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As co-host of this year's upcoming Met Gala, a 2013 Vogue cover was only a question of when for Rooney Mara. And February it is. The cover is out, displaying a softer-than-usual-looking (though still not smiling) Mara in a red, abstract lace creation.
The cover story plays up her well-documented shyness and reluctance to embrace the fashion world:
"The thing is [photo shoots are] kind of an annoying part of the job—because I'm not a model, and I don't want to be," says the actress. "I didn't try to be a style icon. I'm just not that interested in that world. But it does matter, and either I can fight that or I just have to accept that it is a part of my job, and I may as well wear things that I like and that represent me."
"Why should I 'fake smile'?" she adds. "It feels disingenuous to me. I want to smile when something happy happens, so if I do smile, you know it's real."
Somewhere, Kristen Stewart is silently warning Mara to get her own schtick.
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