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Vanity Fair defends Miley Cyrus photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vanity Fair magazine is standing by its decision to publish a racy photo of Miley Cyrus in its upcoming issue.

The photo features Miley wrapped in a satin sheet, looking over her shoulder with her back exposed.

The magazine said, "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day" during the shoot and that "everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley."

Cyrus is now sorry and embarrassed by the photo.

"I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about," Cyrus said.

The Disney Channel, which airs Cyrus' TV show "Hannah Montana," is also unhappy with the photo shoot. The network says "Unfortunately... a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."

However, Vanity Fair says at the time of the shoot Cyrus was comfortable with the picture.

Vanity Fair quotes Miley as saying it was artsy, but not "in a skanky way."

Renown celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped the photo. She said she  was sorry her portrait of Miley has been "misinterpreted."

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