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Anatomy (So To Speak) Of A Tween Star

Anatomy (So To Speak) Of A Tween Star

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Miley's boots -- squeaky and sexy. Source: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't worry, this is totally SFW. (BTW, for at least a year I had no idea what NSFW meant. I burned my eyeballs a lot.) In fact, the semi-nude photos of Miley Cyrus that are causing such a ruckus — a practically tween-shrill ruckus, in fact — are totally SFW. If you a) have no idea who Miley Cyrus is, b) don't have contact with a twelve year old girl regularly, (creepy) or c) have somehow missed the Hannah Montana phenomenon because you are too busy reading Walter Benjamin — here's the story in a nutshell. Miley Cyrus is fifteen. She is one of Disney's most profitable young stars — her hit Hannah Montana franchise has broken the eardrums of more than one adult bystander. Annie Leibovitz took "beautiful," (read: arty, topless) photos of her for Vanity Fair. Disney is chuffed. Miley is miffed (and apologized to her fans). But it has ever been thus: from Annette Funicello to Miss Brit to a soft and non-threatening Leonardo DiCaprio; it's real hard for the t(w)een idol to grow up. What do you think about the photos? Creepy? Sexy? No big deal? Moral panicky?

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