State of the Art: Ballad of the 'Tween Angel


“You can’t just say no to Annie.” That was part of the explanation given by 15-year-old superstar Miley Cyrus after photographs were made of her “backless” and clutching a blanket by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. (A VF behind-the-scenes shot is above.) “I think it’s really artsy,” she told the magazine at the time. “It wasn’t in a skanky way.”

But by yesterday, Cyrus was backtracking. “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,” she said in a publicist’s statement. She further criticizes the magazine in a People article, as the more financially minded press mulls over the fallout  expected to hit Cyrus’s Hanna Montana phenomenon and its parent company, Disney.

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