Miley Cyrus: ‘I didn’t plan a haircut to change my life. It really changed my life’

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus gave a new interview to the Toronto Sun, and it’s mostly about her hair. I know, her hair! But we’ve all kind of stopped talking about Miley’s drastic haircut from last year since she’s been doing so many other attention-grabbing things like going grocery shopping in barely there outfits, twerking in a fuzzy diaper, and wearing a tacky grill. So I guess Miley wanted us to focus on the bigger picture again.

Miley talks about other stuff here too like her “We Can’t Stop Video,” which was of course both outrageous and cringeworthy. But in Miley’s mind, it all comes back full circle to her hair, and she’s very proud of being named #1 on the Maxim hot 100 with her ultra-short hair. This haircut was “life-changing,” y’all. You know, I heard that term twice at the salon a few weeks ago while I was saying goodbye to my highlights (I had to pay for the last time to cover them up because I didn’t want to end up with green hair) forever! We women take our own hair very seriously, and Miley is no exception:

Miley Cyrus

She’s messing with all of us: “People don’t realize actually how pun-ny it is when I’m doing things. They’re like, ‘It really feels like you can’t stop.’ ‘It is!’ … What is making my (new) record consistent is the fact that (the songs are) all different and that’s where I am. I’m at a point where it’s like I know who I am, but I’m know that I’m not finished figuring that out and I won’t finished be until I’m in the dirt.”

The “We Can’t Stop” video: “People are watching like, ‘Cute cat plays with yarn,’ for three hours a lot more than they’re watching anyone else’s music video. And it’s because it makes them happy, it makes them laugh, whatever. So I wanted my video to make people laugh ‘cause I’m the first one to make jokes at myself. My godmother is Dolly Parton who is constantly making fun of herself. She’s like, ‘It takes a lot of money to look this cheap, honey.’ … I wanted the video to be that kind of confident.”

Her life-altering haircut: “No one would have planned a haircut to change my life. I didn’t plan a haircut to change my life. I just cut my hair and then it really changed my life. There’s something about having no hair that it screams being confident. And I think especially because people like to put people in a box, I mean the names I’ve been called since I cut my hair.”

On name calling: “Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing. So if you think I look a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse.’ I’ve been called much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me.”

The Maxim thing: “People think short hair, they think tom boy … and I’ve obviously done the opposite ’cause when I cut my hair, I did my first Maxim cover where I got No. 1 (in their annual hot list). And it wasn’t about me being the sexiest. It was about the fans voting. But it’s something I loved. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Maxim cover with a girl with short hair.”

[From Toronto Sun]

Well, Miley does have a point. Maxim and its audience don’t usually go for girls with short hair at all. I think, as far as celebrities go, Halle Berry and (on occasion) Rihanna are the only “sexy” famous females who have been labelled as such while sporting short locks. I really do get what Miley is saying about how her hair changed her life, but I think it’s more of a matter of her feeling more like herself with short hair. Taking that plunge gave her the inner freedom to do what she wanted to do in other areas of her life … like, say, embarrassing herself with all of the twerking. But hey, more power to her.

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Miley Cyrus

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Screencaps courtesy of YouTube, photos courtesy of Maxim and WENN

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  1. dorothy says:

    No kidding! Judging by her pictures and behavior she turned into a cheap skank.

  2. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Blargh. Being a “tom boy” has nothing to do with a haircut. I have hair half-way down my back and I wear makeup but I’ve been a tom boy my whole life.

    On the other thread, people are criticizing that Shaileen (sp?) chick but at least she has more to talk about than her haircut and Maximum covers.

    • Liv says:

      I can’t choose which one I find more stupid. Wait, I think it’s Miley. At least Shailene is not shoving her ass in the camera all the time.

      I also think Miley’s hair is awful. There are lots of women with supershort hair who look gorgeous, she’s not one of them.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ha ha…Come on now :)
        Shailene at least has her heart in the right place, regardless of how idealistic she may sound.

        I don’t hate Miley but the girl is in denial of how vacuous she really is. It’s a haircut, Miley, not a revolution. Ugh.

    • Bijlee says:

      Yup. At least Woodsy (iPad autocorrect, I found it quite fitting) had something of substance to say. I mean she mentioned things like corporate control over our food system and our relationship to food. Some really important issues. The rest of the interview really isn’t as bad.

      It still comes off pretentious, though. But she’s a positive person, serious about the environment, and is well read on these issues or at least tries to be as evidenced by her twitter. She’s posted about ways to make your period more environmentally friendly. Small, but I’ve only ever heard Alicia Silverstone talking about anything like that. So girl has my love…I can’t believe I actually like the Secret Life girl.

      Meanwhile Miley talks about subverting the game with short hair and a Maxim cover. This is what annoys me about Young Hollywood. Everything they do is life changing and so full of meaning, when it’s just carefully packaged commercialism. They know the words to make it sound meaningful, but there’s not much substance behind it.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yes. Agree with you on all counts, particularly the savvy PR spin that celebs put on inane, superficial topics.

        I honestly think it’s hard for anyone to talk about things that are relevant to them without sounding sanctimonious on some level though.
        People need to drop the defense mechanism and realize that just because someone is critiquing American culture, doesn’t mean that that person is somehow disrespecting it. These are thing we need to talk about MORE and it’s hard to find a way to deliver a serious message in the sparkly way that the public finds palatable.

      • Bijlee is an idiot says:

        You are seriously the dumbest person on this site.

      • Bijlee says:

        @Bijle_is_an_idiot LOL! And why is that my love?

  3. bammer says:

    Does she really think being on the cover of Maxim is some sort of career highlight? Or that it makes it true? You’d think she won an Oscar, Grammy and Tony the way she brags about it.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    I’m not a big Miley fan (I think she’s generally way too up her own ass) but I can sort of understand where she’s coming from. For a lot of women having long hair is a part of what makes them feminine and cutting it all off can be a big deal. Especially in a place like Hollywood – where almost everyone has the luscious long locks thing going on – it probably was very impactful.

    A personal example: my mum had brain surgery about 2 years ago and they shaved her head prior to operating. During her recovery she kept saying how she couldn’t wait for her hair to grow back because she felt “too ugly” without it. And she’s not a 22 year old in one of the most superficial careers out there, lol.

    • capepopsie says:

      I hope your mum has made a full recovery. A friend of mine lost her hair for cancer treatment, and she said the very same thing! Obvioulsy hair is very important to how we feel about ourselves.Her hair has grown out now and she looks stunning!

      • LadyMTL says:

        Mum is alive and kicking, thanks for asking! It was rough at first because she had to relearn everything from walking to typing at a keyboard, but to look at her now you wouldn’t know that anything is wrong (and that includes her hair, lol). :)

    • Hakura says:

      I agree, I’m very glad to hear your mom is doing so well! I can’t even imagine having to relearn everything, like that, let alone having to see your mom go through it.

      A boy my bro has been friends with (& gone to school with forever) got cancer in 4th grade, & had to undergo treatment on & off throughout his life. They’re grown now, & he’s doing great (thankfully!), but even he talked about how hard it was to have to lose his hair to treatment each time.

      So it seems to be an important aspect of both guy’s *&* girl’s lives, in our society. =)

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        It is just as important for many men. Mr TMOT is getting to the thinning hair phase and he utterly hates it. He’s not vain enough to try rogaine (and neither one of us is into the idea of electively using a drug that they tell pregnant women not to TOUCH). I honestly don’t care about it at ALL but I can tell it bugs him.

        I’m growing mine out after years of short, colored hair and I kinda feel guilty that I still even can. I secretly want Duchess Kate’s hair but am far more likely to end up with (pre-escape) Katie Holmes – but with more grey, LOL.

      • Hakura says:

        @TrustMeOnThis – That’s totally understandable. The same way women often prize their hair as signs of ‘femininity’, men prize their’s as a sign of ‘virility’. So (again, just like us girls) when they start to lose it… They lose that feeling that comes along with it.

        My dad started to *really* lose his hair (got a bald spot where most men do) about 2 yrs ago. It seemed to happen all at once. I think his way of combating the way he felt was to start letting his facial hair grow out a lot more than he ever used to.

      • Lauraq says:

        My boyfriend has long, black, wavy hair. It’s incredibly rock star sexy and the only thing he’s really vain about. But when his mom had cancer and lost her hair to chemo, he shaved his head and donated it to Locks of Love. To me, that’s even sexier than his rock star hair.

  5. ClaireB says:

    Call me crazy, but I think she makes sense.

  6. Lipsy says:

    I don’t care about the hair, the outfits, etc… I just really wish she would stop with that tongue thing, it annoys the hell out of me! It’s worse than duck lips. Why is she doing something so ugly with her pretty face?

  7. KLO says:

    I like her but the video was boring.

  8. Holden says:

    Her hair is Fugtastic, stop trying so hard.

  9. homegrrl says:

    The bottom in the air line is her music sux. I squirmed in pain when I heard that bathroom doing lines song. Excruciating.

    Good for her and her punk/style. Most country people have adopted urban styles. But the music. STill. Sux.

  10. paige says:

    oh god when will she go away??
    i thought larry rudolph was pulling her back a bit…i guess not…
    she is unfortunate looking…she is skinny, but that alone doesn’t make a good figure…
    she is talentless-is this the best we have to offer?
    we are circling the drain folks….

  11. Jennifer12 says:

    If you want to see a really pretty, elegant short haircut, look at Jean Seberg in “Breathless”. Or Mia Farrow in the 60s. Actually, Janine Turner in “Northern Exposure” looked great in it, too. Miley is correct only in that people don’t generally consider short hair sexy. But when the person is combining it with attention getting outfits that are deliberately revealing or sexy, or posing ass up, or in skimpy bathing suits, or with your bottoms pulled up to expose your rear end, that is probably why people will say you’re sexy. Even though you brag about how you don’t need to sell sex to get your music out there.

  12. Asdfg says:

    Whoever lets their hair define them is crazy in my book. Yeah, hair can make you pretty but it shouldn’t define you or be “life changing”. If you have an illness that requires you to shave your head and you have no say in what happens to your hair then yes, that IS life changing but Miley did this out of vanity and she’s calling it “life changing”. It’s really weird she can say that. I don’t think I could ever call a hair cut “life changing”. It’s flipping hair for gods sake. HAIR. LOL?

    Different strokes for different folks I suppose.

    • paige says:

      good point!
      she obviously has not had any ‘real’ problems…maybe that’s why her music is so vapid…
      garbage in garbage out.
      no life experience….
      no character building…
      ‘we can’t stop’
      too bad she hasn’t had to hold a job and pay rent. she might have something to say…

    • Bijlee says:

      I use to feel the same way. It’s just HAIR! But the reality is, it’s important to everyone. Even guys. I’ve known guys that have gotten butt ugly haircuts and they were SOOO embarrassed they would cover it up with hats until it grew back.

      I mean yeah it grows back, but it really is important to people. Imagine if you got an illness, the fact that your hair fell out would be a BIG deal. My cousin (at 4 years) cried when she lost her hair for chemo. My grandmother cried when she lost her hair for chemo. My uncle cried when he realized he was going bald. So yeah it’s pretty important to people. Miley’s talking about it in a superficial way, but she’s not wrong. Hair is important and can signify the changes in ones life.

      • Asdfg says:

        True, it’s definitely important but a haircut for vanity? I don’t see how that could be “life changing”. If you get a bad hair cut it’s embarrassing but that’s not “life changing is it”? It’s just a temporary emotion we all experience.

        Like I said, when you have no say in what happens to your hair – cancer, illness, etc, then yeah it IS definitely a “life changing” experience.

      • Bijlee says:

        @asfdg Sorry didn’t read your original post carefully enough. Yeah, I agree Miley’s take is superficial. She’s treating it like some earth shattering event. I mean honestly I’m with you. I agree it is just hair. It can grow back. It shouldn’t define who you are and for me it doesn’t. I brag about my hair and take care of it, but if I cut it off tomorrow I would get over it within a matter of hours at the max days. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. But for some people it matters alot. I don’t know I roll my eyes at her declaring it to be life changing, but I can get what she’s saying.

        Done the Liz Lemon eye roll too many times today.

    • Hakura says:

      I disagree, about it just being ‘hair’. I think (being such an ‘image conscious’ society as we are), that anything affecting our appearance can be important.

      It can affect how we *feel* about ourselves, our self confidence, which in turn makes it an important aspect of our lives. Just the same as how we feel about our skin (be it having acne, tanning, whatever), it can change how we feel *entirely*.

      But as with anything else, not everyone is affected by the same things. ^^

    • blaize says:

      It was probably ‘life changing’ for her because of the way people reacted to it and because she’s in an industry wear a woman’s physical appearance is almost everything.

  13. erika says:

    I can vouch that short hair is really empowering i get it it is a real confidnce screamer

    • Hakura says:

      I agree! It can feel like you’re saying ‘I don’t mind if you focus on my face, instead of my hair.’, since you don’t have anything to hide it behind.

      (Not to say that medium/long hair is a way to say ‘don’t‘ look at my face’, or anything like that).

  14. fabgrrl says:

    I think her “sexiness” is more about contrast. She became famous as a young girl: Hannah Montana, long hair, chubby cheeks, cute, squeaky clean image. It’s like, Wow, look at her now! She is a woman with short hair, piercings and a banging body that she shows off at every opportunity. Not a little girl anymore, fellas, so fantasize away!

  15. UsedToBeLulu says:

    It can be very liberating to cut off your hair. Why do you think it is so common that women going into breakdown mode often shave their heads (extreme example of that behavior)? I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, and part of my journey toward extrication was cutting off the hair he loved so much. Because I could, because it was mine.

    • Hakura says:

      @UsedToBeLulu – “I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, and part of my journey toward extrication was cutting off the hair he loved so much. Because I could, because it was mine.

      That’s a very good example. It reminds me of my cousin, who’s mother wouldn’t allow her to cut her hair (her whole life). It’s always been a beautiful light orange/red color, & got to be down passed her butt. Finally, at 16, she cut most of it off (herself)…. in such a way that she *had* to go have it done professionally (to properly even it out).

      It was empowering to her, made her feel like she was taking some kind of ‘control’ over herself. She said ‘It’s mine, my body, my choice.’

  16. the artful dodger says:

    I can’t hate on this kid but she is very young and people say self absorbed and stupid shiz at that age. I know I did.

  17. Amber says:

    This twerking crap going on is gross. She’s a butter face and annoying as hell. Why is she making music w/ that voice? She’s a Rihanna wannabe, that is obvious. Stick your tongue back in your mouth, you look stupid.

  18. Tara says:

    Why the yelling? Celebrity blogs were designed to talk about fluff like hair, clothes, makeup and relationships. Its supposed to be delicious escapism over a morning cup of coffee – not yet another excuse for women to bash other women. Few people give Miley’s hair that much thought but why the sharp claws all the time? We drool over the men regardless of what they wear or their level of talent but no female star is safe on this blog. Besides we cant blame celebs for being shallow when we fixate on them so much.also, i cut my hair really short once after a long illness and it did change my life in a way. I had always had long, silky hair and that had always been sort of a big deal because i am black. Black people take hair very seriously without realizing it my hair had become sort of a security blanket. I am also a southener and long locks are still the femine ideal here. But after my first pixie cut i was amazed and overwhelmed at the attention i got. Strangers would ask me what salon i had used, etc. but the point is that before i knew how others would react i decided that as a female i was much more than my hair. It was liberating! So i get it, i guess. (Shrugs)

    • unmade_bed says:

      Yeah, my sister, who looks like both Jennifer Lawrence and Angelina Jolie, shaved her head when she started college, and guys wouldn’t even look at her. People called her a dyke to the point where she started questioning her own sexuality and femininity. When her hair grew out, on came all this attention from the college boys, but the damage to her confidence in herself and in most males had been done. She now dates a really gross guy because she doesn’t feel like she deserves better, or that better even exists. This is just one of a billion reasons that I think beauty standards should be fought against.

      • Tara says:

        That should have never happened to her and i hope she realizes she is beautiful and strong with or without the hair. I think we have to take back our power by starting with things like beauty, image and accepted standards of conventional “beauty”

    • Bobbiesue says:

      Thank you for your post. I think you raise a good point about the South, because she’s a southern girl too, so her ideals and values are influenced and moored in that. It is a big deal for her. And she looks fabulous. People never yelled on about Brigitte Nielsen having similar hair.. they thought it was fabulous. And, it still is!

      • Tara says:

        You can never understand anyone through an isolated chain of events. So many things influence who we are like culture, environment etc. women should try supporting one another more. But i reserve the right to be a hypocrite whem it comes to the Lohan lol!

  19. Mimi says:

    It’s not the hair, the little boy body or the cheap, trashy outfits she wears…it’s the mouth that I can’t get over and it ruins what could be a pretty face. It’s not a new thing, that mouth has bothered me since the 1st time I ever saw her. It’s horrible and made even worse when she opens it to speak in that uneducated twang….god-awful

  20. Emily C. says:

    I’ve never taken my hair seriously. It grows back. I’ve had a hell of a time convincing stylists that they can go ahead and cut it however, and that I don’t have much of an opinion on it so long as it’s easy to care for (air dry and comb/brush and nothing else).

    I like Miley’s hair, but I wish she’d find something else to talk about. Miley’s pretty harmless overall, but she needs to go to college or join the Peace Corps or something. She’s stuck in this self-absorbed haze, and if she doesn’t move out of it soon, it may be permanent. Maybe Angelina Jolie can adopt her.

  21. Ruyana says:

    I don’t see her provocative poses, and outrageous outfits as “edgy”. I see them as needy, desperate, attention seeking. I think she makes herself look like a fool.

  22. Jaded says:

    She’s vile, vulgar and vacuous in every way.

  23. Veery Verytas says:

    Where have I seen that haircut before? Oh yeah, Ernie from Bert and Ernie.

  24. Sue says:

    I personally think that Miley is doing very well. She is questioning the norms we have as a society and making millions in the process. So people go all crazy on Miley for her hair and clothes and video (which really is hurting no one) – but barely a word about January Jones who has a child with probably a married man, makes out with guys younger who are in relationships, etc. And yet Miley is critized for wearing what society thinks is “wrong” or moving her body in the “wrong” way. Pretty sad when the “enemy” is a young girl trying to find her way and the other is a grown women hurting and messing with people’s lives and yet the young girl is the target.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      “And yet Miley is critized for wearing what society thinks is “wrong” or moving her body in the “wrong” way.”

      Girls–most of us who have been around for longer than 20 years have seen countless pop stars wearing “controversial” clothing come and go like ships passing in the night. In between those nobodies were pop stars who did it better and with much more authenticity than Miley. *coughs* Madonna or even Britney anyone? Miley won’t have the same longevity in her career as the aforementioned artists because while cute, she doesn’t possess the natural sexiness that female (and male for that matter) audiences respond to.

      I’m not trying to sound like an old fart here, but you need to understand that Miley is NOT a pioneer.

      Most rational people don’t have a problem with her outfits per se, the bigger issue is her attitude, which so often comes across as insecure and attention-seeking.
      Provocative clothing choices need to be supported by a certain attitude. Miley doesn’t possess the moxie, the fearlessness and the natural sexiness to successfully pull it off. Maybe this will change, but for now, that’s the truth.

    • blaize says:

      @Sue: Agree 100%. But that’s what happens in a world that has been overwhelmingly anti-sex and anti-nudity for thousands of years- especially when it comes to women. If we lived in a world wear everyone was comfortable with the naked human body, where a woman’s right to do whatever she wants with her physical appearance whenever she feels like it was celebrated rather than condemned, and we didn’t have certain THINGS (I’ll just say things, because I don’t want to offend anybody) dictating what kind of sexuality is acceptable and what kind isn’t, nobody would have such a problem with Miley’s dance moves or clothing choices.

    • blaize says:

      Who said she was a saint or a ‘great role model’? We’re basically saying that she’s not the bad person or the woman of sexist, sexually-repressive myth that certain puritans here seem to think she is. I bet you don’t give a damn about male celebrities going nude or having sex scenes in movies and music videos, do you? The sexual double standard is alive and well.

      • Hakura says:

        I just don’t think she’s taking herself at all seriously with these stunts she’s pulled (in the video, ect). Not that that can’t be annoying, but I think she’s just screwing around like a lot of people her age are won’t to do.

      • Hakura says:

        @blaize – (Comments aren’t showing up in the right place for some reason! Tried to reply to you specifically).

        +1! & I don’t see anywhere near this much criticism when most male artists decide to make asses of themselves in their videos.

        (Obviously Mopbucket & BlackEyeBrown aren’t referenced here, as they receive plenty of well-deserved criticism for their asshattery).

  25. Melibea4ever says:

    Confidence is the state of feeling certain it has nothing to do with just a haircut,I’ve known girls with short hair that have serious self esteem issues so IMO it has nothing to do with it

  26. Deidre says:

    She isn’t cheap.. she’ll pay your way, give fine gifts, board and clothe ya, make you part of her family, visit you at work, go out with you and the guys, invite you to all her engagements and stick closer than a second skin and endless chatter until your brain goes numb… me, me, me, me!

  27. Hakura says:

    I’m currently in the opposite position, after years of keeping mine short (& bright colored!). I’ve been going through some serious depression issues, throwing back my hair in a bun everyday & just leaving it be.

    I only recently realized, when I took it down to shower recently, that it’s down to my waist. It’s never been this long.

    I admit, it does feel oddly different, very feminine, to swing your hair over your shoulder & have it that long. Not that short hair *isn’t* feminine. It’s hard to explain.

  28. GT says:

    I think she looks amazing!! If I looked like her I would totally cut my hair like that as well. It takes a confident woman to cut off all that hair and rock it like she does. She’s young so why shouldn’t she experiment? I wish I would have had the nerve to do this when I was her age!!

    • Hakura says:

      @GT – I think *everyone* should experiment w/their style, no matter how old they are. =)

      That’s the *1* positive thing that’s come out of several years of serious depression, for me. I decided I truly didn’t give a f*ck what anyone thought about me, be it how I looked or what I chose to do/say.

  29. Lexi says:

    I hate her outfits and i hate her hair, i dont think she is a slut/skank, but she sure dresses/acts like one!!!

  30. mccoy says:

    let her twerk and make music or would you rather see another Amanda or Lindsey?

  31. Mia says:

    I’m sorry but I just can’t with Miley “try too hard” Cyrus. She just seems so contrived and trying so hard to be edgy. And it’s so boring. And the twerking stuff is effing irritating.

  32. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    She worries me because this much narcissism is not normal or healthy.

  33. SantaSays says:

    I find her humorous, impressive and interesting. I don’t find her behaviour threatening and she always comes across as mature and self-aware in interviews. Also please with that amazing body? I’d use it and draw attention to it – it’s a gift! She’s a v young woman pushing her boundaries. Give me that any day over candied slush.

  34. jesb says:

    haters gonna hate!!
    I am loving the new Miley. who cares what she does, what she wears, she is feeling good about herself and she is taking chances. She’s growing up on the public stage and good for her for finding a way to do that while being as true to herself as she can be. props to smiley Miley!!

  35. xxx says:

    Sharon Stone was smokin’ hot with short hair.

  36. Str8Shooter says:

    Wow…how DEEP!! A haircut changed her life…

    Meryl Streep, watch your back!