Worst of all worlds for Miley Cyrus

Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:33pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Another "wholesome" teen icon gone bad? Or was U.S. television star Miley Cyrus' blunder in allowing herself to be photographed wrapped only in a bed sheet simply a mistake that will be forgiven by her young fans?

The 15-year-old star of the Disney Channel hit TV show "Hannah Montana" laid low on Tuesday as the furor over her Vanity Fair photo shoot left some commentators wondering if she would ever live it down.

"If you are Miley Cyrus you can't really lie low. She is a phenomenon," Us Weekly editor in chief Janice Min told Reuters. "This magazine is going to be on newsstands for an entire month."

Cyrus rocketed to fame on the show about a girl who leads a double life as a teenager and singing sensation. Her "Best of Both Worlds" concert tour last year sold $36 million in tickets, and generated a hit 3D film, but venues sold out so quickly and scalpers sold so many tickets at such high prices that angry parents filed suit and politicians launched investigations.

The actress quickly apologized over the Vanity Fair picture, taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, which showed her with tousled hair and apparently wearing nothing but a sheet clutched over her breasts.

Additional photos released by the magazine included one of Cyrus, with a bared midriff, resting on the knee of her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

"This picture disturbs me. It looks like his daughter is his girlfriend. He's trying to be hot," radio host Howard Stern said.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 49, herself a former child star, said she wished Cyrus' guardians had protected her better.   Continued...