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Much Ado About Miley

Here we go again.  First, Miley Cyrus posted some trashy photos of herself on her MySpace page and now, she was coerced by Annie Liebovitz to pose semi nude for the cover of Vanity Fair.  Should I be outraged that my daughter's role model is wrapped in a sheet baring a sexy pouty pose?  My answer - nope.  

Sure, it might not have been the best decision for her to have stripped down to her skivvies in the name of high fashion photography, but the girl is only 15 and for God sakes, when Annie Liebovitz tells you to do something, you just do it.  She's convinced the Queen of England to wear outfits she didn't want to put on, so who wouldn't listen when one of the most famous photographers in the world tells you that a shot of you in a sheet will look great in one of the most popular and well-regarded magazines on the planet?

As a publicist who has spent my career protecting client's images, I'm not placing blame on 15-year-old Miley or even her mom and dad who left the photo shoot to take their eight year old daughter home.  The problem is that Cyrus was left in the hands of her grandmother and a publicity assistant who was probably too scared to tell Annie Liebovitz that having Miley wearing nothing but Egyptian cotton bed linens would be pretty bad for her image.  Trust me, I've been there.  I've been around pushy photographers and reporters who befriend interview subjects only to stab them in the back in order to land their big get.  For Annie Liebovitz, she's used to getting exactly what she wants but when that compromises her teen subject - causing her parents and moms across the country to go ballistic, that's where it is time to draw the line.  I mean, Liebovitz is a mom too - would she want her teenager to strip down and pose for photos that can be seen all over the world?  

As for Miley's PR handlers - I'm sure the last thing they wanted was to put team Cyrus in a bad situation but unfortunately, they were blind-sighted by flashbulbs and images of Vanity Fair covers dancing in their heads.  And as a result, it looks like it's going to be a cold day in Disney before Miley bares all again.

Posted in: Role Mommy Confessions on 04/29/2008

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