If it didn’t happen so often you could almost believe them. It’s like a line from a movie: Young starlet is discovered for some talent. She is built up and is sold as a pure girl– a role model to look up to. Then, there are pictures discovered showing that she’s not who she claimed to be, or (as in the case of Miss Cyrus) she has photos taken that show off a different image than the managed one…
Not that the photos that are coming out are some of the worst ones that have been taken, but the idea that our girls have to feel that they’re inadequate because of their body shape is something that we shouldn’t be reinforcing.
“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,” Cyrus said Sunday in a statement through her publicist. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
You can be the judge, if you wish. This page from ABC News has the photo which only reveals the starlet’s bare back.
She believe it was supposed to be “artistic”, but where does one draw that line, or how? What makes nudity in one case artistic and another case porn? What’s being done in the image? What it does to the viewer?
Miss Cyrus should have known better. There was no reason that she had to take her clothes off for a photo shoot.
The photographer should have known better. Women are more than sex objects, right? She’s popular for more than just her body, so why did they have to objectify a 15 year old?
It’s time that we start to expect more from our entertainment and for those that would be our role models. It’s time we start rejecting the status quo when it comes to this kind of thing– we can do better.