Miley Cyrus might get up to some seriously crazy antics, but I’m constantly surprised by what a good head she has on her shoulders. Whether she’s advising Justin Bieber just to build himself a club in his own home so he stops getting arrested for doing stupid stuff out in the world, or pointing out how unfair it is that she took all the heat for the twerking performance at the VMAs even though Robin Thicke was right there.
Any time she opens her mouth for anything over 140 characters, I find myself going, “Damn girl, that’s a good point”, and her interview in Elle is no exception. (She may look like Justin Bieber on the cover, but she definitely doesn’t think like him in the pages, so that’s a relief.) She says a lot of great things about being grateful to Disney for giving her such a great start to her career, but the best, smartest things that come out of her mouth are about feminism. Take some notes, Taylor Swift.
“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. 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.”
Don’t love the language choices as far as ‘hos’ and ‘bitches’, but the sentiment is great. That’s exactly what feminism is — equality. Nobody’s better than anyone else; it’s all about the triumph of learning how to exist without using anyone as a crutch for support.
“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.”
Just more proof that Miley’s an undercover genius. She hides her pearls of wisdom in the weirdest places, but they’re always there. Good for you, girl.