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Why Miley Cyrus retracted her apology for Vanity Fair photoshoot

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Susan Devaney
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Miley Cyrus has explained why she now regrets feeling ashamed of her photoshoot that appeared in Vanity Fair in 2008. 

Miley Cyrus may have rose to fame as Disney’s wholesome Hannah Montana, but in recent years the singer-come-actress has certainly shaken off her cute child star appeal. So much so, she’s taking back an apology she made 10 years ago as a teenager.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday 29 April, Cyrus shared the front page of the New York Post from 2008, featuring a photo of her from a Vanity Fair shoot. With the caption: “I’m not sorry. F**k you #10yearsago.”

At the time of publication, Cyrus issued an apology after the shoot was heavily criticised for baring too much skin.

“I took part in a photoshoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic,’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed,” Cyrus said. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologise to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

Now, speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Cyrus has explained why she regrets having issued the apology in the first place. 

“It was 10 years ago, and a lot of things have changed, and I think the conversation has changed a lot,” she told Kimmel. “Something I really thought about was, sure, some people thought I did something wrong in their eyes. But I think it was really wrong of someone to put on top of someone that this is my shame, and that I should be ashamed of myself.

“It’s not a nice thing to tell someone they should be ashamed of themselves. Except Donald Trump.”

The shoot, which was shot by world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, was never intended to be ‘sexual’ and Cyrus now believes people who view it that way should be ashamed – not her.

“When this photo was taken, my little sister was here on set,” she explained. “She was actually sitting with Annie Leibovitz taking photos, too, and there was nothing sexualized about this on set. It was everyone else’s poisonous thoughts and minds that ended up turning this into something it wasn’t meant to be. So, actually, I shouldn’t be ashamed, they should be.”

We hear ya, and we salute ya.

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