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Photographer Defends Photo of Teen Model on Urban Outfitters Shirt

The photographer who took the photo of a teenage model -- which is now at the center of a lawsuit -- is defending his work. The suit describes the photo as "salacious."

Last week the parents of 16-year-old model Hailey Clauson sued photographer Jason Lee Parry, the clothing store chain Urban Outfitters and two other stores for selling a t-shirt with her photo on it.

The lawsuit said of the photo:

She is posed in a blatantly salacious manner with her legs spread, without a bra, revealing portions of her breasts.

The image of Teen in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image may portray a child in a sexually suggestive manner and may be in violation of one or more federal and/or state laws.

The parents, who approved of the photo shoot at the time, say they did not give the okay for the photo to be used on a shirt. They also claim that Parry agreed not to release this particular photo after the girl's agent protested, according to the Daily Mail.

Parry, however, is fighting back against accusations that such a pose is inappropriate for an underage girl.

"I didn’t see it that way, and I think if people do it’s kind of bad on them, because I look at it and I think, this is a really cool shot," he said on "Good Morning America" on Monday.

He added, "Her facial expression looks tough. Look at that, you can't tell me that doesn't look tough."


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