Miley, Miley, Miley (tsk, tsk, tsk)

28 Apr

Have you seen this picture?


Yes, friends, that’s our sweet Hannah Montana looking all sexified for Vanity Fair magazine.  I have to admit that I’m torn.  Annie Leibowitz took the photo, and I don’t think it’s too terribly trashy, but on the other hand she looks really young and that creeps me out.  Then there’s the mom issue:  is this the girl (this barely-dressed girl in the picture) the one that I want my daughter trying to emulate?  No, I’m much more about Hannah Montana, the so-clean-you-could-eat-off-her girl on the Disney Channel.  But is it WRONG for Miley to have taken these pictures?  Eh, I’m probably more liberal than that.  Like I said, I’m torn. 


What do you think??? 


BTW, you can read the whole article here


UPDATE:  After reading your comments and thinking on this for the last couple of days I’m no longer torn.  I don’t think she should’ve done it.  But she definitely provided an interesting conversation for me and Ab:

Ab (looking over my shoulder at a headline on the computer):  Mom, what does that say about Miley Cyrus?

Me:  Well, Miley took some pictures for a magazine that were not appropriate.

Ab:  What kind of pictures?  Why were they bad?

Me:  They took a picture of her back.  And when you’re Miley’s age that means she had to take her bra off to get the picture taken.  So that’s not okay.

Ab:  She took her bra off??  That means that her chests were hanging out and when she turned around to get the second picture taken she didn’t have any clothes on!  (Note the assumption that she turned around!)

Me:  Thankfully she didn’t turn around, but you’re right, the picture is suggestive.  And that’s why it’s wrong.  She should have told them she didn’t want to take the picture, but instead she let them convince her that it would be okay.  It’s very sad.  And there are lots of very sad parents because now we can’t trust Miley. 

As Hannah Montana says, Nobody’s Perfect, but I won’t be lovin’ on Miley for little while.   


9 Responses to “Miley, Miley, Miley (tsk, tsk, tsk)”

  1. Amy Seay April 29, 2008 at 2:38 am #

    I heard that she was upset about how the photos made her look and that she apologized for them, but in the end, why did her parents allow her to do that?! I agree that they are not at all trashy, and we could all probably loosen up a little, but she is so young and her audience is younger. In my opinion, not appropriate at this time in her life. Poor little pea!

  2. Julie April 29, 2008 at 2:50 am #

    Okay, I hate to come off as ultra-conservative here, but is it just SO wrong to actually be photographed in CLOTHING?! She is very young girl and, as you mentioned, her audience is even younger. Would it have been so difficult to do a shoot in, I don’t know…this may sound nutty, maybe some jeans and a cute t-shirt??!!!

  3. kathrynsmoore April 29, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    Amy, that’s the thing: You have to know when you take off your bra for the picture that there’s a chance it’s not going to be quite as wholesome as you might’ve hoped, no matter what you’re told.

    Julie: I agree, a t-shirt and jeans would’ve been totally perfect. In fact, the article says she showed up in just that, so what better way to photograph the “real Miley” than in her own clothes? (I’m sure they’re plenty nice!!)

  4. Barb April 29, 2008 at 5:19 am #

    True confessions: I have never seen the Hannah Montana show. However, I think that gives me more of an unbiased perspective here. Being that Vanity Fair is an adult magazine, they are looking for articles and pictures that would appeal to adults. So I am not exactly sure why they are interviewing Miley in the first place except to cash in on her popularity. Sex and drama gets way more attention than nice performers with a good head on their shoulders. It appears to me that Vanity Fair took advantage of Miley by taking the picture. Miley said herself that she “couldn’t say no” to Liebowitz, as if she wanted to. There is an article about this on CNN that says that her parents had left the photo shoot and did not see the photos (don’t know which story is accurate). Also, in my opinion, the article does not paint her in a very positive light. But that is my point: this is Vanity Fair and they have an adult audience who wants sex and drama. To sum it up, I think Miley and her family should have declined the whole thing.

  5. estallings0911 April 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Yes, this photo totally creeps me out. If she were a few years older, it would be fine, but she’s 15!!! She can’t even drive!!! No one should see her looking like that at her age! I love Annie Leibowitz, but she took the exact same photo of Diana Ross in the ’70s. At least Diana was older…

  6. Kregg April 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm #

    Ask me again in 3 years.
    It’s totally creepy.

  7. Glenda April 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    Consider summing up what you (all) have said and send it as a letter to the editor of Vanity Fair. Perhaps her parents, who will surely read the comments, will get the message that she is a role model and that taking off your clothes for a picture is not the right thing for a youg girl to do.
    When I first saw the picture I didn’t recognize the girl as Hannah ( I never remember that her real name in Miley-my age I guess) and figured Katy was going to rail about child porn.
    Will this be the beginning of the same path for Miley as our sweet Lindsey Lohan?
    Why do adults exploite chidren?
    When will gross sales NOT outweigh what is RIGHT?

  8. Kimberlee April 30, 2008 at 1:36 am #

    I didn’t have time to read the whole article, but when a 15 year old says her favorite show is “Sex and the City”…I think she’s a little beyond her Disney Channel fans! I hope she lied to Teen Beat when she gave them her faves list!
    My parents would’nt dare let me look at that show even if I was the millionaire of the house!

    Well, if she’ s old enough to watch that show, she’s old enough to know that an “artsy” molester’s dream will knock Team Mickey’s ears off!
    A new tween star is born every minute…she should step lightly.

  9. Julie May 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    To your update I can only say, “Amen, Sister!” I can relate…my personal opinions are often clarified for me when I explain something to my 6-year-old daughter.

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