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Miley Cyrus on image change: “It got to a point where I did feel sexualised”

By | Published on Monday 17 July 2017

Miley Cyrus

The world’s leading academic on Miley Cyrus circa 2013-2015 – aka 2017 Miley Cyrus – continues to give good insights into that ‘shocking’ stage of her career.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she says that there was a point to be made at the beginning of that period in her life. However, it was eventually lost under the weight of controversy and exploitation from the very parts of the entertainment industry she was attempting to send up.

“It became something that was expected of me”, she said. “I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my tits out and stick my tongue out. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, ‘fuck you, girls should be able to have this freedom’, or whatever. But it got to a point where I did feel sexualised”.

She added that she’s not sure why people held up her previous squeaky clean child star image as something better than the image she adopted while first transitioning into being a grown up popstar.

“People were so shocked by some of the things I did”, she said. “It should be more shocking that when I was eleven or twelve, I was put in full hair and make-up, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men”.

Of that side of the industry, and how women are treated in general, she added: “Beyonce said, ‘Girls run the world’, and that was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that isn’t true our whole lives. It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be”.

Read the full interview here.