Miley Cyrus Covers Elle Magazine, Talks Feminism and Out-Growing Disney

Elle magazine cover May 2014 of Miley Cyrus

Elle's May issue is shaping up to be a must-read; to highlight their Women in Music feature they asked Rookie Mag founder Tavi Gevinson to interview Miley Cyrus about a bunch of intriguing topics.

Cyrus and Gevinson vibe with their views on feminism ("I just want there to be equality for everybody," Cyrus says) and Miley extends it to her experience in the music industry:

"I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all fucking day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I'm degrading women?"

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Cyrus reflects on how moving past Disney and dealing with a breakup with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth left her stronger. In fact, she's actually thankful for the intense training that came with being a Disney child star. "And now I'm free of both of those things, and I'm fine," she says. "I lay in bed at night by myself and I'm totally okay, and that's so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn't have a boyfriend."

She also talks about the inspiration she gets from her fan base, particularly the LGBT faction:

"I have guys and girls that come out, and they're like, 'The only reason I'm able to admit that I'm gay is because you've made me feel like that's okay' … That gives me a big purpose—a reason to wake up in the morning that's bigger than to put on my fucking feathers and my little outfits."