08/16/2012 10:06 am ET

Why Are Cosmo Cover Girls Getting Younger & Younger?

We have to admit, we were a bit taken aback when we learned that Lucy Hale, the star of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars and the third installment of A Cinderella Story (perhaps you remember the original, starring Hilary Duff and that guy from One Tree Hill?), was covering the September issue of 'Cosmopolitan.' While we think Lucy is lovely (seriously, those doe eyes and that fringe or lashes make us do a double-take every time we see her), she feels a bit...teenybopper to be the face of the magazine that essentially defines mainstream sex appeal.

The young star is actually 23, but she plays a teen on TV and in movies, and she certainly evokes Lolita imagery, posing in the signature Cosmo stance, wearing a tied, midriff-baring button-up and low-slung jeans that feel reminiscent of a "Baby One More Time"-era Britney Spears.

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