The reason, sources told WWD, is that Seventeen no longer fits up with Cyrus's grown-up (and, let's be frank, frequently X-rated) persona. Over the past two years, she's declined to appear on the covers of teen glossies, instead posing for more adult women's titles like W and Harper's Bazaar.
Thus Seventeen was forced to use a stock image of Cyrus for its pink-tastic cover, while Elle captured Cyrus in a head-to-toe look from Marc Jacobs's fall 2014 collection. (Cyrus is the spring 2014 face for the brand.) Stock photos were also used for the accompanying profile inside Seventeen's May issue.
Apparently, Cyrus's draw is so big -- she sold 1.1 million copies at the newsstand for Cosmopolitan last spring -- that Seventeen was willing to go with stock images of Cyrus than not have Cyrus at all. A rep for the teen glossy said, "Seventeen readers love Miley Cyrus and they’ve been begging for her to be on our cover. She ranked high on the March issue’s Girl Power List -- her independence and confidence make her an icon for this generation. Miley’s currently on tour promoting ‘Bangerz’ so what better time than now to celebrate her and give our readers what they want."
I wonder how the parents of Seventeen subscribers like it.