Miley Cyrus responded to critics of new new, sexier image on an episode of  Lifetime's "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet".

The former "Hannah Montana" star is acutely aware of the public's expectations of her, but admits that it's live up to them when she's only trying to find herself, telling Cadenet, "I feel I was so trained in my interviews to be All-American or whatever. I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12-years-old… I guess I kind of realized that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer."

Cyrus also spoke about how many young women value themselves based on their sexual interactions, saying, "The girls that really base how much they're worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad. Because sex is actually really beautiful. It's the only way we create, and it's the only way the world keeps going. So it's ignorant not to talk to your kids about it or [not] make it seem as magical or cool as it actually is."