'This magazine has the devil written all over it': Cosmopolitan should only be sold to over-18s, says Christian former model
Dakota Fanning may have the world at her feet – but the actress also unwittingly stands at the centre of a controversy that is fast gathering pace.
The current Cosmopolitan magazine cover featuring the 17-year-old The Runaways star has attracted an avalanche of criticism for placing the underage actress alongside a slew of sex headlines.
Now, a Christian model has lent her weight to the outcry, starting a petition calling for the magazine to be packaged in a non-transparent cover and only sold to over-18s.
Axe to grind: Nicole Weider started the Anti-Cosmo Campaign after finding the contents of the hugely popular women's mag to be pornographic
Former fashion model, Nicole Weider, writing on her site ProjectInspired.com, says that the phenomenally popular title 'unashamedly markets to teen girls' while insisting in press kits that its audience is over 18.
She sees the title as pushing a pornographic agenda – taking particular offense at the bright cover lines next to the teen's beaming face: 'His Best Sex Ever – Guys Describe the Mind-Blowing Moves They Can't Stop Thinking About,' and 'Too Naughty To Say Here! But You Have To Try This Sex Trick'.
The one-time Hollywood local goes on: 'As most of you know I’m a strong Christian; I really believe in God and I also believe in the devil and I believe in the enemy.
'This magazine has the devil written all over it because he wants to kill and destroy young girls' hearts and minds and Cosmopolitan is just a vessel for that.'
Underage: The former model takes particular offense at the latest cover of 17-year-old Elle Fanning next to a slew of sexy slogans
She told Christian Post that hundreds of girls have written to her describing the pressure they feel from the magazine when it comes to sex: 'I have girls writing me letters how Cosmo has negatively affected them.'
Her change.org campaign page, started last year, is entitled 'Cosmopolitan Is Aggressively Marketing Explicit Porn Tips to Minors, Put Cosmo In a Non-Transparent Wrapper and Sold to Adults Only!' It aims for a target of 50,000 signatures – and is currently on track, with 22,126 names so far.
Writing on the campaign site, she says: 'I have contacted the Chairman of the FTC, John Leibowitz and received a letter from his office stating they will look into the issue and start an investigation ONLY when they feel it's a “threat” to society.'
'This magazine has the devil written all over it because he wants to kill and destroy young girls' hearts and minds'
The fearless model declares that it is time to 'hit [the magazine] in the pocketbook': 'Maybe [editor-in-chief Kate White will] pay attention to us if her advertisers recognize that it's not very cool to have your ad next to an article urging women to engage in threesomes and anal sex.'
Former Cosmopolitan editor, Bonnie Fuller, who tweeted in support of the Cosmo team, told Huffington Post that 'millions of 17-year-old women read [the magazine] without incident'.
She branded critics of the latest cover as being 'out-of-touch'.
Her comments echo those of a Cosmopolitan spokesperson who told Fox News that the glossy is 'thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and she looks stunning.
'Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a
mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honour her as our Fun
Fearless Female of the year.'
Back then: The former model lived in Hollywood, where she witnessed the dark side of fame, she says on her blog
Readers at Ms Weider's Christian blog, a site for 'faithful girls', have commented on the campaign's momentum, which saw Ms Weider this morning appear on Fox News.
Janazza wrote: 'Project Inspired is going to have an impact on Cosmo Magazine’s editors and writers. God Bless you, Nicole.' Another, Gabriela, added: 'This problem of having the minds of young girls being corrupted by Cosmo is being told and we’re getting so much closer to our goal of stopping it.'
On the site, Ms Weider writes about leaving Portland, Oregon at 16 and heading to the bright lights of LA, where she 'saw the “famous” people ruining their lives with drugs and excessive partying.'
She says she wants to help young girls avoid the mistakes she made growing up and hopes that she can somehow redefine Christianity for her audience.
For Miss Fanning, a freshman student at New York University, the Cosmo debacle comes just months
after her ad for Marc Jacobs' Lola! perfume her was banned in the UK because it
appeared to 'sexualise a child'.
It featured the blonde actress sitting on the floor with the perfume bottle between her thighs.