Miley Cyrus' Nip Slip Caught on Camera by Fort Lauderdale Photographer

If you are familiar with New Times, both the Miami and Broward-Palm Beach versions, you've seen numerous photographs taken by Fort Lauderdale native Ian Witlen. This past weekend in Vegas, Witlen -- who also shoots for Rolling Stone, Spin, and just about the entire internet -- took the most important photograph of the pop-culture moment. He caught Miley Cyrus mid-nipple slip.

"I was shooting as in-house photographer for iHeartRadio, so I had all access to the entire set," he told us today from the airport. "I honestly had no idea that I had even photographed a 'nip slip.'"

He continues, "It wasn't until my editor was going through the photos that I heard him say, 'Wait, is this what I think it is?!'" And the pic is going viral. Jay Leno even joked about it with Justin Timberlake on The Tonight Show last night.

The incident took place during the day show, hours, Witlen says, before she slapped on her now-infamous pasties and wept onstage.

"What most people don't understand," he illuminated, "is that the way Miley Cyrus dresses and acts is entirely a PR and marketing strategy. And a very successful one at that. Its purpose is to get her into the media and sell tickets to her shows. Everyone is expecting her to be a train wreck, but when the public doesn't have its eyes on her, she is a very normal person." So now you know. Miley isn't nuts; she's more of a twerkin' genius.

Though Witlen is the only one with the uncensored file, you can still make out some boobage in this E! Online photo.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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