On the cover of Harper Bazaar's August issue, Miley Cyrus speaks candidly about who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.
This topic is a popular one since Miley is known for having many personas including Disney's precious Hannah Montana and the wreckless Bangerz phase where she proudly stuck her tongue out, barely wore any clothing, and preached the freedom to party and experiment.
With the new mellow and adorable hit Malibu, Miley is taking a more natural, down to earth, and wholesome attitude to music and life. "I think I'm just figuring out who I am at such a rapid pace that it's hard for me to keep up with myself." The person she is now is just herself, and not someone trying to entertain for others, like she did in her Bangerz phase. "It became something that was expected of me. I didn't want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my tits out and stick out my tongue. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, 'F--k you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever... But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized."
I did not like the Miley in the Bangerz era. It was too much. Whereas some pop stars like Britney or Christina do have some wild phases of sexuality and being wild, Miley was crafting an image of being almost out of control. But even as a child pop star, Miley still feels that was as shocking as her wild image: "People were so shocked by some of the things that I did. It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men."
I honestly think the real Miley is just spontaneous and fun because even now with her natural hair and makeup and fully clothed, Miley is still wild at heart with her social media posts and some of her interviews. I understand that Miley hasn't change- she just has become more tamed and more of herself.
"I think I show people that they can be themselves. I also think something that has been important for me, in this next little, like, transition phase of my career is that I don't give a f--k about being cool. I just want to be myself."