Miley, Stay Strong!

April 28, 2008 at 10:56 am 4 comments

Yesterday we were at a nice local restaurant on a rare date alone with our daughter.  We were discussing pop starts and what can easily happen with fame, money, and media pressure.  She said, “Mom, I don’t think that would ever happen with Miley Rae Cyrus.  She’s a Christian, and she tries to do the right thing.”

I said, “I know darlin’, but Britney Spears was a Christian girl, too.  And it was a very sad day when she started making a few poor choices that were questionable that led to a few other questionable choices…and while any of those are forgiveable, they can all start adding up a very confused girl making some terrible life choices wondering whatever went wrong.”

“I know, Mom.  But, I hope that never happens to Miley.  I don’t think it will.”

“I hope not, sweetie.  That’s why I’ve been praying for her for some time.”

“Me, too.  I like her.”

Just on blogs this morning and flying across the news is a photo shoot that will or already is appearing in Vanity Fair magazine this month were some professional and skilled photographer convincec her to be “edgy and artsy” , the photo ofout of character for what parents have grown to trust, bringing an “adult” flare to what should have been left innocent.  Disney has not approved, according to one news story linked below. 

What makes me angry is what is making many parents angry:  the magazine knew taking something from this family would gain something for them.  While the family was there in and out and initially approved in context — it seems everyone was drawn into the auro of “artistic” , fine in some situations, but not for this career. 

Pray for a hedge of protection around this gir.  Pray that she will balance her career with personal growth.  Pray she will get out of the media circle, find a church to help balance her and remind her of wisdom and good boundaries.  

She’s done something great.  I don’t want her destroyed.  There are rumors of other informal photos posted on Myspace, (I just looked them up and linked below for Moms out there concerned).   Panty-brief-bikini-laying in bed stuff.  The link was “leaked” if indeed it is her, and appears to be to me.

Use your discretion in telling your daughter about this, moms.   

Vanity Fair Photo:

News Story:

TV Guide author says (click for full article):  “If the photos are of Cyrus, would they change the public’s — and especially young fans’ — view of her? ….or are they simply examples of what every teenage girl puts on her MySpace page (except without the world watching)? And if they were boys (think Zac Efron in surf trunks), would the public reaction be similar? Let us know what you think. —” Anna Dimond 

Wow.  My response?  EVERY teenage girl is not posting photos of herself in bikini shots on her MySpace page.  These photos are far from “just a girl in her bikini” shots.  Scroll down here.  Not cool for web.

Compare to typical google photos here.  People are asking if she’s a fake.  Something she will now have to decide.  Is she who she says she is?  Or is she just a struggling teenager, like most?  I hope in this struggle, she learns to win, not lose.  Stay humble and stay teachable, Miley. 

Perhpas Disney needs Miley to do a whole episode on what not to post on your MySpace page. It’s not healthy for her guy friends to have that view into her private life.  Billy Ray…step up.  You are as much of a model father people need to see as she is trying to set a standard for this generation.  You guys have great opportunity here to teach.  Take it.



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  • 1. Cindy  |  April 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Saw this on GMA this morning. At least they weren’t condoning this, they were actually critical of the photographer for convincing her to do this. People in the public eye are really so vulnerable.

  • 2. Kim  |  April 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    First of all…shame on the photographer and Vanity Fair for taking/wanting “artistic” pictures of a 15 year old. SHE IS 15 FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!!!! Second of all…if in fact her parents (not staff or minders as one article put it) were on set, shame on them for allowing their 15 year old daughter to take her top off and wrap in a blanket/sheet and pose for those pictures.

    I agree with Maggie that is a wonderful opportunity for the Cyrus camp to pick up the pices and send a strong message. Learn from bad decisions and move on. I don’t think the press should be throwing stones at her for what appears to be a misleading from the photographer and a bad decision on the Cyrus part. Leave her alone, let her parents lead her through this and cover them with prayer!!!!!

  • 3. mandy  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    seriously! what did her PARENTS have to say about this?

  • 4. Cindy  |  April 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    According to an article I just read, not only were her parents there with her during the shoot, but also her grandmother. The parents say they left before the “artsy” shot was taken—-well how stupid is that. However, the grandmother was supposedly still with her. This whole situation is so sad and it is going to snowball into a really stinky situation. So sorry for this young girl.

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