Annie Leibovitz Speaks Out On Miley's Controversial Photos

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is defending her photo of Miley Cyrus , that is causing quite the uproar.

“I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted," she said in a statement, of the photos she shot for Vanity Fair. "Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together, and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful.”

Miley herself is making a big deal out the photos, along with seemingly everyone else in the world, saying that she was "embarrassed" by the final product. The Disney Channel is going even further, claiming that Vanity Fair "manipulated" the fifteen-year-old, to which the magazine adamantly denies.

"Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day," a rep for the mag said. "Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley."

Personally, I think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion (see the New York Post cover above). I think the photos are fine -- not raunchy, not provocative, just fine. My problem is Miley's backpedaling. She did the shoot, she probably loved the photo, but now, because it's ruffled some feathers, she is saying she's ashamed of them. It's crap.

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