Dakota Fanning: Too Young For Racy Cosmopolitan Cover?

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Dakota Fanning's appearance on the new cover of Cosmopolitan has sparked controversy. Reason being: she's 17 and the magazine is full of risque material.

Fanning, who turns 18 next month, appears gorgeous and grown up with dark eyes, light blonde hair and a form-fitting dress on the cover of the February issue.

That alone probably wouldn't draw fire from critics, but look the article teases:

Dakota Fanning Cosmo Cover

Some say a minor shouldn't promote a publication with content such as “His Best Sex Ever,” “Too Naughty To Stay Here: But You Have to Try This Sex Trick,” and “Um, Vagina Are You Okay Down There?” But Cosmopolitan defended its decision.

“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,” one media watchdog said.

Cosmo's response: "We’re thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover and she looks stunning. Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a mature, fearless young woman and we're proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year."

Tell us: Is Dakota Fanning too young to cover Cosmopolitan?

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