I don't care what anybody says — I have loads of respect for Miley Cyrus. Her music grates on me, her fashion sense is all over the place, and I thought "Dirty Hippie," the jewelry line she premiered at Jeremy Scott's spring 2015 runway show, looked like it belonged in the costume closet of the movie Party Monster. But what I love, love, love about the former Hannah Montana is her utter refusal to apologize for who she is — revealing ensembles and all. For example, in a recent interview, Miley Cyrus revealed the only outfit she regrets wearing, and boy was it unexpected (but totally spot-on).
The "We Can't Stop" singer participated in a round of 20 Questions with Marie Claire and, when asked about something she's glad is behind her, said, "I had some shady wardrobe choices when I was about 16 to 18. I wore this hippie outfit to Justin Bieber's Never Say Never premiere that I'm like, Girl, who told you—it was not Woodstock, it was a premiere."
Truth be told, I don't loathe everything about the outfit in question. Cyrus, who was still rocking long honey-colored waves at the time, paired one of those long fringed boho-y kimonos, whose popularity I blame entirely on Sienna Miller, with bell bottom jeans, a weird necklace (the precursor to her "wearing children's toys as jewelry" phase, perhaps?), and a sheer black tank.
Bad, but not atrocious. So, why am I thrilled that this was Cyrus's pick for the worst outfit of her career? Because the woman gets so much flack for her overtly sexy and revealing ensembles and I'm totally relieved that she didn't take this opportunity to renege on her fearless fashion choices. Plenty of people out there would have preferred she hang her head in shame over outfits like the one pictured below, but not me.
It's not that I think this bondage-esque, um, pantsuit (??) is ultra-chic. Rather, I'm just so sick of grown women having their sexuality policed under the guise of "concern." So Miley Cyrus used to be Hannah Montana. Who cares??? She's an adult and is allowed to wear whatever crazy or revealing items of clothing she wants. As I've said before, regarding Kylie Jenner's sexy selfies, a woman's worth has absolutely nothing to do with how much or how little skin she chooses to reveal.
Thank you, Miley, for refusing to back down!
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