The photographs of Miley Cyrus by Paola Kudacki are spectacular. Not so much the cover of Paper magazine’s “Use Your Voice” Summer Music Issue, but the ten or so shots inside. The issue hits newsstands June 22.
The accompanying text by Amanda Petrusich is equally revealing. Here’s a taste:
Eventually, Cyrus says, the problem of homelessness became impossible for her to ignore. “I can’t drive by in my f*cking Porsche and not f*cking do something,” she says. “I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped.” She pauses. “I was doing a show two nights ago, and I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. I’m standing there with my tits out, dressed like a butterfly. How the f*ck is that fair? How am I so lucky?”
If you only know Cyrus from the occasional music video or awards show performance, prepare to have your compass reset. She’s come through the transom of child-actor stardom, relatively intact. And she’s aiming to most definitely use the voice that her celebrity affords.
Helping Kudacki with the shoot: creative director Diane Martel, body painter Ben Jones, stylist Simone Harouche, makeup artist Pati Dubroff and hair stylist Dylan Chavles. Bravo to one and all.