Miley Cyrus took it all off for the latest installment of her V Magazine “Diary of a Dirty Hippie” series. The main image is of Miley posing in the nude while backstage at this year’s VMAs. She’s smiling wide, legs crossed, nipples blazing, rainbow-colored accessories in full effect.
V Magazine and Miley both posted a censored version of the photo to Instagram. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is:
Miley is completely exposed in the photo, but at this point that’s to be expected. It’s 2015, people. Bare-skinned Miley is not news. The singer is performing an entire concert au naturel, for crying out loud. I’m not going to feign surprise at Miley’s V Mag nudie, as some outlets did, but I would like to pose the following question: Does seeing Miley naked over and over kill nudity for the rest of us?
The Huffington Post posted an article this morning with the following headline and subhead. It pretty much sums up how a lot of us feel about seeing Miley’s privates for the umpteenth time.
The opening line of the article reads: “There’s really nothing Miley Cyrus can do to shock us anymore.” I laughed out loud when I read this because it’s true. People typically use nudity to shock, generate headlines and/or sell things. Miley has gotten naked usually to shock and generate headlines, and it was once speculated that she was dropped from Marc Jacob’s Spring 2014 campaign for being too Miley. Miley has unclothed so many times, she’s desensitized us with her naked body, and she’s not the only one.
Everyone’s getting naked out here—Lenny Kravitz’s accidental peen slip, Kendall Jenner’s nipple Instagram, Justin Bieber’s exposed penis, to name a few. Sporting your birthday suit hasn’t been sacred for a while, but it’s gotten to the point where I’m so used to seeing unclothed bodies, I don’t even want to look at my raw self.
Miley’s V Magazine column was written by Laganja Estranja, a drag queen who was a part of Miley’s 2015 VMAs closing performance. Laganja explains in the article how Miley’s set served as a “safe space” for her and others to “grow and learn as a community.”
“The last time I was in a place with that many drag queens I FELT VERY ATTACKED, but this was so different because it came from a place of love and being one with the universe,” Laganja writes.
I want to justify Miley’s nudity in this particular shoot by saying that she was grabbing our attention for a cause greater than her naked self: the LGBTQ community. Perhaps that’s a stretch, and even if it is a fair assumption to make, Miley’s efforts get lost in the fact that she’s been naked too often for it to matter this time around. Where’s the safe space to not see her nipples and ass?
Kim Kardashian posted a naked selfie to prove a point about pregnant body image this summer. Demi Lovato took it all off for Vanity Fair in the name of body image last month. Having a reason for being naked feels more justifiable than not having one. I’m not saying that Miley has to be advocating for positive body image, but I’m also not convinced that she really had a point for posing nude this time (or most times). I’m more inclined to believe that she was in her dressing room, didn’t want to put on clothes for the shoot and V said, “No prob!”
Miley fails to shock anymore, as Huffington Post said. It’s unfortunate because she’s aligned herself with a variety of good causes for which she ought to have our attention, and yet, many of us don’t want to give it to her. Miley has run out of cards to play in this game of getting naked, so much so that it’s affecting how we view other celebrities who take their clothes off—whether or not it’s for a good reason.
Has the nude photo shoot become a thing of the past? Is nudity in general dying off? Moreover, was Miley ironically the one who killed it?
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