Elle got the incomparable Tavi Gevinson to interview the incomparable Miley Cyrus for their May issue. This is called good magazining, future editors of America. No one in the last year has been more overexposed than Ms. Cyrus—we are referring here to constant press coverage but also nudity—so it was a slick move on Elle‘s part to get Tavi Gevinson, who in many people’s eyes is the professional opposite to Cyrus, to speak with her. Look: we are writing about it now, and you are reading it.
Though the two might seem like two different sides on two very different coins—one is a thoughtful role model to young women, the other a twerking psychopath—they were able to at least agree on one thing.
TG: I read that you consider yourself a feminist. What does that mean to you?
MC: 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.
TG: Right! And that’s what feminism is.
MC: I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all fucking day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches 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.\
The entire interview is not online but you can read an excerpt here.