Depending on how old you are, you may remember a time when a lil’ show on the Disney Channel – about a young pop starlet called Hannah Montana, who battled between being a huge popstar and a normal young girl – was the most popular thing on the television. Well now Miley Cyrus who played the titular character, has revealed in an interview with Marie Claire that it may have caused some form of body dysmorphia.
She revealed that starring in the hit Disney show gave her unrealistic beauty standards, and even compared the show to being like Toddlers & Tiaras because she was “this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup“. These extreme beauty standards also led to the singer having body image issues, Cyrus went on to say “I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which 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**k am I?’“.
Miley also believes that this quest of ‘perfection’ has the power to hurt women, “When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t. 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“. She then concluded that she is “probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak“, and that her dream “was never to sell lip gloss“, but “to save the world“.