Miley Cyrus: “Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments”


Miley Cyrus covers the new issue of Prestige Magazine, probably to promote some new film – that one she did with Demi Moore? Probably. Let’s talk about the photo shoot! I don’t hate it. It’s an interesting choice for Miley, to put herself out there like an adult woman (she’s 18) with an adult sexuality, rather than a infantilized teenage girl/pop princess. My only real complaint is the hair. You know, I’ve heard a lot of complaints and criticism about Miley, but I do think she’s a pretty girl, and she doesn’t NEED bangs. They don’t really do anything for her face, in my opinion.

On to the interview, which is getting some comments. Miley continues to go off the Disney reservation by talking about her sexuality and stuff:

Her relationship with Liam Hemsworth: “I stay in the house pretty much every day,” she said. “I don’t go out. I’ve had same boyfriend for two years.”

On her haters, and on her sexuality: “I’m a great role model, or I’m completely inappropriate for anyone under 13, and I am controversial. I don’t know how I became this. I’m not some crazy lady who’s gone off the deep end, because I definitely haven’t. I just always try to be real. Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things. For me there’s no reason to change that. You have to be true to yourself.”

Miley on her role model, Joan Jett: “She got locked down for talking about sexy and drugs or whatever. They were life, ‘How dare a woman say that. How dare a girl come out admit those things,’ when every other girl her age was doing the same thing. She just went on stage and sang about it.”

On LA: “Who I am now is very different from who I was when I was 11. I had to grow up extremely quick. When you live in LA you see a lot. I’m not a big fan of LA, I’ve got to be honest. I like being able to work here, but any chance to go back home [to Tennessee], I love it. Everyone [in LA] is so busy and everyone is trying to be better than the other person, and everyone has got so much going on. Nashville life is just so laid back and people enjoy every second of life that they have.”

On missing Hannah Montana: “I miss the family vibe, but I don’t miss the routine at all. I was so bored doing the same thing every day. It’s a lot easier not being on a show, to live my life a little bit and do some of the others thing that I want to do, I don’t have to be back at a certain time.”

The paparazzi: “I’m with my boyfriend, for instance, and we’re walking around. We’re sure that no-one is taking our picture. We are sure of it. No one has followed us. No one is here. And then, a few hours later, it’s like, ‘Miley Cyrus Alert.’ ‘She was seen with a fan in public; they were kissing and hugging,’ and you’re like, ‘What the hell?’”

[From Hollywood Life & The Improper]

I continue to think that Miley has spent the past few years doing a lot of growing up, and most of it has been done out of the spotlight. I think Miley’s experience and transition to adulthood has been different from, say, Britney Spears because Miley, for all of her faults, is a smart girl. I’m not saying Britney is stupid… okay, well, maybe I am. Britney is a sweet girl, and she surrounded herself with smart business types, but there’s a difference I see with Miley – she’s inquisitive and interested in the world beyond her fame, she actually thinks about issues beyond clothes and music, and she struggling to be honest and forthright with her fans. I do admire her for all of that.




Photos courtesy of Prestige.

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  1. Liz says:

    i don’t mind the bangs so much, not everyone looks bad with them- but what’s with the hideous picture of her in the fur coat? eck!

  2. Anna says:

    She’s nowhere near as annoying as she used to be…but not exactly Not Annoying yet.

  3. serena says:

    I like her but that hairstyle and colour sucks bad.

  4. Heather says:

    She doesn’t look too bad with bangs.

  5. Anne says:

    She sounds as if she’s doing OK. She’s not letting the expectations of others rule her life.

  6. smh says:

    oh just go away already, no talent chipmunk face.

  7. brin says:

    I like that she’s following her own path and not going the “young starlet” route. She looks really pretty in these pics.

  8. teehee says:

    Not me.

  9. Sarah says:

    I like the hair. She looks cute.

  10. Poison Ivy says:

    The pic with the fur coat is an epic photoshop fail! They stretched her legs to ridiculous length and set the liquify tool on 100%. Other than that the pictures are really pretty.

  11. Stacia says:

    “Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things.”

    OK heres the thing ..if she’s not claiming to be everybody’s role model, how can she speak about what every 18 year old does or will do.

  12. cmc says:

    I like her too- I agree, she’s way less annoying now, and she is obviously growing as a person which is nice to see in a child star. I kind of (gasp) miss seeing her on things. I am way too old to be admitting this, but I loved Hannah Montana, and even the movie. Kinda wish she’d get into comedic acting- she’s never going to win an Oscar, but I could see her having a stable career in romantic comedies.

  13. tapioca says:

    I think I may have missed the period in Joan Jett’s career where she writhed on stage in her underwear and mimed to songs written by balding, middle-aged men with both eyes solely on the bottom line, whilst stealing Britney’s look from her Greatest Hits cover almost wholesale (in the ridiculously over-photoshopped second pic)…

  14. Cammie says:

    I think the cover is cute

  15. Tink says:

    She looks a bit like Lauren Conrad in these pics?

  16. Lindsey says:

    Joan Jett is this chick’s role model??

    LOL…too precious.

  17. gee says:

    I think the hair looks unhealthy. I like the person she’s turing out to be though.

  18. Perry R. says:

    I never really liked her as an artist, but I liked it when she said “I grew up!” Maybe she shouldn’t have just sexed-up her image as proof of her “growing up”? But whatever. Maybe that’s the prude in me talking.

    I also don’t like the hair color and the bangs. Maybe she’s wearing a wig. It looks to me like a wig.

  19. Katie says:

    I just wish Miley would disappear. She’s talentless and tries too hard.

  20. kiko says:

    that heart tattoo is distracting.

  21. mamaT says:

    i dont get the bangs hate. i like them here and on a lot of women.

  22. Arletty says:

    Are her legs really that long? I didn’t think she was that tall. She’s maybe 5’5″ but her proportions look weird there.

  23. BW says:

    HAHAHA! They photoshopped her knees away. Jerks.

  24. G says:

    It’s true what she said about sex and 18 years olds. Seriously, we all know this right? But somehow I feel uncomfortable having Hannah Montana telling her millions of little preteen fanatics that.

  25. danielle says:

    I like the hair. I wish she would cut hers – I loved it when she cut it to around her shoulders. I think the super long waist length hair looks scraggly.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    It’s funny that she complains about the paps following her. Don’t worry, honey. Just keep doing what you’re doing and soon nobody will follow you anywhere. I’m not seeing the talent there.

  27. spinner says:

    Bangs are her friend.

  28. Seal Team 6 says:

    I liek Miley — not her singing or acting, but her. She seems like a pretty normal college-aged kid, who isn’t an addict or a repeat offender, who is known to be a hardworker and a professional on set and on tour, is nice to her fans, and has a steady BF. She also ticked off Disney by coming out for marriage equality.

    I don’t care if she is sometimes a bit rednecktastic. Big deal. At least she owns it.

    She also loved her grandpa so much that she changed her name to reflect his after he died.

    Nice kid. No snark from me.

  29. Seal Team 6 says:

    @Lindsey –

    Yes, and Joan Jett likes Miley, too. They sang a duet together on one of Oprah’s last show, on a “women rock star” show.

    My jaw dropped open when I saw who Joan was singing with, but the kid did a decent job, and got a big hug from Joan Jett at the end.

  30. jover says:

    Yes lindsey wholly offensive Joan Jett could actually sing and play the guitar and didn’t have her career bootstrapped by a multi-national corporation. The talentless hick is doing everything to stay in the paps – she can’t sing (autotune isn’t singing), she can’t act, she can’t dance, hell her cheap crap is being phased out of wal-mart, and her fans have moved on that’s why she not even touring in the U.S. If anyone is taking their guidance from miley you shouldn’t leave the house without a chaperon – she’s uneducated and illiterate and that interview reads like typical hollywood celeb drivel – pop pyschology marinated through a pr team with with reference to joan jett to make her appear worldly. I wonder what Miley’s reading list comprises – someone should ask her.

  31. TXCinderella says:

    I don’t care for this girl because she is just like LeAnn Rimes. When both of these girls were under 18, they tried to act like they were way beyond their years in maturity and demanded to be treated as such. They are both victims of too much, too soon and it shows in their attitudes.

  32. Seal Team 6 says:

    Miley sang live with Joan Jett on Oprah.

  33. The Bobster says:

    That fur coat shot is fug fug fugly, the others not too bad.

  34. nikki says:

    Exactly what I was thinking!!

  35. ElleGin says:

    @Anna, totally agree!

    Also, why can’t people do a photo shoot with their mouths closed?

  36. Grenade says:

    I USED to be a huge Miley Cyrus fan. I bought the magazines, saw the movies, watched the show, followed the You Tube, and played the CDs. Spent hundreds on the concerts and merch. But as I write this on September 7, 2011, I can honestly say I am no longer a fan. And before ppl say …..she is growing up, it is not about that. Everything Miley said she stood for, she lied. For example, smoking? In her book she says ….smoking is like smashing you guitar and then trying to play it. Yet, she is smoking. She says that she wants to save herself in the eyes of God, but every other picture is her and Liam kissing, making out in cars, or walking on beaches with her pants unzipped. She told Ryan Seacrest that drugs are for losers, yet she gets caught on video smoking “legal” DRUG hallocinogen Salvia. Really, non if these things are bad….EXCEPT MILEY is the one who spoke out and stood against them. Are we now just suppose to say ….ooopsies, her bad? She is a walking contradiction of herself. Sad.

  37. Kelly says:

    I agree w @Seal Team. I’ve never heard her sing or saw her “act” (though there are an awful lotta Hannah Montana fans out there), but something about her just cracks me up. And I believe she spends most of her time at home doing normal teenage things. Whatever their flaws (and Billy Ray does seem kinda peculiar), the Cyruses are no Lohans. Then again, Miley capitalized on her fame pretty quickly and easily through all that franchising, whereas Lindsay (and her parents by extension) never had a steady income stream – hence the crack-hustle.

    I’ve also said this before – I love that Miley can sound like an old mountain Memaw.

  38. Seal Team 6 says:

    “I’ve also said this before – I love that Miley can sound like an old mountain Memaw.”


    She can!

  39. Vanessa says:

    She looks exactly like Jennifer Aniston in the first picture!

  40. maggie says:

    Why do you give this bitch so much credit? Can’t wait till she totally f@#ks up and becomes completely irrelevant.

  41. Ally says:

    I used to despise this girl, but she seems to have matured a bit these past few months. I can only hope that her talent as improved as well though because she has never been the best actress to be honest.

  42. SEF says:

    It’s ok to say Britney is stupid b/c well, she IS. She sucks at life unless someone’s running it for her.

    I guess Miley has grown on me, too. She isn’t doing that whole innocent act (while actually a big slut) like B.S. And Miley at least seems to want to be a little bit normal.

    For the Joan Jett haters – don’t hate! Yeah her face is jacked now but she was my first concert in 1983 – went with my mom, haha! – and she killed it.

  43. anti says:

    they airbrushed out her knees :(

    barbie legs!

  44. hatsumomo says:

    I think you’re too kind giving this girl so much credit for her so-called intellect. I never liked her and still dont. She needs to put some damn clothes on and where are her KNEES!?!? she needs to find those too. God I sound like an old fogey.

  45. Nick says:

    I agree with vanessa

  46. MDF says:

    They airbrushed her knees? Are knees too unattractive for magazines now too?
    Ya know, they airbrushed vaginas so much in magazines like Playboy and now women pay surgeons to butcher their labia to look like the airbrushed labia in Playboy. Now knee-lifts will become the new trend if they aren’t already.
    End of rant. Sorry.

  47. mandy says:

    Britney is not stupid. She has a mental illness and despite it has managed to have a successful career making millions. That is something that should be praised not ridiculed. Yes she gets help with her career but so does every other popstar. Why is it okay to make fun of people who have an illness? Would you make fun of people who have cancer?

  48. hatekyle says:

    you may not like her but she’s got some sense….it’s true…18 year olds explore sexuality…some go overboard without the proper guidance or influence…but it is a natural adolescent phase…what’s so wrong with it.
    i know i did.

  49. Kelly says:

    You don’t have to “sex” up your image to be taken seriously as a grown up, which I feel like she has done. Makes her appear trashy.

  50. texasmom says:

    I think she is definitely improving, but still not my favorite. It would help if she had real talent. . .

    I don’t like that hairstyle in general, but I think it works well on her — the length somehow helps conceal her shortage of neck.

  51. Emily says:

    I used to hate her, after a bad experience watching Hannah Montana while hungover, but I’ve really come around to her. She seems like a sweet kid, and her music’s really catchy.

  52. Marianne says:

    I understand that she’s growing up and that she doesn’t want to sing about rainbows and all that crap anymore…but I don’t like that she started being so sexual so soon. I know that teens are having sex and all that..but before she even turned 18, she was writhing on stage in slutty “costumes”…and it was…uncomfortable. She hasn’t been so “in your face” lately, so I feel like I am actually warming up to her.

  53. JT says:

    That is hands down the most boring, lifeless photo shoot I’ve ever seen. She looks like she’s never stepped in front of a camera in her life. Can she do anything other than stand there vacantly with her hands on her hips or sit there squinting into the camera?? She has so little talent. BWT when did knees suddenly become something that needed to be photoshopped out of a picture?

  54. Judy says:

    That is NOT a fur coat roflamo it is feathers

  55. trh says:

    Seems like when she said “everyone’s role model” she was explaining the dichotomy of the labels being attached to her over the past few years as she’s been growing up. Didn’t transcribe well but it’s clear in context she was being facetious. I’m going to give her some credit because everything she said in this excerpt was thoughtful, credible, and pragmatic. Not bad for an 18 year old raised in the business.

  56. Blithe says:

    She’s a cute little kid and all, but I won’t go so far to say that I “respect” her. She couldn’t wait to get out of her Disney persona, so she decided to dance around wearing crotch-shot outfits and sing about how she “can’t be tamed”. A bigger, more desperate little girl I never did see. LOL@ I’m just like, totally trying to keep it real. M’kay, honey. That’s why you’ve tried so damn hard to convince us that you don’t care but simultaneously want us to know that you’re ooooh soooo bad and “controversial”. And if she thinks I buy that she never calls the paps on herself…*guffaw*. No one cares enough to get a million shots of her and her new tattoo, her boyfriend and her unzipped pants. Girl tries so. very. hard.

  57. Claire78 says:

    She is dull and her Mum reminds me of Dina Lohan.

  58. crys737 says:

    I know for a fact that her legs donot look like that AND they are not that long. Its photoshop hell.

  59. Jo says:

    Still a no talent ho bag. I hate seeing her ugly mug plastered all over the place. She is not an attractive girl.