No nude patent leather bikini or ponytail horns this time. Miley’s look is entirely Old Hollywood Leading Lady — well, if the ladies had tattoos on their forearms.
And in the piece — which was written and photographed before her infamous VMA antics — the 20-year-old proves she’s more self-aware than I thought.
“I was an adult when I was supposed to be a kid. So now I’m an adult and I’m acting like a kid,” she says. “There are times when I’m sitting in my big ole house and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe I’m allowed to be here alone.'”
At least she knows, right?
But the thing is, she doesn’t sound entirely like a kid in the interview. I was surprised to read that she is far more directed than I’d assumed. She has a specific vision for her music. She is done with acting (for now), possibly because she overdid it.
Because of her hectic work schedule on Hannah Montana‘s last seasons, she had to ask the producers to bring in sun lamps because she was “getting depressed from a lack of Vitamin D.”
Another interesting nugget: I thought it was all rebellion, but at least in her view, her image makeover was 100% methodical — from her short hair cut to her twerking skills. Then, to makeover her music, she (very smartly) sought out Pharrell Williams to co-produce her new album.
It’s hard to imagine, but she’s done all of this on an impressively short timeline to boot. It’s only been a year since she “started trying to take over the world.”
I can only imagine what the next year will bring.
Photo credit: Terry Richardson for Harper’s BAZAAR