Over the last decade, she has shrewdly threaded her biggest headlines into her persona — although that approach has backfired along the way. Aside from a flash of her bra, the pictures are mostly tame images of a young couple snuggling on a couch. For the squeaky-clean brand of a rising Disney star, however, the snaps were the beginning of a total transformation.
In the cover image, Cyrus appears to be shirtless, looking over her shoulder while holding up a satin sheet as her bare back is displayed. The Conde Nast title later took down the cover image from its website. This round of photos — bikini and midriff-baring selfies, plus a wet t-shirt shot — was intended for her then-boyfriend, up-and-coming Disney heartthrob Nick Jonas.
At the time, the couple famously sported purity rings and spoke openly about their choice to abstain from sex until marriage.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were the new girls on the Disney block in Gomez made her Disney debut on Hannah Montana as a competing pop star before getting her own series, and her lifelong best friend Lovato was set for a leading role in the TV movie Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers. Instead of becoming a unified trio, however, Cyrus fueled rumors of bad blood by posting a video on her YouTube vlog — in which she and dancer Mandy Jiroux mocked and parodied the newcomers.
Cyrus and Jiroux later took the video down and apologized. In a group photo, Cyrus, boyfriend Justin Gaston and several other friends were seen slanting their eyes in a gesture typically made in mockery of Asian people. Disney refused to comment on the controversy at the time. Before her 18th birthday, Cyrus was in the midst of a career makeover. With her tongue out and wearing a skin-baring onesie, Cyrus — whose appropriation of rap and stoner culture was complicated at best — twerked across the stage before being joined by Robin Thicke, and later, Kendrick Lamar.
With Thicke, she stripped down further to a nude latex bra and panty set before grinding on the much older singer. At the podium, Helt spoke about issues pertaining to youth homelessness during a touching speech as Cyrus cried in the audience. He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail. In the years following Bangerz , Cyrus continued to settle into life as a public figure, toying with her image, dropping a free, experimental album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz in , and spending time with her on-and-off fiance Liam Hemsworth.
In May, she announced her planned musical return, once again shedding her recent past. While hinting at a more rootsy, country-infused sound during an interview with Billboard , Cyrus controversially took aim at modern hip-hop, accusing the genre which she once loved of being too misogynistic and flashy. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Newswire Powered by. Close the menu. Rolling Stone. Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch.
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