Miley Cyrus celebrates trans, non-binary and disabled bodies in sex-positive 'Mother’s Daughter' video
Model Aaron Philip and Cyrus's mother Tish provide cameos in the eye-popping visual
Fresh from her brilliantly scuzzy set at Glastonbury, Miley Cyrus has debuted the video for the latest single from her recent EP She Is Coming. And it’s a doozy: a latex-heavy deconstruction of sex and gender and the human body, and one that acts as a stirring distillation of Cyrus’s rebellious artistry and increasingly political output.
‘Mother’s Daughter’ is an assault of striking images, with Cyrus crawling on the floor and attacking the camera while dressed in a blood-red latex ensemble and face shield. “Don’t f*** with my freedom”, she snarls, as proclamations including “every woman is a riot” and “virginity is a social construct” flash across the screen.
Another setup sees Cyrus astride a horse and carrying a sword while dressed in a metallic gold bikini top, channelling a modern, post-gender Joan of Arc.
Accompanying her are a diverse collection of women and non-binary figures, including disabled and trans model Aaron Philip, queer skateboarder Lacey Baker, activist Mari Copeny and Cyrus’s own mother Tish.
Billboard Magazine has confirmed that Cyrus conceptualised the clip’s hyper-stylised visuals alongside director Alexandre Moors, who previously directed the Kanye West short film Cruel Summer and videos for Kendrick Lamar and Lorde.
‘Mother’s Daughter’ is the latest single from the recent She Is Coming, the first EP in a three-part series from Cyrus that will be released throughout 2019.