Miley Cyrus Disses Her Pop Competition In Fashion: “I’m In A Different Lane Girls Can’t Compete With!”
Take her polarizing performances plus her unique style, divide it by her twerking dance moves and Miley Cyrus adds up to one of the most talked about pop stars on the planet. So it was no surprise that the singer covered the November 2013 “Math Issue” of FASHION.
Wearing a bodysuit by Zimmermann and jewelry by Jennifer Fisher, the 20-year-old chart-topper vamped it up for the cover, and she was even more daring during the in-depth interview with features editor Elio Iannaccias as she talked about style, music, and her now-infamous MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke. “I was trying to slap Robin’s ass but no one saw it,” she exclaimed. “Believe me! MTV edited so much. They cut almost everything I did. I’m proud of that performance. I feel like music is really stale right now. I could have guessed what a lot of artists would have done that night. The reaction to what I did has been insane. I think it was a breath of fresh air! For the people that don’t get it, you weren’t meant to.”
Cyrus isn’t concerned with the backlash her performance stirred and her critics don’t faze her one bit. “I feel like I’m in a different lane now,” she said. “When it comes to critics, I have my blinders on and I don’t really feel like I have to compete with other pop artists. I never think, ‘oh this performance is going to make her look bad or out-shadow her either but if there is no competition, there would be no reason for any of us to show up to work. At an office, everyone is trying to be boss. Pop music is the same. What I wear adds a factor that other girls can’t compete with.”
To stay ahead of the curve, Miley surrounds herself with artists she believes fuel her vision. “Terry Richardson shot my video for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and he’s about capturing strength versus beauty,” the Bangerz singer said. “His women look so strong in his images. I was so inspired by [photographer] Ryan McGinley’s work too [for the video to "We Can't Stop"] especially a series where he shot all these the girls coming out of trees. Having artist Todd James create all the teddy bears for the VMAs was a thrill too—it was one of the things I was hoping people would focus on. I was hoping some would think, ‘Miley may be out there shaking her ass and having fun but she’s got some intelligence.’ Some people just saw the teddy bears but they didn’t look into the details. We had [faux] Picasso paintings going by the stage too. People who want to open their eyes can see something bigger in my work.”
To read the entire cover story, pick up the FASHION November 2013 issue on newsstands October 7, 2013.