1. She actually tries to make a difference.
Cyrus says that she was inspired to set up a homeless charity after accepting the huge disparity between her life and the lives of others. She said: “I can’t drive by in my fucking Porsche and not fucking do something. I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped. I was doing a show two nights ago, and I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. I’m standing there with my tits out, dressed like a butterfly. How the fuck is that fair? How am I so lucky?” (Source)
Like many celebs, Miley claims to be passionate about a slew of social issues, but she doesn’t just talk the talk — she walks the walk. Earlier this year, she began founded an organization called Happy Hippie in order to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations”. Not only is Miley the founder of this charity, but she’s also actively involved and is using her platform to fuel fundraising and support for important endeavours. For example, the Foundation launched a campaign called “#InstaPride” in order to celebrate transgender people and folks who do not identify as being cisgender (more on this campaign here and here). She also does cool promotional videos to help raise money and spread good music:
2. She’s human.
People always seem to bring up the interview where Miley said that she’d never do drugs because they’re “for idiots”– SIX YEARS AGO. We all know that a lot can happen in 6 years–6 years ago I was still in elementary school, probably pining over my crush of the hour and being convinced that anyone who consumes alcohol is a drunken idiot. Where were you? The point is, people can change a lot in 6 years, but the fact remains that Miley continues to break barriers and stand up for human rights. Also, she’s open about her insecurities. In 2013, she divulged that the reason why she does her popular “tongue face” (image below): “”I get embarrassed to take pictures […] I don’t know what else to do in front of the cameras. And now, people always go, ‘Do the tongue thing!” (Source)
3. She isn’t afraid to challenge social norms.
Miley is known for defying societal conventions and unspoken rules, and has shown it once again with her support of and participation in the Free the Nipple Campaign which was designed to “empower women across the world”.
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She also said, in a controversial interview with Paper Magazine:
She says she has come to consider her own sexuality — even her own gender identification — fluid. “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me,” she says. “I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.” She says she’s had romantic entanglements with women that were just as serious as the ones (Liam Hemsworth, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Jonas) that ended up in Us Weekly. “I’ve had that,” she admits. “But people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight.”