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Miley Cyrus Repudiates Vanity Fair Photo

April 28, 2008 04:52 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The young pop star originally approved the picture but now says she feels embarrassed by the racy photograph that will appear in June’s Vanity Fair magazine.

30-Second Summary

When Vanity Fair’s semi-topless photograph of “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus was released, a spokesperson for Disney said, “a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines." Vanity Fair denies taking advantage of Cyrus in any way: "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”

The photo shows Cyrus wrapped in a bedsheet but otherwise apparently topless, with her back exposed.

Annie Leibovitz, one of the most respected portrait photographers of the last 20 years, took the photograph. She has photographed numerous celebrities and political figures, and Cyrus anticipated that the session photos would be tasteful.

But bloggers, parents and the Disney Corporation are unhappy with the potential damage that has been done to Cyrus’s squeaky-clean reputation. One blogger suggests that parents should burn Hannah Montana paraphernalia in a “bonfire” because Cyrus is “heading down the path towards becoming a tramp.”

The incident is reminiscent of the displeasure and disappointment that arose when topless photos of “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens surfaced. The 18-year-old star was similarly repentant, saying, “I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me. I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos.”

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