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.”
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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