Miley Cyrus for W Magazine (NSFW)

Posted on February 03, 2014

Well. This is certainly unexpected.

 

Miley Cyrus covers the March 2014 issue of W magazine photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful.

 

On media: “I think with, like, Instagram, Twitter, whatever, everyone is a paparazzi now. How scary is that? Like, you’re never safe. Even ordinary people, just think they can, like, talk about you like they know you. Especially because I grew up in it, and like you grew up in it, too, there’s a sense of entitlement.”

On all her criticism: “I don’t give a shit. I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright-colored T-shirts. You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement. Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”

On lack of authenticity in her peer group: “I just don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘Fuck that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big titties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style.’”

On kids: “I don’t love them because, I mean, I think I was around too many kids at one point [...] They’re so fucking mean. Sometimes I hear kids with their parents, and I want to go over and, like, smack them myself…Like if they meet me, they’ll be like, ‘Mom, don’t you know how to use an iPhone? Like, can you take the picture?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, if I ever talked to my mom like that when I was a kid, I would have had no phone, no computer, no TV, no anything.’ And so, yeah, kids are just mean.’”

 

We don’t know, you guys. It’s so astonishingly refreshing to hear a girl star say “I kind of hate kids.” That’s pretty hilarious – and also surprisingly subversive, coming from such a pop product. In fact, we like all the responses here, pretty much. She’s not boring, we’ll give her that.

As for the pictures:

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 Collection

Balmain Spring 2014 Collection

 

They’re easily the most interesting shots she’s ever done. The nip seems pretty random, but the styling looks really great on her; not in a real-world sense (she’d look awful walking down the street looking like this), but for an editorial? As part of her ongoing rebranding? It’s a welcome development. She finally looks interesting to us.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for W Magazine, style.com]

    • Paigealicious

      Lady Gaga for Versace (hair, eyebrows, face) much?

      • amanda lynn

        exactly what i thought.

      • Anna

        Ditto. Totally got Gaga in the first B&W shot.

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        I thought it was Gaga before I read the headline.

        • Cz

          I thought it was Debbie Gibson.

    • lexilexi

      Didn’t even recognize her.

      • ellisd123

        Is it the angle? The hair? I keep trying to study her face, and still am getting absolutely no recognition cues.

    • Deb Oswald

      She was not recognizable to me as Miley Cirus! Seriously, her face is much different than the ridiculous things I’ve seen online. Very pretty actually, and these are kinda cool and very artistic shots. I cannot stand her as a rule

    • Karen Belgrad

      If nobody told me this was Miley, I’d have no idea that it was her. There’s rebranding and then there’s camoflauge.

      (Does it matter how good it looks if you can’t tell it’s her?)

      • Tigerfly

        I’m still not sure it’s her, especially in the cover shot.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I hate the cover. I would’ve never guessed that it was Miley Cyrus

    • Kathleen Morrison

      I can’t get past how much her face looks like a totally different person. What is happening here?

      • Karen Belgrad

        She has 6″ more hair and no (well, bleached) eyebrows since we saw her last!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        She has her mouth closed.

        • Mismarker

          Should have kept it closed for the interview portion as well.

          • demidaemon

            Just for the grammar alone. Ugh.

            • SierraDelta

              Like, really.

          • conniemd

            Wayyyyy too much do as I saw not as I do? You don’t have to wear make-up, show titties, be blonde, do your personal style. Just happens my personal style is to wear a lot of make-up, blonde my hair and show my tits.

            • Amelia

              You have to admit that her particular interpretation of blond hair/tits out sexy is very different from the average kind of playboy bunny type blond/boobs sexy.

            • melisaurus

              I think she’s specifically talking about club girls in sexy dresses. She is giving her self an exemption because even though she likes to show off she picks conventionally ugly clothing.

    • Laura Renee

      And no tongue in sight. Yes, she might be serious about going in her own direction and not just getting stuck in a rut like a one-trick pony.

      • TheOtherChristina

        I don’t know, the lip bite seems like the next page in the same playbook as the tongue presentation.

    • KinoEye

      Didn’t even recognize her. She almost looks like that pissy, uber-blonde model that’s everywhere. Terribly specific, I know, but hopefully someone knows which girl I mean. Huh. It’s an act, but she’s selling it for all it’s worth. Credit where credit is due.

      • Laura Renee

        Yeaaaah, that kinda invalidates a lot of her quotes about not looking like everyone else.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        I’m getting something between Lara Stone and Daphne Groeneveld.

      • jamescarnage

        Aline Weber.

      • SylviaFowler

        Devon Windsor? Cara Delevingne?

    • Diego!

      Oh Miley… yeah… uhmm whatever!

      • 3boysful

        Oh, c’mon, Diego, like, you don’t get, like, the incredibly deep *random F-bomb*, like, thoughts she was, like, sharing?

        • Sobaika

          “It’s just like, SO punk rock. You just don’t GET it, Mom.”

    • @Biting Panda

      What is it with pop stars not looking like themselves today? I don’t even recognize Miley here. There’s a shot in the Daily Mail (yes, it’s trash, I know) of Gaga and Britney and Brit looks NOTHING like herself. It’s weird and oddly confusing.

      Anyway, I don’t see that this is all that much of a departure from what she’s been doing. Naked Miley is old news, even if it’s with a new face.

      • boweryboy

        I’m not judging. Daily Mail is a guilty pleasure of mine.

        • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

          Me too, but I am wondering what the heck is going on with it lately, since they started putting all kinds of Australian “news” which is absolutely not news, about Aussie people who are D list celebrities at best on there. I am wondering if I am just seeing it because my IP address is Australia and maybe different stories show for people from different places.. but that can’t be possible can it?

          There’s always been Aussie soaps shown in the UK but the news sites used to be very careful about spoilers because they were many months behind – I think they are a lot closer now.. But recently they have been posting about Aussie radio people, Aussie reality shows.. and I am just thinking these poor Brits must be so darn confused about who these people are – I live in Australia and sometimes I have no idea who these Aussie people are.

          Anyway, I don’t “get” Miley Cyrus, not a fan, but if she had this face full time and put her tongue away forever, maybe that would change. ;)

          • boweryboy

            Maybe it is the IP address. I mostly see all kinds of KK/Kanye stories, Justin Beiber stories,and tons and tons of stories of murderous Americans – mostly in Florida. I only hope the Brits know it’s a trash site and isn’t indicative of all Americans.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I know that the Guardian website now gets more hits from the US than they do from the UK, so they are running more US-focused stories.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Everyone is, like, morphing into one, like, generic blonde person. Like.

        • Sobaika

          Like, as in, you know, like such as.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Celebrity gossip is my one guilty pleasure. Bring on the trash.

    • SewingSiren

      Beer ads.

    • gabbilevy

      Doesn’t being unrecognizable completely defeat the purpose of doing this kind of publicity?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Miley Cyrus seems to be making a strenuous effort to completely erase the “hannan montana” years-that’s how I saw this article and photos.

    • notterriblybitter

      I shouldn’t really be surprised that her speech is littered with the word “like” and I probably wouldn’t even notice if I were listening to the interview but it’s jarring to see it in print.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Back-story: I’m finishing my PhD in anthropology.
        Statement: There’s a sizable debate in the literature about how to appropriately quote someone. Do you leave in words like “um”, “uh”, or “like”; should impose commas on someone’s statement? Or do you scrub the statement so it’s less accurate but more readable?

        It could also be someone at W trying to make Miley sound more vapid by accurately quoting her (my experience is that the exact same words seem a lot less intelligent when reading them versus listening to them). We’d have to look at W’s track record on quoting to test this hypothesis and I, personally, don’t care enough to check.

        • MoHub

          And would you correct the use of paparazzi as a singular? I wouldn’t, but I always cheer when someone knows the singular is paparazzo.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            My preference is for an accurate quote when at all possible but if I need to change it – often pronouns cause vagaries when you remove a brief quote from the larger transcript, my adviser makes me clean things up, etc. – I use brackets.

            For example, I might change “That’s an interesting point about quoting non-native speakers” to “[mixedupfiles makes an] interesting point about quoting non-native speakers”.

            In the case of paparazzi, I’d leave it; partly because that is what she said and partly because mistakes are often telling.

            • MoHub

              I take it you’re a fellow editor. I used to edit conference transcripts, and we always made both the original and the edited version available to the “audience.” The edited version always included a disclaimer that the verbatim text was edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage—especially since some of the craziness was the transcriptionist’s error rather than anything the speaker actually said.

            • KateShouldBeWorking

              Not an editor but I’ve done research using in-depth interviewing. I basically ask a ton of people to talk about topics, look for patterns across informants, and report on those patterns using selected quotes to support my interpretation. My work is with young women so “like” and “you know” are in a lot of those selected quotes.

          • tereliz

            I’d leave it and add [sic] because I’m a smart-ass bitch. :)

            • bassfemme

              Ha! I used to read Cream magazine as a kid and the editors went wild with “sic”. I literally thought that it meant “spelling incorrect”, but now I just realize that it is Latin for “yeah, she really did say that!”

            • mlle

              I will [sic] when quoting decisions if the court got it wrong. My coworkers call me the Queen of the Pedants.

            • SierraDelta

              Bop ‘em on the head with your scepter!

          • MartyBellerMask

            They coulda “sic”‘d it.

          • SierraDelta

            MAJOR pet peeve! Right up there with people not knowing that “media” is the plural of “medium.”

        • Saturnine

          I go with the word for word quote as a deliberate editorial choice in this case. We know she’s going to trot out the “they’re all jealous” harp in any interview. It almost doesn’t matter what she’s saying, we’re all talking about the way she’s saying it. W’s just letting her do the heavy lifting here.

        • mixedupfiles

          It’s been a common discussion in baseball, as well, because people feel that the too-literal transcriptions of, say, Latin players serve to make them look foolish in an unnecessary (and possibly intentional) way. Your average all-American pitcher is never transcribed in an entirely verbatim way.

        • notterriblybitter

          If there’s no hard-and-fast rule about it, then that implies that removing them is acceptable, doesn’t it? I agree that leaving them in makes her sound less intelligent and also a little petulant. Just like the kids she’s complaining about, which might have been the point.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            There’s a ton of personal preference – and idiosyncratic rules per publishing entity – that goes into how you quote someone and I don’t think any conclusions can be drawn by looking at the style of only one interview. But if it turns out that that quotes reported in W are usually squeaky-clean but it happens that Miley’s quotes are not, then I’d suspect some monkey-business.

        • alyce1213

          My guess is they left the “ums” and “likes” intentionally (to let her appear as vapid and inarticulate as she actually is).

        • formerlyAnon

          We could chat. I also do interviews, and last year volunteered to transcribe for an oral history project that used the opposite convention than the one I prefer. I NEARLY LOST MY MIND.

          And then I thought “well, maybe they ARE turning you, if not into an academic, at least into a researcher, because you actually have a strong opinion on this.”

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            I read “volunteered to transcribe” and gasped out loud. You are a far better human being than I am.

            • formerlyAnon

              Ha. There were a lot of volunteers and the interviews were fascinating. It wasn’t onerous.

              Also, I am good at repetitive, borderline mindless tasks if they don’t last too long. I find them soothing.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        My high school speech teacher would drop the grade on our final speech 10 points for every “like” or “um”. Miley would have failed her class.

        • snarkykitten

          I know I’m in the minority, but I like the word “like” as an adverb(?) because it puts the “I didn’t actually do/say this but this is how I would have said/done it if I could” / “obviously this isn’t an accurate account of events but it’s how I felt at the time about the situation” in there without having to say all that. o

          • demidaemon

            Technically, “likely” is the adverb version. “Like” itself is a preposition. The grammatically correct way of speaking, as you have mentioned here, is to use “as.” However, for Miley, it’s a non-word. Filler speech, if you will.

            I teach grammar to college students, if you couldn’t tell.

            • SierraDelta

              And of course they should have learned grammar before they got to college.

              I have a T-shirt that says, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” We could share it, if you’d like.

            • demidaemon

              Hee. I received a T-shirt for Christmas that says “You had me at the proper use of ‘you’re.’”

              Although, to be fair, I don’t hold my students lack of knowledge against them, as grammar is not taught at the K-12 level anymore, for some unfathomable reason.

            • SierraDelta

              I have a feeling “You had me at the proper use of ‘you’re’” is going to be my Mother’s Day present! (Sure beats “I’m with Stupid.”)

              I don’t know why grammar isn’t taught anymore. It’s so basic for good writing that it really is unfathomable that kids are expected to wait until college to be given the necessary skills to produce quality work. They spend the K-12 years accumulating bad habits, and then you get them for a semester (?) and are expected to reprogram them to produce literary miracles.

              Like, that totally sucks.

            • demidaemon

              Yeah, I don’t know how I made it out with decent grammatical habits. My hardcore English education afterwards probably helped.

              Grammar really needs to be taught, because English is a grammatical menagerie of Latin, French, German, and “other.” The students at my school are required to take a minimum of two English classes, depending on where they test. Hopefully, at the very end, I’ve beaten some basic comma rules into them.

            • fiddlecub

              Wait–really? That boggles my mind. My age is showing, but I spent many a day in English class diagramming sentences. If grammar is not taught, then what do students do in English class?

            • demidaemon

              I diagrammed sentences back in the day too (I’m 31), but I know, for a fact, that grammar was being phased out during my elementary years and wasn’t covered at all past 8th grade. From what I was being taught as an educator, the new paradigm is to teach writing and reading through content. This isn’t bad in any way, but it does avoid teaching students the very basics of the language. I mean, what do you learn when learning a foreign language? Vocabulary and grammar. What do we teach our students with in English? Literature. It’s very unbalanced, any way you look at it.

            • formerlyAnon

              I teach grammar to college students, if you couldn’t tell.

              We can tell. I kind of love* you for how it spills over.

              *In an entirely appropriate Internet friends/actual strangers sort of way, of course. ;-)

            • demidaemon

              I love you, in just the same way. ;)

        • Kate4queen

          my teen boys P.E. teacher would make them drop and give him 10 pushups if they included the word ‘like’ or ‘um’ in the sentence when he asked them a question. LOL

          • demidaemon

            I APPROVE!

          • formerlyAnon

            So. Did the kids become mute, or did all of his classes blow the push ups part of the Presidential Fitness Assessment ( or whatever it’s called these days) out of the effing water?

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      I’m in the “I never would have recognised her” camp. The sound-bites are interesting, although the “they are just jealous” thing about criticism still sounds like a very young woman. A woman who is possibly too young to have her tits out in a magazine.

      • filmcricket

        It’s amazing how many people who ought to be old enough to know better use that defence, though. You see it everywhere.

      • Anna

        Also, child star lecturing people about entitlement: hahahahaha. Incidentally, the same reaction I have whenever Justin Bieber attempts displays of “manhood.”

        • Shug

          A child star who feels entitled to appropriate Black ratchet culture and use Black women as sexualized props when she pleases, and retreat back to being privileged and White when she’s done…Yep. That is just a teeeeeensy bit rich coming from her.

          • Anna

            Exactly.

        • Beardslee

          Yes, I agree. She is very young but that doesn’t explain away a number of the things she says and does. Perhaps not a particularly nice person. Certainly someone of minimal education with no perspective at all on her life. Celebrity culture can be so feral.

          • Anna

            I feel sorry for child stars to a point. They usually are their family’s main source of income during whatever their peak earning years are, and I can’t say I would’ve turned out differently if I was brought up in an environment with no boundaries, with people jamming how special you are down your throat and nobody ever, ever saying no to you. But I definitely agree with you about her not being very well educated and not having a lot of perspective on life.

            I actually read a great interview with Daniel Radcliffe (can’t remember the source) where he says he doesn’t participate in social media because how can you expect people to take requests for privacy seriously if you are an active participant yourself and you put yourself out there. Daniel Radcliffe was also a child star and is just as famous as Miley. The difference in their choices, I think, speaks volumes about their respective characters.

            • demidaemon

              I think his upbringing probably plays a part in this as well. Remember that Miley’s mother is her manager.

            • Anna

              Oh, I think it for sure does, they were raised very differently. And he had time between movies where he went and was actually educated and spent time with kids his own age who weren’t famous, which I’m sure also helped. In the same interview, I remember he also admitted to having issues with drinking so the temptation and access was definitely available and he admitted to getting caught up in the lifestyle for a time.

            • formerlyAnon

              Also, her father is kind-of-famous himself, and Daniel Radcliffe’s parents had normal out-of-the-public-eye lives.

            • demidaemon

              Yeah, I kind of purposely skipped over that. For important reasons I’m sure you can guess. Mostly my own shame at loving his one and only hit so much.

            • formerlyAnon

              Hey! There is NEVER any shame in liking a catchy pop song. Forcing people to hum/sing along with your song even if they think it’s dreck is the mark of a BRILLIANT pop song.

              Even if it showed up on the country charts, that was a pop song extraordinaire.

            • demidaemon

              I feel a little better about it knowing I was about nine years old when it came out. I remember watching the Grammies that year and getting upset that Meatloaf one something. I threw one of my stuffed animals at the TV and his eye popped out. Good times.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              Are there any examples where the mom-ager actually does right by the kid/product? Every one I can think of verges on an abusive relationship.

    • Danielle

      You know what, as long as Terry Richardson didn’t take these pictures, I’m fine with it.

      • sagecreek

        Under the circs, it strikes me as odd that Ronan Farrow wrote the article. Also not really in line with his much-more-hefty-than-W resume.

        • filmcricket

          One messed-up 2nd-generation public figure interviewing another? Not sure about Mr. Farrow, but it’s certainly the kind of thing magazines like to pull all the time.

          • sagecreek

            Except from all I can tell, he’s not particularly messed up.

            • filmcricket

              Fair enough. To be perfectly honest, as child stars go Miley’s not really either. Yes she’s obnoxious and acting out, but she hasn’t attacked the paps with an umbrella, been arrested for DUI, been to prison, or passed off someone else’s work as her own. She may be behind JT and Gosling in terms of post-Disney-having-it-togetherness, but she’s ahead of a lot of others.

          • alyce1213

            I don’t have the impression that Ronan Farrow is messed up. Sure, his upbringing was frought with drama, but he seems to be quite together. He’s very accomplished.

        • Sobaika

          I haven’t read the article yet, but he’s quoted as writing “Cyrus seems to have developed a preternatural ability to tune things out.”

          There is potential for this to be HILARIOUS. Also he’s doing promo for his new show, which explains why he’d even do this to begin with.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Terry would have put much more emphasis on her crotch.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          And more explicit implied masturbation.

    • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

      Didn’t recognize her because she looks pretty much exactly like Lady Gaga in these shots. That’s not a compliment. “I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct.” So she’s not into giving kids of color something positive and diverse they could possibly look up to? Disney’s semi-commitment to having people of color on their shows does a lot to help kids of color have people they can relate to (The Proud Family series, for example). I’m surprised that, out of all the criticisms she could make about Disney, her primary criticisms are: they promote diversity and they make us wear bright colors.

      • MilaXX

        It’s a bit biting the hand that fed you. We get it, she wants to separate herself from Hannah Montana!

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Like, Miley is only interested in, like, appropriating black culture.

        • Jaeda Laurez

          Hence my EXTREME side-eye at her being against “collecting” different races in the name of diversity.

      • heartsleeve

        It’s really gross to hear a person who has built her “personal style” by ripping black fashion and using black people as props criticize having people who aren’t white on TV in any sort of real capacity. On top of that, after talking smack about her former employer–you know, the people who helped make her rich and famous and made her success today even a possibility–she goes off on how *actual* children are disrespectful to the grown-ups in their life?

        Nope. I wish someone would take away Miley’s phone, computer and TV, because she may be 25, but in this interview, she comes across as a sheltered, spoiled, mindblowingly un-self-aware brat.

        I generally try to ignore her existence, but this interview is awful.

    • boweryboy

      She needs to be schooled on how to respond to interview questions – every other word is “like”, “I mean”, and “You know.”.

      • demidaemon

        There is a lot of filler here. The actual content isn’t much better.

    • alyce1213

      Her remarks are immature, she’s not what anyone would call well-spoken or articulate. I find it more revolting than refreshing.
      As to her rebranding, I thing she needs to go away, lay low for awhile. All this overexposure may backfire on her.

      • sagecreek

        Yep. She needs to take a leaf out of Anne Hathaway’s book. Go away for a while. Hey, maybe take a college course or two.

        • alyce1213

          I read somewhere that she expressed a desire to go to college. Maybe she meant it. (? doubt)
          Her education at “studio school” during Hannah Montana, where the priority was her being the star of the show, had to be spotty.
          Probably she could use a little ‘book learnin’.

          • Beardslee

            I so agree! The world is a wider place than she knows and she could sure use some training in analytical thinking.

        • tereliz

          African-American Studies and Women’s Studies would be the first ones I’d sign her up for…

          • SylviaFowler

            Really? I would have chosen English Comp I.

    • Tatiana Luján

      is that her face? She looks gorgeous and so different.

    • MilaXX

      The photo shoot is nice, but I still can’t stand her

    • Glam Dixie

      I hate to admit this, but I loved her responses, for the most part and the pictures are good. I’m getting a GaGa vibe from her in the second shot. I like it, damn it all to hell.

    • bizarro

      the pictures are nice but she is unrecognizable. As for the quotes – barf. We are not jealous, sweetie.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      She looks more mature in these photos – really interesting to look at. And great comment on the Vanna Whites! On Friday/Saturday, downtown LA turns into an army of tourists with all these girls wearing body conscious dresses, stacked heels, shoved up boobs and carefully arranged hair. It’s frightening to see and they look so uncomfortable and for what?

      • alyce1213

        I don’t get how come she’s entitled to shit on Vanna White. According to her own logic, she must be jealous.

        • TheOtherChristina

          Yes! I was trying to find the words to capture this precise sentiment.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          I could see that. I can’t go down a yarn aisle in a craft store without wanting my own knitting empire…

        • Saturnine

          I can’t get over the reference: Vanna White is so bizarrely random. It’s like she’s pissed off at the 1990s: Vanna White, increasing diversity on broadcast TV shows. What’s next– mix tapes? Beanie Babies?

          • tereliz

            She’s pissed because people who were her age in the 90s are the ones in her industry making the decisions now. But of course, all those people are too old to have sex anymore and need to move over to let the 20 yr olds do stuff right. Because they know everything. *eyeroll*

    • MilaXX

      Is anyone having trouble with Disqus? The comments won’t load on the Tomandlorenzo page. Oddly enough it will load on the book page and any other website using Disqus . I have to use the iPad to comment.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Not Disqus so much as the page will load and then it will blank out and load again.

        • MilaXX

          Comments either won’t load or load as text only.

          • Jessica Freeman

            I’ve had that happen in the past as well. I usually let the page fully load, or reload before scrolling. Or just cuss a lot. Sometimes one or all of the above works. Or doesn’t.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        My comment sorting keeps won’t stay how I like it. I’m having a bit of the rolaoding issues JF mentioned as well.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        The Uncles have said they are working on the site problems.

        • MilaXX

          I just saw that on FB. Thanks.

      • MartyBellerMask

        It will only show one comment for certain articles. Been doing that for a week or two.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I find it annoying how much she tries to sound so different, while making herself sound completely ordinary. Her whole commentary on “not understanding what girls are wearing”…girl, we do not understand what you are wearing, or that you are doing it to be different. You still cake on your make up and put your tits out for everyone as well.

    • Anna

      I’m confused, she DOESN’T want people talking about and/or looking at her now?

      Yes Miley, I feel entitled to and am invading YOUR PRIVACY with you posing in an international publication with your tits hanging out. Riigghttt….

    • nannypoo

      I think she’s annoying but brilliant. She knows exactly how to get what she wants and it’s working. As a long-term persona this is going to be a problem, but I am not part of the demographic she is after so I’m pretty sure she would not care what I think.

    • unbornfawn

      Add me to the crowd. I didn’t recognize her.

    • xmixiex

      uh i’d find it a little more interesting if not for the crotch grab. that drags her right back to “of course.”

    • Blair Sylvester

      She looks nothing like Miley

    • VermillionSky

      four words that describe my first thought seeing the McQueen dress:
      Project Runway Licorice Dress
      (except with much better execution than the original, of course)

      • Paigealicious

        Totally! I thought the same!

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        You’re classier people than me. I couldn’t get past the fringe over her pubis. Just seemed a little too on the… um… nose.

        • demidaemon

          I was with you, Kate. Fringe vagina was all I saw.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Thanks for joining me down in the gutter.

            • demidaemon

              No problem!

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I’m, like, not really, like, shocked or anything. But, like, are we sure this is, like, Miley in these photos. Because they look, like, nothing like, like her. But, like, maybe that’s because she, like, kept her tongue inside her mouth. Like.

    • Sweetvegan

      “I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct” Miley, do you f-ing hear yourself?! #whiteprivilege

    • Saturnine

      Who is this? She looks *nothing* at all like herself. Sounds like her, though.

    • mmebam

      I’m trying to decide whether she sounds down to earth, or her handlers dug a hole in the ground for her to be in, if that makes sense. Either way, I do love the caliber of her answers, and the shots look interesting enough.

    • allcapsERINN

      Kind of creepy.

    • MannahattaMamma

      It’s all very cool & funky and re-invent-y, so yay Miley. But I wonder … what’s the poor girl going to do when she hits – gasp – thirty? Or hell for that matter, what’s she going to do when she hits twenty-five?

    • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

      These might be the best pictures I’ve ever seen of her! She’s serving up a young David Bowie, 80s new wave androgynous kind of vibe here and that works well for her. And not a stuck out tongue to be found which is a big improvement!

    • cmb92191

      It looks like Ke$ha got Klassy!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      The clothing choices are much more interesting than I would have expected, but W is always trying to get its female stars to show nips and I’m rather over it. Exposing your breasts doesn’t make you that much more “fashion forward.”
      The words? Eh. She sounds young and not particularly self aware, but there’s room to grow. Hopefully, she’ll look back on it in 10 years and cringe like the rest of us.

    • JauntyJohn

      Here’s the thing about her (for me): I never get the sense that anyone, anywhere, is telling this girl to show skin. At no point is there a “Coco crying at the photographer’s in ‘Fame’ when she lowers her blouse’” thing going on with her. Showing skin strikes me as very much on her terms, and this is a girl — sorry, young woman, now — who is more than able to say NO if she chooses. There’s a real, celebratory “fuck you” in her vibe which,even though I could never see her tongue again and die happy, I have to give a hat tip to. She came out of the Disney Factory and is still her own young woman it seems — credit where due. Oh, sure, no doubt she has handlers, but I get the sense that they’re just trying to keep up.
      With all that opinion opined let me say I think this editorial is such a dramatic change in flavor that it’s pretty amazing, and I for that alone I like it. She’s not playing it safe, that’s for sure.

      And I always remember that everyone laughed when Cher’s name came up in the previews for “Silkwood” … just look how far Miley’s come from “Hannah Montana” in a handful of years. You could never really call me a Cyrus “fan” but… I’m just sayin’.

      • alyce1213

        The debate continues — is showing skin a symbol of empowerment and self-expression? Is it really on her terms?
        I see her as a self-objectifying victim of male-dominated social conditioning.

        • JauntyJohn

          A very astute take. I wonder if self-objectification can ever be along the same lines as when a minority group takes a pejorative and makes it their own, transforming it from negative slam to defiant ownership? I’m not necessarily saying that’s what she’s doing, though. Your point could be spot on…

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            The hegemony doesn’t really benefit when minority groups reclaim a pejorative. The hegemony definitely benefits when women redefine empowerment as pleasing the male gaze.

        • http://unbornunicorn.wordpress.com/ Amanda Gun

          Look, I’m well aware we all grow up in a patriarchal, sex-obsessed society that doesn’t give women space to develop for our own sake first and foremost, but using that to tell a woman that she doesn’t know what she wants is incredibly dismissive and infantilising, and one of the least feminist things anyone can do. I know as little about Miley Cyrus as you do, but the image she is putting forth is of someone who is well aware of what she is doing, and is doing it of her own free will. Until we know for sure if that’s true or not, trusting her when she says it’s on her terms is the only correct thing to do. Otherwise it’s such a slippery slope to just dismissing anything you don’t agree with as a result of social conditioning, and I don’t think anyone wants that.

      • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

        honestly, i have no beef with whatever she chooses to wear. categorizing a person’s clothes as either oppressed or liberated without actual knowledge of that person’s specific circumstances is pretty much oppression itself. if a woman chooses to wear next to nothing of her own free will, then i have nothing further to say. if a woman chooses to cover herself fully of her own free will, then i also have nothing further to say.

        i don’t know miley’s specific circumstances in relation to her clothes. i do know she’s likely making cash money off of dressing the way she does, but i don’t know how much or who gets the bulk of the money. it’s possible she has been coerced into dressing the way that she has. but, let’s be real—it’s just as possible she hasn’t.

        whatever’s the case, i don’t know her specific circumstances so i don’t have anything to say about her clothes. they’re nothing i’d pick for myself. but that opinion isn’t enough to make miley feminist or non-feminist. what does make miley feminist or non-feminist is her track record of ridiculing black women—or, in this interview’s case, putting down other women for what they’re wearing. it’s my opinion that, if miley is a feminist at all, then she’s not a particularly thoughtful one.

      • somebody blonde

        My problem with her isn’t how much skin she reveals or doesn’t reveal. It’s comments about how people who criticize her are just “jealous” when people have legitimate reasons to criticize her.

    • JasmineAM

      Those quotes are annoying as hell. Still can’t stand this girl.

    • TRSTL

      There is nothing, like, whatever interesting about her to , like, me, you know? Like, I don’t know, she is either trying to be, like, totally annoying or is just clueless. I am firmly in the “shut up and go away” camp with this one still.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      I love Miley Cyrus…she worked hard to get her slim figure….but who the fuck is this chick?

    • Kate

      I don’t recognizer her at all – quite a change. She definitely looks better without a shaved half-head.

    • siriuslover

      And she doesn’t look at all like herself. The cover almost reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow.

    • Shug

      Cool photos. I enjoyed the thing about not liking kids but the “Anyone who hates on you is below you” is a big problem for me. It’s a big problem in the context of her repeated privileged white girl appropriation of Black ratchet culture and her using Black women as props in her performances, and the valid criticism she got about that. I don’t think she deserves to be slut-shamed, but definitely deserved to be called on her racism. Sounds to me like homegirl is dismissing valid critiques by Black women as “just being jealous.”

      TL;DR I’m torn about her because I’m all about rejecting slut-shaming and owning your own aesthetic, but she has some learning to do about race relations.

    • Aidan B

      Wow. I would never have recognized her as the woman in the inside spread. I don’t know if I can blame it entirely on the styling; that just doesn’t look like her face at all.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      by Ronan Farrow? There’s an unexpected celeb mashup.

    • decormaven

      I’m alll for one being different. But I want to see her be different with her talent. Do a movie in a part that no one would expect. Take a completely different tack with the music, and be serious about it, not just hire some different producers to spin the current sound. And most of all, get out of the public eye. Yes, she looks different here, and there’s a little bit different spin on her message, but it’s all part and parcel of her same schtick. Go do something new & different- and let your actions inform us, not your mouth.

      • heartbot

        The thing is, she doesn’t even *look* that different, unless you’re comparing her to herself. I can think of 3 big name lady singers off the top of my head who have or have recently had her exact same hair cut, and she’s lifted her entire aesthetic from a culture she has no connection with or understanding of in order to make herself *seem* edgy. There are already plenty of women out there doing the exact same thing and doing it better. It’s only novel because she was Hannah Montana, and despite the clever costuming and mouthy sound bites, there’s no real reason to think she’s actually changed anything other than her wardrobe.

    • acevedob

      Wow. I hate her (for real, not pretend hate), but this is a great editorial. Cheers to the team behind it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I wouldnt have known that was Miley Cyrus-very different styling and fashion.

    • kategs

      If you took out the word “like” the interview would be half as long.

    • Judy_J

      She looks interesting because she doesn’t look like Miley Cyrus.

    • stubbornthoughts

      Great face here, better than ever. Standard, growing-up-in-Hollywood, over-privileged, I’m-better-than-you-because-I-don’t-care verbiage.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      It’s kind of sad, because the only reason she’s interesting here to me is that she’s unrecognizable. I’ve been hating on her for a while and it’s easy to forget she really is just a kid.

    • LeelaST

      Like, if I didn’t hate her before, which I did, this has just like cemented my feelings. Without the headline/caption I would have thought this was K$.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Sorry, entitled brat.

    • oklund

      She’s saying girls don’t need to have blonde bleached hair and big tits, but she has her tits and bum all out. She hates kids because they’re rude? I mean, the interview sounds really immature. Cool pictures, though they look nothing like her.

    • Chartreusite

      The dreamcatcher tattoo on her rib makes me uncomfortable.

    • fiddlecub

      Like, this is a good spread, like, great pictures, and stuff, like, yeah.

      • nannypoo

        Like, yeah, like I totally agree, like fuck man this is like a totally great spread and stuff and like yeah and shit. So like yeah, I think so too.

    • marlie

      This looks absolutely nothing like Miley. That’s not her face.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      You know, how you are reading about a cover, and somebody comments that they ‘totally didn’t recognise her if not for the name’ and you think, well, how silly is that? Here you go: I totally didn’t recognise her on the cover, I thought it was Lady Gaga.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        ME TOO. It does not look like her at all.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Huh. I found the quotes hypocritical in that typical celebrity way (though the “I hate kids” one was inspired). It just seems like your typical “let’s pretend my calculated bids for attention have an earnest motive and that getting people talking about me isn’t part of my career strategy.” And how does her tacky coopting of hip-hop style and Rihanna’s hair show “you don’t have to have long blonde hair and big titties”? Ugh the entire thing just had me rolling my eyes, and I caaaan’t stoooop.

      On a less “jealous” note, she should really keep bleaching her brows. It opens her face up – would love to see her do it on the red carpet. It also might help me believe she’s actually trying to explore alternative types of beauty as opposed to just trying to be crass and tacky.

      Mert and Marcus have done some of my favorite editorials. Love them.

    • suzq

      Hire those make up people….STAT!

      Biting the Disney had that fed you…priceless! And she’s probably right about kids, too. I’m always getting compliments about how polite mine are. Really? I think they’re about average, but the more I hear, maybe they aren’t. However, if you are going to be criticizing about kid behavior and parenting, you might want to be a bit more eloquent about it. Like, if you want people to start taking you seriously, like, you might want to limit your interjection of the word “like”.

    • AMartel

      Interesting? Because she (someone) bleached her brows? Jaysus, new annals in lowered expectations. Rebranding. Isn’t that something that happens to cattle after they’ve been rustled? There is not one thing interesting here, not one original observation (kids are mean, I can’t believe ordinary people talk about me on Facebook, I like pot), nothing. They keep trying to sell this girl like she’s something and she’s just not.

    • prettybigkitty

      Looks nothing like her. Astonishing actually.

    • SylviaFowler

      She IS a kid.

      And not coincidentally, I hate kids too.

    • somebody blonde

      She does look considerably more striking with bleached eyebrows. It rebalances her face somehow.

    • mickiemonkey

      “Even ordinary people…” wow. Thaaat’s ugly.

    • snarkalicious

      Kind of random observation, but isn’t the author of this article the brother of Dylan Farrow, who claims to have been sexually abused by Woody Allen? I just read Farrow’s op-ed in the NY Times and for some reason found it jarring to see her brother’s name next to a naked Cyrus.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        It’s that Ronan Farrow and I was similarly jarred.

      • Laylalola

        Why? Dylan was 7. Miley is legal, 21. And Ronan Farrow is a journalist — he’s written lost of essays and I think he P.O.’d MSNBC when he tweeted about Woody’s recent award because he had just signed on there, too.

        • snarkalicious

          I’m not exactly trying to draw a connection between Miley and Dylan…it’s just that Dylan’s “open letter” made some interesting points about people looking the other way with Allen because of his fame, celebrating a man who (according to her) sexually assaulted her when she was SEVEN. And here’s this woman’s brother interviewing a young lady who most of the posters on here are referring to a kid, who is more famous than ever in no small part due to her desire to appear nearly naked in as often as possible. It just seems like a weird confluence of sex and power in our celebrity-obsessed culture. I’m probably over-thinking all of this.

          • SylviaFowler

            Well first, Ronan didn’t take the pictures. He’s only the one who talked to her, and those things are done separately. Second, there really is a lot of difference between being 21 and being 7 years old. We refer to her as a kid because a) everyone under 25 seems like a kid to everyone over 25, and b) it’s a remark on her immaturity since she has all the emotional maturity of a 13 year old, which is the fault of her parents. But she IS a fully legal adult, and there is nothing going on with this photoshoot that’s even close to the level of depravity and immorality that child molestation is. There should be some care and thought put into how literally one interprets metaphors and shades of nuance. Being so literal about something such as this Miley photoshoot doesn’t do any favors to victims of sexual assault, as Ronan’s sisters are. If anything, the false equation of the two diminishes the real crime IMO.

    • Jen

      I’m more annoyed that she got to meet Ronan Farrow…

    • bertkeeter

      At least her tounge is not on diplay!

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Yes, all the people of color raising valid arguments about her cultural appropriation of a specific subset of black ratchet culture and her appalling use of black women and little people as props in her performances are jealous and “below” her. Green with envy because being a priviledged uneducated rich fool is what we all aspire to be.

    • stephbellard

      She looks like Daenerys Targaryen in that first photo!

    • Sabin

      So, long blond hair and big titties = out. Short blonde hair and exposed medium-sized titties = awesome. Awesome.

    • Trickytrisha

      The only way I can stand to look at her is when she doesn’t look like herself. So, yeah… great photoshoot.

    • demidaemon

      I can’t say I’m feeling this at all. Mostly because if I see the word “like” abused in such a manner again, I will have to physically abuse myself or the person mangling the word.

      Also that jealousy comment on haters is just plain laughable. The shots seem pretty retro-porny to me, which means I dislike them, heavily.

    • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

      The Gaga comments are spot on.

      Okay, so, is this the actual length of her hair at the moment? I like it. Finally, Ronan Farrow, huh? I’m more interested in his trajectory than Miley’s frankly.

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      (this is going to sound weird but i’m saying it anyways)
      i’m so much more open to the idea of her doing nude photos with anyone other than dirty uncle terry richardson because the photographs are so much better.

      there. it’s been said.

      • somebody blonde

        I’m so much more open to the idea of ANYONE doing nudes with someone other than Terry Richardson. Or you know, any photos at all. It’s not just that his photos are terrible, it’s that they make you feel gross inside too.

    • LVC

      Ronan Farrow interviewed with Miley Cyrus? Doesn’t seem a serious enough subject for him …

    • Laylalola

      I’ve tried covering portions of the hair and face and I honestly still can’t see Miley anywhere in these pictures.

    • Milos Mom

      I’ll give it to the little rascal. She looks good when she is properly
      styled from head to toe. This is the best shoot I have **EVER** seen her
      do.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I thought this was Kirsten Dunst for a second.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Did Terry Richardson shoot these pictures?

      • http://unbornunicorn.wordpress.com/ Amanda Gun

        Considering they’re not lit like someone pointed a desk lamp at her and put her in front of a white wall, I have no idea how you could think that!

    • KT

      JABBA THE HUTT IS ON THE COVER OF W MAGAZINE!!

      • dschubba

        What has been seen can never be unseen.

    • MaggieMae

      Carry on with the rebranding. I’m paying attention.

    • Cate

      That first black and white photo, her face looks SO different. It’s freaking me out. That is not Miley Cyrus’s face.

    • Joey Melliza

      BRAVA! she should bleach her hair and brows like this

    • Evan

      Yeah, I know who she is, but she’s not famous enough to be an obvious reference or influence.

      • Elizabeth Davis-Simpson

        Gaga has been on Die Antwoord’s jocks for years. They turned down her offer as openers a few years ago and DA was very public about it. I’m positive Miley is well aware of Yolandi. She is probably one of, if the not the, hottest and most stylish artists of the past couple of years. I def see a lot of Yolandi’s influence in Miley’s clothing, since she’s the one who has started the whole pervy kiddie/sexy look.

        • Evan

          I’m sure Miley knows who she is, but Miley doesn’t style her shoots, a stylist for the magazine does. The pervy kiddie/sexy look had been done before Yolandi though. Everything comes and goes.

    • formerlyAnon

      She’s not-unintelligent, and since she was raised in the business has a certain level of savvy, but like [almost] everyone who started as a child star and has always live in the bubble, she’s younger than her years in some ways, and sounds it. I kind of like that she admits she’s not enamored with kids, despite the fact that her discussion of it reeks of her trying to make herself “interesting.”

      She’s pretty and fit (+/- some photoshopping – what is up with where her ass & hip are in relation to her torso on that cover??) in these photos, and they’re a little different, so . . . fine, o.k. MUCH prefer her shorter partially-shaved hair, this stuff looks like it’s straight out of a book of hair models from the ’80s.

      • SylviaFowler

        Nah, read the whole interview (the quotes picked for this post are as coherent and cogent she can muster). She’s quite unintelligent.

        • formerlyAnon

          I’d gotten the impression that she was more young and dumb than dumb and dumb, but I’ll allow as how I may be wrong. As to reading the whole interview . . . I may . . . ? Not sure I can bear it if this is the best of it.

    • Ruby

      I thought you guys put the wrong name on your title…she is totally unrecognizable to me! I’m not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing though.

    • kerryev

      From the ankles up that jumpsuit is incredible (with runway styling, please).

    • Arjay Gallo

      if only the rest of her wasnt awful.

    • CatherineRhodes

      It’s crazy, but I really like her.

    • Clash D

      She actually looks…really good here. I would start taking her seriously if she stayed with this styling instead of returning to that awful ‘tongue-flapping, manic chipmunk with tits’ face that she’s been sporting. What a huge difference.

    • Kat

      I don’t love the cover at all but I’m surprised by how well she’s wearing the clothes.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I don’t think it looks like her. Or anybody who even looks vaguely like her. More like some sad Italian prostitute Fellini thought would be cool to shoot on the edges of a party scene to illustrate the vacant, mournful ennui of everyday life.

      • Demeter

        How insulting to Italian prostitutes, but I agree with you. I also agree with Sinead O’Connor’s assessment :
        “I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked…Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.”

    • Caaro3

      OUT. Get OUT.

    • Chevalle

      Like, could she, like, maybe, like, stop, like, using vocal, like, interrupters, like, every two, like, words.

      Why are so many young people absolutely incapable of speaking decently?

    • Columbinia

      The comment about kids being mean is interesting. But like, the rest of Miley is like pretty mind numbing.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      I wouldn’t have recognized her. Seriously, I thought it was the unholy and unnatural love-child of Kirsten Dunst and KeSha.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      “she’d look awful walking down the street like this…” don’t tempt her… she’ll do it.