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Miley Cyrus rails against 'Hannah Montana' for body image, anxiety issues

Miley Cyrus rails against 'Hannah Montana' for body image, anxiety issues
Miley Cyrus blames her time on "Hannah Montana" for long-lasting body image issues. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images for MTV)

Miley Cyrus is again ruing her days on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana."

The "Wrecking Ball" singer sky-rocketed to fame playing the eponymous child pop star, but in the years since the show went off the air, the self-proclaimed "weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak" has been distancing herself from the manufactured bubble gum image, much like other Disney alumni. (We're looking at you, X-Tina, Britney, Nick J , Demi and Selena... to name a few.)

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The latest gripe comes via her September Marie Claire cover interview in which the 22-year-old blames the show and the grueling work schedule for creating some body image issues.

"From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blond, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.' Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like 'Toddlers & Tiaras.' I had [expletive] flippers," she told the mag.

That pressure led to body-image issues for the young actress.

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, 'Who the [expletive] am I?'"

Additionally, the edgy celeb, who starred in the series from 2006 to 2011, said she dealt with anxiety attacks, seasonal affective disorder and the embarrassment of getting her first period on set.

These days, Cyrus couldn't be more different from the girl she grew up being and is happy to be diverging from conventional beauty norms.

"I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak," she said. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

So we'll just ignore the EOS ubiquity from her "We Can't Stop" music video...

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