The 15-year-old Hannah Montana sensation told Oprah Winfrey on her talk show Thursday that she has a stylist who helps her out, but added: "I say what I'm comfortable in and what I like and nothing that's too out there. I like to look kind of like what girls would want to look up to, and their moms and dads will say, 'Hey, that's cool. That's different.' "
"I look way young," she said, "and that's the way that's more comfortable for me."
Winfrey's studio was packed with girls who didn't need convincing, and much of the talk focused on how her family, including dad Billy Ray Cyrus, has kept the young star grounded during her rise to fame.
"My dad – he's a big influence, not only just because of the music but growing up around him," she said. "I've never seen him treat anyone less than with respect and love for everyone, down to the fans that wait until 3 in the morning until his bus pulls out at 5."
Looking up to Hilary DuffCyrus also mentioned church as a source of strength. When asked to name her favorite Bible verse, she quoted Ephesians 6:10-11 from memory: "Finally, my brother, come close to the Lord for if you put on the full armor of God you can stand against the walls of a devil."
With everyone looking up to her, who does Miley look up to? Hilary Duff. "Because she's someone that I got to watch, and I'm like, 'Hey, she's a normal girl,' " she explains.
She has another friends, too, that she likes to spend time with. Among them: her Hannah Montana costar, Emily Osment, as well as Ashley Tisdale.
"I miss her so much," Cyrus says of Tisdale, who is currently on tour. "Every time that I'm home, when I want to go see her, she's working too. So I miss her a lot."