Cosmopolitan’s February cover stirs up some controversy

Dakota Fanning shines on the cover of February’s issue of Cosmopolitan, which will hit Newsstands January 10.

The 17-year-old actress looks flawless in a blunt haircut and pink, beaded J. Mendel dress, but the racy headlines surrounding the starlet has stirred quite the controversy.

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“His Best Sex Ever” “Too Naughty to say Here” and “Um, Vagina, Are You Ok Down There” surround the young beauty.

While Fanning is currently underage, she is turning 18 in February and Cosmopolitan sees this as almost a “coming of age” cover for her.

Cosmo wrote, “We’re thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and she looks stunning. Dakota is a mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year. We applaud her unprecedented accomplishments which will continue in 2012 with her four upcoming movie roles.”

The feature, titled “Welcome to Your Cosmo Years, Dakota” showcases Fanning’s style highlights since 2001 and more “grown-up” pictures with captions like, “Two years ago this would have been cute. Now it’s hot.”

Media expert Rachelle Friberg told FoxNews.com,”Cosmopolitan is going overboard by putting an underage girl on its cover surrounded by such article titles. It is one thing to educate young women about sex and their bodies, but putting a young, underage girl on the cover of a magazine that had long been known to push the limits is sending the wrong image.”

Fanning’s reps were reached for comment by various news organizations, but have yet to comment on this matter.

Cosmopolitan is defending its February cover and leave us nothing else to say but welcome to your Cosmo years, Dakota.

Haley Buntrock

Photo Credit: Bricks and Stone Gossip

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