Miley on fashion paps and feminism

February 5, 2015 15:18:21 Posted at February 5, 2015 15:18:21
Lainey Posted by Lainey

New Miley Cyrus interview with The Kit. She’s promoting MAC’s 2015 Viva Glam campaign. Turns out she was the one who approached MAC to create her own lipstick and gloss to raise money for AIDS awareness and support those living with the disease.

“People stopped talking about it because the fear isn’t as relevant. I was reading that 20 per cent of people that are infected don’t know. Young people are all on Twitter and Instagram, so when you start global conversations it has a much broader reach than it would have in another time.”

According to the CDC:

• Youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 26% of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010.
• Almost 60% of youth with HIV in the United States do not know they are infected.

This is Miley’s demo. This is who she can reach.

As for the rest of the interview, it occurred to me that while we hear from her often, through social media, obviously, Miley hasn’t actually been that talky. When she does talk though, I like that she sounds like herself. And by that I mean that I don’t hear a machine filtering her thoughts and words. You might not agree, you will probably roll your eyes, maybe you hate her so much you’ll rage. But there’s a rawness to her voice that you don’t hear from, say, Taylor Swift.

Here’s one of my favourite quotes from this piece – because she’s basically acknowledging that famous people MAKE USE OF THE PAPARAZZI:

“I think fashion is so fun. I think people take it so serious. I think nowadays, too, some of the worst things that people do, which might get me in trouble for saying it, they post paparazzi shots of themselves, making it seem like to go to the grocery store you have to be on the runway, and that’s not the way I’ve always liked fashion. I work really closely with Jeremy Scott and I work with people who are just about making fashion fun. That’s why I did the campaign for Marc Jacobs–he went to the Met Ball in a skirt. I’m like, those are the kind of people I want to work with.”

Who would they be if they weren’t showing us their “street style” every day? Half of them wouldn’t have a profile.

And this is how Miley defines feminism: 

“I’m a feminist because I’m female empowered and I want to give f-cking women jobs and I want them out there being leaders and being badass, totally, but I want the same thing for men as well. I think people go out there too strong. That’s what Kathleen Hanna—she was a huge icon to me—she always made it very clear that she wasn’t a dude hater. She’s like, I’m a chick so I’m out there fighting for those of my kind but it’s not mean, like, we’re smarter, we’re better. I think people have overused it so much that it’s getting confusing to girls of what a feminist actually is. Feminist is just about wanting to be equal, not above, not below, equal.”

Why is that so hard for so many to articulate?

Click here to read the full Miley interview at The Kit.

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