Miley Cyrus Reveals Which ’70s Rock Star Inspired Her Mullet

Miley Cyrus has changed her hair more often than Hannah Montana changed into her alter ego, Miley Stewart. Always up for a change, Cyrus has rocked different colors, different lengths, curls and even mini horns. She’s currently sporting a mullet, which her father teased her for. She had a hair role model for the look.

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Cyrus spoke to Zach Sang for his Just the Interviews podcast on Aug. 14. Sang could get away with asking about her mullet because they’ve been speaking for so many years. Cyrus told him the full story of her hair. 

Miley Cyrus does not have a Billy Ray Cyrus mullet

During his heyday in the ’90s Billy Ray Cyrus rocked a mullet. He’s still a little possessive about it and says his daughter doesn’t have his mullet. 

“The mullet is an important part of family history,” Cyrus told Sang. “My dad actually invented a very specific mullet called the Kentucky Waterfall. And mine, my dad, I asked him if that was the kind of mullet I have. My dad told me the name. It’s something English.”

The reason Miley Cyrus changes her hair so often 

Cyrus’s haircuts aren’t just for shock value either. She certainly gets a lot of media attention for them, but most of them represent personal moments for Cyrus. 

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“In a lot of cultures there’s a spiritual connection between your hair and removing it and allowing that to be a shedding of a path,” Cyrus said. “So any time I’m evolving, I get out the scissors. I’m very much a I wear my heart on my sleeve, you know where I’m at. I’m pretty open in that way. You can usually tell by my hair what’s going on.”

The inspiration for this mullet

Cyrus may not have a Kentucky Waterfall like her country star father, but she was inspired by musicians. Her mullet is pure rock n’ roll.

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“When I cut my hair, I told my mom, ‘Make me look like Rod Stewart,’” Cyrus said. “That’s not a joke. I called myself Young Rod for three weeks until It got a little longer. But it also does represent that ‘70s Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry.”

Other rock stars inspire Miley Cyrus’s music too

Cyrus released her new single, “Midnight Sky,” on Aug. 14. She told Sang there is another classic rock star who inspired her latest.

I actually had this song blessed by Stevie Knicks. There is kind of a nod to ‘Edge of Seventeen’ in this song. I actually reached out to her directly about ‘This song has your spirit, your magic.’ I actually wrote this whole message about the kind of artist I want to be is the kind of aritst you’ve been for me. I just hope that I can be that for other people. When I felt lonely, Stevie Knicks has been there for me whether she’s known that or not. I feel like I do have that connection with my fans so this is actually passed from Stevie Knicks, blessed to you. That was the coolest thing that ever happened to me.

Miley Cyrus, Zach Sang: Just the Interviews Podcast, 8/14/2020