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Miley Cyrus Talks Taylor Swift, Sexism in the Music Industry

updated 08/09/2015 AT 03:00 PM EDT

originally published 08/08/2015 AT 03:00 PM EDT



She's just being Miley – and she doesn't understand what's wrong with that.

Miley Cyrus opens up about her public perception and why she feels her actions are vilified more than others in the music industry for Marie Claire's September issue.

The 22-year-old, who's set to host the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, tells the magazine that the music world focuses too much on money.



"People in this industry think, I just gotta keep getting more money, and I'm like, 'What are you getting more money for?' You probably couldn't even spend it all in this lifetime," she says. "People get more famous, so that they can make their brand more famous, so that they can sell more s---, so that they can make more money. It's a never-ending cycle."

Cyrus, who calls her taste "janky," says having "more money" and "more hits" may "stimulate" but they don't lead to happiness.

"I've experienced it all already, and I'm telling you firsthand, it doesn't," she tells the magazine.

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Miley Cyrus

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The star also doesn't get why things like violence are supported, but her proclivity toward nudity draws backlash.

"I don't get the violence revenge thing," the star says of Taylor Swift's star-studded "Bad Blood" music video. "That's supposed to be a good example? And I'm a bad role model because I'm running around with my titties out? I'm not sure how titties are worse than guns."

The "We Can't Stop" singer also says despite her success, she's still deals with sexism.

"There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it," she tells Marie Claire. "Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he's cool. I do it and I'm a druggie whore."

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Miley Cyrus on the cover of Marie Claire's September issue

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Cyrus also opened up about the reason she created the Happy Hippie Foundation.

"A lot of us are born into some s---, you know what I mean? Lately, I've been talking a lot about my being gender-fluid and gender-neutral. And some people snarl at that. They want to judge me.

"People need more conventional role models, I guess," she continued. "But I just don't care to be that person."

The September issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands on Aug. 18.
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