Notable photographer Annie Leibovitz has defended her shots of Miley Cyrus 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."
Television program "Entertainment Tonight" showed commercials promoting the scoop pictures of Miley's Vanity Fair shoot over the weekend which quickly prompted many negative reviews from people. Miley herself issued a statement to People on Sunday, April 27, apologizing for her not-yet-released Vanity Fair photo shoot as well as for the series of her racy pics that hit the Internet last week.
"My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie [Leibovitz]. I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," so she said in an exclusive statement to People.
Miley's father Billy Ray Cyrus who's said to have even posed with his celebrity daughter for the magazine photo shoot not yet issued a single word thus far.