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Think you've seen enough of Miley Cyrus this month? Think again. The 20-year-old singer appears on the cover of October's Rolling Stone, and it's no surprise that she's naked. Fortunately, there are plenty of surprises in the magazine's must-read profile -- starting with her response to the great "We Can't Stop" controversy of August 2013.
"I wasn't trying to be sexy," she tells the magazine of her MTV Video Music Awards performance. "If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing... People are like, 'Miley thinks she's a black girl, but she's got the flattest ass ever.' I'm like, 'I'm 108 pounds! I know!' Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I'll probably never do that s**t again."
Okay, then. Cyrus stands by her act, saying that what she and Robin Thicke did during their performance was absolutely perfect for the VMAs ("It's not the Grammys or the Oscars. ... It's supposed to be fun!") She also finds it interesting that Thicke didn't really get any negative press at all.
"No one is talking about the man behind the ass. It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley,'" she notes. "They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard."
Speaking of double standards, she's not going to stand there while Brooke Shields, her former Hannah Montana mother, criticizes her for being too sexual.
"Brooke Shields was in a movie where she was a prostitute at age 12!" Cyrus points out. And again, she's right.
From the profile, which was written in the days following her performance, it would appear that Cyrus is being remarkably mature in handling the criticism. Unfortunately, she still has a blind spot when it comes to the issue of race. (Critics have called Cyrus' performance a "minstrel show," among other things, for the way in which she "accessorized" with black dancers.)
"I don't keep my producers or dancers around 'cause it makes me look cool. Those aren't my 'accessories.' They're my homies," the singer insists. "It's 2013. ... I would never think about the color of my dancers, like, 'Ooh, that might be controversial.'"
All we can say, Miley, is that you might want to pay a little more attention. Particularly to articles like this one.
Still, Cyrus has gotten an amazing amount of support from other musicians. She says that Kanye West approached her after the VMAs rehearsals to tell her, "There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now." She shows off a text from Pharrell, which contains the line, "You're not a train wreck. You're the train pulling everyone else along." Even Lil' Kim sent her a gushing text message, calling her "my little pumpkin." (Sidenote: Is anyone else now dying to catch a glimpse of Miley's full contacts list?)
Here are 5 other amazing facts that Cyrus shares in the new Rolling Stone. You've got to hand it to the girl: She knows how to be entertaining.
1. When she was a kid, her father Billy Ray Cyrus would pay her $10 to collect the bras and underwear women threw at him during concerts.
2. She helped Demi Moore through her separation from Ashton Kutcher while they were filming LOL in 2010. ("I think we needed each other at that point. We both needed to get out of L.A.," she says.)
3. She was kicked out private school as a kid for either stealing a teacher's bike, or telling the class what "French kissing" was; she's not sure.
4. Before going onstage at the VMAs, Miley's mom Tish Cyrus asked her, "Sweet girl, do you need to potty before you put your costume on?" (Miley's response: "Mom! Kanye is standing right there!" Classic.)
5. In order to do something "fun" for the cover story, Miley brought along the reporter as she got the words "Rolling $tone" tattooed on the soles of her feet.
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