It’s good to see LIFE magazine back after almost a decade of hiatus.
Earlier this week, the legendary publication was resurrected as LIFE.com, an online-only entity and Miley Cyrus has been chosen as its first cover girl.
Yes, you’re reading it right– Miley’s on the cover!
The 16-year-old Hannah Montana star invited renowned photographer and LIFE editor-at-large Jeff Vespa on the road, into her home, and inside her recording studio for the exclusive pictorial.
Jeff recalls, “When our photographer pulled out his Leica M8, Miley was instantly fascinated. “I thought that was a great way for us to bond, so I showed her how to use the camera…. Because she’s so into the camera, I said, ‘Hey, do you wanna borrow it?’ So I left it with her.” (He got it back three weeks later.)
Check out more exclusive photos at Life.com.