We already suspected that the Disney factory manufactures tween starlets like plastic widgets, but we had no idea that production has gone into super overdrive since the Miley Cyrus/ Vanity Fair "nude" debacle. The Wall Street Journal reports that "Talent development has taken on new urgency since April, when Vanity Fair magazine published photos of the 15-year-old Ms. Cyrus with only a bedsheet covering her torso." Hannah Montana ratings have declined, the Journal points out, and so Disney is attempting to replace Miley with 15-year-old actress/singer Demi Lovato by using a "multimedia blitz that is aggressive even by Disney standards." So Lovato is being touted as the "New Miley," but just last month, another pretty, Texas-born Hispanic girl was declared heiress to the Cyrus juggernaut. People called Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez the next Miley, and it turns out that Lovato and Gomez (pictured here — Lovato is on the left) are "best friends" who have their own YouTube channel wherein they discuss things like their matching "True Love Waits" purity rings.
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