It started out as what Billboard deems a "trip down memory lane" on Sunday, as Miley Cyrus posted pictures of herself as a kid on Twitter. But by late afternoon, a more defiant tweet had emerged, referencing something from a decade earlier. Cyrus posted a picture of a 2008 New York Post cover with the headline "Miley's Shame," a slam on the then-15-year-old Cyrus for a photo of her that had recently appeared in Vanity Fair. Cyrus had apologized for appearing in the picture for VF, shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, in which she appeared to be nude except for a blanket wrapped around her body. "Seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," Cyrus said at the time, adding she'd initially thought the photo shoot was "artistic."
Her message in 2018 lacks such embarrassment. "IM NOT SORRY F--- YOU #10yearsago," she tweeted. Fox News notes that when the scandal hit, Vanity Fair defended the pic of the Hannah Montana star, noting her parents had been on the set during the entire shoot and that the photo was a "beautiful and natural portrait." Leibovitz also called it a "simple, classic portrait" and said she'd discussed her plan beforehand with Cyrus after checking out fashion photos together, though she did apologize if the photo had been "misinterpreted." The Disney Channel, which aired the hit show, took a much harsher view. "Unfortunately … a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," it said in a statement.