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.”
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.”