The Hidden Cyrus

We all know the transformation Miley Cyrus’ image has had over the past years after her break-up with ex Fiancé Liam Hemsworth. The brunette bombshell Disney Chanel star with her green eyes transformed into a liberal short blonde next generation Madonna pop-star. From the outside, our generation was speechless. Hannah Montana no more! What happened to the sweet girl who was a typical student during the ay and blonde sequin shining pop star by night? She grew up; that is it. And she didn’t conform to that society “thought” she should be.
In a Marie Claire Story, drastic issues of growing up on the screen and Miley’s idea of beauty have been uncovered. According to Megan Friedman in the article, 9 Things You Never Knew About Miley Cyrus, Courtesy of Her Marie Claire Cover Interview, Miley says, “You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.” For an 11-year-old girl to hear these words can corrupt her identity and personality. From the outside the world that she was the “It” girl and had everything in life. She was gorgeous, has a famous dad and a famous TV show, and who couldn’t forget about that hunk of a fiance. If you look at her photos from then and now thought, you can see what the idea and pressures of the ideal beauty did.

arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

With these pictures, you can see her transformation in her face. The two on the left seem as if she is portraying someone else, someone the media wants her to portray. She is holding how she feels back, and it is damaging her. You can tell in the photo on the right how much more free she seems and having inner peace within herself.

Just because women are supposed to be a certain way, or act a certain way, doesn’t mean we should. Women don’t need to live for the media or for how the media portrays them; they need to live for themselves, and Miley is the perfect example in our generation. According to the Marie Clarie article, “I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”

When reading the piece, Riot Grrrl Philosophy by Bikini Kill, it made me think of Miley. Her attitude and her fashion choices are part of her new punk movement. She might dress differently than other celebrities, and this could be looked down on in our patriarchal society, thinking Miley is doing this just got the performance, but I see this as Miley’s way of being liberated and freeing from her younger years. This is not for a man’s satisfaction, but for her own. This is her form and her voice.
Her lifestyle refers to Haraway’s mention of technology. Miley uses technology as a way to tell society her voice. Many of her Instagram pictures are just as race and liberating as her performances on stage. When Bikini Kill was performing, there were not any social outlets to allow them to express themselves fast and easy. Miley has taken over this and now is producing tweets and Instagram photos to shake up the status quo of our patriarchal society.


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