Well, it has been said over and over that not only did Miley Cyrus succeed in killing off Hannah Montana, she has inadvertently murdered Miley Cyrus in the process. Miley’s recent antics on stage at the VMAs clearly were not twerking for Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour and now the cover idea that Miley was booked for has now been ditched. Oh, Miley.
Thanks to her ‘devil-may-care’ attitude during and after her tacky and tasteless performance at the VMAs – a significant point in her career as a solo artist – Miley Cyrus has lost out on a golden opportunity to be on the cover of one of the most prestigious and iconic fashion magazine covers in the world.
Landing a Vogue cover is not just about reaching an audience of fashionistas, in this case, it is about breaking away from the rest of the teen pop stars she is currently competing with. A chance to say, ‘hey, I’m seen as more than a one-hit wonder, a run-of-the-mill cog in the wheels of a fickle music industry, I’m Miley Cyrus, I’ve gone through the Disneyfication mill, come out the other side, I’ve grown up and I’m here to stay.’
We never saw the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence or Katy Perry doing anything so desperately attention-grabbing on stage (okay, maybe Ms Knowles did get a little bit carried away on stage with the hair flinging), because all of these female stars understand what it takes to make it to the top. But they also understand how to maintain that position for as long as possible. And guess what? They all bagged a Vogue cover for themselves.
If Miley had used her head properly, she would have recognized the opportunity to reach iconography status when it came a-knocking. That opportunity would have been to prove how she had grown into the woman she claims to be and to make a sophisticated departure from her previous label as a Disney child actor. There were so many opportunities open to her to move in new directions. Opportunity does not always come around twice and I think Miley Cyrus is only just beginning to realize that.
Miley wanted to get away from her childhood image of Hannah Montana, but what she should have done is not abandoned and disgusted all of her fans in the process. She should have allowed herself to grow with them, as we have seen many teen artists do, particularly boy bands. When the boy bands have gone away, only to return a decade or so later, they still retain many of their fans of old, plus new ones – the fans’ offspring.
Miley Cyrus was a role model to many, but not any more. She has lost that credibility. No one can take anything she has to say seriously after her ridiculous display that she chose to make at the very same moment that the world was watching.
The only way that celebrities in the past have ever been able to work their way back into the hearts of fans and audience alike, has been to go on a damage limitation operation with the media. This usually involves the celebrity giving interviews, saying how stupid they have been and that they are deeply sorry for any offence they may have caused. Following that, they would go on a world interview tour to try to salvage what is left of their career, while trying to keep their noses clean along the way.
Next weekend, Miley will be heading over to the UK. There in London, she will be giving an exclusive to celebrity talk show host to the stars (and best friend of Skyfall singer Adele), Alan Carr, on his Friday night talk show, Chatty Man. Alan Carr would be sure to bring up the story about La Wintour dumping Miley like a hot brick from her Vogue cover, but more to the point, he will be sure to ask her what on earth she was thinking at the VMAs. Let’s just see how remorseful she will be.
Written by: Brucella Newman