Miley Cyrus retracts her apology for her 2008 Vanity Fair photo shoot — and we'll go ahead and take credit for it

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Never again … will Miley Cyrus — shown at the March for Our Lives — be forced to apologize. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March for Our Lives)

Miley Cyrus is good at a lot of things — acting, singing, humanitarian work, being cute with Liam Hemsworth, and twerking are on the shortlist — but making headlines tops the list.

On Friday, we threw it back a decade to spotlight one of the star’s biggest headline-making scandals of all time in ‘Miley’s shame’: How a ‘semi-nude’ photo of Cyrus threatened to derail her career 10 years ago. It offered a look back to April 2008, when the world went crazy over a photo shoot the then-15-year-old did with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Miley, then the star of the billion-dollar Hannah Montana franchise, was forced to apologize for the shoot — during which she was shirtless but fully covered — and her reps slammed the magazine for taking advantage of her. She was literally shamed in the press with a New York Post headline saying “Miley’s Shame,” and the whole thing threatened her career.

Over the weekend, Miley learned — likely from our story — that a decade had passed since the incident that sparked so much drama. Her reaction was just so … Miley. Not only did she retract her forced apology (at the time, she said she was “embarrassed“), but she gave a big old eff you to the paper that shamed her — and anybody else who felt the same way.

She shared similar posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram — and her fans were in her corner.

Miley said goodbye to Hannah Montana in 2011. Since then, she’s been staying true to herself — whether that’s supporting causes that mean a lot to her through her Happy Hippie Foundation or twerking with foam fingers. We hope that never changes.

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