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Is it Appropriate for Dakota Fanning to be on the Cover of Cosmopolitan?

Dakota Fanning

Should a 17-year-old be next to some of these headlines?

Seventeen magazine it ain’t. So should a 17-year-old be on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, the sometimes-soft core porn of women’s monthlies — next to screaming headlines such as, “His Best Sex Ever” and “Too Naughty to Say Here, But You Have to Try This Sex Trick.”

Dakota Fanning is no stranger to sex-related controversies. In November she appeared in a racy Marc Jacobs ad posing provocatively with a big perfume bottle between her legs. Some argued it was benign enough, but the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority banned it, saying “it could be seen to sexualize a child.”

Is the cover of Cosmo any better (or worse)? Will her young fans who watched her in tween films like Twilight be picking up the magazine because she’s on the cover, and if so, should she have declined to appear on it as a result?

Not surprisingly, some think it was a mistake.

Cosmopolitan is going overboard by putting an underage girl on its cover surrounded by such article titles,” media expert Rachelle Friberg told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “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 message.”

But even more liberal media outlets also think it’s a bit icky.

“We don’t mean to be prude, but isn’t she like, 17?” asked New York magazine.

Also not surprisingly, Cosmopolitan is standing by their decision.

“We’re thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and she looks stunning. 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,” a Cosmopolitan representative told Fox News. “We applaud her unprecedented accomplishments which will continue in 2012 with her four upcoming movie roles.”

Perfectly appropriate or a little too icky? What do you think?

Image: Cosmopolitan

 

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