Miley is easily the most interesting and, dare I say, most important pop star we have right now. While La Swift is busy collecting her famous clique-bait girlfriends and calling is feminism, Miley’s redefining the role of a pop star through her activism for the queer kids and just in the sheer amount of fucks she doesn’t give.
Cyrus, who is currently dating Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell, has been nakedly honest — and just plain naked — about her sexuality and gender fluidity in the past.
She tells Marie Claire, in reference to her body, that she feels “like a 15-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 22-year-old girl.” Dealing with her own identity informed Cyrus in creating the Happy Hippie Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for homeless and LGBT youth:
“A lot of us are born into some shit, you know what I mean? Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about my being gender-fluid and gender-neutral. And some people snarl at that. They want to judge me. People need more conventional role models, I guess. But I just don’t care to be that person.”
As far as “conventional” role models are concerned, Miley has a thought or two on what is apparently The Feminine Mystique of our generation, Tay-Tay’s “Bad Blood” video:
“I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”
Miley Cyrus may not be the role model we want, but she’s the role model we deserve. Sure you may not agree with her running around, titties-ablazin’, but there’s something refreshing, and decidedly un-Swifty about her approach to this thing called fame:
“People in this industry think, I just gotta keep getting more money, and I’m like, What are you getting more money for? You probably couldn’t even spend it all in this lifetime. People get more famous, so that they can make their brand more famous, so that they can sell more shit, so that they can make more money. It’s a never-ending cycle. Getting more money, having more hits, being the lead in the movie—those things might stimulate you, but they don’t make you happy. I’ve experienced it all already, and I’m telling you firsthand, it doesn’t.
“I don’t really stress too much about being out there. There’s nothing left to catch me doing. You want to hack my e-mail so you can find my nude pictures? I’ll just fucking put them up.”
Check out the rest of Miley’s interview in the September issue of Marie Claire, hitting newsstands August 18.
Les Fabian Brathwaite — can’t be tamed.