When you think of Miley Cyrus, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Short, pixie-cut hair, nude selfies, her iconic tongue sticking out of her mouth…
Less than a decade ago, no one would think twice before saying the exact opposite: innocent, sweet, and long, brown hair.
While she was once an actress on one of Disney Channel’s most popular television shows, the Hannah Montana star managed to torch her Disney façade and emerge as a completely different person—in about six months. Through a whirlwind of crazy outfits and raunchy music videos (paired with swinging on a wrecking ball) Miley Cyrus reinvented her public image. She transformed into an A-list superstar with an immense fan base. Everyone knows who she is. And like it or not, she’s here to stay.
A few years back Miley’s increasing provocative image clashed with the adorable school girl/singer her television persona carried. She was a Disney star, and young girls looked up to her. Her less-than PG-13 antics led to outrage from the general public. Parents were in an uproar and they didn’t want a sexually-inappropriate teenage influencing their children. Miley quickly became an anti-role model, and parents immediately started to prevent their kids from having anything to do with Hannah Montana (reducing the sale of merchandise as well). Eventually, Disney was forced to retire the character all together.
Next was her her high-profile relationship with Liam Hemsworth. Her break up with her The Last Song co-star in 2013 was full of media attention, but that didn’t stop her.
Fast-forward to the release of her Bangerz album and the 2013 VMA awards. Remember when Miley appeared in her teddy bear suit? Her racy “Blurred Lines” duet with Robin Thicke? Her twerking all over the stage in her flesh coloured underwear ensemble? After that performance, she became the most watched personality on the internet.
It was a risky move for the singer, but it certainly transformed her public persona.
Currently, Miley released a new free album on SoundCloud called Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, an experimental more psychedelic rock made in collaboration with the Flaming Lips. Unknown to many, Miley also released her own nonprofit organization, the Happy Hippie Foundation. Aimed specifically at helping homeless and LGBT youth, she released numerous smiley faced hoodies and tees for the cause. She’s also set to be a judge for season 11 on NBC’s The Voice.
While there is still controversy over how she dresses or carries herself in her personal life, there’s no doubt that as a music artist she is unmatched in terms of fame. The Bangerz singer is a new woman, and there’s no doubt this chameleon won’t stop changing.