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
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  1. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  2. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  3. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  4. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  5. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  6. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  7. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  8. i hate skool more than any of u bitches do so go screw urself and let miley do the same…haha suckers

  9. Jess

    It’s not what she is or isn’t showing…technically, she is covered up where she needs to be. However, it is her sex-bed-hair, her makeup, her EXPRESSION, that makes this shot very inappropriate for a 15 year old.

  10. rustingrabbit

    What age was it again that Britney Spears dressed up like the Catholic School girl and danced around? Giving the same come hither look into the camera?

    As beautiful (the concept and lighting) as the photo is, the girl is 15. It gives and almost Alice in Wonderland feel. If I posed like that at age 15, I’m pretty sure I’d be getting some form of guidance counseling as soon as it surfaced.

    I must say though, if the photographer shot this to start controversy over how the culture views a 15 year old in a sheet, it was shot well. It plays with everyones sub-conscious and pushes our cultural definition. Problem is, could it have been at the expense of someone not realizing that what it was supposed to do.

    I agree with pretty much everyone here. Shame on Disney, Vanity Fair, the photographer, and her parents for utilizing a child “host” for marketing. They forget that once you turn that person into an empty shell, there’s nothing left. Then what is left to linger as an adult is that superficial attention whore.

    I almost feel bad, she doesn’t even realize her self destructive behavior because the only people she looks up to are encouraging it.

    At least she’ll have money?

  11. Jrz

    98-108…….can you repeat that, please?

  12. 2 Kewl 4 skewl…

    Fucking morons.

  13. ella

    I was a fan of Annie Liebovitz and now i just think she’s a perv.
    and it seems this is Miley’s first step on the road to Britney town … south park was right again

  14. dude

    sorry 97, don’t buy it. i see 12 year olds with less clothing on than that out in public with their parents. that’s more disgusting to me than that photo. people are only pissed because their kids “look up to her.” well, why don’t you have them look up to someone that actually matters, not some fictional Disney star.

    pictures like the above don’t make it harder to parent your child or protect them from perverts. what kids read Vanity Fair or People magazine? If they do, then do your fucking job and parent.

  15. JohnnE

    Too young and trashy

  16. Skip Smith

    That chick is hot. I’d totally hit that.

  17. Autumn

    I personally don’t fancy Miley Cyrus, but I don’t really like seeing
    people making such a big deal out of this. I could understand if these
    were pictures taken by one of her friends or if these were pictures taken
    for “fun” but they aren’t. This was for a magazine and her parents were
    involved. If you are going to complain about pictures of her, you should
    probably complain about the ones that are actually implying something
    sexual or being risque. She’s 15, there’s still time for her to go down the
    “right” path in life and be a good role model. Mistakes are made by everyone
    and you learn from them.

  18. A young girl's implied nudity = borderline pedophilia

    This girl is a minor and yes the photo is sexually implicit. That makes Vanity Fair PERVERTS.
    As for the little slut, I have seen her little pics on the net and she is a talentless piece of white trash and nothing more. She is a brand and another media creation. Her singing sucks and the world will outgrow her as she has nothing to offer the world other than her cute little TV image person.
    In actuality she in a nonintelligent tramp. Ever see how she makes her lips into that pouting quasi-vagina expression???

    She needs to take her zillions of dollars of easy money and go live in a mansion back in Appalachia and marry her father and have lots of purty kids. Then SE-lect the handsomest little boy and have children with him.
    Then contact Vanity Fair for some cool mountain tard pics!!!

  19. BA_Baracus

    Watch your mouth kid, or you’re gonna find yourself floating home. Vanity should be applauded helping Miley on her way to slutdom. I’d tap that minor dry.

  20. Greasy Weezelr

    I’m a little disturbed … she’s only 15!

  21. poonmoon

    #114. I’m not a parent and if I was there is no way in fuck my kids would be watching Disney and shit like that. I would teach them that celebrities are not to respected or admired because trulyadmirable people do not try to soak up the limelight, they are to busy making a difference and living their humble, generous lives with intelligence and dignity and I’d take them down to meet firefighters to see what real heroes are like, not let them watch “fake ” heroes on tv who make 1000 times what the real ones do and still expect glory and praise . Hubs and I have ZERO tolerance for Hollywood so we would definitely teach our children not to value it.

    It’s just a natural maternal instinct to go “no those are not acceptable pictures for a young girl to be taking”. I find it repulsive to see little girls dressed like skanks and I know exactly where it comes from (parents, peers and media and it all trickles back to the media in the end).
    I’m sure some people are projecting, but not everyone is. If kids dressing slutty bugs you then of course logically this would too. There is something just plain creepy about young people acting, dressing or posing in adult ways. Like those gross kid beauty pageants, any rational person sees that nastiness and goes “no that shit ain’t right”.

  22. Bill Clinton

    Is it me or is she a hairy inbred pig!

  23. wreckhouse

    Well, I don’t know that that ‘s child porn, but it’s tasteless and dangerously close to crossing the line. After seeing it, I sort of feel like taking a shower. The wrapped in a sheet thing is too much. I’m surprised she’s not smoking a cigarette to complete the post-coital look.

    Still, she and her parents knew what the pictures would look like before they were even published. The whole thing smells of a manufactured controversy designed to get her some more publicity.

  24. Brian Peppers

    Its an engineered publicity stunt and you are all falling for it. I agree the methods are a bit questionable but if she was photographed sitting on a pony in some field (fully clothed of course) then no one would give it a second look.

    Now the name ‘Milley Cyrus’ is taged to this image burned into all our minds.

    But yes, 15 is still too young to be flashing any part of you package.

  25. bonner

    even for a filthy pig like me THAT IS TOO MUCH. whoever made those pics should be prosecuted for child exploitation. SICK, SICK, SICK

  26. eurotrash

    I really can’t believe what I’m reading here..this is a beautiful photo done by a fantastic photographer; whats the big deal?!
    actually I find the one with her father more creepy – that one does have a somewhat incestuous tone to it.
    Besides that, you americans seem to have no problem dressin up five year olds like grown women for pageants and use sex to advertise pretty much everything – and yet at the same time manage to maintain some bullshit hypocritical attitude about (teen) sexuality.. teaching abstinence class instead of sex ed. for example. Many (if not most) 15 year olds have experimented in one way or another and it’s better to be open and honest about it than to stick ur head in the sand!!

  27. BA_Baracus

    15 is not too young! But what do I know, I live in a polygamist compound. (One with, uh, Internet access.)

  28. Mississippi

    I think this is a horrible shot! Not because she’s 15 and naked.. But because you can see she’s very much still a child! There’s no “sexiness” in this picture.. It’s kind of just ridiculous…
    She’s an adorable teenager.. But totally wrong for that shoot..

  29. Mississippi

    I think this is a horrible shot! Not because she’s 15 and naked.. But because you can see she’s very much still a child! There’s no “sexiness” in this picture.. It’s kind of just ridiculous…
    She’s an adorable teenager.. But totally wrong for that shoot..

  30. Julieanne

    And where in that video did Elizabeth Hasselback pull a Rush Limbaugh? She can be annoying, but I hate when people act like she’s an idiot for no reason.

  31. dude

    121, i guess i don’t feel like this is out of character for her. i’ve seen how she dresses on the red carpet and i feel like it’s more inappropriate to show any part of a boob than a bare back. sorry!

  32. alexandria big fan of miley!

    omg i forgive her im a big fan an im a young girl u guys are jelous of her cause she can sing an dance she is my row MODEL! an miley if ur reading this hi! an i cant wait to see ur new episode i saw all of them i can c them over-an over- again so ppl who talk bad about her look at u ! miley if u r not going on tour pls do cause my birthday is may 14 1998 an if i can go to ur concer omg i dont no wat will happen i tried to win the thing on radieo disny were i can get a call from u an go to the set of HANNAH MONTANA an maybe hang out wit the cast but i never get threw so im a little sad): but want to c how much i no about y okay! i think ur beday is 11-23-1992 ur restriction is chearleading class singer hegjit i think 5’4 an i no more but miley if ur on this pls write bacl

  33. alexandria big fan of miley!

    omg i forgive her im a big fan an im a young girl u guys are jelous of her cause she can sing an dance she is my row MODEL! an miley if ur reading this hi! an i cant wait to see ur new episode i saw all of them i can c them over-an over- again so ppl who talk bad about her look at u ! miley if u r not going on tour pls do cause my birthday is may 14 1998 an if i can go to ur concer omg i dont no wat will happen i tried to win the thing on radieo disny were i can get a call from u an go to the set of HANNAH MONTANA an maybe hang out wit the cast but i never get threw so im a little sad): but want to c how much i no about y okay! i think ur beday is 11-23-1992 ur restriction is chearleading class singer hegjit i think 5’4 an i no more but miley if ur on this pls write bacl

  34. alexandria big fan of miley!

    all of u are jelous of her an u know it! IM TRAININGG TO BE A ACTRESS

  35. alexandria big fan of miley!

    all of u are jelous of her an u know it! IM TRAININGG TO BE A ACTRESS

  36. Fuzzbutt

    …. and yet little miss innocent was totally ok doing this:

    http://deceiver.com/2008/04/22/i-see-london-i-see-hannah-montana/

  37. BD

    Why is it that a 15 year old has to look sexy? Her demographic is obviously the 6 to 15 year old market so what exactly were the photos for?

    I would like to agree with those who have mentioned publicity stunt but why would she want this kind of bad press? Not to mention upsetting Disney!

  38. kserena

    i do know her 16th birthday party was filmed with her family a while back in Nashville, so you never know what to believe on the internet. Famous people change their names and birthdates all the time.

    The photo, indecent as it was, could have at least been a good one. She looks like a pale, sickly, child. It reminded me instantly of a photo of a person from a concentration camp or being held hostage. Wierd.

  39. OttoMatick

    What do you expect for a teenager whose parents exploit her? Just another Britinay, Lilo or Amy waiting to meltdown. I am sure the day will come when we find out Daddy …. OMFG they way he hangs on her is not the way I hang with my daughter…

    Dress like a ummm, duck and sooner or later you’re going to act like a duck. Pretty soon we’ll be seeing crotch shots from this child as she exerts her independance from her authority figures with 17 million bucks in the bank. This is going to be an even better meltdown than Brit

  40. marie

    PLEASE>>>>>Pornography????? Annie Liebovitz?? You have got to be kidding.
    I am not saying what Miley did was totally awful, but people…let’s get our own lives here.. Liebovitz in perhaps THE best photographer alive today!! ‘Member Demi Moore’s pregnancy…..All you people went nuts when that was released.SHE WAS PREGNANT PEOPLE. like also over 21!!. LIKE GETTA LIFE.
    The Miley shoot was NOT A CLOSED SET, WAS NOT PORNOGRAPHIC IN ANY WAY (not that there aren’t some of you pervs out there looking to see if you see something)Her father was there, her agent probably was there, Vanity Fair staff was most certainly there,Annie Liebovitz did her best work as usual.
    IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THE BEST WAY TO SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE IS NOT TO
    BY THE VANITY FAIR magazine (yeah!! right!!).
    SHAME ON THOSE WHO SHOUT THE LOUDEST FOR THEY HAVE THE MOST TO HIDE. YEAH!! RIGHT ON!!

  41. momof2

    I’m sorry but this was all on the parents (not to mention managers, publicists, ect) she is under age and No she isn’t naked but it is very suggestive and I’m sorry but as a mother of a little girl who loves Miley/Hannah this is crossing a line, her parents SHOULD be the ones apologizing and I do think anyone under contract with Disney should not be able to have pictures such as this released. And don’t even get me started on the myspace crap!

  42. TA

    Yet another overreaction to PR/Advertising and/or nudity. Do you think this will actually hurt her career?

    http://www.tomhcanderson.com/2008/04/28/corporate-reaction-to-generation-y-star-miley-cyrus-hannah-montana-nude-vanity-fair-picture-shoot/

  43. BONNER

    @ 140

    are you billy ray ? fucking sick bastard. why dont we meet ill fuck u sooo hard that ull never wanna have ur daughter sexually exploited like this.

  44. JustJess

    Good Lord – is this where America going? Idolizing a pasty, sickly-looking, not-so-attractive little girl? It’s gross – at least Britney tried to get the wholesome thing down a few years before everyone found out she wasn’t a virgin…

    _SHOCKER_

    Really people – these kids are not anywhere near adults – she will have crotch pics taken and on the Net before she is LEGAL. Is that how fast the world is spinning??

    Pretty soon – it will be a 12 years old. Mark my words…

    This little girl does not resemble anything sensual – she is not even in the beginning stages of being a real woman. Honestly – it’s scary how mysogynist this all is.

  45. Fuck you 54

    Comment 54 you are a dumb shit. Seriously, i was born in ’92 and I’m older than that ugly bitch, she is fifteen trust me don’t be a douche bag and think you are fucking smart when you aren’t.

  46. Nicole

    Miley’s a fucking cunt. She needs to stop being a fucking whore seriously, and not only because of this picture but because of her fucking myspace pictures.. You’re in Hollywood now, stop being a fucking slut like half the girl celebrities and be a role model like your dumb ugly ass claims you are.

    And for papa Cyrus, you got a wife you sick prick so stop shoving your dick in your daughter’s vag and start shoving it in your wife’s.

    :)

  47. Just Jess

    Oh – and she is FUGLY.

    No match for Britney – Miley’s best day is Britney’s worst. If you don’t believe me – remember the cover of Brit’s first album. There is no match for Britney’s fuck-me eyes. But to her credit – she did it with her clothes on and looked damn good too!

    The press and paps are such in a rush to enter the celebs into “the final frontier”…(aka – full exposure)…then they are thrown away like last night’s whore.

    Problem: Miley entered that frontier too soon – she’ll be washed up and full frontal by 18 (look at Harry Potter and Hermione).

    And thank God, I can only take so much of Miley’s ugly, mishapened, gummy mug of hers…

  48. Tom

    Wow, the people who don’t think she’s hot are nuts. Seriously, she’s nowhere close to being ugly.

    If this was 100 years ago, she would have had 3 kids by now, so I don’t feel bad about ogling her. If she’ll show it, why not?

  49. Shelle

    I think letting a 15-year-old girl pose for a picture where she looks like she’s just been f*cked good and hard makes Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley’s mother look like the world’s biggest loser parents, right behind Mr. and Mrs. Spears.

    Didn’t Britney pose on the cover of RollingStone in a matching bra and panties set at age 16 or 17? Of course, she’d been exploited by Mom and Dad for a couple of years before that — and of course, there was the unthinking contingent of people who kept saying, “But it doesn’t look like a bra and panties. It could be a swimsuit. And it isn’t your daughter anyway, so why do you care?” — but the point is that this is wrong and immoral and it’s sickening that a parent would pimp out his young teenage child like this.

    Hasn’t Billy Ray seen the path that Britney’s been on, the one littered with vodka bottles and doughnut crumbs and crack pipes and empty prescription bottles for Valtrex and Zoloft and Vicodin? It’s been no secret to the rest of us. Why would he urge his daughter to start out on her first steps on that path.

    What an asshole. I hope he’s had a vasectomy. That’ll take away the opportunity to have more kids whose lives he can fuck around with.

  50. The Listerner

    I don’t care whether Miley was showing her bare back or her bare front. A 15-year-old girl should NOT be topless in a photo. Artsy or not, it’s just plain wrong. She’s FIFTEEN YEARS OLD!

    Miley should only take PART of the responsibility for the photo. She’s a teenage kid with only some life experience. The adults who are supposed to be caring for her are the ones who have the heavier responsibility of guiding her to make good decisions.

    This was a bad decision. Why didn’t someone stop the shoot when the top was supposed to come off?!

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