I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Miley Cyrus, but my son was watching the sitcom Hannah Montana on TV and I found this young lady pretty interesting. The humour was a bit lame, her acting was so-so, but the music was quite impressive. I had no idea that she was actually a musician.
Cyrus starred in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie, and began cultivating a maturing image with her EP The Time of Our Lives in 2009. In 2010, she released her third album Can’t Be Tamed, which stands as the lowest-selling record of her career, and starred in the coming-of-age film The Last Song. Cyrus focused on her acting career with several television and film appearances in 2011 and 2012. Her sexually explicit behavior generated widespread controversy while promoting her fourth album Bangerz (2013), her first under her recording contract with RCA Records. Cyrus’ independently-released fifth studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015) deviated from her traditional pop style for more psychedelic experimentation. In 2016, she was announced as a coach for the eleventh season of the singing competition series The Voice.
Honestly, when her raunchy moves were first circulated on social media, I had no idea that she was the one starring in Hannah Montana. It was only when opinion pieces started to pour in that I realised who this brazen character was.
Personally, I prefer the “old” Miley Cyrus. She was so sweet and natural. But then, everyone needs to earn a living. If her albums were not doing well and she promoted herself in a way that didn’t hurt anybody (except for the righteous ones of course), then I wouldn’t judge her.
The following poses and pictures (which I have purchased for editorial use) must have made many jaws drop. If it was effective in making a statement and selling her albums, then so be it. I would have wished that she remained that sweet, long-haired girl for a little longer, but then, this is a real world.