Embarrassed Miley Cyrus Apologizes for Pics
In this case, it's a full-blown Disney PR war to reclaim Cyrus' good-girl image and have her proclaim embarassment over a potentially image-tainting — and, by extension, income-reducing — Vanity Fair spread.
But don't believe the hype; this has an all-too-saccharine aftertaste of manufactured pop regret.
Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old television and pop music sensation revered by little girls around the world as "Hannah Montana" has apologized for a recent racy photo spread of her published this week in a popular glossy magazine.
"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," Cyrus wrote in an apology posted on Sunday on the online edition of People magazine.
The artsy, skin-revealing shots include a picture of Cyrus, draped in a sheet, with her naked back exposed, looking alluringly at the camera.
The photo provocative photo spread threatens to sully her fresh-scrubbed, good-girl image, and could raise doubts about whether she is an appropriate role model in the minds of parents of her impressionable young fans.
No one is really concerned about the actual photographs in question, what's troubling Disney and the Cyrus clan is a legitimate concern that the photos could negatively impact Miley's uncanny ability to rake in the dollars.
There just aren't that many fifteen year olds with a $31 million opening weekend box office draw — for a concert film.
And Brand Miley/Montana must be maintained at any cost.
Cyrus is one of the biggest — and most G-rated — acts in the country and is often considered a role model for young girls. Her "Best of Both Worlds" tour sold out arenas, and her successful 3-D concert film collected $31.3 million in its opening weekend in February.