Dakota Fanning Gets Glam, Grown-Up Makeover on Cosmopolitan Cover

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Dakota Fanning Gets Glam, Grown-Up Makeover on Cosmopolitan Cover
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Dakota Fanning Gets Glam, Grown-Up Makeover on Cosmopolitan Cover

Dakota Fanning isn't the adorable, scene-stealing child star from I Am Sam anymore.

The 17-year-old actress debuted a mature new look on the February issue of Cosmopolitan by wearing a plunging, figure-hugging J. Mendel dress. Fanning was named the magazine's "Fun Fearless Female of the Year," following in the footsteps of Mila Kunis (2011) and Anna Faris (2010).

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Fanning, who's in the midst of her freshman year at New York University, tells the magazine she's always felt comfortable in her own skin, even in the glare of the spotlight.

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"Since I was young, I've always known who I was," the actress says. "I never really had to go through finding who I am. I've always felt really secure."

Kristen Stewart, 21, witnessed Fanning's quiet confidence firsthand while shooting 2010's The Runaways.

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"We had a few scenes that were crazy intimidating, and maybe once or twice, she was like, 'Okay, I have a butterfly in my stomach,'" Stewart recalls. "Meanwhile, I'm hyperventilating! Sometimes I give her sh-t for being so on the ball."

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