Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old star of Disney’s cash cow HannaMontana, is in big trouble after some overly sexual photos of her wherepublished in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The photos were taken byfamed photographer Annie Leibovitz and the photo causing controversy showsMiley posed topless, with her chestcovered. Miley is quoted in the magazine as saying “I think it’s really artsy.It wasn’t in a skanky way”. This is true. The photo is incredibly lame, especiallywhen compared to the recent photos of Lindsay Lohan for New York Magazine.
The problem is it comes hot on the heels of other photos that sully the wholesome image that Miley has cultivated and it puts at risk a televisionshow that appeals to tweeners and generates over a billion dollars for Disney.
Since the controversy erupted Miley has released a statement apologizingfor the photos. She told People Magazine:
I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel soembarrassed, I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to myfans who I care so deeply about.
Annie Leibovitz has also joined the fray:
I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted, Miley and I looked atfashion photographs together, and we discussed the picture in that contextbefore we shot.
Thecontroversy has been fueled by the tabloids thirst for fallen starlets,something that Vanity Fair reporter Bruce Handy touched on in his accompanyingarticle. He writes that “all the celebrity weeklies have beenratcheting up their focus on her (Miley Cyrus). With Lindsay Lohan rehabbed andBritney Spears under psychiatric care, the tabs are looking to Cyrus to flameout, or at least do something mildly outrageous.”
It seems that Vanity Fair has done just that.