High School Musical Star Vanessa Hudgens Strips off Again

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens has been caught stripping off again - but this time looked a lot more covered up in a little black bikini as she relaxed poolside in Los Angeles.

The 18-year-old star stripped down to a sexy studded bikini to work on her tan, seemingly unconcerned by the nude photo storm which threatened to scupper her successful career.

Following an initial denial, the star of Disney film High School Musical admitted it was indeed her in the candid snap which appeared on several Hollywood websites.

It appears the resultant publicity has begun to work in her favour. Disney chiefs have stood by the star and are currently negotiating a deal with Hudgens to star in the third film of the successful High School Musical films.

Hudgens was forced to apologise to fans over the photos that she said were “taken privately”.

She said: “I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.”

She did not reveal when the shot was taken or where, but there are rumours it was for her boyfriend and co-star Zac Efron.

The admission came as a major embarassment to Disney chiefs who had hoped to build on the wholesome image of the young star.

She and Efron are the stars of High School Musical and its sequel which, when shown in the US last month, attracted a record audience.

“High School Musical” is Walt Disney Company’s most successful show over the last two years generating profits to the tune of 1 billion U.S. dollars.

A Disney Channel spokeswoman said: “Vanessa has apologised for what was obviously a lapse in judgment.

“We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.” Disney said negotiations were ongoing to land all the actors for a “High School Musical 3″ feature film