"From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,'" Miley, who covers the magazine's September issue explained. "Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras."
According to Miley, being on the show during a developmental time in her life left her very confused about who she was and how she was supposed to look.
"I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the f**k am I?"
Miley's life in the spotlight led the young star to suffer from severe bouts of anxiety and depression. Long hours, a demanding schedule and tons of attention coalesced into a wave of emotional instability.
"I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety," Miley shared. "You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of."
Miley, however, seems to have found her way towards self-acceptance. The 22-year-old singer, who wrapped up her worldwide Bangerz Tour in October and is now working on her fifth studio album, explained that she'd "probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company."
"Unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak," Miley added. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."
In her interview with Marie Claire, Miley also weighed in on Taylor Swift's music video for "Bad Blood," which she criticized for its violence. Check out the video below to hear what Miley had to say about the hit music video.