Juergen Teller Refused to Shoot Miley

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The first thing we noticed about the new Marc Jacobs spring campaign was that Miley Cyrus looked brooding – sad, even – on her gloomy, shipwrecked beach. The second thing: that the ad campaign, which was released yesterday, wasn’t shot by Juergen Teller, Jacobs’s longtime collaborator, but by David Sims. Now Jacobs himself explains why: “I have worked with Juergen for years and love him as an artist,” he told WWD. “He just didn’t want to shoot her.” So Juergen just said, Look, Marc, it’s her or me? Did the twerkathon and Terry Richardson crotch shots offend his sensibilities? Clearly, laying down the law didn’t work out for him – and Marc chose Miley: “We all just love her and her entire being, her energy, her talent, her intelligence, everything,” Jacobs said. “There’s nothing I don’t like about her. She is just genuine and very natural.” Does this mark the end of a Teller-Jacobs alliance? Or is it just a onetime thing?