30 Times Miley Cyrus Said The Most Empowering Thing

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Miley Cyrus' journey has certainly been a rollercoaster. You might know her as Hannah Montana, as the girl twerking on stage at the VMAs, or as this new, quieter Miley who's all about stripping things down to their roots. If there's one thing we've learned from the singer, it's that she's certainly not done changing — and there's something inspiring about that. In fact, Cyrus' mantra seems to be all about how there's no one right way to be a person, which is what makes her interviews so empowering. While her lifestyle, desires, and love life have fluctuated over the past ten years, the 24-year-old has always been consistent about being, well, inconsistent.
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We all go through phases, and we never really stop. It just so happens that all of Cyrus' decisions — good or bad — take place on stage or social media, and are regurgitated into headline after headline. Considering all the turns her life has taken, like her relationship with current fiancé Liam Hemsworth, or her public feud with Nicki Minaj, the former Disney star has come out on the other side pretty unscathed. She seems to have learned from those mistakes, but also won't apologize for anything, because it was all a part of her journey.
She says as much in various interviews during her time in the spotlight, as well as in her 2009 book, Miles To Go. It's what's pushed her to found the Happy Hippie Foundation, which works towards helping homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and anyone else who is vulnerable. It's also why she wants to end the stigma against AIDS, and the stigma against women's sexuality. Having been so many different people means she wants to speak up for each and every one of them
Ahead are Miley Cyrus' most empowering quotes about growing up and being yourself.
1 of 31

My fucking voice is gonna be heard

NME
"I hear every day on my Instagram, ‘Just leave already! When are you going to leave?’ Well, that’s not going to be any good. Does it really matter where I am? Because wherever I am, my fucking voice is gonna be heard, and I’ll make sure of it."

- NME
2 of 31

I don’t need to be saved. I’m my own person. I’m strong.

Out Magazine
"I don’t want, in my life ever, some prince dude to come save me. I don’t need to be saved. I’m my own person. I’m strong."

- Out Magazine
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3 of 31

I don't really stress too much about being out there.

Marie Claire
"I don't really stress too much about being out there. There's nothing left to catch me doing. You want to hack my e-mail so you can find my nude pictures? I'll just fucking put them up."

- Marie Claire
4 of 31

Radiating love is ­something that is important to me

Billboard
"I needed some sparkle in my life, to make me able to deal. Radiating love is ­something that is important to me — ­hopefully, that is being political."

- Billboard
5 of 31

People forget that their actions make them who they are.

Elle
"If I'm here, I'm going to do it for real. I'm not acting; I'm not playing me. People forget that their actions make them who they are."

- Elle
6 of 31

Don't let people's judgment define who you are.

Rolling Stone
"Don't let people's judgment define who you are. Don't read the comments and get nervous. Know who you are."

- Rolling Stone
7 of 31

Maybe they succeed because they don’t have anything to prove.

W Magazine
"Maybe they succeed because they don’t have anything to prove. They’re just doing it because they love it."

- W Magazine
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8 of 31

The minute you stop making mistakes is the minute you stop learning.

Miles To Go
"The minute you stop making mistakes is the minute you stop learning."

- Miles To Go
9 of 31

I've just got to make sure that I'm the voice of my generation.

Elle
"I've just got to make sure that I'm the voice of my generation. I think that I'm allowing girls to be really free with their sexuality."

- Elle
10 of 31

You are supposed to change all the time.

Harper's Bazaar
"People will say, ‘You’ve changed.’ And that’s supposed to be derogatory. But you are supposed to change all the time."

- Harper's Bazaar
11 of 31

Do things with an open heart and you come at things with love

New York Times
"If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement."

- New York Times
12 of 31

I'm used to people knocking me down, so I'm used to getting back up.

Miley: The Movement Deluxe
"I'm used to people knocking me down, so I'm used to getting back up."

- Miley: The Movement Deluxe
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13 of 31

I really believe that that’s what life is. Life is to be happy.

Out Magazine
"I really believe that that’s what life is. Life is to be happy."

- Out Magazine
14 of 31

The only way to achieve beauty is to feel it from inside

Miles To Go
"The only way to achieve beauty is to feel it from inside without breaking it down into individual physical attributes."

- Miles To Go
15 of 31

[I want to] end the stereotype and the stigma

Refinery29
"[I want to] end the stereotype and the stigma that goes along with people who are affected by [AIDS]. I think it’s telling my fans exactly what it is, and what we’re trying to do to cure it, and how they can prevent it, and starting the conversation."

- Refinery29
16 of 31

I know you're going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me.

AP
"I know you're going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me. And, then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

- AP
17 of 31

As long as you're not hurting anyone, your choices are your choices.

Paper
"As long as you're not hurting anyone, your choices are your choices."

- Paper Mag
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18 of 31

Because I got my tits out before doesn’t make me less of a role model.

Harper's Bazaar
"Because I got my tits out before doesn’t make me less of a role model."

- Harper's Bazaar
19 of 31

There's not one thing that defines what beauty is.

Rolling Stone
"There's something empowering about what I'm doing right now. Especially having 'short hair don't care.' I think it's empowering for girls. Because there's not one thing that defines what beauty is."

- Rolling Stone
20 of 31

I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.

New York Times
"None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them."

- New York Times
21 of 31

I don’t have to be so locked into myself

NME
"I’m like, ‘OK, I can be a bunch of different things every day’, I don’t have to be so locked into myself because then I’m putting those walls and borders around myself that I tell everyone else not to give in to."

- NME
22 of 31

I lay in bed at night by myself and I'm totally okay

Elle
"I lay in bed at night by myself and I'm totally okay, and that's so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn't have a boyfriend."

- Elle
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23 of 31

No one should have to hide who they really are

Happy Hippie
"No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender, status or orientation."

- Happy Hippies
24 of 31

I’m finally O.K. with being alone.

Time
"It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone. I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone."

- Time Magazine
25 of 31

We are born as a blank canvas

Harper's Bazaar
"We are born as a blank canvas, and your job on this planet is to take the time to paint it the way you want, and you can fucking scrape it off and start over again as many times as you want."

- Harper's Bazaar
26 of 31

Being a woman, that’s everything to me.

Out Magazine
"Being a woman, that’s everything to me. Without women there is no life. I’m empowered as well, because I really feel like I hold something that’s the secret in all of life and the power of it."

- Out Magazine
27 of 31

There's all this pressure to define yourself sexually, but why?

Time
"There's all this pressure to define yourself sexually, but why? Our world revolves around sex."

- Time Magazine
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28 of 31

We have to evolve. It’s inevitable. We have to keep going.

Out Magazine
"We have to evolve. It’s inevitable. We have to keep going."

- Out Magazine
29 of 31

The dreams that you hold for your future are what you dream about at night.

Miles To Go
"The dreams that you hold for your future are what you dream about at night."

- Miles To Go
30 of 31

why can't we just change all the time...?

Elle
"If we're so smart and so much better than all the animals, and man rules the world, why can't we just change all the time from, like, a caterpillar to a butterfly?"

- Elle
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