Miley Cyrus on Howard Stern earlier this week

Miley Cyrus is opening herself up a lot this month. She talked about why her relationship with Liam Hemsworth failed and how she’s struggled with sobriety during 2020. Now, she’s also laid herself bare on the cover of Rolling Stone, and recently shared a look at all her new fashion looks in varying states of dress on the cover of the magazine’s new January 2021 issue.

This may not be the edition of Rolling Stone in which Miley Cyrus is “gonna buy five copies for [her] mother,” but Miley Cyrus has never been one to be particularly shy about her body. (Here, it is worth pointing out her mom manages her.) In fact you could argue she’s well-suited to her own skin, and has delighted in being seen naked on a wrecking ball and more in the past. This time around, she’s dropping trou for “fashion,” as she put it on Instagram.

A second look at Miley Cyrus on the cover has her in shoes and lingerie, lounging on a comfy-looking velvet couch. She’s been rocking this shorter hair for a bit now to mark her more rock era of musicianship, and she told the outlet her hair has always been used by the public to benchmark her sanity or lack thereof. So, take of the new cut what you will, I guess.

These looks at Miley Cyrus may help to keep up the fiction that she is a free spirit. But if you talk to the singer these days, she’d be the first to tell you (or Rolling Stone, who asked first) that she’s really a pretty “grounded” person. She noted:

Someone said to me the other day, ‘I think of you as a free bird that can’t be held down.’ I don’t really feel that way. I feel very weighted and grounded. I’m free, but I feel responsibility. I take my mental and physical health a lot more seriously than I ever did before.

Miley Cyrus may not be a free bird, but I don’t think anyone would accuse her of being stagnant. She’s the type of personality who can shift from hits like “We Can’t Stop” to covers of “Jolene.” She's been on the interview circuit quite a bit during 2020, and as part of a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, she channeled her inner Courtney Love and belted out Hole’s “Doll Parts,” a performance worth watching.

The point is, she’s never interested in doing what we expect out of her. Now, whether or not her Rolling Stone looks are “fashion” is a totally separate conversation, though I really wish with her new looks and rock interests, SNL would book her again, next.

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