Karlie Kloss ‘Proud’ of Controversial Vogue Italia Photo

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Karlie Kloss says she's proud of her controversial Vogue Italia photo.

Karlie Kloss isn't letting controversy surrounding her steamy Vogue Italia shoot get her down.

In fact, the 19-year-old model—whose lean, sculpted figure and contorted hip sparked Photoshopping and anorexia accusations—is standing by the image that was later removed from the magazine's Web site, Styleite reports.

"To be honest, I don’t know why they pulled it off," she told the site at the December 7 screening of Coco Rocha's Letters to Haiti

"I thought it was a beautiful photo. We did a lot of photos that day, and working with Steven [Meisel], working with Pat [McGrath], working with Oribe and Carlyne [Cerf de Dudzeele]—we were creating art.”

And though the "art" wasn't to everyone's liking, the Dior beauty stands by the provocative, mostly nude images.

"I think they’re beautiful photos and I’m very proud of all of them," she says. 

"I’m happy with the results. I think that they’re photos that are hopefully going to become iconic. I had so much fun with the shoot, I was so happy to do it.”

Meanwhile, see the behind-the-scenes video that suggests the Vogue Italia image was not airbrushed.