"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she said in a statement. "I never intended for any of this to happen, and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
Cyrus and her father also received a lot of flack when they were filmed without seatbelts in the movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." Critics said the singer was a bad role model and her father later apologized for the gaffe.
Even with the bumps along her rise to fame, Cyrus has maintained a seemingly unstoppable march toward superstardom and the A-list. Disney's current "it" girl follows in the footsteps of Hillary Duff and Raven Symone, and it already looks like 2008 will surpass the previous year's success.