Oh, Miley Cyrus is so less-smiley now that her topless -- well, not really -- Vanity Fair photos have been conflagrated over the internet.
Miley, 15, worshiped by tweens as Hannah Montana, posed with a bedsheet, her chest very much covered, her back exposed for celeb shooter Annie Leibovitz. The photos will appear in the June issue.
Leibovitz works with a staff so large it could easily populate a European principality. Miley employs a huge staff as well, and has very involved parents who were on the set. Her father, country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus, stars as her father in the Disney hit Hannah Montana.
So how was it that no one on the photo shoot figured out that, perhaps, this was the wrong image for the Disney princess? This is, after all, Vanity Fair, the publication famous for getting actresses to disrobe.
"Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," said Disney spokeswoman Patti McTeague.
In the article, Miley/Hannah says "Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought it was really cool. That's what she wanted me to do, and you can't say no to Annie." Miley adds "I think it's really artsy. It wasn't in a skanky way."
From what we can tell, we think Disney doth protest too much.
As Vanity Fair tells the New York Times, "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley."
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Perhaps every one involved with the shoot might have rethought the bedsheet but then we wouldn't be writing about it, you wouldn't be reading about it, and Vanity Fair wouldn't be creating all this lovely buzz that we all know sells magazines.
Oh, and the back flap continues. People. com quotes a "source" close to the Cyrus family: "The photo suggests that she is [naked], but she is not. She is covered by a sheet, and beneath the sheet she is clothed. Originally, she was in a flesh-colored tank top but was asked to remove it."
So she's wearing clothes under the sheet. As someone who has seen her show, she wears less on stage than a bedsheet over a top.