She thinks that Miley Cyrus needed to drop and bare in order to appeal to an older audience. I heard her words myself.
Miley Cyrus is FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. She doesn't need to appeal to anyone who needs to see suggestive photos of CHILDREN.
Was it porn?
Was it inappropriate?
Miley is a lovely young girl and doesn't need to pose wearing a sheet wrapped around her apparently nude body as if...as if...
I'm a mother of daughters. I know art. I even know nude art. I know beautiful photography. I'm a big fan of it for ADULTS.
Of which Miley is not one.
If that was one of my girls? The news headline would not be "Miley poses nude for Vanity Fair." The news headline would be "Star's mother wrings famous photographer's neck."
Annie Liebovitz, you should feel ashamed. She is a lovely young girl, and you should have highlighted the youth, not the sexuality.
It's not a "beautiful, natural portrait." I know fifteen year old girls. They---we--- don't pose clutching sheets round our naked bodies. That's not natural. That's suggestive.
We all know what it is suggesting. It's disingenuous to say otherwise.
That's everything that's wrong, right there.
We don't need to sexualize girls.
I want men to know: every time you ogle a young girl, or stare at a large chest, you encourage another girl to alter herself---possibly surgically---because it's conveyed that girls are sexual objects.
Sexuality is natural and ought to be developed in a healthy way.
Naked in a sheet on a magazine cover isn't natural or healthy, not at fifteen.
My heart breaks for poor Miley, especially after reading this:
The 15-year-old Hannah Montana actress said she regretted the provocative shots, which show her topless and clutching just a sheet to hide her modesty.
Miley, whose wholesome image has netted her £7 million, said: "It was supposed to be 'artistic' but now I feel so embarrassed."
She added: "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologise to my fans who I care so deeply about."
This sensationalism isn't over prudery or nudity. It's not about a public that can't appreciate art. It's over unnecessary sexualization of a young girl.
I noted that the photos and stripping happened after her father left the set.
My heart breaks for him, too.
** There is no photo here. I won't promote it further.
Copyright 2008 Julie Pippert
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