Why It's Okay to Love Miley Cyrus (Really)

Miley Cyrus has gotten a lot of criticism in recent months for a variety of reasons. From her stage shows and social media posts to chat show appearances and magazine interviews, there’s nothing the 21-year-old can do that isn’t fodder for public opinion.

However, regardless of what you make of Miley, one thing’s for sure: she really likes herself regardless of what you think. If that’s not an empowering message, I don’t know what is. A new interview in this month’s Elle magazine (written by Rookie founder and HelloGiggles love Tavi Gevinson) reminded us of even more reasons why we love Miley- and why we don’t need to be ashamed of this love.

She’s really connected to her fans.

I have guys and girls that come out, and they’re like, “The only reason I’m able to admit that I’m gay is because you’ve made me feel like that’s okay.” That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation—it wasn’t always accepted—and I feel like I am a big part of that change. Or they know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose—a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my fucking feathers and my little outfits.

It’s always great when you’re a fan of an artist who seems to care about you as much as you do about them. Miley’s success is due in large part to the support of her faithful Smilers, and no one knows that better than Miley herself.

She’s actually really talented.

Enough said.

She’s all about equality… period.

I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody.

I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all f**king day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.

While Miley’s perspectives on feminism might sometimes seem a little misguided, they all come from a good place, and you have to admit she makes some great points about the double standard women in the industry are held to. Right on, Miley!

She loves staying in, just like us.

“Why go to a movie? I’ve got a huge-ass TV. We’ve got a chef here that can make you great food. We don’t need to leave. I would just rather be here where I’m completely locked in.”

There’s nothing we love more than vegging out after a long week with some yummy snacks and terrible TV. We’re glad Miley feels the same.

She doesn’t care about the latest trends.

“I don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘F**k 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.’ I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don’t care. Like Madonna or Blondie or Joan Jett—Jett’s the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren’t supposed to wear leather pants and, like, f**king rock out. And she did.”

Personal style really is all about wearing what makes YOU feel comfortable and confident, not what fashion magazines tell us is the hip thing to wear. Miley’s approach to fashion is what it’s all about – and she looks great!

She wants to use her fame for good.

She runs through ideas in earnest. Animal welfare (“Like, all my dogs have been rescued and are amazing”), bullying (“I really want people not to be scared”), water purification (“I think water’s, like, a really important thing”), the environment (“I’m so scared the sky’s not going to be blue anymore. It’s going to be black from all the s**t”). If there’s one thing Cyrus has, it’s time to figure out what she stands for.

Plenty of celebrities are more concerned with money and fame itself than they are giving back to their community. While Miley may be young and make silly decisions, she also has a good head on her shoulders and wants to use her influence to make the world a better place. That’s definitely worth applauding.

She’s still figuring herself out, and that’s okay.

“I’m messed up. I have so many f**king issues. I am so fucked up – everyone does dumb stuff when they are messed up. I don’t have a normal life. I take a hiatus every now and again but I’m not good at that.”

Look, we were all young once and we’ve all made our share of stupid decisions. Imagine going through the tumultuous experience of growing up in front of the whole world! It’s not something we’d wish on anyone, and Miley’s managing it with as much grace as possible.

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