April 2008: 'Topless' Vanity Fair Shoot
Getting snapped by Annie Leibovitz – for a feature in Vanity Fair, no less – is a major milestone for most celebrities, but Cyrus' shoot with the famed photographer further tarnished her family-friendly public image. In the cover image, Cyrus appears to be shirtless, looking over her shoulder while holding up a satin sheet as her bare back is displayed. Both Leibovitz and Cyrus were quick to defend the shoot as "artistic," though they both later apologized for the provocative photo. Disney accused VF of manipulating the teenager to sell magazines. The Conde Nast title later took down the cover image from its website.