Miley Cyrus was not always the outspoken, rebellious musician she is today.
In the mid-2000s, the former disney channel darling was the picture of innocence thanks to her breakout role in the hugely popular series Hannah Montana.
Disney bigwigs were obsessed with keeping the teenage popstar’s clean image. During interviews, Cyrus openly talked about her virginity and even claimed that she wore a purity ring.
“I like to think of myself as the girl that no one can have, that no one can keep in their hands,” she said. tv guide In 2008.
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“Even at my age a lot of girls are starting to fall out and I think if [staying a virgin] is a commitment that girls make, it’s great.”
Cyrus, then just 15, was the teen idol for millions of young girls around the world. She was under tremendous pressure to be a role model for her legion of impressionable fans.
But Cyrus inadvertently shattered her innocent child star image with a controversial magazine photo that sent shockwaves through the industry and her fanbase.
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In April 2008, the interpreter of ‘Malibu’ appears in the pages of vanity lounge in a bold pose, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In the photo, Cyrus posed shirtless while holding a white satin sheet. Immediately it became a huge scandal for the young actress.
The interview accompanying the photo also upset fans. In it, Cyrus talked about his favorite TV show sex and the city and the controversial party girl stars Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.
After reaching the stands, the photo made headlines – including the New York Post front page, which read: “MILEY’S SHAME”.
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The post described the photoshoot as “semi-nude” and many saw it as a strange deviation from her brand as Disney’s wholesome Hannah.
In a bit to salvage her reputation for squeaky cleanliness, Cyrus was forced to apologize for her career misstep.
“I participated in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now seeing the photos and reading the story I feel so embarrassed. I never meant for this to happen and I apologize to of my fans who I care so much about,” she said.
“It was everyone’s poisoned thoughts and minds that ended up turning this into something that wasn’t meant to be.”
“I never intended for any of this to happen, and I’m so sorry if I disappointed anyone.”
Disney even stepped in to decry Cyrus’ photo shoot, claiming the interview was a “manipulation” of the teenage star.
“Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation has been created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,” said one. the spokesperson said at the time.
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Leibovitz was also forced to defend her creative vision after the photos were released.
“I’m sorry my portrayal of Miley was misinterpreted,” she said in a statement.
“Miley and I looked at fashion photos together and discussed the photo in that context before taking it. The photo is a simple, classic portrait, taken with very little makeup, and I think it’s very beautiful.”
Cyrus’ parents had been on set with her for the first half of the interview and photoshoot, but sources said only her grandmother and her teacher remained when the infamous photo was taken.
“Annie convinced them it was going to be artistic. Her parents are mortified. They know this is a learning moment for Miley,” a source said. People at the time.
“The photo suggests that she is [naked], but it is not. She is covered with a sheet, and under the sheet she is clothed. She originally wore a nude tank top but was asked to take it off.”
After the scandal, Cyrus continued performing Hannah Montana for three more years, releasing a film and several albums as the fictional popstar.
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Once released from her Disney contract, the singer-turned-actress sparked even more controversy in the following years.
His most notable scandal dates back to 2013, when Cyrus performed at the VMAs alongside Robin Thicke and twerked and twirled on a giant foam finger.
By now, Cyrus had completely let go of her wholesome Hannah Montana image.
“Not only has the culture changed, but my life and my career have been changed forever,” Cyrus later said. Wonderland of this performance.
“It inspired me to use my platform for something much bigger. If the world is focused on me and what I do, then what I do should have impact and be awesome.”
Armed with her newfound rebellious reputation, Cyrus decided to take aim at her detractors in 2018 – a decade after the controversy vanity lounge photos have been posted.
Cyrus tweeted an image of the New York Post front page that read “Miley’s Shame” and wrote the following message: “I’M NOT SORRY. F— YOU #TENYEARSAGO.”
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speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live about the undoing of her apology, Cyrus said, looking back, she realized how unfair the shaming was on her photos.
“I guess it was apparently 10 years ago and I think a lot has changed and I think the conversation has changed a lot,” she explained.
“And I think something that I really thought about was, you know, people thought I had done something wrong in their eyes.
“But I think it was really wrong to tell someone that it’s my shame and that I should be ashamed of myself. It’s not a good thing to tell someone that they should have ashamed of themselves. Other than Donald Trump.”
Cyrus said people misinterpret a nifty photo as something more sinister just because it was underage.
“There was nothing sexualized about it on set,” said the ex.Hannah Montana said the star.
“It was everyone’s poisoned thoughts and minds that ended up turning this into something that wasn’t meant to be. So, actually, I shouldn’t be ashamed.”
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