Miley Cyrus opened up to Marie Claire, about her struggle with unrealistic beauty standards, in her September cover issue.
Hannah Montana, Cyrus’ Disney show, is what she credits for the start of these ongoing body image struggles.
“From the time I was 11, it was ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,’” Cyrus told the magazine. “Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f***ing flippers.”
In addition to the standards set for her at such a young age, the show caused her an unbelievably high amount of stress for such a young girl. She was working 12-hour days.
“Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set,” the star revealed.
The long hours started to affect her health, causing anxiety.
“I would have anxiety attacks. I’d get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass out or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I’d have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you’re never going to be able to get out of.”
After four seasons of starring in the show, Cyrus says her first job “probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, ‘Who the f*** am I?’”
The 22-year-old singer went on to comment on the unrealistic standards the beauty industry sets for women.
“When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t. They lighten black girls’ skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, ‘Why don’t I look like that?’ It’s a total bummer. It’s crazy what people have decided we’re all supposed to be.”
Despite all of the beauty standards out there, Cyrus assures readers that she will never be one to conform. The outspoken star says that conforming isn’t a part of what she was set out to do.
“I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak,” she joked. “But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”