Monday, April 28, 2008

Pretty Baby

Well, this didn't take long. The squeaky clean image of Disney's Miley Cyrus, a.k.a. Hannah Montana, has been tarnished, not by the Star or the Enquirer, but by Vanity Fair and all-star celebrity photographer Annie Lebovitz. This is not to say that Cyrus' "people" are without fault here. What kind of interest did they think Vanity Fair was going to take in the superstar of the 'tween set? Further, what kind of photographs did they expect Annie Lebovitz, a photographer known for her provocative style, to snap of the Disney darling?

The images, which you can see a bit of above, may appear innocuous to some but stand in stark contrast to the image Cyrus and her team have taken great pains to cultivate. They include a "nude" of Cyrus wrapped in a satin sheet and, what is perhaps an even more disturbing image, one which shows Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray, in a suggestive clinch. Whether it was the Vanity Fair/Lebovitz people who took advantage of a 15 year-old girl, or it was Cyrus' management looking to find the next demographic for her fan-base at any cost, one thing is clear: a lot of people are getting rich over the exploitation of a little girl. She did not make the decision to take these photographs herself, indeed, she is not even old enough to sign the release on these photos. A 15 year-old is simply not equipped emotionally or intellectually to handle this level of fame and scandal. Move over Lindsay, watch for this one to crash and burn.

UPDATE: In an ironic twist, it is 15 year-old Miley Cyrus herself, not Vanity Fair, Annie Lebovitz, Disney, Cyrus' management team nor her father, who is issuing an apology to her fans for the racy photos. Can you imagine allowing this kid to take the fall this by herself? Nice.



At 7:12 PM, Blogger judy said...

When I heard that Vanity Fair was running a "topless" photo of 15 year old Miley Cyrus, I thought I was going to be sick. Their attempt at justifying this was to say that her parents and manager were on the set when the photos were taken. Is that supposed to make anyone feel better? I think they should all be arrested for child exploitation. I guess as long as you're making millions off your kid it's alright to have sexually suggestive pictures taken of her to run in a "snazzy" magazine, or was that "sleazy" magazine? I guess I've bought my last Vanity Fair.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she's hot. Her next project will be "Hannah Does Montana."


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