A few months ago, Miley’s cover for Paper Mag went viral, featuring her naked with a pig covered in mud, and Paper has finally released the full interview online. In the interview, Cyrus talks a lot about gender fluidity – something that is becoming very common amongst the youth today – her foundation “Happy Hippie”, and future plans for the singer come activist. The interview gives us a deeper look into a brilliant and articulate mind gives us pause to think about some important and prevalent social issues of our time.
Cyrus expands on this in her cover story and interview for the September issue of Marie Claire. Referencing Taylor Swift’s latest bad-ass-girl-power video, Bad Blood, Cyrus makes a comment on the violence in the video saying “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.” The Bad Blood music video also features Kendrick Lamar, and again Cyrus brings up the point that “[He] sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”
So, is Miley a voice of our generation? Cyrus brings up great points in both interviews in a way that makes us think about how we perceive things, i.e. sexuality, violence, gender issues and equality. Cyrus is vocal, strong and approaches this with a passionate voice, uniting both young and old on what some view as social issues, but really, these are human issues. In 1971, John Lennon imagined the “world will live as one.” Today, Cyrus uses her voice and presence as an advocate for those who have been ignored.
We’re listening, Miley.
Pick up the Marie Claire September issue to read more.