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Miley Cyrus Talks Journey From Child Star to Sexy Woman on The Conversation

By Michael Lewittes

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(Lifetime)

Miley Cyrus has come a long way since her “Hannah Montana” days.

The 19-year-old singer-actress appeared on Lifetime’s “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet” on Thursday night, and discussed her evolution from a naive child star to an independent and, at times, outspoken, young woman.

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Cyrus recalls the backlash she encountered when she released her racy “Can’t Be Tamed” music video during the last season of “Hannah Montana,” saying, “Even just the title of that, for a woman to say she can’t be tamed… for a woman in the world with my face saying ‘I can’t be tamed’ when that’s really all people wanted to do, I think proves how sexist people still really are.”

She adds, “People are so scared of seeing a woman being like, ‘This is who I am and you’re not going to change it.’”

As for how Cyrus began to find her own voice, she divulges, “I feel I was so trained in my interviews to be All-American or whatever. I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12 years old.”

She explains, “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.”

Cyrus further reveals, “I finally had to look inside and say, ‘What do I really think about this? Do I really think that or am I just trained to say that? Or have I said it for so many years now that that’s what people expect me to say, so now I say it so I don’t have to say something else and be creative?”

Today, the LOL star is much less afraid to speak her mind.

Asked about being called a sex symbol, Cyrus says while it’s certainly not something she set out to become, “I take it as a compliment. Thank you for thinking I’m sexy!”

She also alludes in the conversation to her former relationship with Nick Jonas, admitting, “I had my biggest heartbreak when I was 14,” and offers (hypothetical) advice to her 14-year-old self.

Check out a clip from the show below!

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