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Miley Cyrus Reveals Body Image Struggles

It may not be surprising, but it's still sad. In this month's issue of Marie Claire, Miley Cyrus reveals that starring as a pop star on Disney's "Hannah Montana" as a young teen gave her some major body image issues.

The September cover girl tells the magazine, "From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.' Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup.

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"

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And while the the 22-year-old has undoubtedly shed her former squeaky-clean image and simply oozes sex appeal these days, she still struggles with her confidence.

"When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like shit. They lighten black girls' skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, 'Why don't I look like that?' It's a total bummer. It's crazy what people have decided we're all supposed to be."

But that doesn't mean she's willing to conform to traditional beauty standards to fit some perfect actress mold. Whatever you think about Miley, you've gotta admit she's incredibly self-aware. Cryus acknowledges her non-conformist ways and admits "I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

Will she succeed? Only time will tell.

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