Miley Cyrus On Gender Fluidity and Finding Love
By the time Miley Cyrus lopped off her hair and halved her wardrobe as part of the video for 2013's "We Can't Stop," it was clear that the delicate Hannah Montana was dead and gone. But two years after the video's release, the provocative pop star tells TIME she's even less tied to feminine constructs than you might think.
Cyrus, who launched new gender-nonconforming advocacy campaign #InstaPride yesterday, told the magazine that she, herself, doesn't really identify with one gender over the other, and has learned to embrace androgyny.
"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."
"People try to make everyone something,” she added. “You can just be whatever you want to be."
Cyrus, who's been photographing trans and a-gender people as part of #InstaPride, said she recalls feeling tremendous pressure as a young public figure to submit to certain standards of beauty (she was once instructed to get her braces removed to look more appealing on TV), and explained she now embraces the opportunity to speak honestly...for better or worse.
"You can’t make every single person agree with what you say,” she concluded. “You got to just say your truth."
Now that she's developed a sureness in herself, though, the performer admits she's no closer to finding a worthy love interest.
"F---ing is easy—you can find someone to f--- in five seconds,” she offered. “We want to find someone we can talk to. And be ourselves with. That’s fairly slim pickings."
Check out the full interview and tell us where you stand on Cyrus' words!
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