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Dakota Fanning uses fashion to reveal her 'true self'

Dakota Fanning doesn't want people judging her by her onscreen costumes.

Dakota Fanning enjoys the versatility of fashion as it gives her the chance to represent herself.

The 22-year-old actress rocks all sorts of outfits on the silver screen, but away from the cameras is able to pick her own ensembles. She’s often seen perched on the front row of fashion shows, like the Valentino presentation in Paris earlier this month (Oct16), and loves the freedom it gives her to get across her own style.

“Very much so,” she smiled to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “Especially as everyone sees me so often in films and that’s not me, that’s me playing a character and usually not looking good while doing so. That’s why I like going to fashion events – it’s an opportunity to present myself in a way that’s true to myself. I like the versatility that fashion brings – it’s constantly changing.”

Recently speaking to The Guardian newspaper Dakota explained she sometimes finds herself torn between wearing a uniform and being spontaneous, joking she’s a “weird balance of two complete opposites”. But she must think of what suits her stature too, choosing pieces that flatter her 5ft 5in frame.

The actress has grown up in the spotlight and the world has seen her develop into a stylish young woman, and impress with her performances in films like Effie Gray and American Pastoral. She has some A-list idols from who she takes notes in regards to paving a successful career.

“Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett,” she listed. “And for actresses who are not here any more (that have inspired me), Bette Davis. A lot of people have told me that my eyes are like hers. She was a very cool woman.”

Another string to the star’s bow is fashion campaigns, with advertisements for the likes of Italian shoe brand Attilio Giusti Leombruni (AGL) and Marc Jacobs under her belt.

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