Miley Cyrus told Marie Claire that playing the titular character on Disney's Hannah Montana gave her body image issues

By Lindsay Kimble
August 14, 2015 08:15 AM
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Despite telling her preteen fans that “Nobody’s Perfect,” Miley Cyrus says that her time playing Disney’s Hannah Montana gave her body and self-confidence issues.

The 22-year-old opened up about the repercussions of finding fame at a young age as the fictional pop star in her cover interview for Marie Claire‘s September issue.

“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 says. “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—— flippers.”

Cyrus, who is tapped to be the host of the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, said Hannah Montana gave her warped views on “what a girl is supposed to be.”

“I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which 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?’ ” she tells the magazine.

The star, who also discusses sexism in the music industry in the interview, says that “everything happened to [her] on that set.”

“I would have anxiety attacks. I’d get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass out or throw up,” she says. “It would happen a lot before shows, and I’d have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety.”

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The “We Can’t Stop” singer says that Hollywood’s beauty standards still get to her as an adult.

“When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s—,” she said. “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.”

The September issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands on Aug. 18.

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