It has become common today in the world of celebrity gossip to criticize and shame those who take pictures that show a little too much skin. Recently, Miley Cyrus received praise for providing V magazine with polaroids that show her close to nude. However, in the past, celebrities have gotten bad publicity for racy pictures that have surfaced on the internet of them that were suppose to be private. So, why is it okay for the media to condemn those who privately take pictures wearing little to nothing, but then praise those who share them publicly? The Daily Beast states that Cyrus is setting an excellent example by sharing her nude photos.
Although I agree that people should feel proud and comfortable in their own skin, I do not think that the news should be concerned with how people capture their bodies privately or publicly. Cyrus is well known for wearing outfits that cover little of her body and is no stranger to being the topic of nude gossip. With this in mind, it is not surprising that the media deems this as appropriate behavior. The problem occurs when celebrities, who are not well known for being as expressive as Cyrus, become the center of such a scandal. Stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Vanessa Hudgens were publicly condemned when their private pictures were leaked. The media should focus on topics that allow women to feel happy and dignified about their bodies rather than tearing them down. Who cares if celebrities choose to take pictures of their bodies? Those celebrities should decide whether or not it is okay, not the media.