In 2003 Vanity Fair ran a cover for their “Young Hollywood” issue that exclusively featured young actresses. The full roster was Amanda Bynes, the Olsen Twins, Mandy Moore, Hillary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone, and Lindsay Lohan. The fates of these women have been varied, and the Olsen twins are probably “winning” in the sense that while they’re not acting anymore they’re the heads of a multi-million dollar fashion empire.
However, at the time of the shoot Ms.Wood was only 15 years old. She talked about the experience on Twitter recently and revealed that she wasn’t comfortable in her dress, her requests on what she wanted to wear were completely ignored, and she felt like her identity was “erased.” While this may sound a touch dramatic, I remember being a 15 year old girl just trying to get dressed up for school dances with my friends and I think “dramatic” is probably par for the course. Having someone force me into clothes I didn’t like, and then bark orders at me would probably result in the same feelings. But I have a habit of sympathizing with awkward teenage celebrities, it’s part of the reason I both adore and can’t ever watch Lorde; she’s so intensely 17 that it makes me squirm.
The good news is that Ms.Wood later had more positive experiences with Vanity Fair and is now dating the lovely Katerine Moenning. I wish the couple the best of times together.