Hannah Montana Star, Age 15, Appears Half Naked In Magazine Photo: Right or Wrong?

By: Stephanie Shoop - News Director
By: Stephanie Shoop - News Director

It's a rite of passage for many movie stars... a suggestive, skin-laden photo shoot in Vanity Fair. Think pregnant Demi Moore. Lindsey Lohan. NBC's "Heroes" Hayden Panetierre. Madonna. The list is a substantial one.

Now, Miley Cyrus, age 15, is in the VF hall of photo fame. In one photograph, the Hannah Montana star appears topless, holding a sheet over the front of her body. A rep says she is actually clothed underneath. Unfortunately for Cyrus, there is no sign of that in the photo. The teen star issued a statement, saying she is embarassed by the photos. She said she thought they would be artistic and did not expect them to turn out the way they did.

Vanity Fair hasn't said much about the photos, save they are staying up online and in the June issue. The magazine does have a video of the Cyrus shoot on it's website, with these words: "Annie Leibovitz's photographs of Miley Cyrus have caused quite a stir, but our exclusive video shows that the session was a relaxed family event in the picturesque hills of Calabasas, California."

As the news article said, this is the second time recently that racy photos have put Cyrus in the spotlight.  One showed her top pulled down to reveal part of a bra. Another showed her lying next to a boy with her stomach exposed. The photos have been circulating on the internet.

So what do you think about the controversy?

I have an 11-year-old daughter, and I've actually logged quite a few hours watching Hannah Montana. I've seen her 3-D concert movie. (Yes, I was one of the gazillions of parents who could not secure the real deal.) The Hannah Montana shows on Disney often have good messages, about sibling interaction, doing the right thing and supporting your friends. Positive messages.

But now, we have a different message from Miley Cyrus. I suppose you can thank Vanity Fair and the decision makers (her parents were with her during the shoot) who allowed the 15-year-old to pose appearing half nude.

I'm just wondering if that's a message parents want their preteen and teenaged children to see, and what, if anything, they plan to do. Nothing? Ban Hannah? Have a frank talk with their children? And here's another question: Should Miley Cyrus herself shoulder some or all of the responsibility for the shoot?

I hope you'll leave a comment and share your thoughts on this controversy.

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  • by Whois Location: MileyCyrus? on Nov 6, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    First of all, there was nothing wrong with the pictures. My God, people, you let your kids watch slasher films with blood, guts, and gore but you're afraid they'll get the wrong idea when an entertainer poses for tasteful, NON-Nude photos?? This country is screwed up when we celebrate death and destruction but ban the beauty of God's creation! Have none of you women had senior portraits with drapes? Those make it appear that you're topless but you're not. Why is that ok, but her holding a sheet up with bare shoulders isn't? What kind of role model is she? The kind that tells your teen daughters that she's ok with her body the way it is and they should be ok with theirs too.
  • by oyin Location: nigeria on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Hi hannah itink your great could you send your movie
  • by kashif Location: saudi aradia on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    i just see the pictur and reed the maxzines that why i ctreate a acount
  • by allisa Location: davisboro on Jul 21, 2009 at 02:52 AM
    what waz she thinking she are too yung to b wanting 2 expose your self like that (maybe she like the attention)
  • by brianna Location: brox on Jun 12, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    you nacket you toke nacket pictures and people still like you
  • by willie Location: NZ on May 2, 2009 at 09:34 PM
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