Miley Cyrus: the high fashion super star is on a roll.
After landing an exclusive campaign with American designer Marc Jacobs this season (ruffling some feathers along the way), the singer-actress continues to dominate the high fashion magazine rack. Her latest coup: the cover of Elle Magazine’s May issue.
Miley is hella chic and notably covered up (or in the case of the pale pink body suit, more so than usual) in the spread. The Bangerz singer also opens up to 17-year-old writer Tavi Genvinson on her childhood, depression, race politics and heartbreak in the accompanying interview.
Smilers will have to wait until April 22 for the issue to hit the stands everywhere (or April 15 if you download it digitally), but here’s just a snippet of Miley’s telling conversation with Tavi:
On being stronger than she used to be…
Tavi Gevinson: Did you feel that limitation under Disney?
Miley Cyrus: You know, I’m really thankful that I started on Disney. I got the most intense training. There’s times where I wish I could have just started as a new artist, but the world has kind of allowed me to do that. I feel really lucky—a lot of kid stars get all crazy or stuck in what they were, so they can’t actually become what they’re meant to be. When I went through a really intense breakup—you know, I was engaged—and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him. And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine. Like, 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.
On her connection with her fans and what gives her purpose…
MC: 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 is so intense, because that is a part of this generation—it wasn’t always accepted—and I feel like I am a big part of that change. Or they know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. 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.
On feminism and double standards…
TG: I read that you consider yourself a feminist. What does that mean to you?
MC: I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody.
TG: Right! And that’s what feminism is.
MC: I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. 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? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.
To see more photos and a behind-the-scenes video, go to Elle.com.