In 2008, Annie Leibovitz shot a 15-year-old Miley Cyrus for Vanity Fair’s April issue in a very un-Hannah Montana feature titled Miley Knows Best. It made people feel a lot of things. Like one picture of Miley lounging on her daddy Billy Ray Cyrus that had me thinking, “I better achy-breaky-back away from my computer before I heave up all my lunch.” But the pic that got the most outrage was one of Miley holding nothing but a sheet over her chest. Miley apologized for the pic back then, but she’s un-apologizing now.
After Vanity Fair released the issue, Miley released an apology, saying she was pitched an “artistic” shoot, not something that could be used later as email bait on To Catch a Predator.
“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. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
A Disney spokesperson issued this statement then: “Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines.”
On the ten-year anniversary of Miley’s “artistic” Vanity Fair shoot, she confirmed what I sort of always figured, which is that she didn’t give a shit what you thought about that shoot. Miley hopped on social media and let out a loud FUCK YOU to anyone who was offended by the image of 15-year-old Miley without a shirt on.
IM NOT SORRY
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 29, 2018
At the time, it did feel icky to see a kid three years into her teens without a shirt on. But looking back, maybe it’s not that scandalous. Then again, I could be viewing it through the lens of today’s kids, where Miley’s Vanity Fair shoot practically looks wholesome. Who is our most famous 15-year-old now? The Cash Me Ousside girl? I’m pretty sure she would have called Annie Leibovitz a hoe and told her to get back to her with something sluttier than a modest granny satin sheet to pose with.