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Miley Cyrus Says She's Gender Fluid: 'It Has Nothing To Do With Any Parts of Me'

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Miley Cyrus attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

As Miley Cyrus is working hard to advocate for sexuality and acceptance beyond the traditional boy-girl norms, she is revealing more and more about herself and her own journeys amidst the gender spectrum. 

In an interview with TIME to promote her #InstaPride campaign with Instagram to help share transgender and gender expansive stories, the pop star stated she doesn’t care for the labels boy or girl and identifies as gender fluid, even though that's not perfect either. 

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"I'm just equal," she said. "I'm just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It's literally just how I feel."

Cyrus has been sexually open and androgynous for years, she said, and was the person in Nashville growing up that other sexually curious teenage girls would go to: "They all wanted to experiment. I was always the one."

Over the past years, Cyrus has aggressively shed the clean-cut Disney image of Hannah Montana that first defined her with out there acts often described as antics. The nudity? The pasties? "I'm using it as a power stance," she said. "It's funny to see people try to look me in the eye."

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Cyrus speaks to her teenage rise to fame with some regret over referring to others to define who she should be and how she should present herself. Coming back from a summer hiatus from Hannah Montana with braces on, she recalled being told to get them off immediately because of how she looked. 

"If I was me now, I would have been like, 'F— you. Normal 14-year-olds have braces. I'm going to have braces on the show, so kids who have braces in real life know that’s okay,'" she said. "But I didn’t have that in my mind then. I was coming from Nashville. My grandma’s a beauty queen. I didn’t know."

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