Miley Cyrus' New Music Video Champions Female Empowerment with a Stunning Cast
"Mother's Daughter" is about to be the feminist anthem of the summer.
Miley Cyrus just dropped the music video for her new song "Mother's Daughter", and it's a serious work of art.
The song itself is an anthem for empowerment and unity, especially with a hook like "don't f*ck with my freedom." But the video itself makes a powerful statement of its own.
Messages like "every woman is a riot" and "not an object" flash across the screen, along with amazingly gritty depictions of women's C-section scars.
The best part, however, is the video's seriously badass cast that takes diversity and representation to a whole other level. (Related: Where the Body-Positivity Movement Stands and Where It Needs to Go)
Given the name of the song, Cyrus' mother, Tish, obviously makes an appearance. But she's joined by several other empowering icons, including skateboarder Lacey Baker.
In the video, the camera zooms in on Baker, who is seen wearing a shirt with the words "they/them" written on it. The recently signed Nike athlete identifies as queer, and they're using their platform to normalize the use of non-binary gender pronouns in the media. (Related: Bethany Meyers Shares Their Non-Binary Journey and Why Inclusivity Is So Damn Important)
"Taking a stand for the women and queer community in skateboarding has brought me to life in a powerful way," Baker said in a quote Cyrus shared to her Instagram. "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." (Related: What It Really Means to Be Gender Fluid or Identify As Non-Binary)
Mari Copeny, aka Little Miss Flint, also makes appearances throughout the video. She's seen wearing a superhero costume, which totally does her justice given that she's been fighting for her hometown of Flint, Michigan since she was just 8 years old.
Cyrus' "Mother's Daughter" music video is obviously meant to move and inspire viewers. But model and muse, Angelina Duplisea shared how impactful it was for her to be included in the video.
Duplisea took to her Instagram to thank Cyrus and added the following message: "We humans have a lot to learn, but we can start by fighting our personal biases and permitting people of all genders, races, sexualities, sizes, abilities and health levels to live harassment-free lives. Don't f*ck with their freedom to feel happy and beautiful right now, not just when society says it's ok." (Related: ICYDK, Body-Shaming Is an International Problem)
Other rising stars who appeared in Cyrus' latest anthem include activist Trydryn Scott, songwriter and actress Melanie Sierra (aka Mela Murder), dancer and choreographer Paige Fralix, models Aaron Philip (who made waves as the first disabled, trans, black model to sign to a major modeling agency), Vendela, and Casil McArthur, and burlesque star Amazon Ashley.
Together, this fantastic group celebrates the fact that, regardless of who you are, what you do, and where you fall on the gender spectrum, your body is your own and it's powerful AF.
Watch the incredible video below: