My little sisters are two of very many young girls that adore the 15-year-old actress and singing sensation Miley Cyrus (aka “Hannah Montana”). News has run rampant about her recent photo shoot with well-known photographer Annie Liebovitz for Vanity Fair magazine.
I understand PR stunts – hell, I work in PR – so I can actually understand why Miley (and most likely her management) decided to move forward with the photo shoot. However, I’m pretty disappointed in the photos. I don’t think many of Miley’s young fans read Vanity Fair, but nonetheless, to the ones that do see this photo of her, it sends a negative message.
This reminds me of Britney Spears career shift years ago – young singer becomes idol for millions and then decides to break out of her “good girl” image by sexing herself up. I understand that sex sells, but at some point entertainers need to ignore their managers, think less about making the most money or winning the most awards, and just entertain fans. Being a “role model” for millions puts a huge amount of pressure on teen stars, but this is the choice they made when they got into the business. More importantly, the star’s parents should have considered this pressure before taking their 7-year-old child to their first audition.