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Since selling more than 65 million albums in the ’90s, TLC may be ready to return to showbiz but they have a message for the new generation of pop stars first — especially Miley Cyrus.

Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, 42, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, 43, explain that today’s pop stars don’t need to take off their clothes to be successful. “A lot of females are pushing the sexy envelope now because they see it gets them attention,” T-Boz tells In Touch, on stands now. “Miley is a bigger deal because she came from Disney,” she continues. “We had a way of being sexy without showing all our goody-goodies. We proved you could be successful by keeping your clothes on!”

And T-Boz adds that even in their prime, the most important thing is that they always stayed true to who they were. “There’s nothing fake about TLC,”  she tells the mag. “We didn’t want to give that false sense of glitz and glamour about the business. We wanted people to know the reality of what we were living. We wanted to tell the truth: You can sell a lot of records and do a lot of things — and you’re in the poor house!”

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