Miley Cyrus Shades Mariah Carey: ‘I’ve Never Really Been a Fan’

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Shade alert! Miley Cyrus has candidly praised her biggest inspirations (such as Dolly Parton and Joan Jett) many times through the years, but there's one pop superstar she's apparently not too fond of: Mariah Carey.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer, 23, recently told a contestant on The Voice that "not everyone can be Mariah Carey." In a new interview with Elle magazine, she elaborated on the statement and shared her thoughts on the iconic diva.

"I've never really been a fan, because it's so much about Mariah Carey," Cyrus told the publication in her October 2016 cover story. "That's part of her shtick; I can see through that. That's part of what makes her a gay icon; like, it's about Mimi! It's about what she's wearing, and it's about her. What I make isn't about me. It's about sharing my story; it's about someone being connected to what I'm saying."

As a result, the Disney alum says she tries to avoid being a business mogul, a difficult feat in today's industry. "That's why you don't see me, like, on the sides of buses, selling s–t," she explained. "I mean, what am I going to do — sell makeup? Mostly, I tell people, 'Don't wear makeup.' … I don't really [wear makeup] for the contestants, because some of these girls come from f–king Arkansas with cake face on. Like, I don't want these kids to come out here and wear a bunch of makeup."

Cyrus also stated that she isn't a fan of the sob stories that many singing competition contestants tell viewers before their performances. "It's like, if you're going to have someone win because of their story, go write a screenplay about your life," she said. "On The Voice, I try to steer away everyone who comes in here with an idea of what 'the voice' means, which is that you've got to be the pitch-perfect singer."

As previously reported, the Hannah Montana alum also claimed during her Elle interview that she was once the "least-paid person" among her costars on the hit Disney Channel show, in which she starred as the titular character from 2006 to 2011. "I didn't know any better," she told the publication. "I was just like, 'I can be on Disney! Yeah, I want to do it!'"

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