Miley Cyrus Expresses Her Thoughts On Feminism And Her Splits With Disney And Liam Hemsworth


Maybe this is the real Miley Cyrus — not the version of her stage persona who rides into arenas on giant hotdogs, or her Instagram persona who can't seem to stop taking selfies.

This Miley Cyrus spoke candidly with Elle Magazine about feminism, her transformation from a childhood Disney star, and her high-profile breakup with Liam Hemsworth. And she sounds way wiser than her 21 years.

In the interview with young blogger Tavi Gevinson, Cyrus opened up about the criticism she received for her hyper-sexual performances. But instead of her usual "f*ck the haters" attitude, Cyrus broke it down articulately, highlighting a real double-standard that exists for female entertainers:

Cyrus also weighed in on modern day feminism, and like many have recently advocated, took a much more egalitarian approach to the issue.

And although Cyrus (and everyone else) would admit her Disney character, Hannah Montana, is a thing of the past, she didn't bash the channel for forcing her into her character's innocent, bell bottom-wearing role. Instead, she seemed to thank Disney for letting her go when they did, but also for bringing her up in that strict, teeny-bopper fashion.

So many times people look at Miley Cyrus and probably see the exact opposite of what they want their young daughters to become.

But Cyrus' insight on her most recent break-up — which included ending an engagement — kind of makes her a role model for girls everywhere.

She was strong enough to admit the hurt she felt at the dissolution of the relationship, but proved that real strength comes from the ability to be alone, and saying that a guy isn't needed in life to determine happiness or security.

I know Miley has an on-stage persona to maintain, but it'd be nice to see this side of the singer — whose honestly comes across as smart, and not just vulgar — more often.

Maybe it's because she's getting more comfortable and assured in the role she's playing, but this interview proves that she has huge potential to be an actual role model for girls who want to party occasionally but also want to be well-versed in female-empowering ideas.

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