Miley Cyrus feels like a totally different person since her Disney Hannah Montana days. But while she’s clearly moved on from her sugary sweet image, she admits her child star past definitely affected her self-esteem.
Speaking to Marie Claire, the 22-year-old said: ‘From the time I was 11 it was, “You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.”
‘Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras.’
And the biggest effect being on the show had on the Wrecking Ball singer was on how she viewed her body.
‘[It] probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, “Who the f*** am I?'”, Miley admitted.
While we’re not at all surprised, we’re happy to see that Miley managed to fight her anxiety and body dysmorphia and emerge as a sassy, self-confident woman. These days, the star is now totally at ease with flashing her yoga-toned body in tiny leotards on stage, and we love her for it.
But while she appears to be one of the most thick-skinned stars in showbiz, the singer says that even now, seeing airbrushed magazine photos take their toll on her confidence.
‘When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t’, she said. ‘They lighten black girls’ skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, “Why don’t I look like that?” It’s a total bummer. It’s crazy what people have decided we’re all supposed to be.’
Still, in typical Cyrus-style, she says it’s not like she’s going to confirm anytime soon.
‘I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak,’ she explained in the magazine’s September issue.
‘But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.’
We believe you, Miley. Who needs lip gloss when you’ve got world domination, eh?