Miley Cyrus defends her Vanity Fair photos

Updated: 2010-01-07 16:59
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Miley Cyrus defends her Vanity Fair photos

In the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Miley Cyrus looks grown-up, but her appearance doesn’t even border inappropriate territory, unlike the Vanity Fair photo shoot that launched Shouldergate of 2008.

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In Harper’s Bazaar, Cyrus defends the VF shoot, where she appeared loosely wrapped in a bed sheet. “Here, my parents are thinking they’re seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that? It doesn’t make sense to us because (my family) doesn’t look for negativity. But people don't want to say, ‘What a great performance’ or ‘What a great shot.’ No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn't sell a magazine.”

Many critics of the shoot (done by Annie Leibovitz) said that Cyrus wasn’t behaving as a role model should. On the subject of whether she is a role model, Cyrus tells the magazine there’s a difference between that and parenting.

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