Amid Vanity Fair-gate, Time published Donny Osmond’s thoughts on Miley Cyrus’ career:
Show business is about idolization. As an idol to tweens the world over, singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 15, is riding a huge tidal wave at the pinnacle of her career; this is as it should be. I hope she enjoys it. I guarantee there will be many bumps in the road ahead. One of them, especially for somebody who acts and sings on her own TV show, is that your image becomes cryogenically frozen into a specific stereotype…..Her challenge will be overcoming the Hannah Montana stereotype. Miley’s fans are not thinking about the fact that she will grow up too. As she does, she’ll want to change her image, and that change will be met with adversity.
Donny predicted she’d be dealing with this image-change issue in about three to five years, but it seems to be upon us, and it’s not going very well. Miley and Disney are really blowng the situation out of proportion. The Annie Leibovitz photo shoot would have generated press, sure, but it wouldn’t have garnered what it has if Miley hadn’t come out saying she was ashamed to have done it. She doesn’t look slutty in the photo. She is wearing natural makeup. She isn’t revealing any private parts. While she says she thought it was supposed to be artistic but doesn’t feel it came out that way, you could argue that it did: Teen star who is usually masked by brightly colored clothes, over-enthusiastic personality, and a marketing machine is “naked” for the first time. Also, how many of Miley’s fans do you think read Vanity Fair?