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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Women's History Month "F": Dakota Fanning and Fashion


Dakota Fanning at the premiere of Push in Los Angeles, California

Dakota Fanning is an American actress best known for her work in Uptown Girls, War of the Worlds, The Secret Life of Bees, The Twlight Saga, and The Runaways.  Fanning began her acting career by appearing in a Tide commercial at the age of five. After attending a drama camp and signing with an agency, she guest-starred on CSI, Ally McBeal, ER, and other television dramas.

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia on February 23, 1994.  She is the oldest daughter of Joy, a professional tennis player, and Steve, a minor league baseball player and electronics salesman.  Fanning had dreams of becoming a tennis player like her mother, but grew bored of the sport.  She also tried football and soccer as a child.  As a high school student at Campbell Hall School in Hollywood, California, Fanning was crowned Homecoming queen in 2010 and is on the cheerleading squad.  To learn more about Fanning’s childhood, read “Twilight's evil vampire Dakota Fanning shows her sweet side as she unveils adorable childhood photos.”

Fanning’s first film was in the teen sex comedy Tomcats as “Little Girl in Park.” After starring in the film I am Sam as Sean Penn’s daughter, Fanning became the next young ‘it’ girl. Since 2001, Fanning has starred in over twenty films and won 17 film awards. Fanning will graduate high school in the spring of 2011 and will not take on new lead roles until she graduates.


Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
~Zelda Fitzgerald, Author 

I am immortal! I know it! I feel it!
~Margaret Witter Fuller, Critic and Reformer

You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do.
~Jane Fonda, American Actress

Let how you live your life stand for something, no matter how small and incidental it may seem.
~Jodie Foster, American Actress

You do not have to be superhuman to do what you believe in.
~Debbi Fields, Entrepreneur


Fashion, clothing, shoes, and accessories, allow girls of all ages to express themselves.  Fashion is ultimately an expression of free speech.  What we wear or how we wear it can represent cultural customs or indicate wealth, rank, and locality.

Since the 14th century, Western fashion started to push the envelope. Shortening hem lengths, low cut tops, and even trousers created a stir, but also provided women and girls the opportunity to wear something different.  The 20th century marked major fashion risks for young girls and women.  The flapper styles of the 1920s introduced shortening of skirt lengths and loose-fitting clothing.  To learn more about the history of fashion, please read Fashion Era.

Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Lady Gaga are fashion icons in their own right, but young girls like fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and actresses Emma Roberts and Dakota Fanning are becoming the new face of fashion.  Tavi Gevinson, just 13 years old, blogs about high fashion and posts outfit photos for the world to see. To learn more about Tavi Gevinson, please read Girl Museum's blog article “Vogueista”. Young actresses walk the red carpet and are photographed by the paparazzi so fans can see what their style icons are wearing.  Many young girls look to magazines or blogs to know what’s hot or not in fashion, while others dream to design their own clothes.

Cecilia Cassini, a sixth grader from California, is currently the “youngest fashion designer in the country.”  Cecilia has been interested in fashion since she started painting her nails at the age of two and cutting up her older sister’s dresses to fit her taste at the age of five.  A year later, Cecilia asked for a sewing machine for her birthday.  Cecilia started selling her one-of-a-kind dresses at Lifesize at Fred Segal Santa Monica last year. To learn more about Cecilia, please read “Fashion Diary: Fifth-grade fashion designer Cecilia Cassini.”

Although young girls might look to celebrities or bloggers for fashion ideas, many wear clothes that reflect their own personalities or likes. Fashion can be seen as dress up for some, but it can allow girls of all ages to express themselves and feel confident.

**Message from the Head Girl
March 8 2011 celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.  For information and events around the world, visit the International Women's Day website, and be sure to celebrate all the women in your life!

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