‘It’s crazy what people have decided we’re supposed to be’
It’s only been four years since Miley Cyrus last appeared in the Disney series Hannah Montana, but a lot has changed since then. She’s waved goodbye to her perfectly moulded butter-wouldn’t-melt image via a foam finger, come out as gender fluid and launched an LGBTQ homeless charity with Joan Jett. She’s also been outspoken about the problems of the industry she was born into, from sticking a middle finger up to traditional beauty ideals by growing her armpit hair and dying it pink, to questioning why people think images of her boobs are more offensive than the use of violence and guns in music videos.
In an interview with Marie Claire, the singer has also called out the show Hannah Montana for giving her, and the viewers, unrealistic beauty standards, saying: "From the time I was 11, it was, 'You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.' Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had fucking flippers.
"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"
"When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like shit. They lighten black girls’ skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, Why don't I look like that? It’s a total bummer. It’s crazy what people have decided we're all supposed to be."
She then added: "I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."