Days after declaring "I'm not trying to be 'slutty,'" Miley Cyrus turned heads Sunday at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto by performing in a skin-baring black leotard, complete with black leather short shorts.
The scantily-clad singer, 17, pranced on stage as she belted out her hit "Party in the U.S.A."
Midway through the tune, she changed the lyrics from "a Jay-Z song was on" to a "JB song was on" as a hoodie-clad Justin Bieber joined her on stage, igniting roars of applause.
"I think that’s fine, she told UsMagazine.com of her outfit. "I just love performing. I definitely just feel most comfortable. I don't take myself too seriously. We are up there just dressing up; we are just having fun. It's about the girls and guys who are living their dream playing dress up. I don’t walk around in a bikini and bright red lipstick all the time. Cause that's just who you are when you are performing and what goes into that song."
Cyrus covered up slightly more for her next performance, hitting the stage in a white leotard to sing her new single "Can't Be Tamed." But Britain's Daily Mail noted that the getup was "so tight, she nearly exposed a bit too much to those in the front row.
Cyrus (who won International Video Of The Year by an Artist for "Party in the U.S.A.") has come under fire for not wearing a lot while she performs.
She stands by her outfits.
"I feel more comfortable dressing with a little less, which is just how I've always been..." she recently told The Associated Press. "Now I'm able to do that a little more freely and, also, I've just grown up to be this way too. It's not like this was me five years ago. It's me now, presently.
"When you're 11, the word you would use to describe someone is definitely not sexy, and as you get older I think you grow into that," the Hannah Montana star went on. "And I think I've done that but that's not my schtick. That's not what I'm trying to do to sell records. I want people to buy my record because of my music."