There’s a reason why Miley Cyrus rocks barely-there clothes and costumes.

The 21-year-old pop songstress sat down with Barbara Walters for the journalist’s 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 special Wednesday and explained why she usually opts for scantily clad numbers on TV appearances and red carpets.

 

Miley recalled a time when she got criticized for wearing a full-length Marc Jacobs dress because people found it “boring.”

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(She’s likely talking about the number she wore to the 2013 Met Gala in May – though that wasn’t exactly tame.)

To the former Disney darling, who insists she doesn’t always want to be naked, she can’t win.

“No matter what I do, I’m either boring or I’m a slut,” she confided to Barbara.

The not-so-shy Miley also revealed why she has trouble keeping her tongue in her mouth.

“I get embarrassed to take pictures! … I’m so embarrassed when people are taking pictures of me,” she said.

“I don’t know how to smile and not be awkward, so I stick my tongue out because I don’t know what else to do!”

The past 12 months have been full of up and downs for the “Wrecking Ball” singer.

Her fourth studio album, Bangerz, was a massive success, but she also dealt with heartache — she split from Liam Hemsworth after a 15-month engagement in September — and criticism for her many performances — who can forget the MTV VMAs with Robin Thicke in August?

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“It wasn’t just shock to shock people, it really was with a purpose, I guess…to make everyone in the world talking about me and my music,” she said about 2013.

“I really feel like every day I’m figuring [out who I am]. People that know me, they’ve seen me change really every week, every two weeks.

“Especially now that I feel like I found more of my independence. I don’t think I was ever really happy with who I was.”

While Miley might be one of the most-searched people on Google, the superstar doesn’t dare to look herself up. (Note: It’s pretty impossible to avoid her picture or name even if you don’t search for it!)

“I refuse to Google myself,” she explained. “The minute I stop Googling myself, you can’t imagine what a happier person I am.”

Watch the whole interview below: