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Ben Turner

New photos have emerged in the latest issue of V Magazine's 'Diary of a Hippie' column of a naked Miley backstage at the VMAs. The column, written by Laganja Estranja, who performed with Miley at the VMAs, talks about 'The Climb' star's involvement with the LGBTQIA+ community, and raising awareness for the drag community.

Miley was hanging out with drag star Laganja and came up with the idea of including drag queens in her performance.

Being pansexual and gender fluid herself, Cyrus has been very inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community of late, and is using her superstar status to help gain visibility for these sidelined and underground communities.

Miley's band backstage
Miley's band backstage

Miley and the girls from RuPaul's Drag Race absolutely dominated in their VMA performance of Miley's song 'Dooo It!', which you really need to check out below before you continue with your day:

Laganja only has amazing thing to say about Miley's involvement with the drag community, commenting:

"Miley told me she wanted to get all these queens together, so I started texting immediately and my sisters stepped up. We spent a whole week working as a collective, which gave us time and a safe space to grow and learn as a community. The last time I was in a place with that many drag queens I FELT VERY ATTACKED, but this was so different because it came from a place of love and being one with the universe. We all danced as a group for the first time and it was SICKENING."

Miley was also recently honored with the Vanguard Award at the LGBT center for her work with the community and also for her own non-profit organization 'The Happy Hippie Foundation,' where she works with LGBT youth and the homeless. Laganja also referred to Miley as the "trailblazer" of her generation.

Laganja also thanked Miley during the piece:

"I have to thank Miley for f--king s--t up and teaching the nation through alienation, because we can't do this by ourselves. Nobody can fight for equality or bring visibility to the marginalized singlehandedly."

Unfortunately, as far as her latest appearance in V Magazine is concerned, it seems that the Internet is not focusing on Miley's amazing social work at the VMAs. Instead, the Internet is scrambling over a nude photo of Miley in the magazine, as if the idea of a beautiful woman's body is a completely novel spectacle.

Laganja Estranja in all her splendor
Laganja Estranja in all her splendor

Sitting in her make-up chair, twirling her long blonde dreads and bearing a million dollar smile that only Hollywood dentists can provide, Miley looked beautifully at ease. And she's within her total rights to do so. Only if Twitter could understand that.

It's disappointing to hear people's opinions on the matter or see the way this is being reported on social media. It seems many of those out there on the interweb are missing the point of why this photo is significant, and what Miley's intentions actually are by posing nude.

This isn't an attention seeking act or a publicity stunt from the 'We Can't Stop' songstress. Rather, Miley is showing that she feels comfortable and happy (just look at that smile!) in her own skin. And why not celebrate her body? It looks perfectly amazing from where we're sitting.

In this day and age of public body shaming for celebrities and non-celebrities alike, with huge ingrained pressure to look a certain way because of projected body image ideals, it's so great to see Miley smile with her body exposed.

It's not even like she appeared on stage naked — this was a private backstage photo of the star. Seeing comments like "Miley could not be more X-rated," when there's really nothing sexual going on shows that people are missing the point.

This idea of Miley embracing her body coalesces with the point Estranja is making in her latest 'Diary of a Hippie' column. The RuPaul's Drag Race star commented during her piece on how the theme of the human body was important for the VMA performance:

"[W]e embraced how odd and grotesquely gorgeous the human form is. Because body parts are hella weird. And genitals are just that…parts. We are so much more than braces-faces, and eyes as hands, and googly-toothed ponchos—a body is just parts, and it’s the queen who shines beneath the bullshit."

Working with that closing clause from Estranja, Miley in the nude shouldn't matter, because it's queen Miley on the inside that you should be concentrating on.

Keep up society, please.

Find out more about Miley's 'The Happy Hippie Foundation.'

And while you're at it, why not try to guess who said the quote: Miley or Gandhi?


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