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Did Vogue Pull Its Miley Cyrus Cover After the VMAs Debacle?



It's been a long week (and I mean, emotionally), so let's cap off this Friday afternoon with something salacious. According to a fairly obvious blind item which was posted on LaineyGossip, it's possible that Vogue pulled its Miley Cyrus cover following her VMAs debacle. 

Part of the item

"It’s an opportunity that’s been withheld from some of the most famous women in the world. It’s considered a major honour – to make the cover, THAT cover, a cover her predecessors had achieved and one that was being offered to her just as she was moving forward with the next stage in her career. It was to be a big deal.

The photo shoot happened. Everyone was happy with the pictures.

[But then, following the VMAs controversy], [t]hey’ve told her that they are reconsidering her cover but that she’ll still show up in the pages, just not on the front page."

The phrase, "THAT cover," doesn't seem fitting for any magazine besides Vogue, but as LUXXX put it in the tFS Forum thread, "The bigger question is, why would Anna [Wintour] put her on the cover?"

loladonna replied, saying the move wouldn't have come as a surprise: "When Miley started popping up in Vogue post-Met gala I sensed a Vogue cover on the horizon. They seemed real high on her—at least before her VMA twerk-and-foam finger debacle."

I'm borderline convinced. Miley still seems too accessible or unglamorous for Vogue; she's more a young starlet than a big star. The rumor might have been more persuasive if the magazine in question was more in tune with pop culture, like Harper's Bazaar (especially because last month, the pop star straight up told the publication's executive editor, on-camera, that she wanted to be on the cover — 6:33 in the video).

As a sidenote: I hated seeing Miley's twerky tongue as much as anyone, but if you remember her first true controversy — in 2008, when she was 15, the Disney actress shot an over-sexed spread with Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair — it's hard not to feel compassionate towards her. Young women are taught that being sexy will get them attention and protection from other people, but then they're punished when they display their sexuality in the wrong way. That effect is magnified many times over in the case of someone like Miley, who hasn't been able to go out in public without being scrutinized for practically her entire adolescence. Of course she's a little bit of a mess; if she weren't, she'd be a monster.