In the new issue of Marie Claire, Miley Cyrus describes how playing Hannah Montana for so long led her to developing unhealthy body image issues. The role which shot her to fame was said to have given her stress and anxiety attacks. Playing a role such as Hannah Montana, which first aired in 2006, gave her impossible goals to live up to.
Miley says: “From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’”
She went on: “I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, “Who the f*** am I?”
Working 12-hour days on set, she had coffee “’jammed down her throat” to keep her awake and even experienced her first period while shooting the show.
She said: “It was so embarrassing, but I couldn’t leave. And I was crying, begging my mom, ‘You’re going to have to put the tampon in. I have to be on set.’”
Miley Cyrus has since grown out of her bubble gum Disney persona. The Wrecking Ball singer now rocks a much edgier look and tougher attitude. She admitted that she still feels the pressure to look good and complained about current beauty standards especially for young women.
“When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t. They lighten black girls’ skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, “Why don’t I look like that?” It’s a total bummer,” she said. Quite ironic when you consider the image of her on the current Marie Claire, in which she appears heavily made up and possibly touched up.
Do you think being on Hannah Montana would put undue pressure on a child?
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