Miley Cyrus covers the March issue of W magazine with a risqué photo spread and an even more revealing interview conducted by Ronan Farrow.

Cyrus has been taking over pop culture for the better part of the past year, with the release of her groundbreaking singles “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the headline grabbing performance at the VMAs and the release of her chart-topping, well-reviewed album Bangerz. She’s also been twerking up a storm, posing nude and presenting an image of herself that is so anti-Disney it demands to be noticed.

Cyrus’ spread in W magazine is no different. She bleached her eyebrows for the shoot, giving her a decidedly alien appearance and the photos somehow distort her facial features, making her almost unrecognizable. It continues Cyrus’ new streak of distorting her looks in publicity, as she did when she wore fake teeth in the poster for MTV’s Unplugged: Miley Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus Enjoys Being Associated With Sexuality

In the interview, Cyrus explains her daring fashion choices, saying she likes to separate herself from the girls she sees everyday trying to look perfect.

“I just don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘F—k that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big t—ties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style.’”

Cyrus, 21, has come under fire for many reasons this past year. One of which has been her capitalizing on her sexuality, which some, such as Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, compared to prostitution. But those who would pick apart her sexuality don’t bother Cyrus one bit.

“I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock s—t where we just don’t care,” Cyrus says, referencing other trailblazers Madonna, Blondie and Joan Jett.

She is similarly nonplused when confronted with the accusation that her performances are racist and objectify African American women and little people.

“I don’t give a s—t. I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has a bright-colored T-shirts. You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement. Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have,” Cyrus responds.

Current backup dancers, Amazon Ashley, who was prominently featured in her Jingle Ball performances and twerks in her show, and Brittney Guzman, a little person who gets groped by Cyrus on stage, told Farrow that Cyrus treats them with respect.

“When she [Miley] grabs my boobs, we’re just having fun. It’s not degrading,” says Guzman.

As for her highly publicized engagement and break-up with Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus doesn’t comment directly, but she does caution others to not get caught up in fictionalized projections of relationships, saying bluntly, “Guys watch too much porn. Those girls don’t exist. They’re not real girls. And that’s like us watching romance movies. That’s girl porn, because, like, those guys do not exist.”

Miley Cyrus Likes To Stay At Home

While quotes about her sexuality and controversial performances will likely make the most headlines, it is her admissions of loneliness and fear of constant paparazzi attention that rings true. Cyrus describes herself as having “very few friends,” and presents herself as being shy and private.

Cyrus confesses that she is not a fan of lavish outings or fancy dinners. Instead, she prefers to stay at home in her Los Angeles mansion. She tells Farrow that she has no need or desire to leave her home, where she enjoys feeling confined in her space.

“I never leave the house. Why go to a movie? I’ve got a huge-ass TV. We’ve got a chef here that can make you great food. We don’t need to leave. I would just rather be here where I’m completely locked in,” Cyrus admits.

Cyrus’ statements are reminiscent of ones made by fellow pop princess, Britney Spears in a 2008 MTV documentary, Britney: For The Record (similar to Cyrus’ own recent documentary Miley The Movement). In the documentary, Spears opened up about being hounded by the paparazzi, admitting that she can’t even leave her home to take a walk around the block without security.

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It seems the only time Cyrus feels completely comfortable leaving her home is when she goes on tour.

“I just want to make music,” she states.

Cyrus’ cover of W magazine hits shelves Feb. 12.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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