Miley Cyrus: Topless for Rolling Stone, sick of double standards

Sep 24, 2013 at 6:50 p.m. ET

Rolling Stone cover girl Miley Cyrus calls out America's hypocritical values on sex and drugs as she continues to push the boundaries of cultural norms.

Miley Cyrus went topless for the Oct. 2013 cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The undeniably sexed up photo shows Cyrus leaning forward and licking her shoulder while smeared eyeliner coats her eyes and her cropped hair is slicked back.

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The pop star's dreamcatcher tattoo on her right ribcage is clearly visible. Miley's arms are carefully folded across her chest as she displays several pieces of jewelry.

To commemorate Cyrus' first Rolling Stone cover, the pop star opted for a new tattoo: "ROLLING $TONE" is engraved on the soles of her left and right foot.

And, as explicit as Cyrus' Rolling Stone cover is, the 20-year-old was intensely personal as the contributing editor, Josh Eells, probed the former Disney icon. The eye-opening profile captures, in startling detail, the thought process behind the Miley Cyrus image that permeates our televisions, computers and radios.

Eells starts off describing Cyrus' home in Toluca Lake, California — a recent move made out of safety after a fan made it onto her Hollywood Hills property. "She moved back to her old house, and her parents moved a block down the street. Now she lives here with her four adopted dogs… Miley says she still won't sleep in the master bedroom: 'That's my parents' room!'"

Rolling Stone continues, "There are also racks of clothes in her living rooms that belong to [ex-fiance] Liam Hemsworth." The profiler notes Cyrus' famous neighbors: The mother of one of Sean "Diddy" Combs' children and Steve Carell make the list.

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Cyrus notes Carell isn't exactly a fan of hers. "He always gives me the stank-eye because I drive fast," she explains to Rolling Stone.

Cyrus made headlines just days before the Rolling Stone interview with her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) performance with Robin Thicke — some say her stage behavior bordered on pornography. Cyrus says she wasn't sure MTV would even broadcast but freely admits she was actually toning it down.

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"Honestly, that was our MTV version," said Cyrus. "We could have gone even further, but we didn't. I thought that's what the VMAs were all about! It's not the Grammys or the Oscars." She continues, "No one is talking about the man behind the a**. It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.' They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard."

Cyrus keeps talking about the VMA performance. "America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong." She tells Rolling Stone she takes issue with the critical acclaim of Breaking Bad — which just won an Emmy for Best Television Drama — yet MTV chose to omit her drug reference to ecstasy, commonly referred to as "Molly."

The Rolling Stone profile of Miley Cyrus continues on for several pages, touching on Cyrus's post-VMA work with Kanye West, her friendship with Justin Bieber and how she views her transition from child star to young celebrity.

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