Though Miley Cyrus makes headlines almost daily, it’s a rare occasion when she sits down and really opens up about her personal life. Recently, she spoke with Elle about her career, love life and feminism.

In the interview, Cyrus says that while she feels “really lucky” to have started her career with Disney, she’s also thankful that she didn’t get trapped in her Disney identity.

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Miley also spoke about her ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth, saying, “When I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him. And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine.”

And Cyrus acknowledged societal changes, explaining that she believes she’s using her fame for good. Miley even told Elle that some of her fans claimed they were able to come out as gay because of her.

“That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation—it wasn’t always accepted—and I feel like I am a big part of that change,” she says.

While Miley has been criticized by many for her hyper-sexual performances and racy behavior, she insists that she is a feminist.

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“I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, ‘I’m a woman, women should be in charge!’ I just want there to be equality for everybody,” Cyrus said.

But Miley believes we have some progress to make.

“I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all [expletive] day…but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model[s]…around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope,” she says.


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-Lia Rosalsky, CW Philly