Miley Cyrus apologizes for topless Vanity Fair photo

April 28th, 2008 // 248 Comments

Miley Cyrus will appear on the cover of the latest Vanity Fair set to hit newsstands later this week. She posed for a, what she now calls “racy”, shoot (above) with legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz. Miley is worried the shots will alienate fans and issued an apology to Entertainment Tonight:

“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 tells ET. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

Vanity Fair is basically saying “WTF?” to the sudden hub-bub, because Miley and her parents had no problem at all when they initially saw the photos:

“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. In fact, when BRUCE HANDY interviewed Miley, he asked her about the photo and she was very cheerful about it and thought it was perfectly fine.”

Apparently Disney, who owns Hannah Montana, was not aware of the photos until they appeared on Entertainment Tonight. You know how Disney cares about that wholesome image. They don’t want their young starlets flashing their goods until they’re good and insane. Right, Britney Spears? Now get that kitten out of your mouth. For the last time, putting hot fudge on it doesn’t make it food. You gotta use ketchup.

EDIT: Added a video after the jump from today’s The Early Show about the controversy. Disney is definitely flipping their shit. Hannah Montana is a billion dollar franchise. That’s a spicy meatball! Thanks to Lindsey at RedLasso for the hook-up.

Photo: Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair

  1. Quinn

    where can I see the rest of the pics? do I have to buy a copy of vanity fair? LOL

  2. Dazz


  3. Eric

    They + Are = They’re

  4. quimby

    this chick is white trash just like her mullet wearing daddy.

  5. Kelly

    I think that apologizing after the fact is making the whole situation worse. She obviously wanted to do this, so she should just keep defending her decision rather than try to back out on the ordeal. Vanity Fair is a more “respected” magazine and I highly doubt they are going to do her bad in the interview…

  6. BEAM

    The girl is 15, not a baby but still not wise enough to know what is in her long term best interest. It’s her parents and handlers that should be apologizing… to her.

  7. Quinn

    but it’s good publicity… everyone will want to read and see WHAT she is apologizing for

  8. This just shows what an idiot she is (along with her parents and handlers). She was there! She knew what the pics looked like!

  9. Slippery Bitch

    Miley is such a loser. Money doesn’t make you savvy, obviously.
    Gum surgery. Wigs. Dual personalities. Now thinking she is remotely sexy?
    Put a bed sheet on my German Shepard. She’s still a dog.

  10. Jigo

    I agree with the comment from above. IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. Her back was bare! She has other skankier photos from the internet where she was wearing nothing but panties. It’s the fact that she apologized for it and shit. People want to know what the pictures look like and will but the magazine. I bet Disney is behind this one 100%.

  11. Ted Mosby

    Threw Annie Liebovitz and Vanity Fair under the bus.

  12. ugly bitch

    Ugly bitch is ugly.

  13. SHE’S ONLY 15! Doesn’t this photo break some kind of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAW????? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

  14. hahaha

    give me a break. she knew what she was doing.

  15. gotmilk?

    dude, i’d be pissed to if that was suppose to be an awesome picture of me. she looks like a pile of shit wrapped up in a silk sheet.

  16. Pahleeze! She AND her parents were there! They knew what photo was being shot. They consented to it. Just what did they expect the photo of her backless would look like? It sends the wrong message. I think she is overrated. Her singing is mediocre and her acting is to intentional. I personally think “Lilly” is the real actress in the Hannah Montana show.

  17. ToTellTheTruth


  18. English Bob

    Is there any chance we can get a few pics of a woman between the ages of 18-30….? Appreciate the Heather/Denise pics, but come on there’s enough hotties out there to talk about without having to go down the Hannah-annoying-offspring-of -achy-breaky-cyrus’s-daughter! Isn’t there?? Mila Kunis *hint, hint*

  19. ToTellTheTruth

    White trash in the making…I’m not surprised…

  20. Pee Wee Herman

    What a SLUT!!!

  21. George Washington

    Disney and Kiddy porn?
    This is worthy of thawing ole Walt out…
    What is the difference between Billy say virus and Dina Blowhan?
    Maybe its just me but nude 12 year olds, sexy and Disney in the same sentence – just damn.

  22. Jerk Off

    “Vanity Fair” is just like any other Porno Magazine that paedophiles can jack off to, so what’s the big deal.

  23. Booby



    #13 quit being a fucking retard. Since when is showing a back naked or even close to child pornography? The only reason you think it is disturbing is because you are fucking disturbing. You see a bare back and you think omg she must have boobs exposed on the other side of her OMG that is so gross.

    Every year the USA becomes more insane with nudity. Now its nudity when there is no nudity. Lets all just put black sheets over our heads and cut eye holes…sounds like a country already does that. Oh wait aren’t we bombing them.

  25. #13 is definitely an idiot. Probably as big of an idiot as Miley and her acky breaky pa are.

  26. veggi

    So they published a picture of her the way she looks right after Dad leaves her room in the middle of the night. Why is anybody acting shocked?

  27. gotmilk?

    LOL 27.

    but it just shows how much you sign your life away when you sign a contract with Disney.

  28. LL

    I love how people (usually women) act like nudity didn’t seem like nudity when they were actually naked, having the pictures taken, but later, it seems to be a major revelation to them that “Holy shit, I’m naked in those pictures and the people who pay me tons of money to be cute and family friendly might not like it when I appear in pictures that make me look like an underage hooker!!!! ”

    Miley Cyrus and her handlers must be the stupidest people on the planet.

    You can be sexy or you can work for Disney. You can’t do both.

  29. lola

    #25. THANK YOU! finally. well said!

  30. caitie

    i think its the fact that she looks like shes just had sex which is disturbing…i mean shes covered in a bed sheet, her hair is all messy and, even though she isn’t, it looks as though she is naked. hmm… a few sexual connotations there..

    meh. who cares. i don’t really get why this is a big deal. we all knew it was going to happen eventually, just didn’t think it would be this soon.

  31. Slippery Bitch

    #25 You should stop being a douche bag.
    Fifteen is too young to be IMPLYING anything sexual publicly.
    Obviously you were whored out WAY too young and feel that her pictures are decent.
    Go back to bed, clueless dip shit.
    Oh and nice reference to the war. Sorry, but showing that you know about Iraq doesn’t add credibility to your comment.

  32. Sandy Bottoms

    27 = complete douchebag.

  33. Slippery Bitch

    #13 lola should follow you

  34. dickslot

    33, I’ll have to respectfully disagree. What’s the difference between Billy Ray and Joe Simpson? Pretty much nothing, so pull the string out.

  35. Hydro74

    I’m with #15. Sometimes ole Miley looks like prime perv fodder. Here she looks like someone dumped a bucket of shit over her head, sort of wiped her down with a wet nap from a BBQ rib joint, wrapped her in an extra tablecloth and got to photographin’.

    For the record – yes, Miley is WAAAAY too young to have these pictures taken, especially by someone known to fetishize nudity (AL – usually my hats off to your art for just that reason). Where the fuck were Billy Rae and the mom? Didn’t they get the memo that she wasn’t getting paid for these pics?

  36. luna

    if i was her i would be happy i’d be like yeah im hella hot put me on the cover of play boy with my nipples showing and all

    shame she was all acting like im sorry blah blah

    she should be like fuck u Disney and ur stupid fuckin mickey mouse, i say be be a rebel and hang out with Lindsay and go to rehab and be a nympho

    now that sounds fun

    and more interesting then reading about this

  37. mondaymorning

    THIS is too much skin? Ever been to a fucking beach? Or, I don’t know, outside? Seriously, do you people close your eyes when you take showers?

  38. gotmilk?

    “Fifteen is too young to be IMPLYING anything sexual publicly.”

    32, have you seen how this child dresses on the red carpet? no? well maybe you should because i’m sure this isn’t the first time she’s more than implied anything sexual in public.

    and 25 never said anything about thinking the pictures were decent. just that people are making too much of a stupid photoshoot.

  39. veggi

    @35- 27 is a douchebag cause it’s a troll..

  40. JollyJumjuck

    *sigh* Here come the bible-thumping Puritans armed with their pitchforks and torches…

  41. dickslot

    trolls can sometimes be right though, even if they are trolls.

  42. stella

    Miley’s apology is such BS. She posts on her myspace sexy pics of herself.

  43. Delicious Alcohol

    she’s creepy young to be a sex symbol.

  44. leelee

    i think it is a nice pic, kind of like i am coming of age pic.

    i think she looks good, much better then her Disney look

  45. Guy

    Mmm pedophile heaven. Seriously why take these kind of photos of a 15 year old?

  46. eh


    the only artistic vision i can see here is a pubescent teen trying to be a woman,

    i wouldnt call it art ..not by a long shot
    maybe tasteful VERY soft porn

  47. Summer Kat

    She is UGLY.

  48. DC

    You don’t need nudity for it to be inappropriate. That picture’s caption should be “A fifteen-year old girl naked in bed giving the I-just-got-fucked look”. Note the smeared lipstick and the trashed hair. It’s very intentional.

  49. NO because YOU'RE UGLY

    Word Ted Mosby, WORD. They are making Vanity Fair and Lebo look like fucking pedo’s when Miley, Daddy and their puppet masters fucking agreed and were all for this shit until it upset their fucking psycho Bible belt fans (Disney watchers).

    See folks one of the millions of things wrong with being a famous piece of white trash is that to be famous you have to whore yourself until you literally become a filthy slut, but of course if you are a white trash, down home country, trailer whore, teeny bopper you will have a loyal legion of closed minded, white supremacist, Jesus loving, bible thumpers who will go fucking ape shit (oh wait those turds don’t believe in evolution), if you so much as grow tits, wear clothes that aren’t five sizes too big and go out past seven to places that don’t have a kids menu and palcemats to color.

    The thang is these facking white trash hos are bound to self destruct because they are living a straight up fucking paradox. Jesus and Hollywood do NOT mix and when they do it’s fucking pregnant, batshit crazy, fatass chaos, but MAN is it fun to watch.

    SO Sociopaths of Hollywood (producers, momagers, agents and PR clows) you keep those underage, dumb as dirt, inbred skanks a comin’ cause you don’t want to see us (the public who pay for your baffonery) when we are bored.

    We OWN you Hollywood and you know it.

    As Always
    Hollwood fools: 0
    NORMAL People: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    We win,
    That means you LOOSE.

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