Miley Cyrus Still ‘Scarred’ From the Body-Shaming She Suffered After the 2013 VMAs

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Miley Cyrus grew up before our very eyes, but in 2013, we saw her transform into this loud, unapologetic joint-smoking powerhouse, performing some of the craziest shows. However, in an interview with fellow star Demi Lovato, the “Wrecking Ball” singer opened up about how the body-shaming she received following the 2013 VMA’s still wounds her today.

It may have been 8 years since the unforgettable performance Miley Cyrus performed at the MTV Music Video Awards…

But the twenty-eight-year-old is still feeling the burn of how she was critiqued following the event. Especially surrounding the body-shaming she received.
The star had been going through a transition from the sparkling southern belle image she had crafted for her Disney Channel days to prove who she was outside of such a bubble. This transition included cutting off her long dark hair, bleaching it, and performing in some of the most revealing outfits to ever grace television.

“Ya’ll scarred me w that turkey butt sh*t,” she captioned the post.

On Saturday, the star posted a risqué photo of her in a black body suit to promote her appearance at the Summerfest music festival this September. However, it seems the photo triggered difficult memories for the starlet as soon after she posted a video of her behind to her story, referencing the viral memes which circulated in 2013, comparing her slim frame to a turkey. “Ya’ll scarred me w that turkey butt sh*t,” she captioned the post. She also included animations of a skeleton eating turkey, a speech bubble that says “gobble gobble,” and a chicken shaking its butt.
The event still could stand as one of the most memorable VMA performances of all time, featuring the then twenty-one-year-old twerking on “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke in a tan, latex bodysuit, and bleached space-buns. A considerable difference to the former star’s character in Hannah Montana. However, this transition was quite jarring for many of her fans, who felt like she was going off the rails.

In March last year, she sat down with Demi Lovato to discuss the events that followed the performance.

Cyrus spoke about the body-shaming events with ex-Disney cohort Demi Lovato on her Instagram live show Bright Minded: Live with Miley. “I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this sh*t because after the VMAs and I had on my cute little nude bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey on my outfit,” Cyrus explained. “I was just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.”
Nevertheless, the star attempts to draw a silver lining from the event and its concurring critiques as she decided she wanted to use her platform “for a bigger purpose” and that this personality she had created wasn’t, in fact, her true self. “The worse thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is lying or a fraud,” she told Lovato. “I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts.”

Demi Lovato could relate. They have been open with their struggles with body-image issues and eating disorders from a young age.

They admit that their 2015 banger “Confident” was written during a time when the singer wasn’t feeling confident at all. “My message was that I was so confident, but in reality, I was working out so much and eating such a strict diet that I wasn’t confident,” they confided. “Now I feel like I’m more confident than I was back then. And I might be heavier than I was, but I’m more confident now. And that’s better to me.”

The stars commented on the waxing and waning relationship the pair shared despite having similar beginnings to their careers.

“I’m so sad that you went through that, and I had no idea,” they said before giving some inside scoop about the status of their friendship. “I feel like we’ve gone through times where we’re closer and then distant and that’s fine, that’s what friends do. I just wish I could’ve been there for you.”
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