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Miley Cyrus Says She Didn't Wear a Bikini For 2 Years After VMA Criticism: "I Was So Insecure"

Miley Cyrus Says She Didn't Wear a Bikini For 2 Years After VMA Criticism: "I Was So Insecure"
March 18, 2020 - 19:27 / Amanda Stanford

Miley Cyrus is opening up about her insecurities, specifically after her 2013 MTV's Video Music Award performance. Following the performance, Cyrus faced online criticism.

Miley Cyrus opens up about insecurities 

Miley Cyrus seemed as confident as ever during her 2013 MTV Music Video Awards, where she rocked a nude bikini alongside Robin Thicke.

The singer opened up about how the online criticism of her body made her insecure

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

The singer opened up on an Instagram Live chat how she changed the way she dressed following the negative comments.

“I basically went through two or three years where I wouldn’t wear shorts. I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this s— because after the VMAs and I had on my cute little nude bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey in my outfit,” Cyrus said.

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“I was just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years,” she continued.

“No one thought that that would’ve ever made me feel some type of way,” Cyrus added. “It was just really, really hurtful to be so body-shamed like that. And it really affected me in my personal life.”

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The former Disney star went on to talk about how it also affected her self image being in the spotlight.

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“I think what was so hard about it was my brand has always been about being so unapologetically myself and being confident, and the worse thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is lying or a fraud,” she said.

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The star continued, “I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts. And when I was wearing like my little leotards and things, I had on f—ing four pairs of tights because I was so insecure.”

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Bright Minded: Live with Miley, an afternoon talk show airing every day this week, featured long time friend and fellow Disney child star, Demi Lovato.

Lovato also shared her fair share of body image issues, which led to the singer’s ongoing battle with an eating disorder. She told Cyrus that she also would wear multiple pairs of tights, and she also felt shame that ultimately inspired her to do “bigger” things with her platform.

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“I kind of made a vow to myself that when I get older I just wanna represent what I didn’t have, and I want to be that for somebody,” Lovato said.

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“I’ve talked about my struggles with food and stuff. And yeah, I’m glad that I did because it’s brought me and my fans closer. It … I feel like, helped young people learn to accept their bodies when it starts to change," she continued.

Back in March 2018, Cyrus looked back at her 2013 VMAs appearance, saying that the performance broke her child star image and helped her grow up.