Miley Cyrus has embraced many identities in her 22 years. First, she captured audiences as the wholesome Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel. Then, there was her role in the twerking incident at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Now, she is embarking on a new role as a social justice activist, because she claims to have realized her power and influence as she entered adulthood.
Baring his new information in mind, unlike many of her fellow celebrities, Cyrus did not just decide to support someone’s charitable venture. Instead, she started her own–The Happy Hippie Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to raise money for and awareness of the problem of youth homelessness, particularly for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Studies reveal that LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless because their families often reject them once their sexual orientation is revealed.
The singer said she decided to focus her efforts on preventing youth homelessness because it is a problem people encounter every day. However, too often, “You’re looking down at your phone. You… never Look at someone who’s sitting there and needs help.”
Cyrus has written many op-ed pieces on youth homelessness. She was interviewed about the issue numerous times. At only 22, Cyrus has over one billion followers or likes across the platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She uses her social media savvy to remind the public of her foundation and its mission.
Earlier this week, she released the video of her collaboration with fellow pop sensation Ariana Grande, in a cover of the 1986 Crowded House hit, Don’t Dream It’s Over. The pair performed in one-piece pajamas on a green, inflatable couch in Cyrus’s backyard. This backyard gathering was the third performance she has arranged to promote the work of Happy Hippie. Her other partners were 56-year-old rock legend Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!. The first video features the trio of Cyrus, Jett, and Grace covering The Replacements’ Androgynous. In the next installment, Cyrus and Grace, accompanied by another Against Me! band member, Atom Willard, perform the number Trans Rebel Soul. This song was originally recorded on Against Me!’s 2014 album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Both videos were shot the same day, even though they were released separately.
Another example of how the singer is embarking on her new role as an activist occurred during the 2014 Video Music Awards, when her song Wrecking Ball won for best video. Instead of taking to the stage, she elected to have a young, homeless man named Jesse, who was also her date for the evening, receive the award on her behalf. He spoke about the plight of homeless youth, and directed viewers to the Happy Hippie website where they could donate money, as well as learn more about the issue.
She is not afraid to ask her fellow celebrities to model the foundation’s merchandise because, according to her own statements, she is shameless when it comes to promoting the non-profit. Sometimes, she even admits to photo shopping pictures of A-list celebrities wearing Happy Hippie gear. She did it to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Then, she tweeted the picture to her over 19 million Twitter followers. Afterward, she asked, “Is Kanye West going to come after me?” So far, there has been no reported anger from either the Kardashian or West camp over Cyrus’s photo shopping.
This twenty-something has already experienced how happy fame and money can make a person. First, as the daughter of country music superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, and then, throughout her own career. However, the artist now states that nothing makes her more excited than fighting for something she believes in and embarking on her new role as an activist.
By Martina Robinson
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