Since the release of her single “Malibu,” Miley Cyrus has proved to the public that she’s embarking on her latest change as an artist by stripping things down and going back to her roots.
On Wednesday (July 13) it was announced that Cyrus is the cover star of Harper’s Bazaar’s August 2017 issue, fit with a flower child photo spread and a feature about her evolution as an artist.
In the story, Cyrus explained her departure from her Bangerz/Dead Petz days and why she believes its important to change, which she says she has been doing all her life. “I just want people to see that this is who I am right now,” she told the magazine. “I’m not saying I’ve never been myself … Who I was on the last record was really who I am. It’s just myself has been a lot of different people because I change a lot.”
She continued, “I heard so many comments like, ‘We just want Miley back.’ But you can’t tell me who that is. I’m right here.”
Cyrus also spoke about how she has realized the changes that she had to make in order to play Hannah Montana have affected her. “People were so shocked by some of the things that I did,” she said of her Bangerz phase. “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.”
“It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be,” she added.
Cyrus touched on her evolution in her Billboard cover story as well, admitting that getting out of her Dead Petz phase was what started it all. “People stare at me anyway, but people stare at me a lot when I’m dressed as a f–king cat.” Her dad Billy Ray Cyrus chimed in as well, telling Billboard that this new Miley is “leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard.”
To accompany the Harper’s Bazaar story, Cyrus styled her own sweet looks of florals, dresses, and gentle tones from Harper’s collection and did her natural makeup herself for a spread shot in a field. Check out some of the photos below.