Miley says she now feels 'really kind of far away from that person' who twerked, smoked pot and stuck her tongue out.
Miley Cyrus is leaving her twerking and tongue-sticking days behind. She is now more demure in her latest evolution, but she has no regret about her wild past. In her cover story for Harper's Bazaar latest edition, she talks about her new image.
"I feel really kind of far away from that person," she said of her twerking days. "I just want people to see that this is who I am right now. I'm not saying I've never been myself. ... Who I was on the last record was really who I am. It's just myself has been a lot of different people because I change a lot."
"I didn't want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my tits out and stick out my tongue," she added. "In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, 'F**k you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.' But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized."
"I think I'm just figuring out who I am at such a rapid pace that it's hard for me to keep up with myself," she went on. "People get told that it's a bad thing to change. Like, people will say, 'You've changed.' And that's supposed to be derogatory. But you are supposed to change all the time."
Miley also addressed criticisms over her wacky antics in the past, "People were so shocked by some of the things that I did. It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men. I didn't want to become any sort of man hater because I love all humans; I am a humanitarian. Beyonce said, 'Girls run the world,' and that was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn't true our whole lives. It's no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be."
"People have known me since I was so young, they think they know me. I heard so many comments like, 'We just want Miley back.' But you can't tell me who that is," she said. "I'm right here."
"I think I show people that they can be themselves," she concluded. "I also think something that has been important for me, in this next little, like, transition phase of my career is that I don't give a f**k about being cool. I just want to be myself."