The Daily Grind Video

Miley Cyrus is crowding up magazine racks with stacks on stacks of mag covers.

Following not one, but TWO ELLE UK covers, she is at it again with V MAGAZINE. 

The platinum-blonde, pixie-headed style maven ditches minimal high fashion subtly in favor of a punky, bold, graphic edge.

She lands all three Mario Testino shot summer covers rocking three distinct sporty looks complete with just the right touch of mean mug.

Exhibit A: Purple-streaked Miley in boy underwear. 

Exhibit B: Orange-streaked Miley at the end of a duffel bag leash.  

Exhibit C: Pink-streaked Miley ready for round two. 

Miley sits down with her producer, Pharrell Williams, to talk about breaking her nice girl image once and for all while recording her new hip-hop influenced album.

What does that sound like?

PW It sounds like her personality. This whole process has just been me holding up the mirror. Let’s move to the hair part of the conversation. We’re down in Miami and she kept saying things like, “Yeah, well, this is what I think, but such and such is going to think such and such.” And I was like, “You’re the queen of your own kingdom. At the end of the day, you need to do what other people can’t do.”

MC It was awesome because we were sitting around with Helen [Lasichanh, Williams’s fiancée] and Rocket [the couple’s son], and I’m like, “Why don’t I just cut my hair, all blonde?” Because I’ve always wanted to do it. I got to pretend to be a Jonas Brother one time and I had to wear a Jonas swoop and as soon as I saw it I was like, Okay, I kind of look dope like that. And I never really thought about it again. And then Pharrell said, “That’s what you can do that no one else can do.” Maybe two weeks later, he was the first person I called as soon as I pulled my bun up and [hairstylist Chris McMillan] went like this [makes snipping motion]. He was the only person I wanted to call, because I wanted him to know that I’m not fucking around with what I’m saying. I’m going to change, I’m going to be different, I’m going to do what I want to do. I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back.

What did you think when you saw it?

PW I was excited for her, but it wasn’t shocking, because she already was that. My only thing was, Free yourself. 

MC In this industry, no one wants to turn a mirror to you and encourage you to see the good things. No one wants you to see yourself fully because then you don’t need them. If there’s nothing missing, then you don’t need them.

PW This is a 20-year-old. Do you hear all of this awareness? I kept saying to her, “Your view of yourself, your view of the world, is so accurate. Start to embrace it now so you can be great when you’re in your 30s. Right now you’re really, really good, and you’re super-advanced, but don’t be one of those girls who had everything you needed at a young age but because you were distracted by all of the peripheral bullshit you burn out at 25 or 30 or whatever. Embrace this power of yours.” It’s been a year, and I’ve seen a complete difference. When I first met her, she had 5.6 or 5.7 million Twitter followers. You look now and she’s at 11.3 or 11.4.

MC That’s right. It’s 11.4 today. You’re on my Twitter too much. [laughs]

PW I watch the growth. It’s like a growth chart. This is very important to me, because this is my little sis. You stick with your own. You’re there for your type. And that’s my type. I feel a responsibility to our relationship and everything that we’ve become. You’re just never going to meet a nicer person that’s this fucking on it.

The album is your story.

MC I got excited because on this record I can say whatever I want. And then I got more comfortable with that and the record got better and better. If I had made it two years ago when I should have had a record come out, it would have been a little brat trying to say “This isn’t who I am! This is what I’m trying to prove!” Now I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody.

Needless to say, we’re convinced.

And, bonus: Check out some sexy BTS footage of Miley’s shoot below…