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Miley Cyrus' 'ELLE' victory and 'Seventeen' controversy

Miley Cyrus performs during a recent stop on her "Bangerz" tour.
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It is no secret that Miley Cyrus is one of the world’s hottest celebrities, and almost any magazine that features her on the cover is likely to sell extremely well. Not surprisingly, the singer is known for being very choosy with which magazines she wants to be featured in. However, according to an April 9 report by Pop Sugar, Seventeen decided to feature the singer on its cover, despite her objections.

While Cyrus is extremely selective with what magazines she appears in, she recently scored a major triumph. An April 7 story by Fashion & Style reveals the singer will appear on the May issue of ELLE. Interestingly enough, both ELLE and Seventeen are both owned by the Hearst Magazines. This revelation may make you wonder why Cyrus would not want to be on Seventeen, but is perfectly fine with appearing in ELLE.

Well, if you stop and think about this for a minute it quickly becomes clear. Cyrus has spent the past year doing everything she can to distance herself from the "Disney image" that originally made her famous. While Seventeen is a major publication, it is geared far more towards the Disney audience that she has been trying to escape. As a result, ELLE is a far better forum for Cyrus to display the raw sexuality that has made her one of the hottest performers in the world.

The motives of Seventeen to feature the star despite her objections is simple. Miley Cyrus sells. When Cosmopolitan featured the controversial singer, it sold more than a million copies. As a result, the profits of featuring Cyrus far outweighs the damages of incurring her wrath. After all, its unlikely that Cyrus would ever agree to be on the Seventeen again anytime in the near future. So, the magazine really has nothing to lose.

What do you think about Seventeen featuring Cyrus without her permission? Do you think that Cyrus should be able to stop the publication from profiting from her image?