Love her or hate her, there is no denying Miley Cyrus is proving to be the icon of her generation. The polarizing singer got her start on the popular Disney Channel hit Hannah Montana, but it is evident she has come along way from her teeny-bopper days. To be fair, Cyrus had the odds against her from day one. As the offspring of long-forgotten country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley appeared to be just another fresh face riding on her parent’s coattails. She was another star who would long be forgotten over time, but she was not.
With a powerful combination of talent and dynamic personality, Cyrus went from sweet girl-next-door to outspoken feminist. She certainly was not the first and she certainly will no be the last. In some ways, it seems she is just another Madonna, Britney, or Lady Gaga. But in other ways, it is pretty clear Miley Cyrus is in a league of her own. She is an artist true to who she is and does not really care what others think. She reminds young girls to achieve their dreams and to be the person they want to be, not who others think they should be.
Not everyone appreciates Cyrus’ artistic expressions. One editor for a British tween magazine claims the young singer is too raunchy for her readership. Bea Appleby, editor for Girl Talk magazine, recently said the publication would no longer cover controversial stars like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Jessie J. Appleby admitted her magazine has not featured Cyrus in the magazine in a long time because the singer is oversexualized. Perhaps Appleby is right to a degree; Miley Cyrus is too old for that magazine’s particular demographic. She is no longer the teenage pop star she was when she first started. She is just another artist who found a way to express herself.
What makes Miley Cyrus the icon of her generation? She is a good representative of people her age. She is a free-thinker who is not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike some stars around her age, she keeps a good head on her shoulders and she keeps herself out of legal troubles. More importantly, Miley is not afraid to give. She has been involved in many different charities that include but are not limited to Amnesty International, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and Youth Service America. She has a big following and a major influence.
Miley Cyrus is a cool girl, a smart business woman, and a talented singer. She is not going away anytime soon, and that is a good thing. She has a bright future ahead and it is safe to say fans can expect great things from Miley in the near future. Every generation has many different great icons, and though Miley Cyrus may not be the number one icon, but she still is in the lead. It is still early in her career, give it a few years and fans will likely see Miley getting into bigger projects.
Opinion by Anna Peel