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If you follow her on Instagram you’d be forgiven for thinking her brain is one big acid trip but Miley Cyrus surprisingly has her **** together.

The weed-smoking, molly-popping, former twerk-enthusiast spoke to The Kit during an appearance promoting MAC’s Viva Glam products and spoke a whole lot of sense on parenting, being a role model, Instagram’s impact on the younger generation and feminism, of course.

I’m sure you rolled your eyes at least twice reading that list but before you brush her off as a hypocrite, Miley – while her self-proclaimed ‘hippie’ lifestyle might not appear to give the best impression upon today’s tweens – recognises her power and wants to use it to influence her fans to not consume themselves in the warped reality of Insta-fame, not take themselves too seriously and, most importantly, to educate themselves on important topics such as AIDS.

It’s pretty obvious by now that the 22-year-old does not care about pleasing the general public, or the Kardashians, but what she does care about is the greater good and eradicating hate and stigma from things that don’t really matter. It’s pretty ambitious and very hippy-dippy but she makes it sound easy, and it should be.

On using social media to discuss AIDS:

“People stopped talking about it because the fear isn’t as relevant. I was reading that 20 per cent of people that are infected don’t know. Young people are all on Twitter and Instagram, so when you start global conversations it has a much broader reach than it would have in another time.”

On fashion (and the Kardashian-Jenners, basically):

“I think fashion is so fun. I think people take it so serious. I think nowadays, too, some of the worst things that people do, which might get me in trouble for saying it, they post paparazzi shots of themselves, making it seem like to go to the grocery store you have to be on the runway, and that’s not the way I’ve always liked fashion. I work with people who are just about making fashion fun. That’s why I did the campaign for Marc Jacobs–he went to the Met Ball in a skirt. Those are the kind of people I want to work with.”

On being a role model:

“People like to put on this front, and I like for people to really know who I am. I act the same in my house or to waiters as I do to executives at record labels, I don’t care. I treat everyone the same. I think being a role model is about how you are when you’re not being [a certain way] for your fans. Be a role model because you’re a good person, and because you’re a good person you should be a role model. Don’t be a good person because you think you’re a role model.”

On feminism:

“I’m a feminist because I’m female empowered and I want to give ******* women jobs and I want them out there being leaders and being badass, totally, but I want the same thing for men as well. I think people go out there too strong. That’s what Kathleen Hanna—she was a huge icon to me—she always made it very clear that she wasn’t a dude hater. She’s like, I’m a chick so I’m out there fighting for those of my kind but it’s not mean, like, we’re smarter, we’re better. I think people have overused it so much that it’s getting confusing to girls of what a feminist actually is. Feminist is just about wanting to be equal, not above, not below, equal.”

I usually avoid statements regarding feminism because frankly a lot of people just listened to “***Flawless” too many times and don’t know what they’re talking about but I love that Miley is educated and isn’t just discussing things to hear the sound of her own voice.

You’ll either love or hate the “Miley Cyrus” you know from the messy “Bangerz” era but I would rather pay attention to a pop star that talks honestly about things than one that will happily play America’s safe sweetheart for the sake of sales and playing the Super Bowl.

Well said, Miley. Can we get Bangerz 2.0 now?