Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe & Dakota Fanning | V Magazine Feb 2010

Updated: January 15th, 2010


The young star of the year’s most harrowing film loves boys, adores her family, digs who she is, gets starstruck, and may just strike Oscar gold for a breakthrough role she played with startling acuity. Offscreen, she’s every bit as real as her undeniable talent

“Growing up, there weren’t a lot of actresses and singers who looked like me. There were no real times that I thought maybe I can do it, until Mo’Nique came along. She’s a plus-sized woman who didn’t care about one day being skinny. All my life I’ve been hearing that I’ll never amount to anything until I am skinny. And she disapproved everything that everyone has ever told me.” –Gabourey Sidibe


At 15, she’s taken on roles more emotionally charged and intellectually challenging than actresses twice her age. But when she’s playing vicious vampires or strung-out rock stars, she’s living every girl’s high-school dream. Welcome to the double life of Dakota Fanning

“I think that when you’re in the public eye, you automatically become a role model, because people are reading about you and looking at pictures of stuff you’ve done. But, you know, no one’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes. I have made mistakes and I will make mistakes. I’m only human.” –Dakota Fanning

Photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Styling by Joe McKenna