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Nolan Feeney
July 14, 2017 AT 12:45 PM EDT

Miley Cyrus has said goodbye to her tongue-wagging, twerking days.

The “Malibu” singer said she decided to tone down her image after her sometimes shocking antics left her feeling exploited.

“It became something that was expected of me,” she said of her over-the-top fashion sense and wild persona in a new cover story for Harper’s Bazaar. “I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my t–s out and stick out my tongue. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, ‘F— you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.’ But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized.”

Besides, she continued, other stars have taken a page from her playbook when it comes to bold looks. “Even at the Met Gala, everyone had their boobs out, everyone had their ass out, so what’s punk about that now?” she said. “It’s more punk actually for me to not.”

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