Dakota Fanning has been accused of being an over-sexed, underage teen, but doing the devil’s work? The latest charge comes from a former model, now devout Christian. She slammed Cosmopolitan magazine for using the teen star on its cover.
Fanning, who is 17, is pictured on the cover in a tight dress and heavy makeup. But that’s not the rub. It’s the cover headlines surrounding her. The boldest type unabashedly encourage sex.
Former fashion model Nicole Weider charges that the monthly “unashamedly markets to teen girls” while insisting in it’s advertising pitches that its audience is over 18. It’s long been a truism that kids are attracted to women’s magazines outside their age demographic.
Who is Nicole Weider? a Brief Bio
I moved to Hollywood at the age of 16 and plunged headfirst into the task of becoming an “it” girl. Although I was still in high school, I partied with well-known actors, had an all-access pass to the hottest clubs and mingled with the see-and-be-seen celebrities. But because I was young and naïve, I neglected the most basic things that actually would help me achieve my goal of fame: getting a headshot and a resume, taking advanced acting classes, making sure I got enough sleep at night. At 23, I fell into a deep depression. I felt helpless and foolish that had I allowed myself to get into this position. With no college degree and no alternate plan for my life, I knew I had made a huge mistake. I didn’t know where to go. Then everything changed. I completely gave my life to God.
Thus, Seventeen magazine is read by 12- and 13-year-olds, while older teens favor adult titles like Cosmopolitan. Putting Fanning on the cover pitches directly at that demographic, critics charge. But the subject matter is thoroughly adult.
“As most of you know I’m a strong Christian; I really believe in God and I also believe in the devil and I believe in the enemy. This magazine has the devil written all over it because he wants to kill and destroy young girls’ hearts and minds and Cosmopolitan is just a vessel for that, Weider wrote on her blog.
The current cover with Fanning features such headlines as: “His Best Sex Ever,” and “Too Naughty To Say Here! But You Have To Try This Sex Trick.” The latter is apparently about anal sex.
“I have girls writing me letters how Cosmo has negatively affected them,” Weider told the religious focused Christian Post newspaper.
The former model said she wants Cosmo to be wrapped in plain brown paper like Playboy and other porn magazines and sold only to customers 18 years old or older. Weider said she has complained to Federal Trade Commission Chairman John Leibowitz but was told the agency only investigates if the concern is a “threat to society.”
“Maybe [editor-in-chief Kate White will] pay attention to us if her advertisers recognize that it’s not very cool to have your ad next to an article urging women to engage in threesomes and anal sex.”
A magazine spokesperson said the publication stands behind its choice of a cover model and the topics in its pages.
“Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year,” she told Fox News.