I wanted to just let the whole Miley (daughter of Billy Ray) Cyrus appearing "topless" in Vanity Fair debacle float on by, but it just WON'T go away. Why did I want to blank it? Because the word "topless" being associated with a 15-year-old is a bit grim to be honest. But even the hens are still clucking about it so, for those of you who want to know, here are the facts. Firstly, she was not topless in the typical sense (i.e. hanging out Page Three style). She was wrapped in a blanket (while wearing what appear to be jeans) with her back bared. Yet the press keeps bandying about the term "topless" in every affiliated report. Since then, Miley issued the following statement: "I took part in a photoshoot 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 apologise to my fans who I care so deeply about." Disney bosses, who pretty much own her thanks to 'Hannah Montana', went one step further, saying: "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines." By way of retort, Vanity Fair shot back with: "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." Lastly, acclaimed photographer Annie Lebowitz simply said: "I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it." According to sources, Disney weren't aware of the pictures until they were shown on Entertainment Tonight.
Basically, Miley's parents want to pimp out their daughter to a wider market (presumably in a bid to keep Billy Ray's career afloat. He even managed to worm his way into the shoot), while Disney want to pimp out 'Hannah Montana' to doting parents who would balk at the thought of their little darling idolising someone in a blanket. The victim here is the 15-year-old who's currently getting publicly reprimanded by the likes of Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition: "If she's gonna go out there and represent wholesome values, she needs to be more accountable for her actions... (Leibovitz) has a reputation for doing racy things... Miley should have thought this out before she agreed to go in front of Annie." Her fame hungry parents should've, Michelle, hellew. While we're at it, you should steer clear of the internet, Michelle - there's some not so tasteful snaps of Miley yanking down her top doing the rounds that'd shock the eyeballs out of your head.
Personally, I think Lebowitz did a mesmerising job - she managed to evoke depth where there is none.