Miley Cyrus: A Journey Through Her Transformative Phases, From Disney Darling to Beachy Vibes

Miely Cyrus is entering a new phase. (Photo: RCA Records/ Miley Cyrus via Instagram)

Miley Cyrus has undergone a transformation with her new single “Malibu.” In the video and on the cover of the song, she sports minimal makeup and casual clothing while basking in the sun in a grassy field, a different look from what we’re used to seeing from her. In the past, she’s been known for her loud and revealing looks, sticking to one style for only a short period of time. Let’s take a look back at some of the notable phases of the Voice coach, including her “Hannah Montana” days as a cute teenager.

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As a young teenager, Miley Cyrus was both sweet and hilarious, keeping a secret identity as a pop star while enjoying moonlit adventures. Even though she had a cool wardrobe as a teen, she wasn’t afraid to embrace the glitz and glam of her character, sporting a blonde wig during scenes where she played a famous teen. It’s no wonder she was always the life of the party, even taking up pole-dancing as a fun hobby.

Miley Cyrus dances on a pole at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/TCA 2009/WireImage)

At the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, Miley Cyrus performed her track “Party in the U.S.A.” while wearing a tank top, shorts, and boots, and dancing on a pole. This performance marked her transition from the hugely successful Hannah Montana to a more mature image at the age of 16. As expected, the performance generated controversy and criticism. Despite this, Cyrus continued to establish herself as a pop star with hits like “Can’t Be Tamed.”

Miley Cyrus can't be tamed in the video for her song. (Photo: Vevo via YouTube)

In her music video for “Party in the U.S.A.,” Miley Cyrus shows off a tamer look compared to the leather and fishnets she sported around the time of her Can’t Be Tamed album release in 2010. However, she did go goth for a while during that period.

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus gave a performance of “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. By the time Cyrus reached the age of 20, she was ready to reinvent herself. She famously twerked her way into MTV VMA history during a scandalous performance of “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke. It caused quite a stir and got people talking.

Miley Cyrus sticks out her tongue... a lot. (Photo: Miley Cyrus via Instagram)

Miley Cyrus is known for her signature move of sticking out her tongue, which she still does frequently in photos regardless of her outfit or activity. It’s become a shorthand for her, making her easily identifiable. She’s quite the crafty lady.

Designer Jeremy Scott walked the runway at a show Miley accessorized. (Photo: Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott enlisted pop star Cyrus to create neon jewelry for his runway show at New York Fashion Week in September 2014. This collaboration was reminiscent of the time when Cyrus was steadily wearing and sharing photos of her own neon jewelry creations made from supplies bought at the craft store. The resulting jewelry added a happy, hippie vibe to Scott’s collection.

Miley Cyrus shows love for her Happy Hippie Foundation. (Photo: Miley Cyrus via Instagram)

Miley Cyrus has expressed her support for the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization she helped launch in 2014 that advocates for the gay and homeless communities. As an animal lover and advocate, Cyrus has frequently posed for photos wearing the organization’s smiley face logo, which has become part of her personal style. Additionally, Cyrus has also been named a marijuana ambassador.

Miley Cyrus passes a lit joint in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Miley Cyrus caused a stir in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards as she openly admitted her love for Mary Jane. During the 2015 awards, Cyrus continuously referenced her fondness for weed, but it’s unlikely we’ll see that phase again anytime soon if she sticks to her surprising decision to lay off the pot “for a second.”

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