Dear Miley Cyrus:
One question. Where was your Dad during this photo shoot?
Miley Cyrus is 15 years old. The photo above is fairly tame in technicalities, and horribly over-sexualized in the details; mostly the makeup and lighting. It's raw and unnerving. Vanity Fair, indeed.
This picture can't even be construed as a young innocent girl on the verge of womanhood; there's not even a hint of innocence or young modesty. She stares boldly at the camera and either has no idea what someone has talked her into, or she knows exactly what sort of response a picture like this will evoke in the male psyche.Either way, Dads were invented to forestall and avert this sort of dilemma for young girls. Dads know a thing or two that 15 year olds do not know about men. Well, most Dads.
What do I know? I mean, I remember a Polaroid picture of me posing on the diving board in my bikini when I was 15. Smiling like an idiot, goofy and unsure, cute and maybe a bit flirty... but the modesty was evident and appropriate. A young woman on the verge perhaps, but not yet ready to look like I'd spent a disheveled night between the sheets. Gah!
No little girl deserves to be looked upon like a slut before she is one.
But maybe I'm wrong on this. I mean, look where it got Brooke Shields.
What say you: Is this pic Trailer Trash or Art? Would you let your daughter pose like this?