Miley Cyrus has long since left behind the Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana, that launched her career. Now she’s opening up about the difficult aspects of starring on that show and about being in show business.
Miley said that she “was made to look like someone I wasn’t” as Hannah Montana. She explained:
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. 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.”
By the end of four seasons, the effect of this had taken its toll on her.
[Starring in ‘Hannah Montana’] 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?’
“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.”
I think Miley’s experience shows how tough it can be in the entertainment industry, especially when you’re young. Teens and even young twentysomethings can be pretty insecure while they’re trying to figure out who they are. The image “adjustments” that are made in the entertainment industry must be tough to endure: it’s like a constant message that you aren’t good enough as you are.
Miley admitted that her current image limits some opportunities for her.
I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-a** freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”
Not a lofty goal at all- LOL. It sounds like Miley’s learned how to manage all the craziness of the entertainment industry. Good for her!
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