Britney Spears' mother has hit out at critics of the pop princess's image - accusing media "vultures" of unfairly portraying her as "trashy".

In a posting on Spears' website, LYNNE SPEARS defends the revealing outfits the star has been snapped in recently.

She says, "I really feel the need to clarify some of the media's negative onslaught of press that has been everywhere lately. I've come across numerous photos where they are trying to depict Britney as, in their words, 'trashy'. For example, the one (photo) where she stepped on her floor length skirt and of course, it pulled down too low in the front. I saw her in this outfit that day and she looked absolutely adorable."

Spears snr also defended recent pictures of Britney walking in public barefoot, insisting the singer's knee injury prompted her to take off her shoes: "The doctor's orders are for her to wear Uggs or tennis shoes and it's just too hot for that. Sometimes it just feels good to go barefoot in this heat and give her feet a rest.

"My daughter is not one that is going to give into the pressures of dressing up every single day in order to impress the paparazzi vultures that await her outside. I don't really care how the media depicts Britney because I know the truth, but I do care about how you, the fans, see her. Britney always lets all of this roll off her back - but I, as her mother, feel the need to set the record straight."

15/09/2004 17:14