Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus’ ‘Drastic’ Transformation

In 2013, Miley Cyrus was placed on GQ’s list of least influential people… And this year, she’s able to give them a big f*ck you without even saying it.

Time magazine named the “Wrecking Ball” singer one of the 100 most influential people, and none other than Cyrus’ Godmother Dolly Parton can explain why she made the cut and how her major transformation got her there.

“If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her,” Parton writes in Time.  “But I’ve watched her grow up.  So I don’t.  She knows what she’s doing.”

However, people still struggle with her major transformation from Disney star to sex symbol, but Parton explains Miley couldn’t stay in that role her whole life.

“She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever,” she continued.  “And she was just smotherin’ and chokin’ in it.  So she felt she had to do something completely drastic.  And she did.  She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her.”

Although Miley’s dramatic change has helped her get to where she is now, Dolly does admit she wishes people could see her more for her talent than her outrageous actions.

“‘Wrecking Ball’ is a great song.  The whole album is great.  So I’m hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is,” Parton writes.  “‘Cause the girl can write.  The girl can sing.  The girl is smart.  And she doesn’t have to be so drastic.  but I will respect her choices.  I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?”

‘Tis a good point!

Other stars on the list of most influential include: Beyoncé, who graces the cover of the issue,  Pharrell Williams, Kerry Washington and Carrie Underwood.