Miley Cyrus is known for her transformation from Disney teen actress to over-the-top pop star whose comfort with her sexuality discomforted many.
And though she has been in the limelight since a child, Miley revealed a troubling phase in her life that would come as unexpected to many.
In a recent interview with "Marie Claire," Miley spoke about how growing up on "Hannah Montana" gave her unrealistic body standards for her adolescent self.
She also revealed that the pressure to look a certain way created body image issues and anxiety.
"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," she told the magazine. "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*ck am I?"
The myth that women have to be "perfect" all the time is destructive — and she feels it, too.
"When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like sh*t," she said. "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. It's crazy what people have decided we're all supposed to be."
Courting controversy may be among her strong suits, but Miley has has emerged as one of the unlikelier role models among the younger generation. With her trans youth advocacy and body positivity, she has come to be one of the stronger female icons for young women.
And the singer seems to be figuring out a way to overcome these impossible body standards set on women.
Miley told "Marie Claire" that she doesn't want to be the conventional spokesperson for beauty product companies.
"I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-*ss freak," she told Marie Claire. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."