Fanning joins the ranks of the stunning and accomplished group of women L'Oréal Paris calls ambassadors - both past and present - including pop star Cheryl Cole, Victoria's Secret alumni Doutzen Kroes, supermodel Claudia Schiffer, actress Eva Longoria, Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, silver screen star Diane Keaton and everyone's favourite Gossip Girl, Blake Lively.

19 year-old Fanning started in the movie biz when she was just a tiny tot - playing a younger version of her actress sister, Dakota Fanning's character in the 2001 drama, I Am Sam (2001). And her feet haven't touched the ground since. Her film reel includes roles opposite Hollywood heavyweights like Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo and alongside Brad's ex-Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.

This isn't Elle's first time fronting a prestigious brand, her elfin face has graced the campaigns for Tiffany & Co., Miu Miu and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Fanning will officially kick off her role at the Cannes Film Festival where she has two movies screening, The Beguiled and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.  In a statement to Elle, L'Oréal Paris global president, Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou said, "Elle is a natural choice for the brand, as it highlights our love for beauty and cinema. Indeed she is the face for the new generation as an accomplished actress, but also an inspiring canvas for makeup artists."

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