In yet another nod to the tween set (Tavi, you'll recall, is now a columnist), Harper's Bazaar has given their cover to worst-influence-of-the-year Miley Cyrus. The cover story is the anti-VF, complete with the explicit insistence that the young star is "growing up gracefully." Here, the silk charmeuse is fashioned into frumpy prom dresses and, yes, an overall-styled gown. And she's gently bewildered about the scandals that rocked her year. On the Liebovitz Lolita shot,
"Here, my parents are thinking they're seeing a beautiful picture by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that?" says Miley, who is dressed simply in a huge gray T-shirt and narrow little jeans tucked into a pair of flat boots. "It doesn't make sense to us because [my family] doesn't look for negativity. But people don't want to say 'What a great performance' or 'What a great shot.' No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn't sell a magazine."
And of her ice cream stripper-pole?
"My job is to be a role model, and that's what I want to do, but my job isn't to be a parent," she says. "My job isn't to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I'm still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That's just life."
In other words, sound bites. What's more interesting are the few moments when Miley reveals the girl who's been a multimillionaire since her preteens: "I love looking out at 27 semis and being like, every single one of those semi trucks is there to put together my stage." Later, talking about her "style," she says, "I thought it was so cool when girls would ask me, What's your shirt? And I'm like, Hanes, but I have $60,000 worth of jewelry on top of it!" On the one hand, her excitement is nice. On the other, this - even more than the questionable supervision and dubious role modeling - is a reminder that Miley Cyrus is no girl next door. She's been formed by fame, and it's not bad for her young fans to be reminded of that.
The Real Miley Cyrus [Harper's Bazaar]
Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Influence Of 2009 [Reuters]
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