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Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has weighed in on the Miley Cyrus near-nude photo for Vanity Fair debacle, by claiming that her portrait of the Hannah Montana star was "misinterpreted."

"I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted," she said in a statement on Monday.

Fifteen-year-old Cyrus has been thrown into the eye of a publicity storm, firstly when racy pics of the teen made their way onto the internet, and now this latest scandal with Vanity Fair.

Following the publication of the VF portrait, Cyrus was forced to apologise to her fans, saying that was "embarrassed" by the shoot.

"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," she said.

"I never intended for this to happen and I apologise to my fans".

But Leibovitz has hit back, along with a VF spokesperson by insisting that Miley's parents were on set all day.

"Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together, and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it," said Leibovitz. "The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful."

Check out the special behind-the-scenes footage of Miley and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus for Vanity Fair below...


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