"When I wasn't on that show, it was like, who the fuck am I?"
Miley Cyrus has spoken out on the effects of her young life as the star of Hannah Montana, suggesting the demanding role may have had a strong impact on how she sees her body today.
Speaking to Marie Claire for the cover of their September issue, Cyrus said:
“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?”
Cyrus has a reputation for speaking her mind, most recently in her criticism of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ as setting a bad example. She has recently completed the recording of a seven-track album with The Flaming Lips man Wayne Coyne, that Coyne has compared to Pink Floyd and Portishead, in a move that would have been hard to imagine a few years ago.
“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”, she explained. “Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong.”
“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.”
Cyrus will play the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles at the end of this month.