Miley Cyrus sank onto a stool and asked permission to kick off her MM6 Margiela wedge sandals and get comfortable. “Let it all hang out … not literally,” I said, as we settled in to chat about her new role as MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam girl for 2015, following in Rihanna’s footsteps as the celebrity face of the annual campaign that benefits the MAC AIDS fund. In the role, she not only is the face of the campaign, but also has a hand in creating this year’s Viva Glam products.
If a lot of my fans go out there and buy the lipsticks and that has something to do with seeing a cure for HIV-AIDS in our lifetime, that would be really cool. – Miley Cyrus
Given the 22-year-old’s predilection for provocation, it’s no surprise that the shades she selected for the first two products are shocking pinks: fuchsia Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick ($16) and sparkly magenta Lipglass gloss ($15), which debuted at maccosmetics.com and in MAC stores this week.
With a disco ball propped next to her on a production studio stage, the songstress talked about the AIDS-HIV fight, the accessories she designed for designer Jeremy Scott’s spring fashion presentation, beauty and her personal style.
How are MAC Viva Glam and the HIV-AIDS cause a fit for you?
It is about not being afraid to speak up. This is a conversation that needs to be started, especially with my generation, because [HIV–AIDS] is not something that is hyper talked about. There used to be such hysteria around it and people didn’t know what was causing it or what to say. Now we have so much knowledge that it is time to have the discussion about how we can help those who are affected and talk about how to prevent it. I am around so many young girls and boys and really in front of the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community and HIV is not stereotyped to one sexual preference. MAC is doing an amazing documentary that shares the actual stories of people like you or me with HIV who look completely healthy. Twenty percent of people affected don’t know it; this is something that we all have to protect ourselves from. If a lot of my fans go out there and buy the lipsticks and that has something to do with seeing a cure for HIV-AIDS in our lifetime, that would be really cool.
Tell us about the process of creating the hot pink color and what it conjures up for you.
I was like a mad scientist. I would go in my room and mix different paints with glitter. I wanted it to feel like a disco ball was crushed into hot pink liquid lava with a futuristic and cyber yet retro kind of vibe. I was really obsessed with the color. It was important to have something that could go mature or young and fun, because the spectrum of who is going to wear it is totally broad. The feel is important too. I was trying to explain to a guy how uncomfortable lipstick can be, how you can feel like you can’t drink anything or can’t talk or it will get all over. And I have big lips anyway. But this lipstick doesn’t move and doesn’t make you feel like you can’t move. During the day or at work, you can wear the lipstick and then, at night, get crazy with the gloss. And the gloss is fun for girls who can’t go as dramatic. The gloss is addicting; just a warning. More is more. You kind of can’t have too much of it.
Feeling confident…. I think [beauty is] remembering that there is only one you, so be yourself. We live in a time when there is a lot of judgment in the world, but women are getting there [in terms of] being as super-super-free as possible and every day people are coming more and more out of the box. But we have to keep working at it.
Did you wear more makeup during your “Hannah Montana” days?
I had someone doing my makeup every day for television. I think they want you to look a certain way, but they don’t take in the fact that you are 13 so you don’t need the same makeup that you would later in life. They forgot that I was a bee-bee. [laughs] But I was [also] really insecure with my skin then. I had bad skin, so I needed foundation and powder. I never wanted to wash my face because I didn’t want to see myself without the makeup. As I got older, I realized it was a vicious cycle. Once you take care of your skin and keep it clean, it is so much easier. I was about as much cake face as I could have when I was younger and now I try to avoid that. I love [my Viva Glam] lipstick because you can wear it with nothing on your skin except a little shimmer and it looks cool. I love glitter on my face and body at all times.
How would you describe your personal style?
All over the place. When I wake up, however I feel that day is reflected in what I wear. Today I’m wearing this brand called Ashish [a denim jacket, skirt and cropped top embellished with blue and white sequins in a gingham pattern]. It’s fun because it is all glitter, so it kind of goes along with the vibe of the lip gloss. I have a pink version too, so I can mix the pieces.
The Blonds designed the bodysuit you are wearing in the Viva Glam ad campaign, as well as some costumes for your “Bangerz” tour. How do you collaborate with your stylist, Simone Harouche, for projects like this?
The bodysuit in the campaign is actually vintage. The Blonds let us into their archives, which was really cool. They are very involved in the LGBT community [the line is designed by gay couple Phillipe and David Blond] so it made sense to have them be a part of this. In general, I usually draw what I want to wear and Simone will either find it or get it made, but it usually starts out with a little sketch of what I see.
Let’s talk your “Dirty Hippie” art collection, including the colorful jewelry and hair pieces made of collaged toys and souvenirs shown on the runway at Jeremy Scott’s spring fashion show in September. I hear the pieces won’t be replicated for sale; do you plan to sell the originals?
One day I’d like to, especially if I could do some crazy auction for charity. I want people to be able to have them, but I made them all myself, so I also want to teach girls to make them and open up that DIY side of creativity. They were shown at Jeremy Scott but it doesn’t have to be a designer thing.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
More from this interview will be released on Monday, 26th January!
Miley Cyrus says we need to talk about sex more.
Especially with young people who think it’s OK to have unprotected sex.
“I think that most of it is just having the conversation and taking away the kind of embarrassment or guilt that people feel attached to sex,” Cyrus tells me.
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is sounding off on sex because she’s the new face of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Viva Glam campaign. Proceeds from a hot pink lipstick and lip gloss created by Cyrus benefit the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I think the way sex has been made to be seen as bad or guilty, I think it’s just opening up that conversation that’s saying if you’re doing it, protect yourself. And I think young people need to be talking,” Cyrus said.
Earlier in the day, Cyrus visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center to meet homeless youth and to learn more about HIV prevention.
She impressed that when “you walk in, there is a bowl of condoms right there. You didn’t have to ask.”
Cyrus praised the Viva Glam campaign because it wasn’t about making a profit.
“You don’t see me kind of doing this stuff very often,” Cyrus said. “I’m not the person to go out and say, ‘Buy my lipstick,’ or ‘Buy my this, or, ‘Buy my that.’ This was something I obviously didn’t mind saying…and kind of shamelessly plugging because it’s going towards such an amazing thing. Every penny of it! It’s not halfway going to help and halfway paying someone’s salary. It’s a hundred percent!”
What does Cyrus have to saying about her love of being naked? Is her lipstick good for making out? Click the video below to find out.
In the last few years, Miley Cyrus has established herself as a risk-taking, trend-setting musician of icon status. It’s more than fitting then, that the singer, known for her bold choices in both beauty and fashion, is MAC’s Spring 2015 Viva Glam girl, joining the ranks of similarly unapologetic superstars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga. (What a roster!)
We sat down with Cyrus to discuss the exciting collaboration (proceeds—as in every penny—go towards helping those affected by HIV/Aids), as well as a whole lot more. From her surprising skin struggles to how she handles those Justin Bieber comparisons, Cyrus was refreshingly forthcoming and down-to-earth. Be prepared to fall in love—serious girl-crush material ahead.
“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with Miley Cyrus to talk about MAC’s Viva glam line, which benefits the MAC AIDS Fund promoting safe sex.
Miley revealed how her own parents handled the birds and the bees conversation when she was growing up.
“Most people are shy to have a conversation about sex in general or sexuality, I’ve never been that type of person.”
Miley Cyrus is glamming it up as the newest face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. Her chic pink-shaded lipstick and gloss are available in stores and online now – and, in good ol’ Miley fashion, she’s been taking to her social media accounts to promote the new line.
While the pics of her posing for MAC are eye-catchingly stunning – and the 15-second teaser she uploaded to Instagram is glitzy and fun – the 22-year-old has caught a lot of flak for other photos and videos she shares on the social media app.
Forget, at least for a moment, the highly publicized romance, the topless pictures, and that tongue. Miley Cyrus is as confident, strong, and engaging in person as she projects onstage. She is also prettier in person—her lips are even fuller than her Instagram photos portray, and her complexion is flawless. At a recent interview in West Hollywood, she covered everything from her fashion favorites (Jeremy Scott and Marc Jacobs) to her regrettable hair moments: “When I had the really crazy extensions. That was next-level.” She also spoke about her new charity, Happy Hippie (an organization that’s about to launch—which helps homeless youth), and her new role as the spokesperson for the coveted MAC Viva Glam Lipstick campaign, an annual campaign that donates 100 percent of its proceeds from the special-edition lipstick and gloss to the MAC AIDS Fund, a critical campaign that has helped raise much awareness for the cause and $350 million to date.
“Forty percent of the homeless community [in L.A.] is L.G.B.T.(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) which is why I got behind Viva Glam,” she explained. “MAC is definitely not a bad partnership to have on your side when it comes to making real changes—not just to bring awareness but to bring real financial help as well. It’s good to have friends who want to do the same kinds of things. It’s really cool.” Clearly, MAC Cosmetics is a giver and has been generous with donations to her own personal charity. So, when it came time to collaborate on the Viva Glam product, she went all in. “I was a psycho,” she says, playing the role of beauty perfectionist in order to make sure the lipstick was true to her vision. “I wanted the lipstick to be like hot-pink lava with crushed-up 1,000 disco balls inside. I wanted the set (of the ad campaign) to feel like the lipstick—like I was inside of the tube. That’s what we wanted it to feel like.” Do you know what confident, strong, and engaging people get? What they want. Cue “Wrecking Ball.”