As you may have already read, Miley Cyrus is totally embarrassed by the semi-topless (back view) photos printed of her in this month’s Vanity Fair. In a statement put out by her publicist, Ms. Cyrus, age 15, said, “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… I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
Representatives of the magazine responded that during Annie Liebovitz’s shoot, “Miley’s parents and/or minders were on the set all day… Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”
This isn’t the first time a star has felt stung by VF. Dewey ingenues like Lindsay Lohan and Paul Wolfowitz have complained of being misquoted and beloved icons like Courtney Love and Paris Hilton blame the magazine for their subsequent vilification. Here, a look back in anger and occasional admission.
2007: Katherine Heigl was profiled Leslie Bennetts, and was quoted calling Knocked Up “a little sexist.” She later said in a statement, “It’s important to me to take a minute and clarify the quote about Knocked Up in Vanity Fair… I was responding to previous reviews about the movie the interviewer brought to my attention. My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it’s a broad comedy… Although I stand behind my opinion, I’m disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie.”
2006: Lindsay Lohan was profiled by Evgenia Peretz and told of struggles with drugs and bulimia. She later said in statement, “The words that I gave to the writer for Vanity Fair were misused and misconstrued, and I’m appalled with the way it was done.” Ms. Lohan eventually checked into rehab.
2003: Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was quoted by Sam Tanenhaus in an article called ‘Bush’s Brain Trust’ as saying, “For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.” A Pentagon source told CNN that, “Vanity Fair only used a portion of the deputy secretary’s quote… Their omission completely misrepresents what he was saying.”
2000: Paris and Nicky Hilton were profiled by Nancy Jo Sales. Paris Hilton subsequently told USA Today that Ms. Sales was “mean-spirited. We were 18 and 15 at the time. To do that to little girls is so messed up. It was really hurtful. That was the beginning of it all, of everyone trying to be mean.”
1992: Courtney Love was profiled by Lynn Hirschberg, who quoted her admitting to using heroin while pregnant. Love later told Entertainment Weekly, “The things that Lynn Hirschberg did with lying and misquoting and just the portrait she painted of me — listen, I used to be really honest about things, but ever since Lynn Hirschberg I’m not gonna be honest about anything anymore. She painted a picture of a person who has no ethics, no discipline, does heroin (during) her pregnancy. Give me a break. I mean, I went to college. I’m not insane. Lynn Hirschberg is really obsessed with me and she’s just, you know, really mainstream. She does celebrity profiles and puff pieces.” According to The Independent, Love “admitted (but subsequently denied) that the story about shooting up in the early stages of her pregnancy was true.”