Miley Cyrus has revealed she is still “scarred” from the body-shaming she experienced after performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus took to Instagram over the weekend to promote her upcoming appearance at the Summerfest Music Festival.
“Made ya look. Now buy tickets to @summerfest,” she wrote, alongside a video of herself posing in a black bodysuit.
Shortly after posting the video, Cyrus shared another photo in the same outfit to her Instagram stories that showcased her bare bum.
“Ya’ll scarred me w that turkey butt shit,” she captioned the story, which also featured animations of a skeleton eating turkey, a speech bubble that says “gobble gobble,” and a chicken shaking its butt.
It appears Cyrus was referencing her infamous performance at the VMAs which saw her twerk alongside ‘Blurred Lines’ singer Robin Thicke.
The moment spawned several viral memes and negative commentary that compared Cyrus’ appearance to a turkey.
This isn’t the first time Miley Cyrus has opened up about how the body-shaming incident affected her, as she also spoke about it on her Instagram Live Talk talk show.
Speaking to Demi Lovato during an episode of Bright Minded: Live With Miley back in March, she explained that the comments made her feel “so bad on [herself].”
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“I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this shit because after the VMAs and I had on my cute little nude bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey on my outfit,” she said.
“I was just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.”
However, Cyrus concluded that the hate made her realise that she wanted to use her platform for “a bigger purpose.”
“But on the flip side of that, the body shamers made her feel like she was lying to the world about who she was. “The worse thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is lying or a fraud,” she said.
“I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts.”
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