It’s hard to forget Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz era — between that oh-so-memorable VMAs performance with Robin Thicke, her ever-present side-tongue, and the scantily clad looks she donned to host the affair, the singer quickly crafted a bold sartorial *image.* Cut to 2017, which has us seeing a far more pared-down side of the 24-year-old to accompany the release of her heartfelt single, “Malibu.” Gone are the metallic suspenders and see-through dresses, replaced instead by casual denim shorts and tees. She opened up about what sparked the change in Harper’s BAZAAR, and it’s none of the reasons you might think.
Rather than giving in to haters who were shocked by her former looks or becoming more demure for her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus chalks the change up to bucking expectations that began to form around her daring fashion choices. “I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would “get my tits out and stick out my tongue,” she explains.
While she says her tongue-in-cheek image initially started out as a rebellion — “In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, “F*ck you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever” — she eventually felt that phase had run its course. “I feel really far away from that person… It got to the point where I did feel sexualized,” she admits. With publicized nudity becoming the norm, Cyrus decided to march to the beat of her own drum once more. “Even at the Met Gala, everyone had their boobs out, everyone had their a** out, so what’s punk about that now? It’s more punk actually for me to not.”
The transformation is one she’s fully owning. “People get told that it’s a bad thing to change,” she laments. “Like people will say, ‘You’ve changed.’ And that’s supposed to be derogatory. But you are supposed to change all the time,” she argues. In fact, Cyrus sees it as a right. “You should be able to change and be who you are at any time. Like, you should not be glued to gender, to age, to race; those things should not define you. We are born as a blank canvas, and your job on this planet is to take the time to paint it the way you want, and you can f*cking scrape it off and start over again as many times as you want.” Girl, YAS.
Not that she’d take back anything about her past: She readily defended her old style against those that balked. “It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men,” she quipped. Touché!
These days, she seems to have found a happy balance between the two, maintaining her sexy appeal with cutoffs and tall boots while covering up on top with a denim jacket, for instance, or pairing a belly-baring crop top with a pair of modest flare jeans. She also keeps things more natural on the beauty front, acting as her own makeup artist for photo shoots.
Where she goes next is anyone’s guess, but for now people are loving her new laid-back style!
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(h/t Elite Daily; photos via Jason Merritt, Larry Busacca, + Jason Koerner/Getty)