Miley Cyrus calls herself a "semi-nudist" in the Oct. 8 issue of Rolling Stone, and judging by the magazine's cover, that's quite an understatement. Posing for photographer Theo Wenner, the naked pop star sticks out her tongue at the camera. With her platinum hair slicked back and her eyeliner smudged, Cyrus once again proves she's not the cookie-cutter Disney Channel star she once was.
In the accompanying interview, Cyrus speaks candidly about her polarizing performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. She admits to getting a little "handsy" with Robin Thicke, but says it's no worse than what he did to her. "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.' They're only talking about the one that bent over," she says. "So obviously there's a double standard."
"America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong," she adds. "Like, I was watching Breaking Bad the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It's a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word 'f--k.' And I'm like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'f--k'? It's like when they bleeped 'molly' at the VMAs. Look what I'm doing up here right now, and you're going to bleep out 'molly'? Whatever."
Cyrus, 20, was amused by her critics, particularly Brooke Shields, who played her mom on Hannah Montana and called the performance "desperate."
"Brooke Shields was in a movie where she was a prostitute at age 12!" Cyrus says with a laugh, referencing Shields' role in the controversial 1978 film Pretty Baby.
Cyrus, of course, knows her antics are raising quite a few eyebrows. "I think it's an important time not to Google myself," she admits.
Though her VMAs performance was widely panned, Cyrus says she "wasn't trying to be sexy" when she sang "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" with Thicke. "If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing," she explains. The singer also acknowledges that her stubby pigtails made her "look like a little creature."
Cyrus also tells Rolling Stone that her twerking has gotten out of hand. "People are like, 'Miley thinks she's a black girl, but she's got the flattest ass ever,'" she says. "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."