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Dakota Fanning photographed wearing see-through dress: Does it hurt her image or Is it just a natural way of her saying "I'm not a little kid anymore"?

JapeMan

about 2 years ago

There’s been a picture (confirmed real) circulating the Internet of one of my favorite actresses, Dakota Fanning, in a see-through dress complete with her nipples visable.

Now, the question I must ask: Does this hurt her image or did the Hounddog or Oh Lola! Controversies damage her already? Granted, this is the most exposure we’ve seen thus far from the talented 17 1/2 year old.

Thing is, if you’ve seen the picture, her face looks scared. It’s really weird.

Anyway, I still admire the heck out of her and hope she starts making some better movies!!!!

:)

Polaris​DiB

about 2 years ago

The transitional period of female child stars into adults is one of the most painful things to witness in celebrity society. We become collective parents all telling them “You won’t be wearing THAT outside young woman!” while not-so-secretly wanting to bone them. It’s sick.

—PolarisDiB

JapeMan

about 2 years ago

I totally agree with you Polaris.

Jerry Johnson

about 2 years ago

Every girl goes through this transition. It’s the most normal thing in the world. Why a celebrity going through it is “painful” and “sick” is beyond me.

Jirin

about 2 years ago

I love this sort of puritanical voyeurism we get from the media.

She’s 17, and she’s smart enough to know what makes actresses more famous. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Daniel Vincent

about 2 years ago

You’re sure tuned into some weird news, Japeman.

http://mubi.com/topics/hailee-steinfeld-to-film-nude-scene-for-romeo-and-juliet

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

Big deal. Fashion models wear see-through dresses on the runway and in pics all the time, in particular showing their breasts.

She’s 17! And she’s an entertainer, not an altar girl!

Polaris​DiB

about 2 years ago

“Every girl goes through this transition. It’s the most normal thing in the world. Why a celebrity going through it is “painful” and “sick” is beyond me.”

You misunderstand me. Every girl goes through this transition, so it is not news. But it becomes news in the celebrity world because it puts the girl in the position of both everyone’s daughter, and everyone’s new virgin target. At the same time. That is sick and painful.

Edit: in other words, though Japeman is agreeing with me, I’m criticizing the genesis of this thread.

—PolarisDiB

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

Wait, let’s start with understanding that teenagers now are not the teenagers of then, so, she may not be a virgin… and I don’t know about all parents, but esp. in the entertainment industry, stuff happens and those parents in particular should probably be more concerned with their young “hot” daughters not getting pregnant or disease-ridden first and foremost. Just sayin’…

But anyway, at 17, on the verge of being able to legally vote, wearing a see-through dress is not the most rebellious thing she could do. As it is, exposing your body when “you’re all grown up” is expected for your career to grow in that world. That doesn’t mean Playboy spreads or explicit sex scenes in movies, but starting to peddle your wares, in a manner of speaking, is necessary to get to play grown up roles.

As a parent, I would never think of Dakota Fanning as just anyone’s little girl, nor any kind of role model for my daughter, because her being an actress and famous already puts her in a weird and warped world not experienced by most mortals. If my daughter were that age I’d be explaining to her that Ms. Fanning does this sort of thing because of the circles she socializes in and the kind of work that she does — therefore, it’s unusual. Also, because she walks around like that does not mean she is going to get raped, but if the average girl does — YES, it’s a good possibility.

Jirin

about 2 years ago

And if you believe the Jonas Brothers are pure, Disney has a few hundred bridges to sell you.

zvelf

about 2 years ago

Odilonvert: let’s start with understanding that teenagers now are not the teenagers of then

Let’s not be naive. The teenagers of then were not the teenagers of then.

VOLUPTE NOIR

about 2 years ago

Pish. Dakota Fanning is positively virginal compared to Taylor Momsen.

Bytch Please

about 2 years ago

Interestingly, Taylor Momsen is channeling an image of women in music directly traceable to Cherie Currie of The Runaways, depicted by Dakota Fanning in the recent eponymous film. Dakota’s role in that movie was so obviously her “I’m an adult” breakout moment that I would’ve not been surprised by anything she chose to do in its wake. As someone who remembers an era — 40 years ago! – where rock musicians were routinely photographed with their 14-16 year old groupies/companions in fan mags and no one batted an eye, the exposure of Dakota’s couture-sized bosoms should be a non-issue in 2012 outside of the conservatives (and pseudo-conservatives who lust while simultaneously “slut-shaming” young women) in the U.S.

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

@Zvelf — true… things were more underground though. The culture was not promoting sexuality so unabashedly as it does now. However there were always those girls, and in some places, they were put away for a long while:

ZED

about 2 years ago

You go Dakota. I’ve always liked her, hopefully she will make the transition successfully, she has the talent.

Doctor Lemongl​ow

about 2 years ago

This will come across like a remark by one of those tired queens who chime in during the award show red-carpet coverage for E!, but judging from the photo I saw, the problem with the see-through dress seems wholly unrelated to social or moral issues.
The expression on Fanning’s face, coupled with the hair/makeup, merely lends the impression that she forgot to put on some of her underwear.

I do think that there remains several avenues for young actors to indicate that they are ready for grownup roles without taking the Cher path.
So I hope that Fanning dresses as she does strictly for reasons of personal preference, and not to make the list.

THis kind of thing would not have interested me, in terms of my interest in cinema, a decade ago, but having done some research recently into how certain female cinema icons managed their real world/screen world personas (Liz Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Julie Christie), I understand how something seemingly relegated to the celebrity realm does impact cinema (for better or worse).

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

The expression on Fanning’s face, coupled with the hair/makeup, merely lends the impression that she forgot to put on some of her underwear.

HA HA HA :)

VOLUPTE NOIR

about 2 years ago

Dakota was raped in Hounddog and had a lesbian scene in The Runaways, so I would say she’s been pretty adult (onscreen) for a while. By the way, I read an interview with Kristen Stewart about that scene where she said she was told not to actually touch Dakota because she was underage. She could only make out with her!

I agree with Girlfriend. I’ve always liked Dakota too and think she has amazing talent. Hopefully, she is smart and focused enough to avoid the pitfalls of early stardom. I believe she’ll do some terrific work.

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

Don’t you have to touch to make out?

VOLUPTE NOIR

about 2 years ago

Apparently no hands is ok.

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

But uh, don’t you have to kiss and therefore touch?

VOLUPTE NOIR

about 2 years ago

I think Kristen meant that she wasn’t allowed to touch Dakota with her hands as they were kissing. I don’t know the parameters of these things. Technically, showing an underage person engaged in sexual activity is tantamount to child pornography, but examples abound in mainstream films.

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

Other than an innocent peck, anything else is pretty sexual. Leaving hands off in that situation is a bit of a joke. “Making out” is something meant to lead to sexual activity.

Weird rules that make absolutely no sense and have nothing to do with reality.

Either hire an of-age star, or let it alone.

VOLUPTE NOIR

about 2 years ago

That’s why I mentioned it. It struck me as odd as well.

odilonvert

about 2 years ago

Gotchya. ;)

Santino

about 2 years ago

The movie The Runaways sucked.

That’s all that really matters.

ZED

about 2 years ago

It wasn’t good but I found it watchable. The worst thing was that the actor who played Kim Fowley was woefully miscast, totally off.

Westley

about 2 years ago

Are you kidding? Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley was the best thing about that movie. (Granted, it might not have been true to the actual character of the real Kim Fowley, I don’t know, but who cares? It’s a movie, not a historical reenactment.)

captain

about 2 years ago

Dakota Fanning is classy, intelligent and funny. She’ll be 18 in 2 weeks, and has been attending NYU since September. She is doing great, has a great career and is about to get a great education from one of the top ranked schools in the world. I seriously doubt that she cares anything about whether her dress hurts her image.

I can’t remember the exact quote, but I recall Dakota’s response to the people criticizing the Hounddog rape scene, saying something to the effect of “well, you guys know that it’s just a movie, and not real, right?” She didn’t feel the need to apologize, she didn’t let these people/the media drag her down. She was angry that these people were attacking her family, particularly her mother, but at the end of the day shee just kind of rolls her eyes at these types and keeps on doing what she wants to do. She acts more adult than many people over 18.

captain

about 2 years ago

I like her sister Elle, too. I think I’ve actually seen her in more films than Dakota.