These are the 20-year-old pop star’s first tattoos on her feet, but she has lots of others: a peace sign, an equal sign, a heart and a cross (all on her fingers); the words love inside her right ear and just breathe over her rib cage; a Leonardo da Vinci sketch on her right forearm, and above it, the Roman numerals VIIXCI, for 7/91, the month and year her parents first met. And on the inside of her left forearm, the words so THAT HIS PLACE SHALL NEVER BE WITH THOSE COLD AND TIMID SOULS WHO NEITHER KNOW VICTORY NOR DEFEAT. “It’s from a Teddy Roosevelt speech,” she says. “It’s about how people judge who wins and who loses, but they’re not the ones in there fighting.” In other words, “It’s about critics.”
Four days earlier, Miley performed at the VMAs. Maybe you heard about it. A lot of people got mad. Miley did things with a foam finger that made the inventor of the foam finger accuse her of having “degraded” an “icon.” Most people thought it was Miley’s fault, but Miley didn’t care. That’s what the Teddy Roosevelt quote is about. Haters gonna hate.
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I SAY JUST SHAKE AND TWIRK THAT THANG MILEY …. THIS GIRL IS GETTING HER CHETTA PEOPLE. MILEY HAS BEEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS FOR OVER A DECADE AND SHE KNOW’S EXACTLEY WHAT SHE’S DOING WITH HER BRAND . ARTIST NEED TO BE FREE TO CHALLENGE US WITH THE OUTRAGEOUS THINGS THEY DO ON AND OFF STAGE, OTHER WISE I THINK WE MIGHT START LOOKING CLOSLEY AT OURSELVES AND THAT MIGHT BORE US ALL TO DEATH.