Miley Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' Nearly Ruined My Life

Miley Cyrus reveals what it was like becoming a famous teenage actor at such a young age.

Miley Cyrus became famous basically over night. In 2006, she landed the role of a perky pop princess in the Disney Channel series 'Hannah Montana'. And while there can be no doubt that Miley Cyrus is comfortable with being herself, the 22-year-old recently revealed on the negative impact of playing a teenage character had on her. The songstress told Marie Claire: 'I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show' and revealed that she developed serious body image issues while trying to fit the part.

'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."' she said.

The daughter of Billy Ray revealed she was working 12 hour days on set and would have coffee 'jammed down her throat' to get her up and moving.

'Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like I had f***ing flippers.'

'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*** am I?"

'While the Party In The USA singer had shed the long blonde hair, favouring cropped locks and edgier ensembles, the pressure to look a certain way still gets her down.

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Miley said: 'When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s**t. They lighten black girls' skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, "Why don't I look like that?" It's a total bummer. It's crazy what people have decided we're all supposed to be.'

But Miley Cyrus refuses to conform to today's beauty standards.

'I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak,'

'But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.'