In fact, she didn't wear anything. The cover shows Cyrus leaning against the edge of a pool, her arms barely covering up her bare cleavage.
Thick black eyeliner is smeared around her eyes, and her hair is slicked back. She sticks her tongue out while looking straight into the camera.
In an interview with the magazine, the "We Can't Stop" star talks about her VMAs performance with Robin Thicke and her relationship with Kanye West and her parents and thoughts on what everyone says about her.
"People are like, 'Miley thinks she's a black girl, but she's got the flattest ass ever,'" Cyrus said. "I'm like, I'm 108 pounds! I know!"
Then, referencing her VMAs performance, she adds, "Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I'll probably never do that [expletive] again."
West paid her a visit before infamous performance, which Cyrus says gave her the confidence to go through with the performance.
"He [comes] in and goes, 'There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now.' The whole room went quiet. I was like, 'Yo -- can you say that again?!'" she recalls. "I just kept repeating that over and over in my mind, and it made me not nervous."
Being hot was not her goal, though, nor what made her nervous for the VMAs.
"I wasn't trying to be sexy. If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy," Cyrus said. "I can dance a lot better than I was dancing."
She and West have remained friends after the performance as she evolves as a performer.
"Kanye is the [expletive]. I kind of have a good relationship with him now," she says. "It's good to have someone you can call and be like, 'Yo, do you think I should wear this?' 'Do you think I should go in the studio with this guy?' 'Do you think this is cool?' That's what homies are supposed to do."