Miley aims no lower than history
Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
In the documentary Miley: The Movement - to air on MTV tomorrow - the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single We Can't Stop hit No 1 and put behind her an image of a wholesome Disney Channel star in Hannah Montana.
Cyrus refers to her performance during the August awards show, with singer Robin Thicke and an oversized foam finger, as a "strategic, hot mess".
She wanted the act to be memorable in the way pop star Britney Spears's kiss with Madonna was at the same awards show a decade ago.
"That's what you're looking to do, make history," she says.
"I felt like I could finally be the bad bitch I really am."
Reinforcing her new image, she posed topless for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and for one of various covers for her album Bangerz, out next week. Cyrus also shed her clothes in the video for the song Wrecking Ball.