’s directorial debut. Needless to say, we can expect to see a whole lot more of Maddie Ziegler by the end of 2016.