Dakota Fanning & Gabourey Sidibe Star on Dual Covers for V's Size Issue

01/08/2010 at 09:11 AM ET

Courtesy V Magazine

The fashion world has already caused a stir with several major magazines featuring spreads with larger models — but the newest V magazine takes the issue to bold new levels, with a high-fashion take on celebrating all body types by filling its pages with plus-sized and standard-issue models. Dual covers feature either Precious Golden Globe nominee Gabourey Sidibe with a flip out of New Moon star Dakota Fanning or vice versa. On the inside pages, Gabourey discusses what it’s like to go from college student to starlet. “My life is so much different than I ever imagined it being,” she says of stumbling into the profession. “Growing up, there weren’t a lot of actresses and singers who looked like me,” she explains. “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 disproved everything that everyone has ever told me.” Dakota discusses growing up famous, explaining, “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. So I definitely think you have to make good choices. But, you know, no one’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes. I have made mistakes and I will make mistakes. I’m only human.” Go to Vmagazine.com for a glimpse of all the features in the special “size” issue now or pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on January 14.

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Elle on

I hope more magazines start embracing “real”-sized models (Read: that doesn’t mean fat), and stop glorifying the boney anorexic ones. Way to go!

Jenessa on

While it’s good that they are showing models that portray a normal healthy weight…I must emphasis healthy. There is a problem with morbid obesity in this country and obesity in general. Not everyone needs to be skinny but they do need to take care of themselves…

Lisa on

Why do they take a fifteen year old girl and tease her hair way up high like that and try and make her look so much older?
She is pretty enough on her own and does not need some “fashion” idiot making improvements on how he/she thinks she should look.
Dakota, you are a natural beauty and do not need someone else’s jaded perception on what is beautiful.

Mary on

Lisa, these are fashion/art photos. A picture of Dakota Fanning as her plain 15-year-old self is not particularly interesting and will not sell very well. This picture of Dakota with her hair teased up and dolled up in 60s styling is much more visually interesting and looks more like art. It has nothing to do with making her look “older or better”.

Layla on

Dakota looks like a MOD princess- love the look, love the 60’s!
Im gunna get “yelled” at i already know but Im sorry, there is a difference between anorexic and skinny…just like there is a difference between obese and ‘healthy’. The magazine has to go over board with everything. I dont think that magazine’s should glorify obviously morbidly obese girls like Gabourey JUST LIKE they shouldnt glorify girls who are underweight either. Its unhealthy, and I can tell her organs especially her heart is working incredibly hard to support her massive weight.
Now I agree model’s who are below their BMI should not model, but nor should someone who is OVER their BMI. BE HEALTHY GIRLS!

Steff on

this one is going to be good.
lobe it!!! :D

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