A few things are troubling me when I turn up at the LA studio where I am scheduled to interview Miley Cyrus about her collaboration with make-up brand Mac. For a start, I’m worried about whether I will recognise her with all her clothes on. I’ve been perusing the singer’s Instagram account, and there has been an awful lot of nudity on it lately. Recent highlights include a picture of a woman’s hand down her own shorts and the caption “a masturbate a day keeps the haters away”. There are photos of Miley in the bath with only some strategically placed foam for modesty, taken as part of a shoot for V magazine. There are shots of Miley lounging around, completely naked except for some socks. It’s all a long way from Hannah Montana.
I’m also slightly concerned that I’m in Hollywood, and she, at least according to the morning’s papers, is in Hawaii, where she’s been “cavorting around in” (read: “wearing”) a teeny weeny red bikini with her new boyfriend, Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of Arnold and Maria Shriver.
My fears are not entirely allayed when the PR representative for Mac, with whom Cyrus has just launched a hot-pink lipstick as part of its Viva Glam range, warns me that “there might be a bit of a wait”.
And there is a bit of a wait: eight minutes in all. And then she bounces into view like a human disco ball, wearing silver sequinned miniskirt, a matching jacket, and that lipstick (Cyrus describes it as “hot-pink lava with a thousand crushed-up disco balls inside. I wanted it to feel like I was inside of the bottle”). We’re not, it seems, on Naomi Campbell time here.
Cyrus’s punctuality is the first of several surprises and apparent contradictions about her. She is tiny and delicate-looking, with big Bambi eyes and a full mouth, but her voice is husky and unexpectedly deep. She talks fast, ideas tumbling forth so rapidly that she often doesn’t make it to the end of one sentence before rushing headlong into the next one.
Despite the frequent nudity, the twerking and the provocative performances in her videos – including, famously, a scene in which she appears to fellate a sledgehammer – she insists that she is subject to the same occasional bouts of insecurity about her appearance as anyone else.
“I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity, especially being on TV, because you’re right here,” she says, drawing a box in the air around her face. “And this was even before the HD situation. I was 15 and dealing with that and you think that’s the only thing people can see. I would get overwhelmed and I would try everything. If it had ‘acne’ on it, I’d be like, ‘Yup, I’m going to put that on my face’. And then you only use it for a day and you’re like, ‘It’s not working’.”
She speaks with genuine passion and maturity about the subjects close to her heart: they include homelessness and Aids awareness (as Viva Glam ambassador for Mac, all the proceeds from her new lipstick will go to helping people with HIV). “I have my own charity here in LA,” she says. “It’s called the Happy Hippie Foundation. It’s for homeless youths. Right now we’re focused on trying to buy a second building.”
Miley Cyrus sank onto a stool and asked permission to kick off her MM6 Margiela wedge sandals and get comfortable. “Let it all hang out … not literally,” I said, as we settled in to chat about her new role as MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam girl for 2015, following in Rihanna’s footsteps as the celebrity face of the annual campaign that benefits the MAC AIDS fund. In the role, she not only is the face of the campaign, but also has a hand in creating this year’s Viva Glam products.
Given the 22-year-old’s predilection for provocation, it’s no surprise that the shades she selected for the first two products are shocking pinks: fuchsia Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick ($16) and sparkly magenta Lipglass gloss ($15), which debuted at maccosmetics.com and in MAC stores this week.
With a disco ball propped next to her on a production studio stage, the songstress talked about the AIDS-HIV fight, the accessories she designed for designer Jeremy Scott’s spring fashion presentation, beauty and her personal style.
Miley Cyrus is just as impatient as we are to get her new tunes released — but before we get amped on a new Miley album, there’s still time to celebrate Bangerz.
The 22-year-old starlet scored a Grammy nom for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ but told ET she didn’t believe the news when she first heard it.
“I thought it was a joke,” she revealed during our new sit down interview with her. “My friend was in my room and said, ‘Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,’ and I was like, ‘You’re kidding… there’s no way.’ I googled and I was like ‘oh yeah! I am, I actually am!’”
And even with the Grammy nom under her belt, she’s trying not to get too amped about going home with the trophy. When asked if she was ready for music’s biggest day of the year, she humbly noted, “I don’t know. I’m pretty mellow with that kind of stuff… I’m not a pessimist but I’m just saying I won’t be crying myself to sleep if I don’t win a Grammy. You know?”
Mi-Cy also revealed she’s hard at work on a follow-up to Bangerz, “I’m trying to get this stuff out ASAP,” she said. “I’m working on it!”
“I’m in the studio every day at my house,” she added.
Miley says that delay on the songwriting side is because she wants it to be current and candid.
“Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it,” she said. “I just, I don’t know what I want to go out there.”
MAC’s new Viva Glam campaign star often posts pics of Madonna to her Instagram account, and it turns out there might be a reason for that – a potential duet on Miley’s anticipated new album.
She’s just being Miley when it comes to her friendship with Justin Bieber – or is she?
In our new sit down with the 22-year-old star, Miley Cyrus joked about consistently poking fun of her famous pal, exclaiming, “That’s ‘cause I am Justin Bieber!”
She might just be on to something, especially now that the Biebs has gone super blonde. “I did see Justin the other day and I thought I was looking at a mirror and then I realized that it was Justin Bieber!” Miley joked.
“He had my exact hair! Which we all know I’ve had for a minute,” she added, noting that he was clearly inspired by her now famous 2012 haircut. “He went and got the Miley cut.”
It all makes so much sense now. “My double life, I never was ever Hannah [Montana],” she teased. “I was always just Justin Bieber and that was my decoy to avoid the fact that I’m actually Justin Bieber.”
This isn’t the first time Miley’s given Bieber a hard time. She first did a hilarious impression of him on Saturday Night Live in 2011 on the now famous skit series, “The Miley Cyrus Show.” Biebs paid the favor back during his own 2013 SNL appearance and also pranked her on his Punk’d reboot.
More recently, Miley — who also opened up to ET about the thought process behind her often NSFW Instagrams — joked around with Bieber when she posted several pics of his new Calvin Klein campaign photos – complete with her own Photoshop magic.
But Miley assured us it’s all done light-heartedly, sharing she would love to see JB take a shot at her new campaign for MAC Cosmetics.
“I would love to see him in his Calvins wearing Viva Glam,” she excitedly said before sending the “Boyfriend” singer a message. “We need as much attention on this amazing product and cause as possible, so this is a personal call out to Justin to do that.” Watch the video above to see more of what Miley had to say about Bieber.
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As for what drastic look Miley has planned for the future that we may or may not also see on Justin?
“I don’t know,” she answered. “The thing with short hair, when I saw him, he said, ‘I’m growing my hair out.’ I said ‘Yeah, me too.’ But it’s not as quick as you would think. Hair when you’re like bleaching it… it’s hard! Luckily for me, I’m a fan of wigs.”
Mi-Cy did tease that we could be seeing her with some purple or blue locks in the future, also revealing, “I wish my hair would grow silver…. Every time I wear my Mylar wig I get so upset that your hair can’t look like that.”
To see Miley candidly open up about her sometimes negative reputation in the media – watch the video here!
Miley Cyrus says we need to talk about sex more.
Especially with young people who think it’s OK to have unprotected sex.
“I think that most of it is just having the conversation and taking away the kind of embarrassment or guilt that people feel attached to sex,” Cyrus tells me.
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is sounding off on sex because she’s the new face of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Viva Glam campaign. Proceeds from a hot pink lipstick and lip gloss created by Cyrus benefit the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I think the way sex has been made to be seen as bad or guilty, I think it’s just opening up that conversation that’s saying if you’re doing it, protect yourself. And I think young people need to be talking,” Cyrus said.
Earlier in the day, Cyrus visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center to meet homeless youth and to learn more about HIV prevention.
She impressed that when “you walk in, there is a bowl of condoms right there. You didn’t have to ask.”
Cyrus praised the Viva Glam campaign because it wasn’t about making a profit.
“You don’t see me kind of doing this stuff very often,” Cyrus said. “I’m not the person to go out and say, ‘Buy my lipstick,’ or ‘Buy my this, or, ‘Buy my that.’ This was something I obviously didn’t mind saying…and kind of shamelessly plugging because it’s going towards such an amazing thing. Every penny of it! It’s not halfway going to help and halfway paying someone’s salary. It’s a hundred percent!”
Miley Cyrus sure loves her wigs.
There’s the purple one. Then there’s one that would make Rainbow Brite proud. And more recently, she popped on some long locks of silver tinsels (with matching pasties!).
“I love the wigs. Everyone loves wearing wigs,” Cyrus told me while promoting her new Viva Glam campaign for MAC Cosmetics’ MAC AIDS Fund. “It’s so easy. If I could get away with it, with wearing wigs everyday, which I guess I could, but my wigs are a little less professional.”
It got us wondering, does she ever slip on one of her ol’ signature Hannah Montana wigs?
“I didn’t get to keep one, can you believe that?!” Cyrus said. “They’re probably on a wax figure somewhere. I’m going to break in to the Disney archives and get it out because they are definitely more high quality than the ones I’m rocking.”
Just a couple of hours after our chat, Cyrus posted a current picture of herself on Instagram side-by-side with a pic from her Hannah Montana days. She captioned the split images, “Who the? What the?”
We can’t help but think maybe, just maybe, we inspired the post. We did, after all, ask if she’d ever consider a Hannah reunion.
“I don’t know, only if she, like, has an alter ego and is actually me,” Cyrus, 22, opined. “Reverse it all the way around.”
“That would be fun,” I said. “People would want to see it. Everybody loves a reunion.”
Cyrus cracked, “People want to see a lot of things that I can’t do…on TV.”
What we definitely love seeing is Cyrus’ role as the new face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign.
Sales of her customized hot pink lipstick and lip gloss benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps support HIV/AIDS prevention and support programs.
Miley also opened up about sex, her love of being naked and so much more. Tune into E! News tonight at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to see what she had to say.
Miley Cyrus is glamming it up as the newest face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. Her chic pink-shaded lipstick and gloss are available in stores and online now – and, in good ol’ Miley fashion, she’s been taking to her social media accounts to promote the new line.
While the pics of her posing for MAC are eye-catchingly stunning – and the 15-second teaser she uploaded to Instagram is glitzy and fun – the 22-year-old has caught a lot of flak for other photos and videos she shares on the social media app.
But, in a new interview, the “Wrecking Ball” songstress tells ET she doesn’t really think about what she shares!
When asked about what her thought process is behind her posts she quipped, “Not much!”
“People go, ‘Whoa. Do you ever wake up and think, ‘Wow, maybe I shouldn’t have Instagrammed that?’ You can tell when I’m really bored, or I just woke up and I lay in bed for an hour and I’ll do eight or nine posts in a row.”
But on the other end of the spectrum, she goes MIA on social media when life gets hectic.
“When I’m actually busy and having a life — people don’t know what’s happening,” she explained, “People will literally text me and ask me if I’m okay. My managers are always like, ‘Are you okay? Are you on this planet? Because we haven’t heard from you, we haven’t seen any Instagram posts.’”
The former Disney darling said that while she’s a fan of Instagram, she realizes the enormous power it has.
“I think Instagram is fun, but there’s also a lot of down sides to it I think for young girls,” she told ET.
“But, I think it’s also a place where you can kind of celebrate being who you are. You can make yourself, you can be whoever you want to be on Instagram which is fun… that’s also dangerous, but it’s really fun for people like me.”
She’s not oblivious to the media scrutiny surrounding her either. But Miley thinks people have the wrong idea about who she really is – calm and collected at heart.
“I think people try to make me seem a lot less centered than I am,” she shared candidly. “I’m not one of those people that go, ‘I’m not what you see on TV,’ ‘cause I am exactly what you see on TV. I’m who I am, and you see what I’m doing, and I’ll never say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean that.’”
The star takes full responsibility for her actions too, admitting she’s not exempt from making mistakes.
“You make choices and sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong just like in life,” she explained. “Mine are magnified and people kind of try to make you seem out of control when actually I’m a pretty, happy, centered person that likes to do a lot of things for people.”
Watch our interview with Miley above and tune in to Entertainment Tonight tonight for more of our sit-down with Miley. Then check ETonline next week to see what she shared about upcoming music and yes… Justin Bieber.
All proceeds from Miley’s Viva Glam line go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I went on tour for a while and I feel like I got to do some soul searching in a way,” she said. “What did I want my music to mean? What do I kind of want my life to mean? If I’m going to sell something, and people are going to rush to get it– I want it to kind of mean something.”
In the last few years, Miley Cyrus has established herself as a risk-taking, trend-setting musician of icon status. It’s more than fitting then that the singer, known for her bold choices in both beauty and fashion, is MAC’s Spring 2015 Viva Glam girl, joining the ranks of similarly unapologetic superstars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga. (What a roster!)
We sat down with Cyrus to discuss the exciting collaboration (proceeds—as in every penny—go towards helping those affected by HIV/Aids), as well as a whole lot more. From her surprising skin struggles to how she handles those Justin Bieber comparisons, Cyrus was refreshingly forthcoming and down-to-earth. Be prepared to fall in love—serious girl-crush material ahead.
How did you decide on the hot pink color for the lipstick and gloss?
Cyrus: I was pretty crazy about not only the color, but the way it was going to feel. Women wear lipstick or lip gloss for a long time, so you want to have something that feels good. I also really wanted it to be something that my fans are going to want to wear. The better it looks on them, the more people will ask about it and talk about it, and get more people to buy it, which is awesome and what we want—we want as many people to go out and get this color, to raise as much awareness as we can, and money as well, to go towards finding a cure for HIV/Aids.
What’s your favorite way to wear the products?
Cyrus: I do both together. I tell girls that less is more, but I’m a “more is more’” girl.
What has been your favorite part about being a Viva Glam girl and working with MAC?
Cyrus: I think what MAC represents in general. For some young kids from places like where I am from in Nashville, going by a MAC store is one of the first times you see people who are totally free—crazy colors, crazy hair—you know, just the freedom in that store. And you go in there and they make you feel a certain way because it’s part of expressing yourself.
And that’s what lipstick has always been for me. My mom would never let me wear eye makeup when I was younger. I could never really put things on my face, but she would always let me wear lip gloss. So that’s why I kind of wanted to make the pink lip gloss something for kids that were my age, that their moms might let them wear.