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Miley Cyrus' New Tattoo Is So Much More Than Just A Naked Lady

She's flipping the script.

There’s no doubt that Miley Cyrus’ body has become a canvas of ink over the past few years, but her most recent tattoo is a literal work of art.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Miley’s tat on the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

The singer took to Instagram earlier today to share her new tattoo inspired by artist Henri Matisse from the Dance Me to the End of Love, a book that visualised Leonard Cohen’s song of the same name.

Cyrus captioned the post, “‘Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin. Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in. Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove. Dance me to the end of love.’ Matisse X Cohen.’”

While most headlines are simply reporting that Miley Cyrus got a ‘naked lady tattoo,’ it feels like the new ink is also making an important statement about how society views female sexuality.

We live in an age where the female body is heavily censored, and frowned upon, both on social media and in public. Since 2012, the #FreeTheNipple campaign has highlighted the fact that it’s acceptable for men to appear topless in public and on social media, while it’s considered overtly sexual or indecent for women to do the same.

Freeing the nipple, and challenging the sexist hypocrisy is something Miley Cyrus has been vocal about for years now. In 2013, she tweeted that #FreeTheNipple is “not about getting your titties out. It’s about equality.”

Cyrus maintained the rage in the years following, and when she ended her marriage to Liam Hemsworth in 2019, she was just as outspoken about slut-shaming and the importance of reclaiming your power. 

Listen to Miley’s tattoo artist Lauren Winzer breakdown her work and dish on what Post Malone really smells like below:

In a lengthy Instagram story, she wrote, “I know the public feels invested in my past relationship because they felt like they saw it through from the beginning… I think that’s why people have always felt so entitled over my life and how I live it because they’ve watched me grow up.”

“But I am grown now and make choices as an adult knowing the truth/details/reality. People only ‘know’ what they see on the Internet.”

“Men (especially successful ones) are RARELY slut shamed,” she wrote. “They move on from one beautiful young woman to the next MOST times without consequence… Where women are called sluts/whores.”

Credit: @mileycyrus

Miley Cyrus is fearless when it comes to being 100% true to herself and taking control of her narrative in the spotlight. Whether she’s getting a Vegemite jar or a work of art tattooed onto her skin, her choices are just that – hers, and no one else’s.

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These Celebrities Were All Told They'd Never Make It

“You never take no for an answer."

Sadly, we’re all bound to face rejection and many of us are even told we’ll never make it – even if you end up becoming a celebrity and incredibly successful in what you do.

Just take iconic Australian news presenter and journalist, Sandra Sully. Despite a career spanning over 30 years, Sully is no stranger to facing public scrutiny and an immense amount of pressure in the limelight.

It’s something she touched on during the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

When asked about how she’s dealt with ‘low-blows’ to things like her appearance and even her voice, Sully said, “I work in a visual medium and I accepted that very early on. In our game, people see you before they hear you.”

“I often say to young journalists, don’t get lost in ‘why is it different for women than it is for men?’” she said. “Men have a certain armour they need to wear as well. I remind people that when we’re in someone’s lounge room, it’s like cold calling and knocking on the door.”

“I’ve accepted not everyone’s going to like the way I look, they don’t like my voice, they don’t like what I’m wearing. That’s okay.” 

“I was told when I first started that with this voice, I wouldn’t last,” she said. “You never take no for an answer and you chase your dreams.”

Sandra Sully isn’t the only celebrity to have been told they’ll ‘never’ make it. Oprah Winfrey, who also began as a news reporter, was fired from Baltimore’s WJZ-TV for getting too emotionally invested in her stories, and as we know, went on to become the ‘Queen of All Media.’

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep also faced a fair amount of criticism in her early years in the business. According to Vogue, she once dealt with a director who insulted her looks and asked why she had even bothered to show up for the audition.

It was a similar story for supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who according to Refinery29, was once told she wasn’t “pretty enough” to be a model. Have you looked at that woman!? 

Even Marilyn Monroe dealt with similar struggles. According to PopSugar, she was dropped by several major film studios before she was given her big break.

Sandra Sully’s story, and that of other women in the spotlight are incredibly inspiring. Having the  self-confidence to back yourself and as Sully put it, “never take no for an answer,” is something we can all learn from – and right in time for International Women’s Day 2020. 

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Badass Aussie Women We Need To Remember In 2020: Nancy Bird Walton

It's International Women's Week.

This Sunday, the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It’s a day celebrated all over the world when all women are recognised for their achievements – both great and small. 

While there are countless women both here, and overseas, that are at the forefront of improving gender equality and fighting against sexual discrimination and injustice, there are just as many trailblazers who have sadly passed away.

These women paved the way and smashed glass ceilings for generations to come and deserve just as much recognition this International Women’s Day. Today’s badass Aussie woman we need to remember is ‘The Angel of the Outback,’ pioneering female pilot Nancy Bird Walton.

Much like Amelia Earhart, Nancy Bird Walton was destined for the skies from a young age. In 1928, at just 13 years old, Walton took her first flight at a local fair and according to the Australian Museum, was “hooked.”

Walton’s obituary states that following that life-changing flight, she “saved £200, bought a jacket and flying helmet, and enrolled as one of the first pupils at Charles Kingsford Smith’s new flying school at Mascot.”

When Walton became the first qualified female pilot in Australia to gain her commercial licence and began giving joy rides at country fairs, passengers were shocked to see a tiny four-foot woman wearing a dress emerge from the cockpit. 

Despite her size, Nancy Bird Walton sounded like a force to be reckoned with. In 1935, Reverend Stanley Drummond asked Walton to help set up a remote air ambulance service in outback NSW. Her obituary says she navigated her routes with a watch and a compass, often using a road map because there were no aviation maps available. “The smell of a dead horse was once powerful enough to reach 450 metres above ground, telling her she was on course for Cunnamulla.” 

During World War II, Walton set up the Australian Women’s Air Training Corps and in 1950, she founded the Australian Women Pilots’ Association, remaining its president until 1990. In 1966, she was awards the Order of British Empire and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1990.

Throughout the course of her career, Nancy Bird Walton never had an accident and held her licence until three years before she passed away at age 93 in 2009. 

Walton’s autobiography is suitably titled My God, It’s A Woman! which perfectly encapsulates her achievements in a time when women were not encouraged to pursue careers in aviation. International Women’s Day 2020 is the perfect opportunity to give thanks to Nancy Bird Walton for everything she’s done for female pilots and women in general.

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