Miley Cyrus has recently spoken out to Marie Claire about the effects of her young career which started with her role as Hannah Montana. She suggests that the demanding role may have had a big impact of how she sees her own body. “I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. 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 fuck am I?”
She continues: “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. I had fucking flippers”, she explained. “Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong”.
As well as adding: “When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like shit. 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”. The full interview can be found in the September issue of Marie Claire.