It's been on the newstands for a while now, but I finally got around to grabbing the September issue of Marie Claire to check out the Miley Cyrus interview. I am neither a Miley fanatic, nor a Miley hater, I fall somewhere in the middle. But I have to say I really enjoyed reading the article (written by Allison Glock, with stunning photography by Mark Seliger). Not to mention, I am ga-ga for the Marc Jacobs dress Miley is sporting on the cover and loving the Edie Sedgwick / mod inspired styling of the photo shoot.
We've seen many sides of Miley throughout the years. A young Disney superstar, a budding movie starlet, a trend-setting music sensation, a rebellious provocateur, activist and more. In recent years she has become increasingly bold, showcasing herself in a rather audacious manner. Exposing revealing photos on Instagram, being very public about her choices of extracurricular activities..., and having pretty much no filter whatsoever when it comes to expressing herself. While this bold attitude can be jarring to some, after reading the article I definitely felt a little more of an understanding as to where some of her seemingly provocative and brash antics come from. She is not necessarily putting herself out there in such a way as to offend anyone or make others uncomfortable, but rather to promote self-acceptance and empower others to be comfortable with themselves. She is essentially acting as a role model to other girls. She is attempting to show that she, like the rest of us, is a 'work-in-progress,' encouraging them to "embrace whomever they decide to become, and to find happiness there." Her 'wild child ways' are not solely to get attention and make more money. She also takes ownership of the things she does and puts them out there to the world so that no one else can do it for her.
"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."
I also found it interesting to hear a little of her perspective on fame and her own success. She comes across in a very humble way when discussing her career and and what she's learned from her years working as an actress and musician. "Her childhood not only instilled an incomparable work ethic, but it also taught her that complaining has no place in a charmed life....one thing Cyrus will never do is bitch." She is currently at a place where, because she's experienced so much success already in her young life, she makes music because she gets genuine joy out of it, and "puts it out to the public because there are people out there who like it too," rather than trying to get back into the vicious money-making cycle she feels a lot of Hollywood stars get themselves into. She is not "driven by the dollars." (Although....regarding the whole money thing...I do feel like maaaaaybe she'd feel a little different if she wasn't worth $160 million dollars. Just sayin'. She might be husslin' for those dollars a little more like the rest of us. But nonetheless, I can see what she is trying to get at.)
All-in-all, I found the article to shed a very authentic light on Miley and got a little bit more of where she is coming from. Go check out the full article and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the way she comes across and will get an excellent view of what she stands for.