Miley Cyrus is one of the "biggest feminists in the world," according to Miley Cyrus

The "Wrecking Ball" singer mistakes being free-spirited for advocating gender equality

Published November 14, 2013 7:59PM (EST)

Move over, Malala Yousafzai, because gender equality has a new face: Miley Cyrus. At least, according to Miley Cyrus, that is. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, the 20-year-old pop star said, "I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything."

Mistaking feminism, a movement that aims to break down structural barriers to achieve justice and equality for women, for basically YOLO!, Cyrus continued, "For me, it's not even that I'm a feminist. I'm for anybody. I'm for everybody, for everything. I don't care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you wanna love, who you wanna look like."

"You've got about 90 years -- hopefully we all live to be 105 -- you've got about 105 years on this earth and, like, you should be happy every single one of those [years]," she continued. "There's no reason to not be. It's like, as long as you're breathing, you should just find the best in everything."

In other words, feminists, why not let Ted Cruz do his thing, and you worry about doing you. Just feel the love, man.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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