Monday, April 28, 2008

"Oh, she's just being Miley..."

Just in case you missed today's New York Post, here ya go...

It seems 15-year-old Miley Cyrus (yes, "Hannah Montana" of Disney Channel fame) has posed for some pictures with famed photog Annie Leibovitz for "Vanity Fair" that were supposed to be artsy.


Honestly, it's pretty gross to ask a 15-year-old to get topless, let alone snap her picture, even if you do drape her in a bedsheet.

And what was Miley thinking? What was dad Billy Ray Cyrus (also a star of "Hannah Montana") thinking? Her management? The blame just goes on and on.

Of all today's young starlets (Miley, Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lynn Spears ... and her older sister), it looks like Miley has the best, most stable home life: Her mom and dad are still together, shes works with her dad, blah, blah, blah.) She's as famous as a 15-year-old can be and has made a boatload of money thanks to CDs and DVDs and her "Best of Both Worlds" tour.

It seems the only reason Miley might do something like this is the same reason Jamie Lynn Spears' older sister did almost the same thing a decade ago, gracing the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (seen here). Sure, this cover* changed her persona, but Miley, is this the role model you want to emulate?

Miley and her people were quick to offer an apology, trying to quell the media nightmare:

"My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie. 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."

That said, Miley made a mistake, like we all have as 15-year-olds; the difficult part is that when a superstar like her errs, it's there for all the world to see.

The more important (if not scary) question is, where were the adults who are supposed to be looking out for her? They've obviously failed her, so let's hope they, too, learn from their mistake!

*Just for the record, posting that "Rolling Stone" coved doesn't violate my "Britney-free in '08" resolution, for those of you keeping score at home!

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