The Miley Cyrus we know today is far from the precocious Disney star she used to be.
But that doesn’t mean her days on the Disney Channel series that launched her to stardom haven’t informed who she’s become.
Cyrus, who covers the latest issue of Marie Claire, told the magazine about how her starring role on Hannah Montana, which was about a preteen girl living a secret double life as a pop star, made her feel like she was “was made to look like someone that I wasn’t.”
“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,” she said. “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 f***ing flippers.”
Cyrus spent four seasons on the show and said the constant pressure to look a certain way had a lasting effect on her body image.
It “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*** am I?'” she said.
Even now, Cyrus said she struggles with the beauty standards she’s expected to meet as a young star.
“When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like shit,” she said. “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.”
But Cyrus also said she’s learning how to stand up to societal standards.
“I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak,” she said. “But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”