Miley Cyrus turned heads with her Paper magazine cover last week, but in a very different way than Kim Kardashian did when she shot the cover for the same magazine.
While Kim Kardashian was nude and oiled up, Miley Cyrus decided to go for a more, shall we say, unique look. Her nudity, body paint and dyed pubic hair stood in stark contrast to Kardashian's throwback approach to elegance combined with shock.
When Kardashian posed nude for Paper, Piers Morgan came out to defend her as an icon of progress. Miley Cyrus posed with a pig.
But it was Miley's admission of being bisexual -- or pansexual, as some would term it -- that turned heads.
"I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age," Miley Cyrus said in the interview that accompanies the shoot. "Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me," she says. "I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."
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When pressed for more elaboration on that point by Time Magazine, Miley said that it is just an attitude she carries.
“I’m just equal. I’m just even," Miley explained. "It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel,”
She says that she was open to bi-curious girls she knew growing up.
“They all wanted to experiment. I was always the one,” Cyrus says.
Her identification as not pinning an identification may flummox some, but Miley Cyrus is not swayed.
“People try to make everyone something,” Cyrus says. “You can just be whatever you want to be.”
As for how the public might respond to it, Miley gave up worrying about that when she left Hannah Montana behind.
“Someone said the other day to me, ‘Should you ask your advisor?’” she says. “I’m like, ‘If I have an advisor, they should have been fired two years ago.’”
By rejecting gender norms, Caitlyn Jenner and Miley Cyrus are increasing visibility for gender non-conforming people: http://t.co/Ufk4MTzGfF
— In These Times (@inthesetimesmag) June 15, 2015