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Miley Cyrus 'Embarrassed' by Vanity Fair

Miley Cyrus 'Embarrassed' by Vanity Fair

Miley Cyrus says that she’s “embarrassed” about semi-topless photographs of herself in the June 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.

“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,” says the 15-year-old Disney sensation, who posed with a blanket wrapped around her chest. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

A Disney Channel spokesperson adds: “Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines.”

The Miley photos, which were taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, hits newsstands next week.

UPDATE 1: People reports that Miley‘s parents left before the final picture at the photo shoot but her grandmother and teacher were there. Miley also added, “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. The pictures of me on the Internet were silly, inappropriate shots. I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect. I never intended for any of this to happen and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone. Most of all, I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life’s journey.”

UPDATE 2: The New York Times has a piece on Miley‘s topless photo scandal. The Vanity Fair article was written by Bruce Handy and quotes Miley as saying, “Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought it was really cool. That’s what she wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie.” She also said of the photo, “I think it’s really artsy. It wasn’t in a skanky way.”

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  • andrea

    wtf?
    Give Miley a break. I think everyone is way too caught up on it. SHE DID IT TO GET PAID. Lots of actresses do it. shut up. -.

    -
    And for those saying that Miley is going to ruin Disney channel, most kids who watch Disney channel don’t even read that magazine. I don’t read it. I don’t plan on reading it. The only way they’d know about this is because parents talk about it. Or people on the internet are writing about it. GAWD.

    and as for those personal pictures, they were PERSONAL.

    It doesn’t mean your nosey ass has to go look at her PERSONAL pictures. >.

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  • Kylie

    SHE CHOSE TO DO THIS YOU PPL! she just wants moneyyyy. READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH. THAT S**T!

  • mhylo

    i feel so bad for miley .. i hope people will not judge her .. shes just a kid .. its her parents fault .. why did they allow miley to do that .. i still believe in miley .. we all made mistakes .. thats part of being human ..

  • Ava

    When you have a piece of a sheet covering your body and you know what your doing, don’t pretend to be shocked. This girl is a fake little slut. I can’t stand her and my daughter can’t either. She’s only 10.

  • Saria

    Honey take your top off.

    Once someone says those words to you it’s no secret what;s going on.

    Annie Liebovitz is a pedophile. They should all be ashamed.

  • Saria

    Honey take your top off.

    Once someone says those words to you it’s no secret what;s going on.

    Annie Liebovitz is a pedophile. They should all be ashamed.

  • Erin

    All I have to say is, she is straight up buck naked on that magazine cover!!!!!! OMG!!

  • http://justjared viv

    shes trying to look innocence please bitch we know that your a hore she sucks and she looks like the grudge

  • Jennifer

    first off, this is soo sad, they told her it was art? thats just wrong. BUT its not like she didnt know what she was doing. Better clean her act up . shes really a good girl and my daughter looks up to her and my daughter is only 8.

  • cami

    “She did it to get paid!” are you freaking kidding me!!!!… Like Miley Cyrus needs anymore money! She didn’t do it because she wanted to get paid she did it because not only did she want attention but because she was stupid! …

    I mean how dare she blame Annie!!! COME ON!! that woman is one of the greatest photographers to this day who many people have respect for .. do you honestly think that the people who have worked with Annie are going to say that they were manipulated into doing something they didn’t want to! … and Disney most of all is extremely stupid putting the whole blame on Vanity Fair .. Disney targetted one of the best magazines for women and said that they took advantage and manipulated a 15 year old girl.. I mean are you kidding me! seriously! no one was manipulated.. it’s not like Annie said “miley you better do this or i’m gonna kill you” .. She never did that .. and Miley and her parents got to see the photos before they left the photo shoot .. so why are they just NOW saying something about it ?? There is no reason .. and it’s extremely sad that they’re.. as in Miley .. her representatives.. Disney channel.. is blaming VF and Annie for these photos..

    It’s one thing to apologize and try to be mature about the situation .. and it’s another thing to apologize and try to turn the situation around as if you’re the victim to the whole thing .. if Miley really wanted to apologize for real .. she simply wouldn’t have blamed anyone for the pics … She should have apologized in a mature way .. and not have blamed Annie for these photos.. it doesn’t make her sound sorry it makes her sound pathetic and stupid! ..

    There is absoloutley no one who should be defending Miley .. her apology was not only fake .. but it showed how immature she is by blaming the photographer which is respected by so many people not only in the world but also in the industry Miley is in more that Miley herself ..

  • http://Bebo.com/OhPishPosh-Ox Nicole

    i do feel a little sorry for her , but then again she knew COMPLETLY what she was doing, if she didnt want to go topless she shouldve said something.. but she didnt and NOW look whats happend

  • suzy
  • Rebecca

    u’d think this girl would learn to stay away from the camera. i am literally 20 days older than her, and i know that to go in front of a camera in my underwear, or covered by just a blanket would be trampy and label me as things that i dont want to be labeled. and im just a normal teenager. miley is in the public eye, and so many little girls look up to her when they shouldnt be. right now she is being a horrible role model for all these little girls to look up to. she needs to wise up and get out of the public eye before she turns into the next britney.

  • Kevin

    she looks like ryan sheckler’s little brother kane. lol

  • whatever

    Maybe she would be less embarrassed if she was pouting at the camera while wearing a hot pink bra with a guy’s hand near her crotch. Get that shot Annie! It’s wayyy classier than what you originally did.

  • Michelle

    I don’t really get why people have to compare this with the issue of Vanessa Hudgens. Vanessa took the photos privately 3 years ago when it got leaked. Miley Cyrus and her parents knew fully well what they were getting into when the these topless photos were taken. Miley only apologized when she found out the backlash from it. How can anyone say that the girl was forced or even manipulated into this??? This was a professional photo shoot of a 15 year old girl whom the parents gave their consent to. Now that’s totally inappropriate.

  • annie

    “People reports that Miley’s parents left before the final picture at the photo shoot but her grandmother and teacher were there”

    Miley: “That’s what she (Annie) wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie.”

    Annie Leibovitz is a shark folks. She even asked the Queen of England to take off her crown but she is wiser than 15yo Miley.

    Way to go Annie. You waited until the parents left and moved in like a shark. Disgusting manipulating creature.

  • annie

    “People reports that Miley’s parents left before the final picture at the photo shoot but her grandmother and teacher were there”

    Miley: “That’s what she (Annie) wanted me to do, and you can’t say no to Annie.”

    Annie Leibovitz is a shark folks. She even asked the Queen of England to take off her crown but she is wiser than 15yo Miley.

    Way to go Annie. You waited until the parents left and moved in like a shark. Disgusting manipulating creature.

  • blah

    #261
    i couldn’t have said better myself!!
    AMEN TO YOU!!

  • http://fotolog.com/jonastico Lucila

    Me encantaria hablar ingle sy poder decir esto para que todos lo entendieran
    a mi me parece que esta chica esta perdiendo control sobre lo que hace

    Es una adolecente por lo tanto esta en proceso de formar una personalidad

    me parece MUY mal lo que haceee!!!

    tiene que cuidar mas su intimidad teniendo en cuenta lo famosa que es!

  • katelyn

    she is such a pathetic peice of shit.
    i can’t believe she hasn’t learned her lesson after the other 2 sets of pictures.
    she’s degrading women everywhere.
    that skanky picture is not ‘beautiful’.
    but, i do respect everyones opinion.

  • AnnieSux

    Annie Leibovitz knew exactly what she was doing waiting for the parents to leave. Put up a Christian cross and the New York Times/Vanity Fair are going to mark you ‘fair’ game.

    If they think Malibu is sleaze they ain’t never been to New York. Home of the uber-sleaze media.

    Wake up Billy Ray. You can’t be Miley’s friend, only her parent. And judging from the sleaze surrounding Miley she’s going to need a flock of guardian angels + 2 parents.

  • melinda

    wtf? even if she was asked to pose topless, she had the option of saying NO, and she didn’t. apology not accepted.

    say goodbye to 99% of your fans, miley, you’ll have about 10 left.

  • jasmine

    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/7y8u4cc1/petition.html

    Sign this petition she must be stopped!

  • postwatcher

    I doubt Billy Ray and Trish left a Vanity Fair cover shoot done by Annie Leibovitz. However, I do think both Billy Ray and Trish are dumb so it was probably very easy for Vanity Fair and Leibovitz to f*** with them.

    Annie Liebovitz being the “artist” and ( I use this term loosely) who has shot some of the most famous photos of hollywood stars HASs a lot of prestige and I seriously DOUBT that Billy Ray and Trish had the nerve to stop her because Annie Liebovitz is so famous.

    However, they should have kicked Annie’s ASS to the curb for the photo session.

    ANNIE LIEBOVITZ AND VANITY FAIR ARE RESPONSIBLE AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Billy Ray and Trish are a couple of country bumpikns who were dazzled by the city folk.

  • melinda

    and cami is 100% right about everything she says, and i really don’t know how people can still be fans of hers.

  • jasmine

    people sign the petition!!!!!!!!

  • lul

    i dont think those pictures half as bad as the ones were she is in her bra with a boy.

  • rolling eyes

    Why blame vanity fair and the photographer, both cannot go through with the photoshoot unless expressed permission is given, which was the case. Both her parents were fine with the pics. The photographer went ahead with permission so i dont see how this is her fault. They know who she is, and the kind of photos she’s done. Plus, this is the first young star that ANNIE has photographed. She has done many even Miley’s age, and I dont believe any came out as sleazy so SHE has permission.

    As for the parents. That whole Cyrus family has gotten caught up in her fame, so they can’t offer her as much direction as she can offer herself.

    Also saying she’s only 15 eludes to the idea that she has no brain, but i assure you folks she does, she doesnt didnt use. She liked the photo, and thought she would get a better response then she is now, and because of the backlash, she is Apologizing. She’s not sorry she did it, she’s only sorry that the attention she’s getting isnt the one she bargained for.

    Anyone who says a 15 year old girl giving the illusion of being naked is artistic should be shot. There is nothing sexy about a 15 year old girl pretending to be topless

    Lastly saying poor miley, only makes you an enabler. so if you wanna see more racy pics keep saying POOR MILEY

    Done =)

  • http://www.myspace.com davida

    i forgive miley im her biggest fan and i love her so much as a fan .i support her11110000000000000000000000000%

  • rolling eyes

    I meant this isnt the first time Annie has done photos with a youngster, soo…. fill in the blanks peeps

  • postwatcher

    rolling eyes @ 04/28/2008 at 12:25 am

    You have the magazine & photo business all wrong.

    Miley’s parents may have signed an agreement to do a photo session, but he content of the photos are owned by Annie Liebovitz not they Cyrus Family. Also, Vanity Fair editor’s have the final say over which photo hits the cover NOT they Cyrus Family.

    For instance, if Yoko Ono said she did not want that picture of her and John published, she would have had no choice because 1. they agreed to the photo session and 2. Annie owns those photos.

  • postwatcher

    rolling eyes @ 04/28/2008 at 12:25 am

    You have the magazine & photo business all wrong.

    Miley’s parents may have signed an agreement to do a photo session, but he content of the photos are owned by Annie Liebovitz not they Cyrus Family. Also, Vanity Fair editor’s have the final say over which photo hits the cover NOT they Cyrus Family.

    For instance, if Yoko Ono said she did not want that picture of her and John published, she would have had no choice because 1. they agreed to the photo session and 2. Annie owns those photos.

  • http://www.myspace.com/s_business Jay

    Some of you are pretty funny LMFAO

    -Socialite in Training

  • Michelle

    Billy Ray and his wife are country bumpkins my foot!!! haha. *rolls eyes* The poster who said that make them sound like there are naive country folks living in the middle of nowhere who are completely unaware of the perils and influence of the outside world! Seriously, will anyone buy that!!! Billy Ray and his wife has been in showbusiness for a good number of years. They are not innocent and naive. The truth is, they and their daughter made a stupid decision that is biting them back in the ass due right now so to speak.

  • trish

    she stupid for taking the picture, dont ever believe anybody when you goiin to half nake for a mag. miley is on 15 and she doing that stupid

  • rolling eyes

    @postwatcher

    Maybe the final picture can’t within their control, but the concept of the photoshoot is told to the ahead of time.

    For example, Rachel McAdams had a similar falling out with Vanity Fair b/c she was made aware at the photoshoot that herself, Scarlett Johanssen and Keira Knightly would be posing nude. Rachel said she didnt want to be a part of it, they wouldnt change the concept, so she didnt participate, instead some guy took her place.

    My point, somewhere along the process either before or during it, she was aware of the kind of photos she would be taking, so she had the choice not to participate, but decided to, because it was “artsy” to her and her family, forgetting that she is only 15. Rachel McAdams is like 27 and wouldnt do it.

    That says a lot dont you think???

  • jamie

    she’s not sorry, she likes the pictures that she took. The only reason she’s apologizing is because she’s afraid that after this, she’s going to start losing her fans…

    i just think that if she doesn’t really mean it, then she shouldn’t say she’s sorry

  • Aj

    WHORE!!!!!!
    she is becoming Vanessa
    she needs to get out of the spot light
    and do something with her life
    so she wont end up like britney
    but britney is more talented then her
    and will get a come back soon enough. But if miley turns into a “britney” i doubt she will get a come back

  • LINA

    love miley

  • lauren

    i am not buying it either
    she knew she was holding up a sheet against her chest.
    no one held a gun to her head
    she was in perfect control
    she is underage and soon we will be seeing her along the lines of Britney Lindsay etc
    she will have that has been look soon
    she knows what she was doing
    annie lebowitz is a brilliant photographer
    she is full of bs
    and NO ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG GALS
    SAD ANOTHER TYPICAL IDIOT

  • suzy

    notice how it says her parents left before she took this shot.

    i’m sure if her parents were there her dad would be screaming!

  • suzy

    it’s not artsy when you’re 15 years old.

    Annie only asked Miley to do this shot after her parents left. Her grandma and teacher have no say, they’re not her guardians.

    Miley was just tricked into this shot.

    Yes, yes she’s had those other photos she chose to do, but she wasn’t naked. and they weren’t for the sake of art.

    I thought it was irresponsible for Annie to conceive the idea that this would be ok and for Vanity Fair to publish it.

  • blah

    I don’t get it. How is she ashamed by these pictures? They show less than her self taken bikini pictures. I think this one will end up worse off than Brit.

  • Lulu

    Oh wow!!!!!!! I just wanted to say that I support Miley 100% Yes she made a mistake more then once but really if you don’t make mistakes then you wont ever learn and life is all about learning from your mistakes and I truly think Miley’s learning from these mistakes and people’s come on she has so much pressure on her right now just give her a freakin break gosh!!!!!!!! I mean really it must be hard being her, always haveing people in her business, watching her wanting her to do something bad so they can complain and say she’s a bad influence or say she’s going to turn out like Britney i mean really how do you think that makes her feel?! you guys saying that is just pushing her off the edg. I’m seriously sick of this all i hear is Miley’s got no talent she’s just getting all this fame because of her dad or that her voice sucks or she can’t act or that she’s ugly gosh people shut up!!! She does have talent she didn’t get fame from her father and if she did do you think she would have come this far?! uh no!!!! and also she has an awesome voice, she CAN act and she’s very pretty!!!! you people are RIDICULOUS!!!!! just give Miley a break she’s just being a teenager trying to live life to the fullest and face it MISTAKES DO HAPPEN i mean come on it’s not like you haven’t made mistakes it’s just that Miley’s life is under a telescope so if she does one thing bad then bam she’s a bad person. I really love Miley and i hope she doesn’t let some of these comments get to her just rememeber Miley you still have fans who love you and will always support you no matter what!!!! =D

  • Kelly

    Are we forgetting that B. Spears did the same thing around her age? Give her a break. Imagine if somebody followed you around with a camera 24 hours a day when you were fifteen and think about all the “disturbing” pics they would have. Don’t judge.

  • ~m~

    this may have already been asked but i don’t feel like pawing through the 200 some odd comments to check
    can someone please explain disney’s staement to me? i don’t see how the article was manipuating, and i don’t understand why she was embarassed
    what’s wrong with that picture? i agree with her it is artsy (unlike the green bra one which is more just a come hither look lol)

  • nhi

    ewwwwwwwwwww you can see her ribs!!!!!!!sticking out

  • Keepin it real

    Lulu, good for you that you still support her. But the fact of the matter is…she will probably lose a great deal of number of fans because of her and her family’s poor decision when it came to this. True that those photos may not be as racy and provocative for an adult actress who may have posed for this. But for crying out loud, this is totally inappropriate for a 15 yr. old girl whose fanbase is between the ages of 5-13.

    This was a total lack of judgment specially for Billy Ray and his wife and Miley’s official apology did not even own up to her and her parents’ mistake in decision making. Instead, she had to blame the photographer and the magazine for this. Read the interview. It was so obvious that her parents and Miley herself were SO fine with it until they stupidly realized that the public did not agree with them and thus, they had to sing another tune and backtrack from their statements.

  • troy

    I say there’s more then enough blame to go around. Miley’s parents should not have left before the photo shoot was over. Miley is 15 and she knows her audience is and has seen the fall out from the “My Space” pictures, she should have had the common sense to say NO. On on the other hand, Miley is 15 and I can see how a 15 year old being the position of being photographed by a renowned photographer like Annie Leibowitz would be a bit initmidated and reluctant to say no. I’m not saying that Miley forced or preassured but I’m saying I can see how she felt she couldn’t say no.

    I don’t know what was going through Annie Leibowtiz’s mind at the moment but she IS a world renowned photographer and Vanity Fair is not cheap skin mag. They know who they’re subject was and what her audience was they should have known that taken that picture and publishing it was NOT a good idea.

    This whole sorry situation speaks of a complete lack of judgment and common sense by all parties.

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