Tween Gawky & Beautiful

March 8, 2011 | By Bridget Burns | Archive, Entertainment

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Pouring over pages of Brooke Shields as a teenager and budding starlet,  I can’t help but note the similarities between her and promising actress of the moment,  Hailee Steinfeld.  Sure,  both women have that natural beauty that boasts health and good genes, a mane of chestnut hair and a proud brow but what connects them is a manner of being.  They both exude an uncontrolled vivaciousness.  Seen early in her career,  Shields careens out of photos with exuberance,  genuine animation, girlish spasms interrupted by serene maturity.  As she stepped in front of the media, cameras and under the spotlight more often, the poise of a woman took over.  Hailee’s ascent to fame is accompanied, perhaps, by a bigger media machine,  more stringent grooming and styling but her animated, unabashed extroversion still shines through.  It will be interesting to witness Ms Steinfeld’s evolution into a leading woman.   See more of Brooke and Hailee as teenagers here.

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