Miley Cyrus has some words for people say they miss “the old her”.
Cyrus has undergone quite the change as of late. The public first got to know her as a Disney kid when she starred in Hannah Montana, and now know her as someone very different. Though her debut as the “new Miley” probably occurred sometime around 2013 — when all of the tongue out poses and twerking with Robin Thicke went down — she claims that people are still asking for the “old her” back.
In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she opened up about what it’s like to come-of-age in the public eye.
“People get told that it’s a bad thing to change. Like, people will say, ‘You’ve changed.’ And that’s supposed to be derogatory. But you are supposed to change all the time… People have known me since I was so young, they think they know me. I heard so many comments like, ‘We just want Miley back.’ But you can’t tell me who that is. I’m right here,” she said.
Cyrus said her skimpy outfits became less empowering and more confining.
“It became something that was expected of me,” Miley continued. “I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my t*** out and stick out my tongue. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, ‘F*** you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.’ But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized.”
And despite her past antics, the “Malibu” singer still sees herself as a role model.
“I think I show people that they can be themselves,” she told the magazine. “I also think something that has been important for me, in this next little, like, transition phase of my career, is that I don’t give a f*** about being cool. I just want to be myself.”
There’s no doubt, Miley decided to completely reinvent herself on her upcoming album, which explores a breezier, grown, folksier sound. She says she feels “far away” from the person she was on her last album, the decidedly over-the-top “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.”
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 13, 2017
Read the full feature on Harper’s Bazaar here.