Miley Cyrus Looks Back At Her Controversial 2008 Vanity Fair Cover

Miley Cyrus 2008 Vanity Fair Magazine Cover

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Miley Gives Behind The Scenes Details Of Vanity Fair 2008

15 years ago Miley Cyrus graced the cover of Vanity Fair in what is still one of the most talked about moments of her career. When her issue of the magazine was published there was major backlash towards the singer and her family. Many thought the “near-nude” cover photo was inappropriate due to her being only 15 at the time.

In her new TikTok series ‘Used to be Young’ Miley gives some insight on what went on behind the scenes of this controversial photoshoot. At the time, Miley didn’t feel as if she was being risqué in the photo. In fact, she recalls feeling very comfortable saying “I mean I had a big blanket on. And I thought, ‘This looks pretty and really natural. I think it’s really artsy.'”


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To Miley, there is a lot of symbolism involved in the photo. This was the first time Miley had ever worn red lipstick! She explained that the makeup artist Pati Dubroff “thought that that would be another element that would divide me [Miley]  from (my TV character) Hannah Montana” who she played on the Disney Channel for five years. She commends the creative vision of those involved in the production calling them “really, really brilliant choices”.

Miley Cyrus getting ready behind the scenes on set for her Vanity Fair 2008 cover shoot

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Reflecting on the backlash she received she believes “this image of me [Miley] as a complete opposite of the bubblegum pop star that I had been known for being and that’s what was so upsetting.”

Shortly after its publication, Miley issued an apology for the photo saying “I took part in a photoshoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

But, with hindsight being 20/20 she retracted that apology ten years later. She posted to Twitter “”IM NOT SORRY Fuck YOU #10yearsago”.


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