Miley Cyrus on twerking to the top

In 2013,Miley Cyrus wagged her tongue and set tongues wagging.

Written by New York Times | Published: January 5, 2014 12:23 am

In 2013,Miley Cyrus wagged her tongue and set tongues wagging. Thanks to a handful of steamy videos,some outrageous wardrobe choices and an erotic comedic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards,Cyrus took the warp-speed path from directionless ex-child star (as the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana) to the most directional of pop stars,sliding easily into the role of pop’s enfant terrible. Her album Bangerz (RCA) — for which she’ll begin touring in February — was notable for its risk-taking attitude in a year when her competition played it frustratingly smooth. Excerpts from a recent conversation.

I was struck in your MTV documentary Miley: The Movement by how aware of the VMAs’ importance you were.

But I didn’t know that I was going to be the only one that was really going to push it like that. It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance,and they think it was,like,sexist and degrading to women,and somehow people found that it was racist,which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: “How do I win? If I have white dancers,then I’m racist. If I have black girl dancers,then I’m racist.” We know we’re not racist,and I know I’m not putting down women. People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist,but I am.

As people have brought these things up to you over the last year,has it changed your personal thinking about race?

No,I never let that change me. My grandma,who is alive,was living in a time where there was no way that she would’ve ever thought there would’ve been a black president. I mean,never. And my grandma’s like,not even 80. I really thought about it a lot when Nelson Mandela passed away,because I couldn’t even imagine living this life and seeing how much it’s changed. So,I look forward to when I’m older,my kids being like,“What do you mean people ever even talked about what colour your dancers were?”

You obviously know that the primary visual imprint of you from the last six months is either the VMAs or your videos.

I went from people just thinking I was,like,a baby to people thinking I’m this,like,sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day. It’s like,‘Has anyone ever heard of rock ’n’ roll?’ There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie,and they go,‘Well,that’s a character’. Well,that’s a character. I don’t really dress as a teddy bear and,like,twerk on Robin Thicke,you know?

Last night,I was talking about some Madonna performances,and I said,“At some point,everything becomes irrelevant.” Like,no one even thinks about when she did Like a Virgin at the VMAs. That just becomes a standard,where it’s just like,‘Oh,that’s her thing’. So,I feel like now that I did the VMAs,that just kind of became a standard for me,and then anytime I do anything else,they’re like,‘Miley kept it tame tonight’.

How closely do you watch what other pop stars are doing?

I watch everyone’s music videos,to the point where I’m OCD,looking at every single thing they’re wearing and what they’re doing. Before,because I didn’t have my own personal self yet,it was hard for me to watch that kind of stuff. I was jealous of what everyone else got to do,because I didn’t get to truly be myself yet. But now I realise how much they’re not being themselves either. You don’t have to be signed to Disney Channel to be put in a box,or to be rated PG. I’m with artists sometimes,and I’ll take a picture of them. They make me delete it.

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