Hollywood Body Image As Told By Miley Cyrus

"I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, 'Who the f--- am I?"

That's what Miley Cyrus told Marie Claire for her cover shoot / September issue feature, quoted by People, when talking about her stint on Disney's Hannah Montana.

"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,'" People quotes Cyrus from the Marie Claire article. "Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras.

Miley has been one to constantly try to break social restraints, between her music and her clothing, so it's very interesting to see her open up on her insecurities, despite her "good vibes" message:

"When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s---. 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."

And it's the truth. Many people for years had been citing how women look on the cover of magazines. It's now gotten to be even more of an issue with things like selfies (erhm, Kim Kardashian and her "Kontouring"), apps to smooth and contort the body and face in a photograph, the constant need for "getting likes" by society, and trying to fit yourself in a box that says "You're not beautiful enough - but we've got something for that!"

Another poster child for someone who's had to overcome society's issues with body and image is Demi Lovato.


She's been very open about her past in terms of her long battle with an eating disorder, and though you can "recover" from one, she's said you're never truly over it.  She sent out a series of tweets in 2014, after a long discussion on image:

Huffington Post also quotes an interview she had with Ellen DeGeneres, saying "One of the reasons why I became so outspoken when I decided to come out of treatment and talk about my issues was because when I grew up I was dealing with the pressures to be thin," she said. "It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine and that's what I was looking up to. That's what I had to idolize. I don't want that for young girls to idolize."

It's great that stars like Lovato and Cyrus are putting these issues to the forefront, especially for parents with teenage daughters. We should be teaching our young women that it's okay to be just as you are, and to not compare yourselves to others. Even still, Hollywood will always be Hollywood. There will always be airbrushing and digital enhancement, but at least more stars are bringing it to light that nobody, not even your favorite celeb, is perfect.

Cyrus's issue of Marie Claire will be on stands August 18.

Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”