Miley Cyrus caused her latest stir this week with little more than her uncovered body and some provocative poses, but that photo shoot for Candy Magazine is only her most recent foray into scandalizing the masses. Across her many moments that made us clutch our pearls and reset our tastes, Miley has had one frequent collaborator: Photographer Terry Richardson.
With his own fair share of controversy (not the least of which are accusations of sexual assault), Terry is known for bringing raw sexuality to most of his photographs, and Miley's are certainly no exception. Here's a history of Miley and Terry's partnership that aimed to shock.
1. Twerking and athletic wear: Their first photo shoot at Terry's studio
Miley and Terry struck up their collaborative spirit in August 2013 after doing a spread for Harper's Bazaar, which was decidedly fashion-y and featured much more fabric than Miley's usual garb.
Soon after, Miley ventured to Terry's private studio to take some pics that are much more in line with what we've come to expect from the singer.
2. Wrecking Ball crashes through pop culture
Only a month after their first studio sesh, Miley and Terry reunited for the 'Wrecking Ball' music video, which Terry directed.
The video got everyone talking almost immediately, and before long it had inspired parodies, Halloween costumes, and endless potential for karaoke performances.
3. Ice cream cones and flash bulbs: Another trip to the studio
There's a common thread of an oral fixation throughout a lot of Terry's photography, and these shots of Miley eating an ice cream cone fit right into those.
As part of the same shoot, she donned a memorable red leotard with a bold shape, and I still can't fully wrap my mind around how this puppy stays on. I mean, doesn't this need constant adjustment?
I guess when you're Miley and Terry, clothes play by your rules.
4. Shirt controversy
In September 2014, Miley posted (and then deleted) a photo of herself wearing an extremely controversial shirt with Terry's face on it. As mentioned earlier, Terry has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual assault, frequently by models he's worked with, and the claims of sexual coercion are so inescapable that even the casual fashion fan knows about them.
Many fans felt the "I Was Touched by Terry" line poked fun at the victims of his alleged abuse, which is probably what led to Miley taking down the image.
5. Candy cover spread
And that brings us up to date with 2015's reunion of Miley and Terry! As you've probably seen, these two got together for Miley's most NSFW photo shoot yet, which features Miley sucking on a police baton and wearing a strap-on.
Based on these dates, it almost seems like Miley and Terry have made a yearly tradition out of raunchy photo shoots, so I think it's safe to expect one coming again in 2016. Will you be waiting for that?
(Source: Terry's Diary)