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Uh huh

Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood on Saturday.

Isn’t that sweet?

The child star of “I Am Sam” and “Man on Fire,” who now plays vampire killer Jane in the “Twilight” saga, is keeping it real by attending regular high school, cheerleading, and making homecoming court for the second year in a row, this time as queen.

Or, at least, that’s how the media is trying to spin it.

I don’t mean to be cynical.  But put yourself in the place of the other girls in the running for Homecoming Queen at her school.

Do we seriously think Dakota’s acting career has no impact on her popularity in high school?  That her repeat appearance on the court isn’t the teeniest bit a function of her celebrity?

Granted, it could go both ways.  Some people might vote for her simply because she’s an actor.  Others might vote against her.  But I would guess, combined with the votes of her real friends, she would normally come out on top.

It is a lovely idea, though.  The child actor, returning home, living a ‘normal’ life between movies.  But the Internet and television and magazines are everywhere.  Dakota can’t ever truly hide from her fame.  And goodness knows the public can’t, even when we try.

So when the media itself tries to sell the fairy tale, it lands with an especially loud thud.

Hands off

And now for something completely different — a disparaging remark about “Twilight.”

Well…not really about the saga itself.   It seems a member of the “Twilight” family is trying to score a bigger slice of the fame pie.

This instance seems particularly grabby….but maybe I should expect that from a hands model.

That’s right.  Kimbra Hickey is a ‘parts model’ — as in hands and feet parts — who lives right here in New York City.  Many moons ago, Hickey earned $300 for 2-hours work — the industry rate — to hold an apple for the book cover of “Twilight.”

Of course, at the time, no one knew what a smash hit the books and subsequent movies would be.  And now Hickey wants her extra pound of flesh.

The model has taken to hanging out at the cash register at the local Barnes & Noble, telling “Twilight” book purchasers ‘those are my hands’ and giving autographs.  She’s also attending “Twilight” fan conventions, selling apple-scented hand lotion.

Her ultimate goal?  A role in the final two “Breaking Dawn” films.

Now, as you know, I’m all about self-promotion.  But Hickey thinking she deserves special treatment from the “Twilight” movie producers based on that photograph would be like me expecting my own Emmy for being an extra in an award-winning episode of “30 Rock.”  Granted, I was, and I joked about it…but I didn’t show up at the after-party and expect to get in, or demand a recurring role on the show.  Even I admit that’s ridiculous.

What do you think?  How should Hickey be handled?  To help you make up your mind, check out her website, where she’s posted ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and her “Twilight” promotional schedule.

Or just visit Barnes and Noble during your next trip to Manhattan.  I hear her autograph is free…for now.