The Controversial Miley Cyrus Photoshoot

Miley Cyrus


Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Ok….I do not see what the big deal is over these photos of Miley Cyrus and her family. People who think these photos are “scandalous” must be very closed-minded. Miley and her father are very close…they act together and perform onstage together. I know that Miley is only 15 years old, but the photos were obviously going to be a little on the “artsy” side considering that Annie Leibovitz was shooting them for Vanity Fair!

Miley said Sunday in a statement through her publicist, “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.” She further said, “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

The pictures accompany an interview with Miley and her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus. They include shots of the teen wrapped in what appears to be a satin bedsheet, looking over her shoulder with her back exposed.

The Disney Channel, which airs Miley’s TV show “Hannah Montana,” was also critical of Vanity Fair.

“Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,” a network statement said.

A phone message left for a Vanity Fair representative was not immediately returned Sunday night. But in a statement to the TV show “Entertainment Tonight,” Vanity Fair defended its position.

“Miley’s parents and/or minders were on the set all day,” the magazine said. “Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”

In a caption released by Vanity Fair with the photo last week, Miley expressed her comfort with how the apparently topless picture turned out.

“I think it’s really artsy,” she told the magazine at the time. “It wasn’t in a skanky way. Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought that was really cool. That’s what she wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie.”

A handful of borderline racy snapshots of a girl who appeared to be Miley have appeared on the Internet in recent months, including images of a girl posing in her underwear and bikini last week.

Miley is one of the biggest — and most G-rated — acts in the country and is often considered a role model for young girls. Her “Best of Both Worlds” tour sold out arenas, and her successful 3-D concert film collected $31.3 million in its opening weekend in February.

What do you think of the photos?

You know…come to think of it…why didn’t they just have Miley pose for the beautiful Disney images (also shot by Annie) being released for Disney’s Year Of A Million Dreams celebration? Miley would have made a beautiful Ariel…that went to Julianne Moore instead. Such a photo would certainly have been more in line with Miley’s “branding.”

Julianne Moore

UPDATE: Photographer Annie Leibovitz has weighed in on her controversial Vanity Fair photograph of Miley Cyrus, in which the teenager appears to be topless, saying she finds the image “simple” and “beautiful.”

“I’m sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted,” said Annie Leibovitz in a statement issued Monday. “Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful.”


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  2. Kaic says

    The photos with BRC are a bit innapropriate, but they are okay. It could be alot worse, could have been porn. =/

  3. Marie says

    Being a graphic artist..the last photo is absolutely beautiful. I’ve read all the hooplah and seen the pics. The not so cool shots are the ones of her and her father. The are a close family and its just a photo. The one of her and the sheet, makes her look like a nimph, reminiscent of the oil paintings done in the Renaissance or Early Victorian era. Those who think ill things of the photo…well they are just people who have ill thoughts to begin with.

  4. Granny says

    Curiosity got me so I showed them to my 11 1/2 granddaughter. She had a sort of neutral look on her face. I asked her what she thought of them, and all she had to say was that she didn’t like her hair in the last picture. Don’t know if that would have been a typical pre-teen response or not but that’s the one I got.

  5. Jx2 says

    Laura – that is how society is so archaic and screwed up. A female will always be called a sl*t if she shows some skin but an overweight beer bellied man can walk down the street with a greasy tank top displaying his man-boobs and chest hair and nobody says anything. I find the later more offensive (and repulsive) to be honest.

  6. laura says

    One more thing, whats with her skin being so pale? She looks sick and it is clearly not naturally that fair!

  7. laura says

    I’m 16 and still find this really inappropriate. I would never pose for any of those shots, not even the father-daughter ones as like many of you have already said – they look like lovers and I entirely agree. If a girl in my year took photos like that one of Miley with her back exposed they would be called a sl*t. Miley is a role model for young children and I don’t think its right to say that because she’s young she doesn’t have to take responsibility for that. Miley does not lead the life of a regular teenager. She has a career in the spotlight and must carry the full responsibilities, adult responsibilities, which accompany that. It is not good enough for her to lead an adult-like life for the most part and then turn around and be a ‘normal teen’ whenever it suits.

  8. alex says

    I think Miley looks really pretty in the last picture…but she is just way to young to be posing like that at 15 years old. The pictures of her father and her are fine…I dont see anything wrong with them. But, I would not pose like that with my father…but maybe there just super close? IDK.

  9. Arianna's Mommy says

    Oh my Goodness, a father and daughter who are actually close to each other and comfortable!! Hurry lets all assume that they have a sexual relationship, cause that couldn’t happen otherwise! (please note the sarcasim)

    Jx2 and Tia, I am a proud Canadian as well! I do hate to judge people by where they are from, but they do have a point Jen, Baby Beauty pagents are really an American thing, that is where they are famous and that is where we hear about them from. And it is great that you disagree with them, but obviously not enough people do, because they happen. And it is true that many of the same people who would put their kids in one of those things would be the first to freak out about these pics, but mostly because they are mad that it isn’t their kid making all that money so they can be a parisite off of them!

  10. Liza says

    Rijay, Vanity Fair has confirmed that she was not nude, so THAT is how I know. Since no one has come forward to dispute that, I am going with it being the truth. I don’t randomly post stuff.

    Honey, unless your daughters are quite mature for their age, I highly doubt they will be reading Vanity Fair, so therefore, no need to explain photos they will ever see.

    Jen, I’m American, proud to be American, wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else, and yes, sometimes Americans are unfairly criticized for the behavior of the whackjobs. BUT, Americans do far more finger pointing than almost any other nation that I can think of. Our nation seems to think, more often than not, that we have the right to tells other people and nations what is right or wrong, when at the same time, we can’t even fix our own d amn problems. And that’s why people dislike us.

  11. Jx2 says

    Jen-e-Furrrr – Not only have you pissed off Tia but you now you go an make idiotic comments and paranoid assumptions about Canadians tsk tsk tsk…so naturally I’m involved too since I AM CANADIAN – I’m betting that you know very little about Canada – let’s keep it that way – it is in sync with the rest of your ignorant pea-sized brain.
    Child beauty pageants are an American phenomenon – so there is nothing untrue about that – is there?

    For your information #73 could easily be from South America or Australia – get your head out of your arse Jen E Furrrr!!

    My comment #35 actually does not single out Americans as I indicate that I see and hear similar type of Puritan behaviour in Canada as well.

    Next time you go shooting off your mouth at a country – take the time to ACTUALLY READ what posters are saying before you jump to conclusions. Oh – and take a remedial English course while you are at it!!

  12. Denise says

    I don’t really see anything wrong with the pictures. The first ones of her and her dad. They are close, and there is nothing sexual about them. As for the last one, I don’t really see anything wrong with it. It’s just not a flattering shot to me. I kinda understand the role model thing, but growing up my parents and relatives were my role models. Role models should start at home, not people on TV. TV celebrities are imperfect people just like us. I can’t think of a single celebrity growing up that I looked up to as a role model and I watched quite a bit of TV. She’s 15 not 10.

  13. Em says

    I believe Jen was referring to number 73, “julia”

    “julia” is a stupid cow who is judgmental and arrogant. In reality, she is probably a 400 lb wonder who has hairs on her chin and lives on the dole. Her education probably consists of things learned while on her back

  14. Jen says

    #98- Your blog or essay I should say made me tired. I read the first sentence and that’s about it. You’re not worth my time. Like I said go take your happy pills- I’m done with you and your immature little smiley faces.

  15. bj's mom says

    i got Tia’s back on this one….I live in the US but I LOVE Canada. Been there several times and have even talked about moving there.

  16. Wow says

    I agree with #5.. the 1st and 2nd photos are disturbing to me, not the other ones. I did not even realize this guys in the photos was her father until I heard on the radio this morning!!! Ewwwww!!! She’s all snuggeling with him, showing her belly, looking like they just finished having sex…. with her Dad!! There is something very wrong with these photos, and even regardless from the fact the she is 15 – Its a father/daughter photoshoot!!!!!!

  17. Tia :) says

    Ummm…Where does this blog say this is for American’s only?!?!?

    No, no my dear, you need the mental pills. You said Canadians..that pretty much put my name in your post. Im god damn proud of who I am, Canadian until I die. YOU are the sick one…you sound depressed or something. My cheap 2 cents, lady you dont even know who the h*ell I am! WHERE DO WE PUT AMERICANS DOWN??? You are the who is going against us for christ sakes! and the way you say “You Canadian’s” like we are a freaking virus! Have you even been to my beautiful country? Maybe you would watch what you say if you actually had. Iv been to the US many times, and like iv said before…iv only had the upmost respect for your country. Dont diss my country or my people. It’s people LIKE YOU who ruin other people’s view of American’s. It’s a god damn good thing I have some very nice American friends on this blog…YOU are the IGNORANT one to other peoples country’s and cultures.

    As for #73, did she say she was Canadian? NO she didnt! Have a little respect for people from other country’s…If you can dish it, you can take it lady..and Im not done yet. Im pregnant and moody…im far from over.

  18. Jen says

    Tia- Do you see your name in my comment? No? So why do you feel the need to put your cheap 2 cents in? I really don’t care what you canadians have to say- I was just pointing out that a lot of you put Americans down- so no, I won’t get lost. As far as generalizing- do you know the definition of that? Not all Canadians are on this blog, so how can I include them? As far as your question in 94, look at 73. Go take your happy pills you mental case.

  19. says

    my only problem with these photos, frankly, is how do I explain them (and ALL the controversy I keep hearing on the radio and seeing on tv) to my little girls who love Hannah Montana? Young hollywood stars have a responsibility to their younger viewers to keep them in mind when posting crap photos of themselves online or posing like this for the world to see. 4 and 6 year olds don’t need to know Hannah Montana is anymore risquee in real life than she is on tv, and actors (AND DISNEY) have a responsibility to keep it that way. And, for all you who will suggest my kids should not be online, bla bla bla, they don’t NEED to be online to get the latest trashy news filtered to them-they only need to be in line with me at the grocery store!

  20. Rijay says

    # 89 Jenna (UK)

    How do you know Miley wasn’t manipulated as you wrote?
    Her Disney Channel spokesperson stated:

    “Unfortunately, … a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines.”

    Miley has made a statement herself that she couldn’t say no to Annie L. when she asked her to do the pose:

    “Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought it was really cool. That’s what she wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie.” (Miley)

    Putting all these together, mainly based on their own conclusion that it was manipulative… I would conclude it was!

  21. Tia :) says

    ps. Where in the hell did you see people sticking up their noses at American’s?!? I think its YOU that has the problem with Canadians and people from the UK!

  22. Tia :) says

    Well I beg your pardon Jen, but if you dont like what us Canadians have to say then why dont you just get lost? I have always said on this blog that I have nothing but the upmost respect for your country. Watch your words…you have just generalized all Canadians on this blog…now who’s calling the kettle black?

  23. Jen says

    # 85- Contrary to what you believe, not all Americans believe that a 5 year old should be in a beauty pageant. In fact, I think that most Americans don’t believe that. I don’t- I hate them. I don’t even think that a baby girl should have her ears pierced- it takes away some of the innocence for me. Why would you poke a needle in flawless skin??!! I don’t agree with the gobs of makeup and tanning salons that those mothers subject their babies too (yes they are babies IMO). I’m so sick and tired of people on here from the UK and Canada sticking their noses up at us terrible Americans and generalizing us into one category. We are not all the same.

  24. Jx2 says

    Right on 2teens!! I was anticipating your response and I’m glad to hear that you are very open-minded about the human body and don’t have any hang-ups about exposed skin.

  25. 2teens says

    Ok, I just have to chime in here. Why am I not surprized by the reaction to these photos, my goodness – it is just a shoulder & back!
    Looking at the photos, I think the ones with her dad are a little unusual… but not bad or sexual in any way.
    I think the artistic shot is stunning. As some of you know, I have a 14 yo daughter. I would have no qualms with her posing for a shot like this as long as I knew the photographer and were there with her. She has posed nude for me before, reclined, for charcoal sketches I have done.
    The thing that is so sad about this story to me, is a 15 year old girl posed for a beautiful, special portrait which she loved… and then was made to feel bad or or dirty about what she had done. That to me is the tragedy of this story.

  26. Jenna M. (UK) says

    And another point – Miley was NOT manipulated into taking this picture! 15 year olds are more mature than people give them credit for (I’m not saying they are totally mature). She must have known perfectly well what she was doing. She shouldn’t have apologised either – all she did was pose for an artistic picture!

    Would there be such an outcry if she had been photographed in a backless dress or a swimming suit? I doubt it!

  27. N says

    The only person Miley has a responsibility to is Her God and her self…… We need to stop IDOLIZING human beings.

  28. N says

    #82 Dead on……. Also, The only people that should have seen these photos were adults. What child reads Vanity Fair magazine. Your child’s image of Hannah Montana (which is a character……) should not be tarnished . Unless you brought these pictures to their attention. Miley Cyrus is free to express her artistic side as she pleases…. i also agree with Jx2 # 78.

  29. Abigail says

    she has a responsibility to the youth of this generation to uphold and wholesome image, I wouldn’t want my little 13 year old sister having pictures taken like that, seriously? what is she thinking? these kids are too young to have sex on their minds, and on top of that she’s so skinny and girls can look at that and be like, ” I need to starve myself to I can look that good naked.” She’s too young and too influential to have this kind of stuff out there. she’s just a little kid.

  30. Jenna M. (UK) says

    Jx2 said – “And it’s not just the USA – I see it here in Canada as well.
    North Americans have their signals screwed up. For instance, it’s okay to enroll 5 year old in a beauty pageant and pass her off as a 30 year old but it is totally wrong to take a photo of a 16 year old showing her – GOD FORBID – nude back or shoulder for an artistic photo shoot? Talk about reading too much into images.”

    I agree! I disagree with young kids in beauty pageants, but I think that this artistic photo of Miley is fine.

  31. Jenna M. (UK) says

    I only bothered to read the first few comments on this thread. But come on – all that is showing is the girl’s BACK!!! There’s hardly anything sexual about a back! Compared to a lot of 15 year olds who go around in mini-skirts and belly-tops showing their tummies, cleavages and god know what else – this is nothing! Seriously, I can’t believe there is so much outcry over a flipping back! I’m so glad I don’t live in America sometimes…

    Anyway, I happen to think that the pictures are beatiful and artistic. Yes, a little risque but thats what art is! The pictures of Miley and her father are cute too.

  32. Tia :) says

    You know bianca, i believe you’re right. Maybe this wouldnt be so bad if she wasn’t another “Disney Star”

  33. Minnie says

    I think the ones with her father are really sweet and I’m a little worried about the people who see something inappropriate about a father and daugther posing like that. Maybe it’s because he looks young for his age and she looks old for hers but even so I think it’s a shame that they are viewed as anything but a celebration of father-daughter love and camaraderie.

    I think the last one is beautiful. She’s showing a heck of a lot less flesh than if she were at the beach or in some of the things girls go to school in (I can’t even see her midriff!) – she’s not pictured on a bed so I can’t see the post-coital connotations some people are hinting at and it’s a nod at 2000 years of art. It’s a real shame that she felt she had to make the comments she did – of course she felt ashamed afterwards with all the hooha people are making! Poor Kid.

  34. Jx2 says

    If Disney does not want her an longer I’m sure other film producers and film companies will, such as George Lucas or Francis Ford Coppolla. I do not think her career will be tarnished per say but IMO this photo op might take her career to new heights. We can only wait and see.

  35. Zbella says

    It’s not the end of the world. But I think Miley was taken advantage of. When you’re asked to take your top off for a photo, you need to realize it’s time to say no. Miley is a girl, and should be allowed the protection and innocence of a child.

  36. dori says

    well I guess thats what I’m saying It kind of ruined her squeeky clean image and it’s hard to take back once it’s out there.Her parents should have been more careful about maintaining her image and just said no to any pics with clothes removed you know the parents have a right to say NO!! My kids were in the business too and it’s ok to say I’m sorry but we don’t want any pics of our daughter with bare skin. She’s 15!! Even Disney didn’t approve of these photo’s ….so are they also guilty of associating nudity with sex?

  37. Jx2 says

    Nope sorry – I don’t agree with you, Freya. If a 16 year has the legal right to operate a motor vehicle and take on all the dangers and legal ramifications of getting into an car accident – then to me they are an adult. They are NOT children. You can’t say to a 16 year old – you are old enough to drive but you aren’t old enough to take on other adult responsibilities like having se*x or dressing how you want. I think the youth of today are being given too many mixed messages. Your grandmother may have grown up in another time but teenage s*exuality is not a 21 century phenomenon. I’m sure that the same teenage hormones that are around now were around during your grandmothers day. The only difference is that teenagers back then were responsible and more focused on their future, whereas nowadays good ol’ mom and pop will solve all the problems their kids get into, with their bank accounts.

    Dori – I don’t think that Miley appears “naked” in the last photo she could easily be wearing a satin dress with a plunging back at the Oscars…there are different ways of seeing a photo and for the most part the majority of the posters on here are reading too much into it. The human mind has the ability to see things the way we want it to see. We interpret things differently based on our own biases. Everyone knows Miley from the children’s program and they interpret her as being a child because her audience is young. If she were a fashion model in a Vogue magazine nobody would say a thing because everyone is programmed to expect fashion models to appear in photo shoots looking like Miley does.

  38. Jen says

    #60- but she lives in NA society, so shouldn’t we go by that? That’s great for African societies, but we’re not in Africa and we’ll never live by their standards.

  39. Amanda says

    Not ALL Americans are f#$%ed up, but at least we live in a country where we are permitted to be as f#$%ed as we want. 🙂

  40. nosoupforyou says

    Julia, I have traveled the world and don’t agree with you … plus I am highly educated.

    Now what?

  41. julia says

    Why are americans in general so f***** up?
    Why is nudity always linked together with sex in your minds? You obviously have dirty minds…
    Why is violence always more tolerable then nudity?

    For example why is breastfeeding in public considered inappropriate and even disgusting whilst carrying a gun around town thought of as normal??!!!
    Why do you think you have so much violence and sexual issue problems? You need to liberate your minds.
    You need to change your perspective on alot of issues, open your god**** minds, go travel, see the world, it would make a better world to live in.

  42. Kristeena says

    What’s any different than her wearing a bikini???? Her back shows in that. So what if she is looking and acting older than 15. I would much rather have her take a picture like this than have her be pregnant……like someone we all know….JLS. Well, anyhow, she has parents that care about her and want to see her excel is life. I think with being at the height of her career she needs to start appealing to bigger audiences or else she will end up fizzling out at like 18. I think she looks good….more power to her!!! XOXO

  43. N says

    Shes a teenager…. Teenagers do silly and stupid things. Being a CELEBRITY does not change the fact that she has to experience life. To experience life comes with making choices. It makes no difference if her parents were there or not she had to feel comfortable with herself to pose. She is at an age where her parents can help guide her to make the right decisions but ultimately she will do what she wants……
    I feel once a CHILD/TEENAGER is thrust into adulthood….. They are made to grow up faster than most. By adulthood…. I mean having a career and financially taking care of yourself.

  44. gram says

    I think the pictures are perfectly fine. And I have to consider what magazine they are printed for, I know my to young girls who are big fans are not running down the street to buy this magazine. Most of you that think these are wrong are not subscribers to VF. And my kids dont watch the news. They listen to her music and watch her TV show. Let it be.

  45. Amanda says

    I dont think these pictures would be such a big deal if she had not already made so many other provocative photos that “accidently leaked”. She is trying to grow up to fast.

  46. dori says

    Jx2 I understand your thinking I am an artist as well, but in America(as we are not as open about nudity as Europeans) 15 years old posing half naked is not acceptable.
    Drawing nudes is one thing sexual pics of young girls is NOT ART>

  47. Sunshine says

    I think theres a fine line with the first few photos with her Dad, the way they are positioned *some* will read into it then been more than a father daughter relationship.

    As for the last one, i would not let my 15 year old daughter pose for a photo like that its too provocative.

  48. Candy says

    I don’t like the last photo besides the first one with her dad they look like lovers not a father with his daughter

  49. Freya says

    I’m too tired to go through all the posts, but Jx2, no my grandmother was born in 1928 so she was a ‘teen’ in the 1940s, during WWII. She grew up in a very small town and while I’m sure there was the ‘bad eggs’ in the town like there are every where on this planet, for the most part young people were responsible and either worked and got married. I imagine this is because it was during the war and even people’s mindsets were rationed. I realize that in other cultures, particularly in parts of Europe and Asia, teenagers are lot more mature, more focused and less sexual, but that still doesn’t make them adults in my books. They are still being raised in a society that has them between a rock and a hard place; teens are supposed to be adult in the sense that they can be sexy and have sex, but they are also judged when they do such things because we still see them as children. It must be frustrating for them. I was 18 ten years ago, which might not seem like long, but even I can see how much it has changed. My daughter is 3 and I can’t imagine what life will be like her when she is 15. I’m not against Miley Cyrus in the slightest, I actually enjoy her show, her beauty and “down home” persona, but I don’t think these photos do her or her reputation justice.

  50. bianca says

    I think the photo is beautifully shot, but unfortunately inappropriate considering Miley’s target audience. Annie Leibovitz did her job well: she created beautiful photos and its not her job as an artist to consider the individual ramifications of every photo she takes. Miley’s manager and publicist should have done a better job of editing these photos and encouraging her to keep the backless one with the “Lolita” look for her personal collection. I personally am not offended by that photo but I could understand why parents with teenage daughters might be. I work in a childrens clothing store and we sell everything Hannah Montanna and I know for a fact that many little girls not only idolize Miley but they want to be her in a sense, and they would glady immitate anything she does or says. I don’t think this is a pose or “look” ,if you will, that any parent would want to see their 15 yr old immitating.

  51. Tia :) says

    Hello JJ, im doing well thank you! How are you? My pregnancy is going well…im about 15 weeks along now 🙂 It’s going very quickly. We’re going to find out the sex soon, so im excited.

    As a nurse, nudity also doesnt bother me…maybe its because when i look at her i see my niece? you know what i mean? She seems so little and innocent to me.

  52. Rijay says

    # 51 Liza,
    How do you know she wasn’t nude or topless for that matter? Were you there? Let’s not state things we can’t back up.

  53. Lauren says

    Wow, those are some…interesting photos. I don’t think Miley should’ve taken the last one considering she’s an icon for Disney. It’s a little inappropriate.

  54. Jx2 says

    #59 – Technically JLS isn’t a child. She is deemed a child by society’s standards. In many African tribes a 16 year old is considered a woman a wife and mother. It is predominately in NA society that 16 year olds are still seen as children. In many ways they can still be naive and irresponsible. I think a large part of it has to do with the family dynamics and how teens are treated as children in many households. There is an old expression that I heard once and at the time I thought it was so lame but now there is a certain level of truth to it and I’ll share it with you here:

    “Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed.”

    If you want to read up on this quote further, here Is a link I found that explains the origins of this expression.

  55. Jen says

    OK- if a period makes you a woman, then why is everyone on Jamie Lynn Spear’s case about being pregnant? If she is a woman, then what is the problem? Everyone keeps saying she’s a child.

  56. DeeDee says

    I think what should be at issue here is “why did her parents allow her to be photographed for Vanity Fair in the first place??” She is only 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Jx2 says

    Freya – you seem to forget that you are referring to North American teens. Teens in other countries are very mature for their age and do not behave the way the teenagers do in the USA/Canada.
    I first experienced this difference between teens when I lived in Europe and taught ESL there from ages 7 to 16. I was amazed at how focused with their studies these teenagers were and how they spoke so eloquently. They were so comfortable in their skin as young women. They had many male friends that they hang out with yet there was no desire to engage in raunchy sexual behaviour – as you have indicated in your post.
    I don’t think that things have changed all that much since your grandmother’s generation. I know a lot of 21 year olds that work as well as go to University. They are responsible and behave like adults. There is probably a lot more rebellious and spoiled teenagers now who have total disrespect for parental authority, teacher’s authority, etc. But I’m sure there were women back in your grandmother’s generation that drank alcohol and smoked and had premarital se*x and went to jazz clubs and a whole slew of other things. I’m estimating that your grandmother grew up in the 1930s just after the flapper’s and the bootleg era, so I doubt things were all that tame back then unless she grew up in a small rural town. The cities, I suppose where a totally different ball game. Did you not see the musical Chicago? Things were stricter with women back then but that does not mean that women didn’t get around – especially performers like dancers, singers, etc., there was a definite night life culture happening which included women. You can read all about it. It’s in the history books.

  58. Jx2 says

    Hi Tia – it’s been a while since we last chatted. I hope you are doing well. How are you coming along with your pregnancy? What month are you in now?

    It terms of my stance with this photo shoot, I personally do not find anything wrong with it. Yes, I have 3 nieces: The oldest is 7 yrs. If she were 15 and did a creative professional photo shoot where she showed some shoulder or back I would not at all find it unacceptable. If her rear end was exposed or her bare breast then – yeah – I would be initially taken aback – but again – in the name of all that is creative and artistic I would respect her decision to do so.

    FYI – I was drawing nude men and women in my art class in Grade 10 (15 years old) . I guess, being exposed to nudity in a creative format from such a young age, I don’t flinch at it the way a non-artist would.
    A close friend of mine is an artist/photographer and she has a series of black and white photos of herself and her husband – displayed in their home – and they are nude pictures. They have an infant and have no intention of taking down the photos when she becomes older. That’s just the way some people are, especially artists.

    Anyway, I don’t think that very many people would agree with me here and that is fine – because I too, don’t agree with a lot of what is being said on this thread.

    To each their own. I’m actually curious to hear what 2teens thinks as I know she has a teenage daughter and both 2teens and her daughter are artists.

  59. name not important says

    Just Me- I do agree with what every one is saying that yes they are a little weird and that is a little too provocative for a 15 year old but i just have to clear up something. His hand is not on her thigh that is her white hand with nail polish, his hand is not that white and not that small and doesn’t have nail polish on it that hand matches her other hand. But still a little weird for father daughter shoots.

  60. Tia :) says

    JJ, im not anti-Miley…im just an aunt to a 15 yr old girl, who would not find this at all attractive, or proper for a 15 year old to pose for! Im not in anyway picking on you dear, you know i like you, but how old is your niece? i think i remember you saying you had a niece…would you approve of her posing like this?

  61. Liza says

    She’s actually not nude at all in the last pic, it’s just meant to appear as if she is nude.

    I’m willing to bet that if there hadn’t been this big to do about these photos no one who saw them would think twice about them. I see nothing overtly sexual in any of the photos. Both Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair are well regarded in their respective industries and by the public at large, I do not think she was “duped” or manipulated.

    Her parents, who run her career, would have had final say over what photos were acceptable for print and what weren’t. She was also on set at the time with adults whose job it was to oversee the shoot. They didn’t make an issue of these photos until they were published, so obviously they didn’t have a problem with it.

  62. Jx2 says

    Are there people on this thread that believe in immaculate conception? A lot of you sound like religious fundamentalists and bible preachers LOL – I’m amazed at the anti – Miley cult following on this thread.

  63. Tam says

    isnt jamie lynn a role model to young kids? most of the people on the site don’t give her any grief over HAVING SEX so young and not even protecting herself…. yet a few photos NOT EVEN NUDE of miley come out and everybody is all in a huff

  64. Robin says

    she is a role model for young girls (my 7 year old neice included) role models should be photographed wearing clothes and not posing half naked at 15 YEARS OF AGE.
    apology accepted Miley, but PULEEZE watch yourself – you are on a slippery slope…

  65. Granny says

    Sexual or not, the last pose just isn’t an attractive picture to me. She looks like someone in distress in a movie. She is a pretty girl and this one has a bit of anorexia/neglect to it. Of course we know that isn’t really true about her.

    And of the 1st and 3rd pictures they just don’t have a realist feel to them – no smiles and awkward positioning. Noone could be confortable in those positions. What you would see in an average family is more like the one of Billy Ray and his youngest daughter or the 2nd picture of Miley – smiling, confortable and interactive. Those I like.

  66. Notawannabe says

    At first I was a little baffled at the pictures, but then I got over it. The pictures are not distasteful they are just a little different. Its weird how many people still have 1930’s mind set. Pull your head out and think that now-a-days stuff like this is more accepted. It’s her back, not her back side. Yeah she is only 15, but like it was said before she is not pregnant. She should have no shame. Where are all the people with “Nudity is Art” Mentality? I see a sheet and a back and absolutely NO Shame!

  67. dori says

    My feelings are in line with what most of you are feeling The father daughter poses are too sexual and the topless one with the sheets is really r rated. Why did her parents think this was ok?

  68. KayG says

    Dee Dee: I in no way implied they were having sex! If my daughter who is 26 and her father took a photo posing like that, it would be weird especially to someone that doesn’t know them. It doesn’t mean there’s incest involved whatsoever. The one of him and his other daughter is really cute. I guess it just depends on how old they are. I personally think 15 is too old to be sitting on daddy’s lap!

  69. candykane says

    I don’t have that big of a problem with the pose. But I don’t think it does any good for her. Miley is a fresh, pretty teenager but on that photo she looks like one of the girls they pull out of the water on Law and Order

  70. Tia :) says

    My niece is 15. She is still a baby to me…im sorry, If she ever posed for something like this, i believe i’d be a bit upset.

    The first picture of her and her father, my husband and I have that EXACT same pose in one of our engagement pictures.

    I believe that Annie Leibovitz is brilliant!! but these pictures…i dunno.

  71. says

    While I would not consider this type of photo to be suitable for my 15-year-old (if I had one!) it is up to the parent to decide what they consider to be right or wrong for their child. With just her back being exposed it could be considered as her having on a swim suit…your back is exposed in one of those too! It seems that it has been blown out of proportion and quite frankly I don’t particularly care to know anything about Miley Cyrus…to each his own.

  72. boo says

    I see nothing “scandalous” about the photos Of Miley and her Dad… they are a father Daughter duo who are very close and work together and why not take some beautiful pics of them together?? I think they are gorgeous!
    Now as for the Last one, that is the nicest pose ever, it almost looks like it promotes anorexia, you can see her back looks kind of boney and she looks very pale and sick… not at all a picture or pose I would like to see on a 15 year old girl, that one is very distasteful!! IMO!

  73. Freya says

    Also, I’m very opposed to child beauty pagaents…just as much as I am with teens posing for sex photos. Why can’t a child just be a child nowadays?

  74. Freya says

    So, there is a time and a place for everything and right now Miley is a Disney employee who has a certain image she has to portray in the media. If she doesn’t want it then she should rip up her contract and start living her life by her terms. Otherwise, she has to play the part of the squeaky-clean Christian wholesome teen and stop playing the victim whenever something doesn’t go her way.

  75. Freya says

    Jx2-I’m Canadian as well and I’m not a prude, but in my opinion just because a female is old enough to have a period does not make her a ‘woman’. Perhaps fifty years ago when it was the social norm for a female adolescent to “settle down”, perhaps get a job or get married and raise a family, but that isn’t the way the world is right now. You have teens out there having S.E.X. yet still into cutesy pubescent things. They are not in the mindset as their grandmothers and great grandmothers who had to be mature. My grandmother just turned eighty and while she didn’t get married until she was 27, she has told me there really was not such thing as the ‘teen years’. After she was done her formal schooling, she went to college and became a teacher and helped support her mother and younger siblings when her father died suddenly when she was only 21. There was an expectation for the younger children to get jobs, plan for the future, etc. There were no distractions like overtly sexualized television and media images, MP3 Players, cute little bracelets that you wear when you are willing to go down on a guy at a party, drugs, explicit lyrics in music, etc. If you did something then you were expected to own up to it and take resposibility for your actions. That isn’t visible in the teen sect now yet they want the same priveleges as adults without the consequences. Nuh-uh. It doesn’t work that way. So yes, a girl can have her period when she is 12 or 13, grow breasts, wear make-up, go out scantily clad, pose for photos in a sexual way and then take no responsibility, but I know different and I would hope I’m not the only one who sees it that way.

  76. dee dee says

    everyone is just taking this way too harsh. common people are just too involved in celebrity life as if they live with them everyone. yeah, the photos are intense but they are ART..who ever doesnt see that then has a real dirty mind and the most disturbing part is that people actually think just bc father and daughter are posing for a photoshoot “omg, they’re having sex…” “INCEST!…” as years keep passing by people are more corrupted and perverted. just let her be. she cant always be the squeeky clean disney star…yeah children look up to her but it doesnt mean she has to live her life to a limit. anywayz, my best to her shes a teen she does what she wants. PEACE ;P

  77. Jx2 says

    I knew I was going to get “flack” for indicating that a 12 or 13 year old is a “woman” (female was the term I meant to use) but TOO BAD to those who don’t agree!
    Once a female is old enough to have a period – in my book that makes her a woman. Females are much more mentally and emotionally mature at that age than males. They begin to pay attention to their appearance at a younger age than males do and they also begin watching movies about relationships and love as a teenager. When I got my period my mother said I was a now considered a woman. Clearly it is a cultural thing. And thank god we have Europe and South America to get our heads out of the gutter because they obviously do not have the same hang-ups and puritan mentality as North America do about nudity.

    And it’s not just the USA – I see it here in Canada as well.
    North Americans have their signals screwed up. For instance, it’s okay to enroll 5 year old in a beauty pageant and pass her off as a 30 year old but it is totally wrong to take a photo of a 16 year old showing her – GOD FORBID – nude back or shoulder for an artistic photo shoot? Talk about reading too much into images.

    Nu*dity in the US is not considered “adult” it’s considered blasphemy and evil and wrong!! IMO – Nu*dity in the proper context is beautiful. P*orn is adult material. And in my book these images are not P*ORN!!

    People take photos of their nu*de babies all the time and it is perfectly acceptable and apparently “cute” but when a teenager shows some back or shoulder it is considered Trampy and Lolita and unacceptable???

    I’m obviously in the minority here and it feels like I’m talking to the wall in this post. I don’t except these archaic attitudes towards exposed skin to change anytime soon!!

    Toodles !

  78. Lurker says

    As I recall, a lot of people disliked Cindy Crawford’s daughter’s bathing suit photo shoot months and months ago. And the webmistress went nuts on everyone for disagreeing with HER thought that those pictures were alright.
    So she asks for honesty, but she doesn’t really want it.

    But for what it’s worth, my kids don’t watch Hannah Montana so I know next to nothing about Miley Cyrus anyway.
    And my opinion on what’s ‘appropriate’ for a kid to do is subjective anyway. Not everyone has the same set of morals about stuff like that.

  79. Tam says

    I don’t really care, they look fine to me…..

    shes not knocked up like other teenagers.. yet she has to apologize for a photo? where is jamie lynn apologizes to her fans that shes a terrible role model?

  80. says

    Okay, is that her dad or her boyfriend posing with her in the shots? Couple that with a teen topless in a BED SHEET…come on–

    Artsy or not, it is simply inappropriate to portray to the world.

    Miley’s comment that you just can’t say no to Annie illustrates that the teen didn’t feel comfortable doing anything other than what she was told.

    I think Miley’s parents are ultimately responsible for what happened. Artists express themselves and often get caught up in their work and Miley is a minor–successful minor, but a minor.

    I think I would appreciate a similar pose for my daugher, perhaps displayed in her room, but not for the world’s pedophiles.

  81. kelly says

    she looks like she just got done having sex. if she is old enough to take them she is old enough to take responsibility for them. these people are whoring out there kid, and yet they call themselves good christians?

  82. Freya says

    I’m far from being a prude, but I find the photos of her and her father equally as disturbing as the last photo. While fifteen may be more adult than not in many cultures, it doesn’t make it right. I have to agree that it looks like she just finished the deed and is covering up. I don’t see anything innocent about the shot, or any of the ones with her father for that matter. I think Miley is apologizing after the fact and is claiming to be embarrassed because it just dawned on her that the younger fans and her employer DISNEY might not approve. I’m sure at the time she thought it was “cool” and while she seems like a decent girl, she’s in it for the publicity just like every other rising star. Sometimes people go into things not thinking of the consequences, but come on. She’s an actress and right now she’s acting like the innocent child who knew nothing. Gimme a break. Just because people have done this pose in the past and that many children go topless on beaches in other cultures does not make in any more innocent or any more acceptable in my books. She’s a beautiful girl, but she’s just that a girl. Don’t let her grow up too quickly.

  83. Kelli says

    I think it does come across a tad Lolita-ish. She looks like she’s just been had. But I don’t blame the girl for that at all. Miley doesn’t have the life experience to have put that look on. I’m sure that was her version of “arty” or “grown up”. It is we adults who see the dangerous in it. I blame Annie for that. She is wrong to put implicate Miley at all. She’s the one with adult eyes and she opted for her OWN ego.

    But for what it is worth – I see a back. That is all. We are ALL nude underneath fabric. Big whoop.

  84. ssgraham says

    I think its an absoulutely beautiful picture of a beautiful young girl…. That she was asked to be photographed by a world famous photographer is something she should be proud of and not embarressed. She only embarressed because of so many uptight people in this place. Shes 15 in High School. Shes old enough not to need a babysitter at night. Shes smart, sucessful. I wish I had that much abimtion and talent when I was 15. I have 2 daughters and I would have let them have the photographs taken to. Beautiful!!!!

  85. Iluvmy2girlz says

    hey jx2, you said you saw a lot of 12 and 13 year old “women” at the beach? at 12 or 13 you are not a woman but a child! sorry~ and yea maybe in other countries is the norm but here, nudity is something that is considered “adult” Anyway, i don’t see anything wrong with the picture either. it’s just her back! it’s nothing!!

  86. Just me says

    After the image was leaked on the Internet over the weekend, Cyrus issued an exclusive statement to PEOPLE saying, “My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie. I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.”

  87. Just me says

    She wasn’t sunning on the beach and was caught by the paps, she willingly posed like this.
    Jx2 ….. If she said she didn’t mind the photos, then why did she issue an apology?? Annie L. is known for photos like this, she shouldn’t be suprised.

  88. momof3 says

    I don’t see anything wrong with the family pics. But the last one makes her look like some cheap Lolita. I’m not offended by it, but I think it does make her look way too sexual, and a bit cheap, honestly.

  89. Jx2 says

    If you visit an art gall*ery you will see many pai*ntings of young fair mai*dens partia*lly expo*sing a bre*ast or ly*ing down on a couch dra*ped with a be*d she*et. Who cares!! It is beautiful and tastefully done and her father is right there so she was not taken adv*antage of agai*nst her will. She went along willi*ngly and even said she did not mind the ima*ges, that hey were “artsy” (whatever that means to her). This sort of rea*ction to pictures would only happen in the U.S. – I see the pu*ritan mindframe still lives on. So sad!!

  90. Jx2 says

    Yes – she is only 15 years old and is legally considered a minor but this kind of thing happens every so often in show biz. Brook Shields did a similar type pose when she was 16 years old way back in the 1980s and although it was deemed inappropriate at the time, it is now rarely if ever discussed and she went on to have a great career and a family.

  91. Carolina says

    Am I dreaming here or what!
    I don’t see her naked at all.
    She is holding some satiny fabric in front of her and
    we see her back naked.
    So what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think it is a very beautiful picture of Miley and

    ( #2 JUst Me) What’s wrong with you.
    she look like she just finish having sex!

    What is wrong with you people.

  92. KayG says

    The first photo is kind of weird. They almost look more like lovers than father and daughter. Honestly, if you didn’t know that was her father, wouldn’t you think that?

  93. Jx2 says

    Much ado about nothing! I am an artist and find nothing wrong with nu*dity. Beaches in Brazil and other warm climate countries often have young woman frolicking on the beach with nothing on but a tho*ng. I was on a beach in Europe years ago and saw a group of 12 or 13 year old women on the beach top*less playing beach volley with young boys. BTW – European countries have a very low teenage preg*nancy rate in comparison to the USA.

  94. Jx2 says

    Much ado about nothing! I am an artist and find nothing wrong with nu*dity. Beaches in Brazil and other warm climate countries often have young woman frolicking on the beach with nothing on but a tho*ng. I was on a beach in Europe years ago and saw a group of 12 or 13 year old women on the beach top*less playing beach volley with young boys. BTW – European countries have a very low teenage preg*nancy rate in comparison to the USA.
    Yes – she is only 15 years old and is legally considered a minor but this kind of thing happens every so often in show biz. Brook Shields did a similar type pose when she was 16 years old way back in the 1980s and although it was deemed inappropriate at the time, it is now rarely if ever discussed and she went on to have a great career and a family.
    If you visit an art gallery you will see many paintings of young fair maidens partially exposing a bre*ast or lying down on a chez longe draped with a bed sheet. Who cares!! It is beautiful and tastefully done and her father is right there so she was not taken advantage of against her will. She went along willingly and even said she did not mind the images, that hey were “artsy” (whatever that means to her). This sort of reaction to pictures would only happen in the U.S. – I see the puritan mind frame still lives on. So sad!!

  95. Jx2 says

    Much ado about nothing! I am an artist and find nothing wrong with nudity. Beaches in Brazil and other warm climate countries have young woman frolicking on the beach with nothing on but a thong. I was on a beach in Europe years ago and saw a group of 12 or 13 year old women on the beach topless playing with young boys. BTW – European countries have a very low teenage pregnancy rate in comparison to the USA.
    Yes – she is only 15 years old and is legally considered a minor but this kind of thing happens every so often in show biz. Brook Shields did a similar type pose when she was 16 years old way back in the 1980s and although it was deemed inappropriate at the time, it is now rarely if ever discussed and she went on to have a great career and a family.
    If you visit an art gallery you will see many paintings of young fair maidens partially exposing a breast or lying down on a chez longe draped with a bed sheet. Who cares!! It is beautiful and tastefully done and her father is right there so she was not taken advantage of against her will. She went along willingly and even said she did not mind the images, that hey were “artsy” (whatever that means to her). This sort of reaction to pictures would only happen in the U.S. – I see the puritan mind frame still lives on. So sad!!

  96. Rijay says

    The web person got the information all mixed up. It was the half-naked picture of Miley that was controversial, NOT the ones with her dad.
    She also forgot to mention that Miley, after seeing the article and photos in print, has come out and said she is “embarrassed” of that photo. She also said the photographer, Annie L., had asked to do that shot and Miley couldn’t seem to say no “those eyes” or something to that effect… Giving the impression that she really didn’t know what she was getting into. Newspapers are saying that Annie L. took advantage of the naivete of a 15 yr. old.

    Also, Miley’s parents had left after a number of shots that day and she was there only with her grandmother and teacher when the half-naked shot was done.

    Anyway, I’m not defending the picture. I think it was in poor taste, especially since so many young girls look up to her and also because she claims to hold a high moral standard.
    —But I also think Annie L. did take advantage of the situation, knowing her parents had left when that controversial photo was taken.

  97. C says

    I don’t mind the photos with her and her dad. It’s just the LAST photo that gets me! Pretty Baby was the first thing that I thought of.

    She is too young to have that much skin exposed.

    It’s no wonder that her parents are fine with all of her myspace photos. Look what they do at a profession shoot!

  98. Tempany says

    Just me, exactly – you know there’s actually nothing dodgy and they’ve just been talked into these photos on the day of the shoot, but no wonder she regrets them – they look seedy. its a shame.

  99. Just me says

    Tempany, I know!!! Billy Ray, get your hand off your daughter’s thigh! I know there’s nothing to read into, but it still looks creepy!!

  100. Sandra says

    Why would her father allow this type of photo? She is still a minor so therefore some type of permission had to be given. It is really sad that Vanity Fair and her father are taking advantage of a 15 year old girl.

  101. Tempany says

    i actually find the 1st and 3rd pics more disturbing than the last one – her with the trying-to-be-sexy facial expression, spread legs etc with her father is a little off and inappropriate imo.

  102. says

    I think the pictures are discusting. She is only 15 and
    showing her skinny, bony back is not sexy or cute.
    In fact, she is not that cute and is a show off.
    She seems very close to her father to have such
    sexy pictures taken with him. I do not like Billy
    and never did. His hair looks like crap. He thinks
    he is soooo cool, but he isn’t.

  103. Amanda says

    That pic was in no way artsy. Its totally sexual. I think Miley is wanting to grow up a little too soon. As for the pics with her and Billy I find them odd, but good pics. My kids do not like Miley anyway, they think she is way to fake right down to her teeth. She keeps doing this over and over. Whats the deal?

  104. Just me says

    What is so artsy about a photo of a naked 15-year-old girl who looks like she just finished having sex? The only thing missing is the cigarette.
    What is it with these Disney/Nickelodean kids … Miley, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Lynhn Spears?

  105. megs says

    It’s just the last photo of her that is controversial though, correct?

    And why is her father in on those? I would much prefer to just see Miley.

    I don’t personally care to see a (back shot) of a presumably nude 15 year old girl, and don’t see it as being artistic so much as provacative & a bit too much skin for my taste.

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