Miley Cyrus left childhood, Hannah Montana, and her clothes behind when she became an adult. Miley’s nudity, while shocking in the beginning, has become her thing now. We’ll get into it later but she’s actually been teasing her nudity since she was younger during her Disney days. Let's remember she was once a sweet child as evidenced by her Hannah Montana audition tape.
When did Miley’s Nude Streak Begin?
Before she was stripping down to sell records, Miley was caught up in a nude photo scandal when she was only fifteen. The first set of leaked photos came as a result of a MySpace. There were quite a few photos released including near-nude selfies and even ones of her snuggled up with some guy. The hacker that stole the second set of photos said they were discovered in an email exchange between Miley and Nick Jonas. What is most interesting about the timing of the leak of these personal photos is that they came during the same year and very shortly before a now infamous photoshoot with famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz. On the cover for the Vanity Fair spread, Miley posed topless with her back completely exposed.
While the photo may seem innocent enough, Miley was embarrassed:
"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
Annie Leibovitz responded saying:
"I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together, and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful."
Unfortunately for Miley, she had to deal with a lot of criticism early on for the photo scandals. But those were mere foreshadowing for what she is doing purposely these days. In 2012 Miley decided a new image was in order and decided to chop off her long brown hair in exchange for and edgy blonde pixie cut.
Early in 2013, there were a few indicators that Miley would be headed in a VERY different direction. We began to see pictures of her out on the Hollywood club scene with urban artists like Pharrell and Teyana Taylor.
She released We Can’t Stop, the lead single off of her album Bangerz, in June 2013. The video introduced us to the new sound and image in a song about partying and popping molly. In the visuals, we see her writhing around on a bed, spanking strippers, swimming almost completely naked wearing nothing but a mesh bathing suit. She even yanks at her clothes almost revealing her crotch. The song was definitely a proclamation by Cyrus that she is no longer Hannah. The video went on to become the fastest video to reach 100 million views in Vevo history, just 37 days.
In anticipation of her album, MTV decided to let her perform the hit single at the MTV Video Music Awards. The performance featured her and a bunch of twerkers messily playing around on the stage. The public found the performance shocking; first because she takes of her teddy bear leotard to reveal a nude colored latex 2 piece. And second, because she grinds all up on married R&B crooner Robin Thicke. In lieu of all of the controversy surrounding the performance, Miley has repeatedly stated that she achieved what she wanted and is happy to see people reacting so strongly.
Wrecking Ball, the follow-up single, had an accompanying video where Miley bares it all. Because of her controversial past, you wouldn’t believe that this is the first time we actually see Miley fully nude. The song is a power pop love song about love hitting hard like a wrecking ball. She has said that she had to be nude because the song is about vulnerability and there is no better way to portray said nudity. Also, enjoy her making out with a sledgehammer.
The video even set off a fued with Sinead O’Connor who tried her best to warn Cyrus against being used by the industry.
Miley tapped raunch-photographer extraordinaire, Terry Richardson, to direct the video. So for many people, the nudity and sharp imagery weren’t a surprise. But, what was surprising were images released from a New York City photoshoot with Terry that came out shortly after the video.
HAVE THERE BEEN ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN MILEY CYRUS NUDITY?
As this article thoroughly proves, Miley Cyrus is no stranger to nudity on camera (or off camera, for that matter). But it's still something of an attention-getter when she decides to go nude again, especially if it's for a high-profile feature in V Magazine, shot by famous photographer Karl Lagerfeld. You can see a couple of the shots from the magazine's "Rebel Issue" feature on Cyrus here, but luckily for us the V Instagram account is home to a (somewhat) censored version of Miley's topless shot that they released in order to promote the issue. You can decide for yourself if it worked or not: