Her first Vanity Fair cover — which showed the then-15-year-old in a state of undress that many critics called over-sexualized — caused quite the stir. Some 11 years later, Miley Cyrus is back to shake things up with a topless photo shoot lensed by Ryan McGinley and some frank confessions about her recent marriage to Liam Hemsworth.
The 26-year-old pop star wears a fringed turquoise Gucci ensemble on the March cover of Vanity Fair, but the photo spread within the magazine leaves much less to the imagination. But Cyrus isn’t just baring her body as she poses nude by a bonfire in one shot, and covered in nothing but Cartier necklaces in another — she’s also baring her soul.
Much of the interview with journalist Zach Baron focuses on her relationship and the Malibu home Cyrus and Hemsworth lost in the Woolsey fire last November, which she credits with bringing the couple closer together.
“When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue,” the former Hannah Montana star explained. “You’re the only two people in the world who can understand.”
Though she acknowledged that getting married in December was “kind of out of character” for her, she also insisted that it feels “New Age” — because of her sexuality. In 2015 she described herself as pansexual, and was romantically liked to Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell during her separation from Hemsworth.
“The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned — I actually think it’s kind of New Age,” Cyrus shared. “We’re redefining, to be f***ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation — I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
Cyrus also shared a statement she’d written for the purposes of the article.
“Being someone who takes such pride in individuality and freedom, and being a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’ve been inspired by redefining again what a relationship in this generation looks like,” it reads. “Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate from partnership. I wore a dress on my wedding day because I felt like it, I straightened my hair because I felt like it, but that doesn’t make me become some instantly ‘polite hetero lady.’ (P.S.: Straight women are bada**, too.)”
Cyrus certainly isn’t being “polite” when it comes to President Trump. Despite admitting she “loved it” when the future president called her to congratulate her for twerking her way through the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, her opinion of Trump has since soured.
“And now he’s our president,” Cyrus told the magazine. “You know, I said I would move away if he became president. We all said a bunch of s*** we didn’t mean.
“Because we really thought: Maybe people will listen. Maybe people actually realize how detrimental this will be to our f***ing country if this happens. Obviously they didn’t. But for me to move away — what the f*** is that going to change? As someone who is so proud of being an activist, am I going to feel proud of myself just running away from, and leaving everyone else here to live under, a completely racist, sexist, hateful a**hole? You can’t leave everyone else to fend for themselves.”
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