The Miley Cyrus photos: Racy or artistic?

Mileycyrusvf_l_2Last week, photos of Miley Cyrus surfaced in which she was playfully flashing her lime green bra (oh no, Hannah Montana wears a bra!). But now the tween star is stirring controversy again, this time for not wearing a bra (or a shirt, for that matter).

In photos for the June issue of Vanity Fair, taken by the renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, the 15-year-old singer posed topless, though draped in a sheet, exposing her bare shoulders. Originally, Cyrus seemed pleased with the shots: In a caption running with the photo spread, she is quoted as saying, "I think it’s really artsy. 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."

But now Cyrus is singing a different tune. In a statement released through her publicist, the singer says, "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. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."

Disney is claiming that Vanity Fair created a situation to"deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."(Just to add, Disney would know a thing or two about using a15-year-old to sell a product, as Cyrus has been merchandised within aninch of her life. Hannah Montana ruffled hobo purse, anyone?) For their part, a Vanity Fairspokeswoman says Cyrus’ parents and/or minders were there for theentire shoot, which was done digitally, and the shots were approved ofon the spot. Leibovitz has also defended the photo saying, "Thephotograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup,and I think it is very beautiful."

But really, what’s the big deal? Last year, much racier shots of a Disney star (High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens) surfaced, and did that girl’s career disappear? Nope — she’s signed up for High School Musical 3.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Miley Cyrus’ career doomed? Are you returning your Hannah Montana tickets? Or is this just much ado about nothing?

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  • Rita

    this is crazy! This are posed pictures done with evry intention to get more famous. Vanity Fair and Annie were very professional and showed her the pictures and she liked them! She should’ve just said she liked the pics because they were “artistic” but Disney is pressuring her to play victim. Her parents also knew and they were there too so dont be all now saying they didnt know…….

    • Cecilia

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  • nunya

    what’s the Bobby Kennedy story about? he was an interesting figure and that’s a great photo of him on the cover.

  • BrandonK

    This has the stink of publicists all over it, from the original decision to have Annie do the photos to the statement in reaction to the real or manufactured outrage.

  • Katiana

    What people need to understand is, She’s just being Miley.

  • arryana

    at the end of the day, vanity fair can’t be surprised that miley has retracted her initial positive response to the picture in question – she is 15 years old and at that age (no matter how together you have it), what makes us happy one day might make us miserable the next…maybe it has to do with all those raging hormones, lol.

  • Ms Daisy

    I suspect she’s more concerned about just not looking attractive in that picture instead of it being a “racy” picture. She looks like a crack-ho in that photo.

    • Thumlu

      yoh yarih yum bishee bur heleh sain saiahn ug hureltsehgui bainaa gehdee naiz ohin n ch bas huurhun l yum bna le shde yun swit ntr ene 2 hoeulaa l saiahn tohison bas aztai hosuud

  • StaleCake

    Wh•re? No.

  • StaleCake

    What’s the first thing Miley’s gonna say when she loses her virginity? “Get OFF of me dad, you’re crushing my cigarettes!”

  • pirate

    I found the pictures to be disgusting, this is Miley Cyrus not Paris Hilton or Britney Spears. I can’t imagine Hannah Montana posing like this. What was going through Vanity Fair and how did they came up with this concept?

    • Nando

      No problem, Noni you were the one who strtaed me on my usage of smilies haha I listened to this song a bit before I saw the video and I’m really disappointed at what Cyrus does in the video. Call me a prude if you like, but it’s not necessary.Tabetha,Some guys are like that, sure, but many guys..well..aren’t. I wish I could lie and say otherwise, but that wouldn’t be true.

  • jslost

    The people who should be embarrassed is Annie and Vanity Fair. Why would these usually talented people endorse such a ugly picture. Miley is a cute teenager, that picture makes her look tired and underfed. Has Annie’s talent slipped, or does she think Miley is working too much?

  • Snarf

    Gotta love the pre-emptive playing of the “victim” card by team Cyrus & Disney, even prior to the magazine with the offending pix being published. Guess they’re afraid of alienating all those soccer-moms out there. Think “chaste” sweetie! Chaste! Don’t PO the meal ticket!

  • Amy

    If I blame anyone, it’s Miley’s parents. What were they thinking letting her pose for this shot? I also think the photo of Miley and her dad Billy Ray borders on sleazy.

  • Silent E

    It seems to me that people are losing sight of the fact that she’s 15! It’s kiddie porn, plain and simple. It’s not sweet and innocent, it’s designed to be provocative, and that’s just wrong when it involves a teenager, any teenager! Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, any teenager that’s been portrayed as sexy by the media has been victimized. That their careers have not been stalled, have even been helped by that victimization, is a sad commentary on our culture.

  • el

    not a lot of makeup? look at her lips. she looks like a 5 year old putting on mom’s lipstick. not an attractive picture to begin with. regardless of that, I find the pictures to be pretty disgusting. even if they were artistic, why is a 15 year old girl doing this. no matter who the photographer is. no matter what. it doesn’t make sense. you would have thought that someone in the cyrus camp would have more sense than that…especially following past photo controversy

  • katie g

    bottom line is that her parents were on the set, and if they (or she) felt uncomfortable with her posing half naked in a sheet, they could have put a stop to it.
    not to mention the fact that the only other photo i’ve seen of the shoot was one of her , and her father, laying all over each other. fankly… the vibe’s just plain weird.

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