We are all familiar with the former Disney child star who shocked millions with her notorious 2013 MTV VMA performance. Since her twerking debut, Miley Cyrus, 22, has received endless amounts of back lash and criticism about the person and performer she has chosen to become.
Although attacked for her scandalous photo shoots and music videos, her video for “Wrecking Ball“ still managed to win “Video of the Year” at last year’s VMAS. Cyrus has been called every name under the sun when it comes to her sexuality and consumption of illegal substances, but the star still seems as motivated and excited as ever. Just last year she launched her very own non-profit organization called, “The Happy Hippie Foundation” which serves to, “Fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations” according to the website. The “We Can’t Stop” singer will also be hosting this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.
So who is this provocative and passionate entertainer that the world just can’t seem to stop talking about?
In a tell-all interview for her cover story at Marie Claire magazine, Cyrus opened up about her life, sexuality, music, and aspirations. The story was titled, “Miley Cyrus is Just Trying to Save the World.”
The artist didn’t hold back when condemning the media for its victimization of female artists. In response to the attacks she faced regarding her mention of the drug Molly in her hit, “We Can’t Stop,” Cyrus stated, “There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it. Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”
In addition to calling out the media for its sexist hypocrisy, she also commented on the her apparent “bad role-model” behavior. Child stars, and especially former Disney stars, are put into categorized boxes which limit their reach in the industry. While we want to forever remember them as their colorful and bouncy child-selves, we must face the reality that they grow up, just like us. Miley has worked hard to shed her “child star” image and believes she’s finally achieved the freedom of being able to be her true self, not the Hannah Montana teenybopper she once was. While other stars may feel the pressure of conforming to the media’s expectations, Cyrus has managed to reach a point where she can be completely and unapologetically herself. She says, “I don’t really stress too much about being out there. There’s nothing left to catch me doing. You want to hack my e-mail so you can find my nude pictures? I’ll just fucking put them up.”
She also commented on the recent controversy sparked by her statement identifying herself as gender non-conforming. In the Marie Claire interview she admits, “Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about my being gender-fluid and gender-neutral. And some people snarl at that. They want to judge me. People need more conventional role models, I guess. But I just don’t care to be that person.”
Happy to shed any media deemed “role-model” type position, she spoke about how female artists are applauded for keeping “good girl” image, and “bad girls” who aren’t afraid to be controversial or show their bodies are slammed by the media. In response to Taylor Swift’s VMA nominated music video for her hit song, “Bad Blood,” Cyrus stated, “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.” Swift’s video which was inspired by her very public feud with former friend and artist, Katy Perry, portrays women pitted against each other in an actual blood battle. This fact has definitely not escaped the “Firework” singer which she acknowledged a couple of weeks ago in response to the twitter fight between Nicki Minaj and Swift.
Cyrus continues, “It is very violent and off-putting.” She also comments on how, although Swift is promoting violence and hatred in her video, she has been horrifically slut-shamed for posing sexually in the past.
Whether or not you agree with Cyrus’ attitude towards her body and public appearance, she brings up important issues that women face in the media today. However, instead of focusing on the negative, she has been working hard to use “Happy Hippie” to fight inequality and violence among today’s youth. Her organization has already changed so many lives and she feels her time is better spent with those who need help rather than how she can conform to gender-based societal expectations.