Miley Cyrus reveals her genderqueer side in NSFW interview

Miley Cyrus is once again pushing the boundaries of gender, sexuality, and art in her latest cover shoot and interview for Paper magazine. 

“I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl,” Cyrus told Paper in a revealing NSFW interview accompanied by photos of the 22-year-old singer posing naked with a pig, covered in slimy mud, and wearing a beaded merkin (that’s a, um, pubic wig).

@mileycyrus photographed by @paolakudacki for our #UseYourVoice Summer issue. (See the uncensored shot in our bio.)🐷

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Among the topics Cyrus discussed in the interview were her veganism, the Happy Hippie Foundation she announced last month, her Boddhisattva-like political awakening (“I can’t drive by in my fucking Porsche and not fucking do something”), and her “conservative-ass” parents who she adores regardless of their different views.

Cyrus also opened up about her sexuality and gender identity with a fascinating fluidity—one that the Daily Dot addressed in a controversial article last month.

“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,” Cyrus told Paper. “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult—anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

She’s had serious romantic relationships with women, Cyrus said, but they simply didn’t end up in the spotlight the way her relationships with male partners like Liam Hemsworth did. She told the magazine that she first confessed her sexuality to her mom at the age of 14.

“I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys,” Cyrus told Paper. “And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has.” 

It’s a beautiful interview in which Cyrus expresses a deep desire to use her fame and privilege to make the world more accepting for queer and homeless youth. And the photos—of Cyrus in all her hairy-pitted and body painted weirdo glory—are super hot.

Read the full Paper magazine interview with NSFW photos here.

Photo via Paper Magazine/Instagram | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

Mary Emily O'Hara

Mary Emily O'Hara

Mary Emily O'Hara is an LGBTQ reporter. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, NBC Out, Daily Dot, Broadly, Vice, the Daily Beast, the Advocate, Huffington Post, DNAinfo, Al Jazeera, and Portland's Pulitzer Prize-winning newsweekly Willamette Week, among other outlets.