"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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