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Miley Cyrus: Entertainer, not role model

By Holly McCamant

If you’ve been paying attention to the news or reading the newspaper in the past year, you may have heard a thing or two about Miley Cyrus.

Most people assume that all teen girls idolize her rebellious style. Well, I’d like to say that’s not the case. I have a different take on her than many girls my age. I don’t believe that she’s amazing, but I don’t think she’s horrible either.

One of the reasons Miley Cyrus is admired by girls in my age group is because she started out as innocent Hannah Montana. Just about every girl except for me thought Hannah Montana was the best thing ever.

However, being the strange elementary kid I was, I thought differently. I believed (and still do believe) that Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus was extremely self-absorbed and that her story was so cliché. All Hannah Montana focused on in the show was attention and the completely unrealistic two different lifestyles.

After Hannah Montana was over, Miley Cyrus started to change a little. Her music was somewhat bearable compared to the Hannah Montana tracks, at least in my opinion. She started to get a little wilder, but nothing too bad compared to what other celebrities did.

At this point in her life, Miley represented the typical teen role model celebrity. She represented fun with a dash of rebellion and wild music.

She stayed calm for a while, even getting engaged to Liam Hemsworth. Their relationship appeared stable for a while. Then Miley started to cause a stir.

The one thing that set her apart from her Hannah Montana days completely was her performance at the VMA’s. If you haven’t heard about it, all you need to know is that she twerked and did other things that you wouldn’t really want a little kid to see. It’s not really worth watching.

After this performance, her public image started to go downhill. Her supposedly stable engagement with Liam Hemsworth was broken off. Miley Cyrus’s music video “Wrecking Ball,” featuring her naked and on a swinging wrecking ball, caused some more controversy.

The one thing that Miley has done well is expressing herself in whatever manner she feels. I don’t think for a second that her VMA performance was really an art thing, but it represented her rebel side.

However, she has put a little more effort into her actual music, and I don’t think that it’s all too bad. Good or bad, she has expressed herself. Miley is very good at being an entertainer and putting on a performance.

I think that sometimes we forget that she’s only 21. Miley Cyrus is still discovering herself. Her life is absolutely crazy, and she’s at that age where she doesn’t know what she’s doing yet.

Some girls view her as a role model, but I don’t think that she is. I can think of many other women that have done more than she has. Your success in life isn’t determined by the number of views you have on Youtube or iTunes sales.

We have our teachers, our coworkers, our mothers and other famous people to look up to. Miley Cyrus may not be the ideal celebrity role model for me, but I really respect what Veronica Roth (author of the “Divergent” trilogy) has done. Also, Alexi Pappas is a 5k runner and steeplechaser for the Oregon Ducks’ track team, and I admire her because of the odds she’s overcome.

Miley Cyrus is an entertainer, and she does that part of her job well. While many girls my age look up to her, I think there are better women to look up to. Miley Cyrus is a good example of how to express yourelf, but she’s still finding herself.

Holly McCamant is a sophomore at Frazee-Vergas High School.