Miley Cyrus rose to fame in 2006 starring in the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana.
But the singer claims playing the character had a negative impact on her self-esteem and made her have body issues.
Cyrus, 22, posed for Marie Claire and in her interview stated, “I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. 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.'”
Miley said she was having coffee “jammed down her throat” and working 12 hour days on set.
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 I had f***ing flippers.
“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 f*** am I?'”
Miley has definitely shed her Hannah Montana image these days, but still feels the pressure to look “perfect”.
She said of being photoshopped, “When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t. 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 defiant singer refuses to go along with the beauty standards these days.
Cyrus told Marie Claire, “I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”
Miley’s full interview can be seen in the September issue of Marie Claire. It hits newsstands August 18.
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