Thursday, May 01, 2008

Public shocked that a 15-year-old girl can be sexy

Prudes are clucking their tongues over Annie Leibovitz's photos of Miley Cyrus for Vanity Fair.

How can the squeaky-clean "Hannah Montana" star be both a cute pop star and a sexual young woman? Is there a precedent for such a dual identity?

This is the photo that garnered all the controversy. It's a lot of bare skin, but no more than one can see at the beach. Okay, so this isn't the beach; it looks like she's arising after a night of love-making.

But it is artistic and beautiful. It's a lovely photo of a lovely subject. And to deny the eroticism of young women is to try to wish away a biological fact.

Now, here's where I have a problem:

In this shot and others like it, which one may see in the behind-the-scenes video, Miley is draped across Billy Ray Cyrus. They look less like father and daughter, and more like lovers in what the magazine calls a "relaxed family event." Then why don't I see her mom? Or would that make it look like a threesome?

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