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April 29, 2008

Much Ado About Miley

Joanne

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 nothing but a pouty pose? While it might not have been the best possible decision for her to have stripped down to her skivvies in the name of high fashion photography, I think we do have to give Miley a break.  She  is only 15 and to be perfectly candid, when Annie Liebovitz tells you to do something, you just do it.  She's convinced the Queen of England to slip into outfits she didn't want to wear, so who wouldn't listen when a world famous photographer tells you that a shot of you in a sheet will look great in one of the most coveted magazines on newsstands today?

As a publicist who has spent nearly two decades promoting and protecting the images of clients, I don't think it's fair to place blame on 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 o

f 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 the best interests of a celebrity teen who has become an icon to millions of young girls across our country, that's where it is time to draw the line. I mean, Liebovitz is a mom too - would she want her own teenager to strip down and pose for photos that can be seen by millions of judgemental parents, lascivious weirdos and impressionable kids?

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

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