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Miley Cyrus pulls no punches in the provocative video for “Mother’s Daughter,” which dropped on Tuesday morning.
The song, with lyrics like “Oh my God, she got the power, oh look at her, she got the power” and a steady beat, flaunts feminism and female power. The clip opens with the title page “every woman is a riot,” cutting to Cyrus dressed in a blood-red, full-body latex outfit, amid flashes of what appear to be two nipples circling each other and a close-up of women’s underwear and a tongue running over braces-covered teeth.
Wearing a red face shield and two handfuls of rings, Cyrus — who conceptualized the visuals with director Alexandre Moors — gyrates to the song’s pulsing beat, crawling on the floor as the message “you are f—ing beautiful” flashes alongside a naked image of plus-size model Angelina Duplisea reclining on a couch.
The video for the song about taking back power is heavy on messages such as “virginity is a social construct,” “feminist AF,” “not an object” and the more playful “tough titties” and features cameos from Aaron Philip, Amazon Ashley, Casil McArthur, Lacey Baker, Mari Copeny, Melanie Sierra, Paige Fralix, Tydryn Scott and Vendela, as well as Cyrus’ mother, Tish. It portrays women in all shapes and sizes, in classic and modern poses, to emphasize the track’s central refrain: “Don’t fuck with my freedom.”
At one point, Cyrus appears atop a horse as Joan of Arc, in golden armor and raising a sword, and the video closes with a shot of the Cyrus women on a couch together as Tish sips some tea.
“As a black girl in a wheelchair who happens to be trans — I just want to have a good life and do good in whatever my endeavors consist of, regardless of what that might mean in the face of oppression,” says clip co-star Aaron Philip in a statement. “I do not identify or label myself as an activist, but that’s just because I care — and I think everyone should, activist or not. I fight for my freedom by being myself.”
Skateboarder Baker adds, “Taking a stand for the women and queer community in skateboarding has brought me to life in a powerful way. It’s crucial to create space for marginalized communities every single day, and the platform I have through skateboarding is a perfect vehicle for this. There is so much love to share in the LGBTQ communities all over the world, and to be able to tap into this love through skateboarding is so beautiful. The queer community gives me so much fucking life. #LGBTQ #PRIDE.”
Watch the “Mother’s Daughter” clip below.
The clip dropped a day after the singer took to Twitter to announce the video for the song, written with Finnish singer Alma. She touted the catchy number as a “bad ass feminist anthem” and warned listeners that the music video is “the SHIT just like all the bad ass women” starring alongside her.
“Mother’s Daughter’s” is also the first number in Cyrus’ latest extended play, She Is Coming.
The six-song extended play dropped in late May and enlists the talents of Ghostface Killah, Swae Lee and RuPaul. She Is Coming is the first of three six-song EPs, with the rest set to follow.
She Is Coming comes two years after Younger Now, Cyrus’ 11-track album, which included hits like “Malibu” and “Week Without You.”
@almacyber & I wrote a bad ass feminist anthem called Mother’s Daughter and I am dropping the music video tomorrow 7/2! Beware it’s the SHIT just like all the bad ass women starring alongside muah! pic.twitter.com/TBU07SWE5N
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 1, 2019
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