Miley Cyrus may only be 19-years-old, but she’s wise beyond her years. During a nearly hour-long interview on Lifetime’s The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, the former Disney darling opened up about her sex appeal, not changing for anyone and breaking out of her child star image.
“[It] used to be if you’re a woman you do not sing about sex, and now if that’s not what you’re singing about, if that’s not your entire image, you won’t get played [on radio and TV],” she said. “The last season of [Hannah Montana] I put out Can’t Be Tamed, which even just the title of that for a woman to say that she can’t be tamed, and of all people in the world, my face saying I can’t be tamed, when that’s all people really wanted to do — I think that proves how sexist people still really are and judgmental. It’s the whole thing of saying ‘be sexy, but our way.”
For years, Miley was forced to maintain an innocent image for the sake of her Disney show, which she was excited to give up after the show wrapped.
“I feel I was so trained in my interviews to be All-American or whatever,” she said. “I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12-years-old… I guess I kind of realized that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer.”
Since she’s started growing up and showing off her curves more and more, Miley’s gotten flack from people who think she’s pushing the sexy angle too hard. However, she thinks our society perceives being sexy the wrong way.
“The girls that really base how much they’re worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad,” she explained. “Because sex is actually really beautiful. It’s the only way we create, and it’s the only way the world keeps going. So it’s ignorant not to talk to your kids about it or [not] make it seem as magical or cool as it actually is,” she explained. “[Kids] have a TV, so they know what sex is. So educate them and let them know … it’s a beautiful thing, and it is magic, and it’s when you connect with somebody. And it isn’t how much you’re worth. Your worth isn’t based on that, your worth is based on how you feel about yourself.”
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