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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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  • Lockemeister

    Poor ‘lil Hillbilly Chick!…what was she thinking when they asked her to take her top off? Next she will be tongue kissing Madonna…Yuck.

    That bad ‘Ole Annie Leibovitz! …. Pervert!

    VF, promoters of kiddee p-orn…. Boycott VF.

  • ——

    It’s gonna be interesting to see how all this will turn out for her career….

  • lil dee

    I dont no why people are feeling sorry and bad for her. Its her life if she wants to do it she can. I dont do it and i’m the same age as her but people are differint.
    I love her she is awsom.
    I’m not a fan but she sounds like a cool chick.

    Keep it up chick your awsom and dont let anyone say you cant do what you want babeZ
    MWA! lvu ya always xoxox

  • Josie Ann

    Aaawww shucks. You’re crushin’ my achy breaky heart … NOT!!!!

    Fess up and take the heat on your own, girl. You know you done it, so don’t point fingers eslewhere. You act all grown up and yet you won’t take responsibility for your crap. In the grown-ups’ world, that’s what’s called immature, you self-absorbed, self-centered, self-seeking brat.

    Not sorry for you, not accepting your sorry and oh, you are such a sorry little b****. And pro-mileys, grow up and get real.

  • Lisa

    oh now she’s embarassed..she wasn’t when she showed us her green bra..or for the pic in the swimming pool…

  • haha

    i mean… it IS ARTISTIC AND NOT SKANKY but for a 15 year old to do that is a little inappropriate. i mean if people like angeline jolie, nicole scherzinger, megan fox, etc. did it it seems more age appropriate. i think its a little to much for a teen right? or is that just me?

  • Lina

    Why is this girl fucking famous?

    children digust me so much that they actually think this brat is talented, lol.

  • Deb

    i fell so bad for miley. these are very pretty pics and she should not fell bad or embaressed by them. shes so pretty and so are these pics. people need to just leave her alone. she did nothing wrong and shouldent have to aploigize. I love miley and i always will.

  • Amy

    She’s trying her best and she’s only fifteen. She’s going to make mistakes. People here who are adults saying horrible things about her should feel ashamed of themselves. It’s your overly critical words that help destroy teen stars.

  • soome

    I hate Miley, she’s full of her fame.

  • Stace

    Annie Liebowitz is a chickenhawk and Bruce Handy is a hack. Nice going, Miley’s parents. Your kid’s a tramp and you’re stupid.

  • rockstar

    I’m sick of Miley and her screw ups. I mean we all forgave her one,twice, but three is where I draw the line. She is 15 years-old and by the looks of what she has said about this photo, it seems like she definitely does not know how to say the words no or stop.
    Someone needs to teach her how to say those words before this gets out of hand.


    I know the picture looks bad (above) but if you see the backstage pictures it doesn’t look that bad. If you know what I mean..

    I love Annie<33 She is amazing and I don’t think she would risk
    putting a picture like that on purpouse, but I do think the picture is manipulated..

    Miley has admitted to trying to grow up to fast, and she needs to learn from this, but of course her parents should’ve taken some responcibility..

    We know nothing about the pressure she is under as a Hollywood star. There are other people in Hollywood who has managed to handle that pressure better but ‘quote’ “Nobody’s Perfect”

  • ~m~

    i honnestly don’t see whats bad about this picture
    sure she looks somewhat naked but i think nudity can be done by anyone (no matter what their age) if it is done the right way
    this to me looks classy not trashy (unlike the myspace pictures) so i don’t see why all the fuss is being made over this one when the other ones are worse
    i think it’s a nice picture and i think the fact that annie leibovitz took it just adds to the classiness of it, she should be honored to be photographed by someone like her instead of embarassed
    i dunno why but she kinda reminds me of a mermaid or something in this picture

  • haha

    honestly, i have nothing against her but ~m~ I have to disagree with you there: “nudity can be done by anyone no matter what their age”. I think there is a bit of a problem for a fifteen year old to do that. if she was 18 it would be different. it IS classy, but I think age does matter in this case. I’m not putting her down or hating on her anything, but I think for any 15 year old it’s kind of inappropriate to put out this pic. It looks like something someone like Scarlett Johansson or someone older would do you know what i mean?

  • folkien_arjoe

    im seeing her as the next britney or lindsay lohan.. shes pathetic.. shes to young to be like this… i hope her parents will see this things… do things like this when youre 18 its like millions of young girls are admiring her…

  • age

    i think you have to remember she’s 15. she’s not a baby, but I don’t think it’s time (yet) for her to do this kind of thing. it’s classy, but in the end it still is “semi topless”. miley cyrus just looks a little older and may have money but its like… imagine if someone like selena gomez did this kind of photoshoot for vanity fair. something just seems a little off you know? this is a classy pose and private parts are covered but the taste is a little mature.

  • M19

    Mark my words. Miley Cyrus is trouble. She is not the angel she pretends to be.

    In defense of her, Annie Liebovitz should never have entertainted the idea of taking a topless photo of a 15 yr. old. Isn’t that child pornography?? And I blame Vanity Fair for not having the morals and b*lls to pull the photo…just interested in the big bucks. What a damn shame!

  • Tammiboo

    I always knew she was going to do something really skanky really soon and this just proves my point. But i dont really blame her, its her managers/parents and whatnot who allow things like this to happen. they forget that the girl is 15 and try to make her seem older (maybe to attract an older audience for her new CD???) but overall, they are totally exploiting her.

  • Rusty

    Annie did a lovely job, as always. If Miley didn’t want that sort of photograph, she should have done better research.
    Well done Annie!

  • http://comingsoon Hollywood1Hugefan

    please write a good comment ok
    I like miley she’s cool luv her*_*

  • kismet

    No clothes, bedhead hair, red lips, and a look on her face that says I just got f***** – give me a break. Looks skanky to me.


  • drzen


    (thumbs up Borat style)

    VERY NICE!!!!

  • sika241124

    dont worry miley i still love you , you are the best love you :D

  • Iris

    # 10 and 12
    You’ve echoed exactly what I was thinking.
    How insulting to Annie. But with that said, Annie should have been more sensitive to the age issue in the way she was portraying her subject. Surely she could have come up with something more appropriate and creative that the cliched ‘sheets covering breasts’ styling.

  • rien

    Until now, I never heard somebody complain about Annie L. She is one of the best photographers. She always managed to capture the inner part of her object.

    I don’t know the Cyrus Girl, and I don’t want to know. But if she worked with Annie, then she had to know the risk, that Annie would manage to capture her “inner soul”, somehow.

    The Cyrus Girl reminds me strongly to Vladimir Nabokov”s Lolita.

  • belle

    she looks like a witch!!!!!!!!!
    she is ugly!!!!!!
    she sux at singing an acting!!!!!!!!

  • stumblwwetfgj

    that was really stupid. i mean if the shot were down of an older woman that wasn’t famous or anything then it’s be a very artistic, natural, intense kind of photo. But because miley has such an innocent little disney reputation, she seems like a slut now to all her fans. I hate that it came out that way, because Annie is so wonderful and this could damage her career! Miley Cyrus is a terrible singer anyway. She sucks with live performances!

  • Carolina

    She looks beautiful

    I loved the photo :)

  • me

    aww. i feel kinda bad for her now

  • stumblwwetfgj

    Miley Cyrus can’t sing! She get’s her famous daddy to mix C.D.’s for her that sound better after fixing her voice in the recording studio. Infact, they have to fix it soo much cuz the fool can’t even sing! She just got famous cuz she took a few acting classes and Billy Ray Cyrus happens to be her father. But in real life she’s just a teenage party girl that likes to show off and expose herself to attract attention to guys. there’s a girl named sarah at my school who’s exactly like that! I HATE THOSE KINDS OF PPL!

  • Angela

    She keeps playing the “Faith” card!!!
    Why is she trying to fool everyone?
    She is not a true christian, Nor does she have faith.
    Miley, continue in your “Skanky way!”
    see where you end up!

  • megan

    wow..just wow. how could she not know what she was doing? just because shes 15 dont mean shes an idiot. she apparently does want all the attention on her. since she got it she dont wanna take it away so shell keep doing things that make her lose her fans. watever good luck miley. my little sister totally hates u now. she was ur biggest fan.

  • Gabby

    I dont care what anyone else thinks al the ture miley fans will be with her 100% on EVERY thing she does!
    She is an amazing girl

  • Meggie

    well, she is an idiot, but Vanity Fair are not. Putting such photo of 15-year old girl on the cover is sick (no matter how artistic it is). They also should’ve imagined the outcome of it, so it’s impossible to blame only one side here. This is just something wrong with everyone involved, not individuals.

  • Shrimp

    i think miley is going to regret all of this. if she doesnt thats on her. personally i dont like her. i did at one point and so did my 9 year old sister, who WANTED to be like her. but seriously, on a reality level, miley, grow the **** up, ur 15. not 7. to show urself out in public as a role model to 0-13 yr. olds then take pictures that are “sleezy” is beyond what a 15 yr old should be doing. i still respect you and all, dont like u but respect her, but my sister, dude i would not want her to do that. its to ******. im sorry, but grow up or lose ur fans. and make an actual appology, not a fake one, but mean it mayb. dnt b a prissy b****. ur not that pretty. dont try to look sexy, the ugly pouty lip thing dont work on u. really.. u look like a retarded dork on crack ok. not sexy, but scary

  • Nikki

    i really feel bad for miley i love her tv show and i love her songs.. it is truley BS cause if i was a star i wouldnt want that to happen to me. she probably thought it was an avertisment of the new company and they just wanted the store to get famous so they needed somebody who was already famous just to get or use her to get MORE MONEY than any store like… Dolce and Cabona, Raulph Lauren, Calvin Klein. any many more…. She Doesnt know better she is just living her live whats so bad about that……?<3 i love you miley ur the best….

  • Nikki

    i really feel bad for miley i love her tv show and i love her songs.. it is truley BS cause if i was a star i wouldnt want that to happen to me. she probably thought it was an avertisment of the new company and they just wanted the store to get famous so they needed somebody who was already famous just to get or use her to get MORE MONEY than any store like… Dolce and Cabona, Raulph Lauren, Calvin Klein. any many more…. She Doesnt know better she is just living her live whats so bad about that……?<3 i love you miley ur the best….

  • Cristina.

    well, good on the girl.
    can’t wait to hear about this adventures she gets into in later life.
    oh gosh, i hate her to bits.

  • Cristina.

    well, good on the girl.
    can’t wait to hear about this adventures she gets into in later life.
    oh gosh, i hate her to bits.

  • miley&jonas luvers


  • ngfn


  • rien


    Whose carrier do you mean? Annie’s? Don’t worry about it. She has a name that stronger than the rocks! It needs more than a Miley to tumble it down!

  • anita

    i support miley 110% on whatever she does

  • jordan annell

    miley is adorable
    she looks beautiful in the pics
    its not like nasty pictures it looks like art

  • Misty

    poor miley

    These past few days have been hard for Miley, she is a strong girl but she is only 15. She needs the support from her fans, show her you will be by her side no matter what. If you support Miley put this in your siggy.
    Your amazing Miley no matter what!

  • Ash*

    what a slut!

  • Laura

    I saw the pictures on the Vanity Fair website and I saw the behind the scenes video/pictures.I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it at all and I think it’s stupid of the Disney Channel to issue a statement saying that Annie Leibovitz and others involved in the photoshoot “manipulated” her into taking those pictures; I think that was their way of covering their butts to avoid excessive criticism from the media. As far as Miley goes, I think she was pressured into issuing that apology. Being young is stressful enough. Being young with millions of eyes constantly watching your every move, some just waiting for you to mess up to start viciously typing away at their keyboards, tearing you to shreds, must be indescribably difficult.

    In the videos and photos I have seen of the session, she is sitting down on a stool, with a cloth that wraps all around her body down to her waist, and black yoga pants. She is holding the cloth up and the only thing that is exposed is her back. I think it’s ridiculous to call the photos scandalous and “slutty” when girls go to the beach showing more skin in their bikinis. I think the pictures came out stunning and really capture the essence of a girl that is transitioning into womanhood. The pictures are simple, elegant, and classy. There is an innocence in her look and in the overall composition of the photo that really makes it a work of art. If you were to tell me that the pictures were more along the lines of the amateur, tacky, and deliberately sexual pictures that Vanessa Hudgens took, then that would be a completely different story. And as far as the leaked pictures with her ex-boyfriend are concerned, half the girls on myspace have pictures like that. At her age, it is not something unusual or abnormal to experiment with different looks. Even though she, herself, is famous, she is still a teenage girl and is not exempt from feeling self-conscious and wanting to look attractive and appealing to the opposite sex. She’s showing some stomach. Wow. She shows a bit of her bra. Big deal. If she was taking pictures with pasties and a bong, then I’d be concerned, but not because of some silly thing such as this.
    And one also has to keep in mind that she is not deliberately handing these pictures out to fansites and gossip bloggers; these pictures are leaked by people who, perhaps unintentionally, are insensitive to the consequences they may bring.

    I also understand that she is a role model to many young girls out there who look up to her and wish to be like her. I don’t see why they shouldn’t or how she has failed them in any way. Miley, like every other teenager out there, is growing up– that includes evolving as a person and as an artist. I think it would be rather selfish on behalf of the fans to ask Miley to suppress all the things that crucial to a normal, healthy development for their own entertainment. I know her fan base is young and might not comprehend this, but it is the parents’ responsibility to explain this to their child (unfortunately however, in most cases, it is the parents that are the harshest critics).

    I think Miley is doing just fine as she is, and the entertainment industry would benefit from having more people like her and her family working for it. But idk, that’s just my two cents. (As you might be able to tell, I am bored at home too :P) lol.

  • motherofmileyfan

    As a mother of a Miley fan, I think shes great! At least because my daughter does not see or hear others ignorant opinions, so called adults who can not even express themselves without using foul language, making fun of a 15 year old.
    I wouldn’t say she necessarily made a mistake doing this photo shoot, I think its artistic, but even if she did, all teenages do, unfourtuanatly, she has to do it in the public eye. Give the girl a break!

  • Gemma

    i just wanna say i am a really bg fan but she better be careful i dont want to see her go to the dark side