Miley Cyrus' sexy side: Compliments always welcome

May 18, 2012 at 2:18 p.m. ET

Miley Cyrus is happily growing up, filling out and flaunting her sexy figure. If you're feeling a bit awkward about having noticed the child star is coming of age, rest easy. She doesn't mind in the least!

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Believe it or not, Miley Cyrus claims she did not intentionally set out to become a sex symbol. That's right, the cleavage-baring former child star just happened to turn into one of the red carpet's hottest items.

Still, though Miley Cyrus doth protest the sex symbol label, she's willing to let onlookers far and wide flatter her.

"If people find that [I am a sex symbol], I take it as a compliment," the 19-year-old said during an interview with Lifetime's The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet on Thursday. "Thank you for thinking I'm sexy!"

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"People are so scared of seeing a woman being like, 'This is who I am and you're not going to change it,'" Miley Cyrus explained of the reaction to her adult-style attire.

The former Hannah Montana star, who released the single "Can't Be Tamed" before her Disney gig had officially ended, seems to be more comfortable with her own coming of age than the public is.

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"Even just the title of that, for a woman to say she can't be tamed… for a woman in the world with my face saying 'I can't be tamed' when that's really all people wanted to do, I think proves how sexist people still really are," the fiancée girlfriend of Liam Hemsworth shared.

Still, Miley Cyrus insists she's learned a lot about who she was then and who she can be now.

"I feel I was so trained in my interviews to be All-American or whatever," she went on to say. "I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12 years old… I guess I kind of realized that my whole life isn't one giant press junket. I don't have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer."

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