Miley Cyrus is in a whole new phase of her life.
From the controversial, twerking, pot-smoking star she's been known as in the past, Cyrus is toning things down to fit a more family-friendly mold in her new role on The Voice, her first regular TV gig since she appeared on Disney's Hannah Montana as a teen.
Now, she's navigating her fame as an adult and trying to use it to its full potential to give back to the world. The 23-year-old star sat down as Elle magazine's cover model and answered some questions about her new image and how she's using it to change the world.
One of Cyrus' most surprising statements is that she doesn't plan to appear on any more red carpets.
"[A year ago] I had to do the [A Very Murray Christmas] premiere, and I will never do a red carpet again," she said. "Why, when people are starving, am I on a carpet that’s red? Because I’m 'important?' Because I’m 'famous?' That’s not how I roll. It’s like a skit — it’s like Zoolander."
Cyrus' upcoming role in Woody Allen's Amazon series, Crisis in Six Scenes, really captures that activist part of her personality, she said.
"I’m playing this ’60s revolutionary. Woody plays someone who grew up in the suburbs of New York. He’s got an ice cream machine, and I’m like, People are starving and you’re sitting here making ice cream?! That’s my thing [in real life]. For a long time, I couldn’t sleep because I just felt so guilty. I was covered in rashes because I was so stressed. Even today, I dropped my water on my hike and felt like such an asshole. There are children being sold into sex slavery; how can I go on a hike right now? So now I try to do as much as I can through Happy Hippie."
And when it came time for the Crisis in Six Scenes red carpet, she stuck by her vow and didn't walk the carpet. She even addressed it during an interview on The Today Show, saying, "It's really not about the color of the carpet. It's more about, especially women, we get yelled at to blow them a kiss, and I don't feel like blowing you a kiss. And then you're just kind of putting yourself out there for people to talk."
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