Miley Cyrus is leaving her child career and kid looks behind in a new photo shoot for Prestige magazine. She sheds her hotpants for some very grown up couture, but it’s not about being a better role model.
Miley, 18, says she just doesn’t get the haters. “I’m a great role model, or I’m completely inappropriate for anyone under 13, and I am controversial. I don’t know how I became this,” she tells the magazine.
“I’m not some crazy lady who’s gone off the deep end, because I definitely haven’t. I just always try to be real. Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things. For me there’s no reason to change that,” she explains.
As for her own role models, she cites ’70s rock pioneer Joan Jett.
“She got locked down for talking about sexy and drugs or whatever. They were life, ‘How dare a woman say that. How dare a girl come out admit those things,’ when every other girl her age was doing the same thing.
“She just went on stage and sang about it,” Miley adds.
Who I am now is very different from who I was when I was 11. I had to grow up extremely quick. When you live in LA you see a lot.”
But Miley lets it be known she’s still a country girl at heart.
“I’m not a big fan of LA, I’ve got to be honest. I like being able to work here, but any chance to go back home [to Tennessee], I love it,”she says.
“Everyone [in LA] is so busy and everyone is trying to be better than the other person, and everyone has got so much going on. Nashville life is just so laid back and people enjoy every second of life that they have,” she adds.
Miley, 18, also puts her hit Disney show “Hannah Montana” firmly behind her, without regrets.
“I miss the family vibe, but I don’t miss the routine at all. I was so bored doing the same thing every day,” she says.
“It’s a lot easier not being on a show, to live my life a little bit and do some of the others thing that I want to do, I don’t have to be back at a certain time.”
But Miley does have one regret. She’s been living in the public eye for so long, she wishes, at times, that she could enjoy herself in pubic without the ever present paparazzi.
“I’m with my boyfriend, for instance, and we’re walking around. We’re sure that no-one is taking our picture. We are sure of it. No one has followed us. No is here. And then, a few hours later, it’s like, ‘Miley Cyrus Alert.’
“She was seen with a fan in public; they were kissing and hugging, and you’re like, ‘What the hell?'”
Cyrus has also been trying to transition to a big-screen movie career, and her latest pictures are “So Undercover” and “Laughing Out Loud,” with Demi Moore.
Both, she says, are designed to appeal to her fan base, but she makes a distinction between the two.
“So Undercover was something I really wanted to do for the fans. It’s the kind of comedy that they’re used to seeing on my show.
“LOL: Laughing Out Loud is still for the younger kids, but we did it independently and we shot it with Demi Moore and me. It’s more like real life. It’s a really cool story about a mom and a daughter,” she says.
“The girl [is] becoming a teenager and the mom going through a midlife crisis, and how a lot of things that they are going through are actually the same. It’s funny how life kind of works like that.”
She hopes her next movie can play to her dark, really dry sense of humor.
“Not the comedies that people have seen me in. More kind of dry, that kind of style, independently shot, but also some laugh-out-loud funny stuff and drama as well,” she explains.
Check out Miley’s photos.