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Miley Cyrus' Vogue cover axed by Anna Wintour after VMAs backlash

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkSinger Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York

By Todd Cunningham

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - After Miley Cyrus' twerking, Vogue editor Anna Wintour had done some jerking - scotching plans for the 20-year-old pop star to appear on the magazine's cover in December.

Her steamy performance at last month's MTV Video Music Awards, at which Cyrus suggestively cavorted in a flesh-colored bikini with giant teddy bears, a huge foam finger and Robin Thicke, set off a media storm with most seeing the former Disney teen star's dance as over-the-top.

Count Wintour among the critics, according to media reports.

"Anna found the whole thing distasteful," one source was quoted as saying. "She decided, based on Miley's performance, to take the cover in a different direction."

A spokesman for Conde Naste, Vogue's parent company, declined comment to TheWrap on Sunday.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)