Gabourey Sidibe & Dakota Fanning: “Big Love” & “Little Lady”


Aren’t these two gorgeous covers? They are the covers that V Magazine has put out for their February “size issue”. It’s in this size issue that CB talked about a few weeks ago, with the un-airbrushed plus-sized models looking fabulous. We haven’t been showing Gabourey Sibide enough love, and little Dakota Fanning has grown on me so much in the past year, it’s kind of fabulous that they’ve put these two women on their cover. The interview excerpts are kind of basic, though – Dakota talking about being a size zero, and Gabby talking about how there are very few plus-sized role models for young actresses.

We’ve already brought you a few glimpses from inside V magazine’s provocative “Size Issue,” featuring a bevy of plus-size models, and now we have the view from the outside.

To celebrate women of all shapes, V chose size zero actress Dakota Fanning, 15, and Gabourey Sidibe, the 26-year-old critically acclaimed plus-size star of “Precious,” to grace its two contrasting covers which hit newsstands Jan. 14.

Both young ladies were shot in New York City by husband-and-wife photo team Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, with Fanning wearing a corset over a sweatshirt, both by Alexander Wang, and Sidibe showing a bare décolletage.

In one of the accompanying cover stories, Fanning — who holds the distinct and enviable titles of being both a “Twilight” star and a real life varsity cheerleader — admits she’s getting increasingly more into fashion these days.

“Now that I’m getting older, I’m finally getting to the point where I can fit into those things,” she says of her favorite labels Elizabeth & James, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. “I’ve always been really small, really short and I’m finally starting to be able to wear a 0 without having to take it in like five inches.”

V also talked to Fanning’s “Twilight” co-star-slash-BFF Kristen Stewart about her friend.

“Dakota is an astounding human being, incredibly intimidating and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met,” says Stewart. “She’s become one of my best friends. We’re so comfortable together that we have a second language.”

The two also share a very special moment — a makeout scene, in fact — in the new rock biopic, The Runaways. When asked about the kiss, Fanning played it cool.

“It’s passionate — they were just as close as two could get,” she says of her and Stewart’s characters.

Sidibe also sat down for an interview with V, where she talks about her plus-size hero and “Precious” co-star, Mo’Nique.

“Growing up there weren’t a lot of actresses and singers that looked like me,” says the New York born-and-bred actress. “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. She disproved everything that everyone has ever told me.”

Sidibe has garnered major Oscar buzz for her performance in “Precious” and is working on her second film, “Yelling to the Sky,” alongside Zoe Kravitz.

[From Stylelist]

Dakota also reveals that the only drug she ever does is “crushed B vitamins” on the set of The Runaways. Dakota said: “Kristen and I were, like, our hair is gonna grow a lot from these.” She’s such a cutie. I’m actually looking forward to seeing The Runaways, K-Stew’s lip-biting and all. But I still haven’t seen Precious. I’m unprepared for it, it looks like it would leave me utterly devastated.

The two V Magazine covers courtesy of Stylelist. Additional pics courtesy of Just Jared.



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  1. stacy says:

    those are beautiful covers!!!

  2. GatsbyGal says:

    Wow, you really can’t get much more contrast than you can with these two. I’ll bet they were really fun photoshoots!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Amazing .

    Dakota has grown so beautifully , she totally blew past the “awkward teen” stage .

    Gabby just makes me proud . so freakin cool .

  4. Firestarter says:

    Nice covers.

  5. Kiki says:

    I like that. I want to see Precious, but I know it will make me sad.

  6. joe says:

    all of them is great.

  7. danielle says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  8. dovesgate says:

    Reading the book was difficult enough. I dont think I would want to watch the movie.

  9. Ally says:

    Yeah, but how come they do the standard Brigitte Bardot on Dakota Fanning, but choose weird unflattering angles and face-contortions for Gabourey Sidibe as the prints to publish? Not nice, nor as progressive as they think they’re being.

  10. anonymus says:

    Finally imaginative Mag covers with two very deserving ladies.
    V always has great and creative covers. Other Mags are so boring.

  11. Trillion says:

    Kaiser, I’m with you on apprehension about viewing Precious. The commercials devastate me! I’ll prob miss it but am happy it was made. (like Boys Don’t Cry, which I couldn’t bear to see). I’m still working up the nerve to see Antichrist.

  12. texasmom says:

    It’s weird to me that one of the “physical types” of women they’ve chosen is a 15-year-old GIRL. I happen to love this particular girl, but no-one would ever put a 15-year-old guy up as a model of a masculine type. Dakota’s still a kid!

  13. lucy2 says:

    Glad to see them highlighting two talented (and well behaved) young actresses.
    Dakota has always been impressive, and I really like how normal and out of trouble she is staying.
    I would love to see Gabby win some awards. I just got the book and haven’t seen the movie, but the preview alone just about breaks your heart. I saw an interview with her and she seems like a really great girl, I wish the best for her.

  14. bros says:

    I agree texas mom-I read that and I was like, way to go-lets make the 15 year old talk about being a size 0. for one thing, she’s so young, of course she is a size 0 and probably is still shopping in the juniors section. 2, can we just let her do her thing and not focus on her body and size? why even invite body issues into the discussion. its annoying to me that they needed to drag a 15 year old into this to make a point.

  15. miranda says:

    Let’s be realistic here. Gabourey isn’t “plus-size”, she’s morbidly obese, with all the attendant health problems that brings. She should NOT be held up as a role model, any more than Rachel Zoe or Lindsay Lohan.

  16. Trillion says:

    Kaiser, I’m with you on apprehension about viewing Precious. The commercials devastate me! I’ll prob miss it but am happy it was made. (like Boys Don’t Cry, which I couldn’t bear to see). I’m still working up the nerve to see Antichrist.

    Dakota is reminiscent of a young Goldie Hawn, n’est-ce pas?

  17. justathought says:

    Miranda~ your summed it up! What’s so ‘gorgeous’ about a young morbidly obese and unhealthy “mega” plus size woman? All i truly see on Gabourey’s cover photo are clogged arteries, a struggling venous/ arterial system, early onset diabetes and a lifetime of poor self image.

  18. Kiki says:

    I don’t know… I didn’t think “Precious” was that strong. I guess I subconsciously believe such a tragic story can’t happen, I mean her dad raped her and her mom didn’t do anything to stop it? WTF?!

  19. crash2GO2 says:

    I think that it’s good they picked a kid as a size zero. That’s more realistic than picking a fully grown woman who has dieted and exercised herself into a size zero, or is one of those lucky extremely naturally slender women. Likely, Dakota will grow into a larger size as she matures.

  20. Big Mama says:

    Dakota reminds me of Twiggy, wow. Very awesome. I love this.

  21. Toe says:

    Sorry, when i saw the trailer of Precious at the movies, as soon as Gabourey Sidibe came on the screen, everyone was like “dear god” sweet jesus” etc. I thought the same thing too and then we saw the rest of the trailer. Looks like a very good movie, but fact is she is super obese. That is not nice to see, even if she has a cute face.

  22. Kelly says:


  23. lucy2 says:

    No question that Gabby is obese and for her own health should lose some weight. And I think she has, I don’t think she is as big as she was during filming.
    I don’t see the magazine is putting her there as a physical role model, as in hey girls, look like her! (I would equally hope they’re not trying to promote young girls needing to be a size 0). It’s more about her achieving her dreams when all along everyone has told her no she can’t, and not letting herself be defined only by what she looks like. For that, she is a good role model, and maybe she’ll inspire a few young girls to not let the physical hold them back.

  24. vale says:

    Kiki/ my sister worked at a juvenile mental institute for a while. Trust me, those stories are real. I’ve heard far far worse.

  25. juiceinla says:

    Bravo W Mag.!!!! I have always maintained that a truly great, talented photographer can make a normal woman beautiful and anyone who gains fame, fortune or notoriety only shooting the Kate Moss’ of this world are not truly talented.

    These photos, particularly of gabby, blow me away. Really beautiful SO glad there are talented photographers out there with magazines willing to take the risk!

  26. Stephie says:

    Love the covers and Dakota’s 50lbs of hair, just beautiful. Saw Gabby on a late show recently (forgot which, Conan?) and she was fun and sweet. Very normal and likable. Nice to see she’s truly nothing like her Precious character.

  27. Shannon says:

    Kiki, unfortunately “Precious” is based on a collection of real life experiences of several young women Sapphire taught at an alternative learning school, like the one featured in the book/movie. It’s great that your life is nice, but this kind of thing happens every day all over the world. It is real life for countless teenage girls. The book and movie are about bringing that to light, and refusing to continue sweeping this kind of abuse under a rug of shame. I work with inner city youth, and I’ve heard of far more tragic stories.

    Gabby is beautiful, and amazing. And she is so strong in her role. I highly recommend reading the book (Push) and seeing the movie!

  28. lia says:

    I love love love Gabby!!!!!

  29. NicoleB says:

    @Ally and @ Miranda–you both are spot on…LOVE GABBY but there is nothing falttering about these photos and the fact that they are in such a contrast with Dakota is not sitting well with me.

  30. Mairead says:

    The Bardot look, hardly revolutionary is it? It gets trotted out for every blonde at some stage. I do like Dakota though. I think she and Saoirse Ronan will be our little lighthouses in the sea of dross Hollyweird insists on foisting us on.

    Kiki, I can only assume that you’re very young and I am very glad that your life is more positive. But I am equally sure that in time you will realise that a good number of your friends and acquaintances endured experiences similar, or which at least echo the film.

    Yes Gaby is obese, rather like myself. But it isn’t catching. I am getting rightly sick of being talked down to by the media who act as if we’re rebel TB sufferers wantonly coughing in people’s faces. What galls me is to see learned doctors, (ha!), spouting this guff when they could clearly stand to lose a chin or two themselves.

    Yes it does increase the stress on the body and it can make one prone to certain diseases. But I don’t smoke and drink very little and am moderate in my caffeine intake, all of which also increase one’s susceptibility to cancers, heart disease, hypertension etc. And being slender does not automatically mean low cholesterol. Smugness is no protection either.

  31. Dhavy says:

    These are the kind of girls that need to be making movies not the superficial-I think I’m hot- but can’t act women we see nowadays

  32. NicoleAM says:

    I like. Dakota reminds me a little of Sharon Tate on the cover. I have a bootleg copy of Precious I’ve been meaning to watch. I thought Boys Don’t Cry was amazing, but yes, very depressing. So I’m waiting for when I’m in the right mood. 🙂

  33. Lita says:

    NicoleAM, you nailed it – I was trying to think of who she reminded me of, and it was Sharon Tate. High five!

    I think the photographers did a great job with the photos – Gabourey Sibide’s is more creatively interesting. However, speaking purely physically, I find her supremely unattractive.

  34. ViktoryGin says:

    @ miranda & @ justathought

    Should we be fooled for one minute that your chief concern is the state of Sidibe’s physical health? What of the ethical equivocations and the practicality of showcasing a 15 year old in an industry where grown women are starving themselves to the point of emaciation to look like a pubescent children? Miranda, I know that you attempted to balance your argument by citing Lohan and Rachel Zoe as a foil, but just admit that you think that the girl looks disgusting; that it’s much better to look at nymphyte Dakota Fanning, and don’t try to mitigate the blow with feigned regard for Sidibe’s health.

  35. Dani says:


    Amen. There are health problems you can get from being as skinny as Dakota, yet that wasn’t brought up. Couldn’t have said it better myself!