Miley Cyrus: Feels embarassed for Vanity Fair Photo
"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus has been embarassed for a portrait of herself. It is the handiwork of Annie Leibovitz.
On Sunday, in a statement through her publicist Miley Cyrus said, "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. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about".
Annie Leibovitz had taken the photo of Miley Cyrus to publish in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. Leibovitz, a renowned celebrity photographer whose edgy, silver-toned portraits have included subjects such as Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and a naked, pregnant Demi Moore.
Leibovitz said in a statement released by Vanity Fair that he is extremely sorry for the misinterpretation of his portrait of Miley Cyrus. He said, "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 Cyrus's parents were at the shoot, including her dad Billy Ray who also posed for photographs with his 15 year old daughter. But Cyrus’s parents left before the controversial photograph in which the singer is actually clothed but appears to be nude was taken.
Beth Kseniak, a spokeswoman of Vanity Fair said, "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley".
The Disney Channel, which airs Miley Cyrus' TV show "Hannah Montana," was also critical of Vanity Fair.
In a caption released by Vanity Fair with the photo, Miley Cyrus expressed her comfort with how the apparently topless picture turned out.
Late last year, some candid photos of Cyrus frolicking with a female friend in underwear during a sleepover raised some eyebrows. She said at the time that there was "nothing wrong" with those photos.
Miley Cyrus has rocketed to fame as "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel's TV show of the same name about a girl who leads a double life as a teenager and singing sensation.
"Hannah Montana" ranks first among TV series of U.S. cable television for children aged 6 to 14. Her concert tour last year, "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds" was a sensation, sparking a movie that topped the box office chart. Her successful 3-D concert film collected $31.3 million in its opening weekend in February.