As if you needed more proof that Miley Cyrus wanted to move past her Disney days, the 20-year-old singer and actress' recent photo shoot with V magazine is her most revealing yet. Renowned photographer Mario Testino shot the tri-fold cover, with pictures of Cyrus showing off her abs, legs and a spiky, pink-tipped hairdo.
Cyrus bares even more skin -- including part of her backside and breasts -- inside the magazine.
Interviewed alongside collaborator Pharrell, Cyrus opens up about her highly scrutinized relationship with Liam Hemsworth, her edgy new style and her growth as an artist.
"I work every day," Cyrus said in reference to reports that her and her fiance Hemsworth haven't been photographed together recently. "I’m not home with my boyfriend all the time. We work."
Every week it’s “Are they broken up? Because we don’t see a photo of them.” I don’t have time to go to Starbucks with my boyfriend every morning. I wish I did, but I don’t. I’d rather chill at my house and be there for the time I actually get to spend with him. And then I’m at the studio all day. He gets up to work out at six and I come home at five from the studio. I put this record before everything, and I’ve never done that with anything. I’ve put too much into this record to put anything else in front of it.
Pharrell apparently encouraged Cyrus to try out the punk-inspired hairstyle that made a splash in the media.
[Pharrell] was the first person I called as soon as I pulled my bun up and [hairstylist Chris McMillan] went like this [makes snipping motion]. He was the only person I wanted to call, because I wanted him to know that I’m not fucking around with what I’m saying. I’m going to change, I’m going to be different, I’m going to do what I want to do. I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back.
Cyrus said that while she's appreciative of her previous hits, like the chart-topping summer jam "Party in the U.S.A.," she's ready to move beyond them.
I can never say that I don’t love “Party in the U.S.A.” and that I’m not appreciative of it. It would be like my dad saying that he hated “Achy Breaky.” It’s what gives you everything that you have. I would never take it back. But that’s not who I am, that’s not where I want to sing, that’s not what I want to sing, and that’s not what I want my voice to sound like, because you can’t hear me through there. I like that Rihanna has a tone of her own. Beyoncé has a tone of her own. I have a tone of my own. Everything else is just blending into one club mix—but we keep our 808s in there because I love them.
"In my mind I’m Gucci Mane, but on paper I’m a pop artist," she added.