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Miley Cyrus talks about finding herself and self-worth

Brittney Elkins

Miley Cyrus talked to Lifetime's Amanda de Cadenet recently about surviving her teenage years.

A new ‘Lifetime’ interview with Miley Cyrus reveals the singer’s feelings about growing up, sex and being cool

Miley Cyrus has certainly grown up from the 12-year-old Disney star, bouncing around the television screen as Hannah Montana.

She has taken a lot of flak the past few years for being too sexy too soon, or for hanging out with the wrong crowd, or for having a picture of her taken doing something questionable, but what Miley Cyrus has actually been doing is growing up in front of our eyes—and doing things that a lot of teenagers do without cameras around.

Miley Cyrus went on Lifetime’s The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet recently to talk about her transformation from a young girl to young woman. Amanda de Cadanet got comfortable on Miley Cyrus’s couch to have a real conversation.

Miley Cyrus opened up about how she felt she had been trained in her interviews when she was younger and how she finally became aware of the things she was saying.

“I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12-years-old… I guess I kind of realized that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer,” Miley Cyrus said.

She went on to add that she began to think about her answers and whether or not they were really how she felt, or if she had just said it for so long, she didn’t feel like changing her responses to the same questions.

Amanda de Cadanet and Miley Cyrus continued their conversation about individuality and the natural progression from young girl to young lady, and Amanda turned the conversation to how young girls today feel about sex.

“The girls that really base how much they’re worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad. Because sex is actually really beautiful. It’s the only way we create, and it’s the only way the world keeps going. So, it’s ignorant to not talk to your kids about it or not make it seem as magical or cool as it actually is. They have a TV, so they know what sex is… Let them know that they wouldn’t be here without it… your worth is based on how you feel about yourself,” Miley Cyrus said.

Miley Cyrus also said that she sometimes wants to shake young girls who don’t have their priorities straight and ask them to meditate and take a hard look at their lives. Would they want to be friends with themselves?

“The people that you surround yourself with reflects a lot… I see the people that when I was in a sad point in my life and when I so just wanted to prove a point of, ‘I’m not who people think I am…’ They were cool… but I’m so sick of people trying to be too cool. Cool is so dumb,” Miley Cyrus said.

Although Miley Cyrus insists that she still feels lost a lot of the time, she certain appears to have grown into a young woman already. She turned heads (and raised a few eyebrows) Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards wearing a cleavage-baring Jean Paul Gaultier tuxedo jacket—with no pants, and no shirt underneath. While some people thought the look was too revealing, many people thought the look was perfectly executed.

“I just thought, ‘I love white on a white carpet.’ I thought it would be fun. I like that it’s a little boyish but still feminine,” Miley Cyrus said.

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