Notable photographer Annie Leibovitz has defended her shots of for the June 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, labeled the controversial pics as "simple" and "beautiful," yet felt "sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted." Prior to Leibovitz, U.S. TV network Disney Channel which broadcasts Miley's series "Hannah Montana", also defended its starlet, saying "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."
As for Leibovitz, the renowned celebrity photographer issued a statement Monday, April 28, saying "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." She however went on adding, "I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted."