Miley Cyrus: “Sex Is a Beautiful, Magical Thing”

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Actress/singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

When it comes to Miley Cyrus, nothing is off-limits.

When the 19-year-old appeared on Lifetime's The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet Thursday, Cyrus explained why having frank discussions about sex shouldn't be considered taboo.

"Girls who base how much they're worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad," Cyrus said. "Because sex is actually really beautiful."

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She added: "It's the only way that we create and it's the only way that the world keep going. It's ignorant to not talk to your kids about it or make it seem like it's not as cool or magical as it actually is. If [kids] have a TV, they know what sex is. Everyone knows, so educate them."

"Let them know that they wouldn't be here without it, and it is a beautiful thing, and it is magic, and it is when you connect with somebody and it isn't how much your worth," Cyrus continued. "Your worth isn't based on that. Your worth is based on how you feel about yourself."

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Cyrus — who's been dating Liam Hemsworth, 22, since 2009 — also shared some advice for young girls hoping to build their self-esteem.

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"Just be who you are, and that is where your style will come from, and your attitude, and your spirituality, and your sexuality," she said. "Because it's coming from a place of love."

The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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