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Miley Cyrus says raunchy 2013 MTV VMAs performance made her ‘realise the power’ of her platform


Miley Cyrus’s 2013 VMAs performance divided viewers (Picture: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

The 2013 MTV VMAs might be one of Miley Cyrus’s most memorable performances, but the singer credits that moment as when she realised the power of her platform. 

The Midnight Sky singer, 27, had faced mixed reactions after performing at the show, in which she infamously twerked on Robin Thicke.

Miley began the performance by performing We Can’t Stop with a group of giant bears, before whipping off the teddy leotard to reveal a nude latex two-piece to perform blurred lines with Robin. 

She told Mix 104.1’s Karson and Kennedy Talk With Famous People that that was the turning point to her using her platform to help others. 

Miley explained: ‘I really woke up to that during the VMAs in 2013, because I realized how much attention could be on me for such a silly reason. I was a sexy bear. 

‘I mean, doesn’t everyone when they’re in their 20s dress as a sexy bear at some point? I wasn’t doing anything that different than, like, ya know, probably one of the college Halloween parties.’

The sexy teddy bear outfit was a staple for the following Halloween (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)

She continued: ‘The idea that I can create so much noise…but it’s only focused on me, it’s only focused on my performance. It doesn’t feel like there’s a greater purpose. 

‘And I realized the power of my platform and how many people I could get talking. And, I’m like, what if this talking then turned into conversations? 

‘Come up with healthy debating, people being heard. Just kind of redirecting some of the focus.’

Miley wanted to highlight the real issues going on, adding: ‘Is it really that big of a deal that I came and got naked, dressed as a teddy bear? 

‘We were shooting the VMAs in LA, coming out of Staples Center, and I live in one of the capitals of the most homelessness in any other city in America. It felt backwards. It felt wrong.’

Miley founded the Happy Hippie Foundation a year later, focusing on youth homelessness, the LGBT community and other causes. 

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