Kit Steinkellner
August 09, 2015 8:09 am

Miley Cyrus has been in the public eye for almost a decade (yes, it’s been 9 years since Hannah Montana took the Disney Channel by storm). Being in the public eye for that long will teach a girl a LOT about the nature of  celebrity, and in the upcoming September issue of Marie Claire, Miley runs down what she’s learned spending almost half her life in the spotlight.

Let’s break down the lessons, shall we?

You don’t need millions to make great art

“These big f—ing studios other people put in? You don’t need that stuff. All you need is a microphone and a computer.”​

Money and fame DEFINITELY don’t make people happy

“People in this industry think, I just gotta keep getting more money, and I’m like, What are you getting more money for? You probably couldn’t even spend it all in this lifetime. People get more famous, so that they can make their brand more famous, so that they can sell more shit, so that they can make more money. It’s a never-ending cycle. Getting more money, having more hits, being the lead in the movie—those things might stimulate you, but they don’t make you happy. I’ve experienced it all already, and I’m telling you firsthand, it doesn’t.”

On not being a conventional role model

“Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about my being gender-fluid and gender-neutral. And some people snarl at that. They want to judge me. People need more conventional role models, I guess. But I just don’t care to be that person.”

(This last point is cited as the reason she created the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations).

Miley has had her controversial moments for sure, but she also has great moments of insight. We think she’s spot-on when she talks about the fame machine in this article, and smartly breaks down why celebrity is not the answer when one is questing for happiness.

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Image via Twitter

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