Taylor Momsen and Dakota Fanning Face Off

Model agency IMG simultaneously fired Taylor Momsen and hired Dakota Fanning. Recall that Dakota also beat Taylor for the role of Cherie Currie in The Runaways, leaving a a shaggy-haired Momsen no choice but to start her own band.

And that is the story of how Dakota Fanning's relentless success turned Taylor Momsen into a teen angst monster. OK, maybe not, but it's an elegant juxtaposition, and one we can only hope will give rise to an epic feud, like Britney vs. Christina or Lindsay vs. Hilary. If nothing else, Taylor and Dakota make convenient foils for one another. Years from now, anthropologists will study these starlet specimens to understand the limits, potential, and contradictory forces of American adolescence. [NYDN, Fashionista, Nylon, images via Getty]