Vanity Fair is spinning over the Miley Cyrus topless photo controversy, but the avant garde magazine is not stopping there. Next month the magazine will feature a racy photo spread of 12-year-old actress Abigail Breslin.
The photos in Vanity Fair are the latest step down a spiral for the Hannah Montana star, which began with the Miley Cyrus deal with Barely Legal. Along the way some goofy photos of her have appeared on the internet with some hint of sexiness. The latest incident has created an uproar, as many feel it sets a bad example for a 15-year-old with such a following of young girls to display herself in topless photos.
The criticism is not universal, however. A few brave souls openly support both Vanity Fair and Miley Cyrus, saying that the Annie Leibovitz photos are genuinely artistic and that the backlash is just another example of silly American Puritanism. For example, director Roman Polanski said that "there's nothing wrong with young girls being sexy." Polanski is in talks with Cyrus about shooting a coming-of-age film in France.
The staff at Vanity Fair are bracing for more when the Abigail Breslin pictorial appears. Breslin is no stranger to sexually controversial roles, as she emulated a stripper in her Oscar-nominated role in Little Miss Sunshine, filmed when she was only nine years old. She has also worked with Leibovitz in the past.