Miley Cyrus' new music video for the first single from her upcoming album, "Can't Be Tamed," was released this week and sparked controversy on the Internet about whether Cyrus is growing up too fast.
Cyrus, 17, leaves no doubt in her new video about breaking away from her Disney image. In the video, Cyrus channels Britney Spears' "Toxic" video, dancing in a cage, dressed in a metal corset, with a 15-foot wingspan. Cyrus' bustier was designed by the Blondes and cost $25,000.
Cyrus' makeup artist, Denika Bedrossian, told PEOPLE.com: "Our inspiration for the video was exotic endangered birds breaking out of their cages; lots of sexy, dark, exotic feathers.”
Cyrus talked to Ryan Seacrest about the video, saying: "It is a sexy video, you can't take that away from it. But "it's not the premise … The video is not about being sexy or about who can wear less clothes. That's what every other video about. It's about explaining the song and living the lyrics."
Cyrus tells PEOPLE.com the video is about breaking free and standing out, rather than fitting in to the norm. "For me it's never been about fitting in. I'd rather stand out. People can relate to it. So many people feel like you have to be one way to fit in."
"It's the first step to growing up but I think it's done the right way," says Cyrus of her video. "I'm really proud of it."
Cyrus' new album, Can't Be Tamed, is due out June 22nd. Watch Cyrus' new video below and give your opinion.
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