Miley Cyrus, who recently dissed Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video, has undoubtedly changed a ton since her days on the Disney Channel. Now, the pop star is opening up about the self-image struggles she's dealt with since she played Miley Stewart on Hannah Montana.
“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,’” Miley dished in a new interview. “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... flippers,” she added.
Flippers are fake, temporary teeth that you can take on and off. That's not the only teeth issue Miley experienced during those days — Disney also had her braces removed prematurely.
“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... am I?’” the "Wrecking Ball" singer continued.
In the past, Miley has also opened up about her acne struggles, often citing that her skin appeared perfect on TV, in pictures, and in advertisements, but it didn't realistically look like that when she looked in the mirror.
“When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like [crap]. 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,” Miley said.
WOW — we had no idea that all of that was going on behind the scenes and that it had such a long-lasting effect on Miley. We feel for you, girl. No one should be told what they need to look like!
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