Elle Fanning: On Being True to Her Style, Avoiding Too-Sexy Trends and What She'll Wear to Prom

06/02/2014 at 03:45 PM ET

Elle Fanning Teen Vogue Courtesy Teen Vogue

Elle Fanning may be only 16, but she’s already hit a ton of incredibly cool milestones on her life checklist. Her latest movie Maleficent dominated the box office this weekend, she’s been a face of Miu Miu and Marc by Marc Jacobs and — as she proves in her Teen Vogue June cover story, she’s got the right idea about being true to her style.

Of her very quirky, very specific taste in clothes, Fanning tells the magazine’s editor-in-chief Amy Astley, “Well, I want a boy to like my weird style. If he doesn’t, then he’s not the right person for me. Because if you start dressing one way and it’s not truly you, then you have to stick to it. Otherwise, you wear your weird thing and then he’s like, ‘What’s that?’ and you’re like, ‘Well, I like it!’ And then you are in an uncomfortable situation.” We wish we’d had that quote to print out and put on our mirrors when we were in high school.

In the interview, she shares that many of the girls in her grade are graduating to short, tight dresses “with really curled hair and the black eye shadow. It might be them, but it’s just not me,” she says. “I just feel like it’s better, looking fresh. It’s also sexier not wearing any makeup at all. Like, honestly, if you talk to guys, they’ll all think that.”

Elle Fanning Teen Vogue Courtesy Teen Vogue

And it sounds like she may have one particular guy in mind — she’s heading to prom again with the same friend who took her as a sophomore. Last year she wore a Ralph Lauren dress, but she says this year she may wear a cream tux to go with his black one. “How cute would that look?” she asks. Just add that to the list of reasons Elle’s one of the coolest girls around.

Check out of the rest of the article in the issue, on stands Tuesday, or at TeenVogue.com, and tell us: What do you think of Fanning’s style? Do you agree with her ‘stay true to you’ style philosophy?

–Alex Apatoff

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lox on

She’s a doll!

Megan on

She is beautiful. She can wear whatever she wants if that makes her happy.

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