Miley Cyrus is the daughter of 80’s one hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus whose single “Achy Breaky Heart” was one of the most well known singles of the decade and is still used as a pop culture reference today. In 2009 Miley Cyrus was named number 29 on Time’s list of the most influential people in the world. Time magazine named her not just because as a teenager she made more than $25 million in one year but also because of the influence that she holds over teen culture and trends. She is known for setting fashion trends and influencing the fashion and purchasing choices of the millions of teen girls who watch her perform as Hannah Montana.
Miley Cyrus is most well known for playing secret pop star Hannah Montana who is a superstar singer by night wearing a blonde wig and with a smart, urban, starlet style and is a normal teenage girl by day going to school and having adventures with her friends. The show became a smash hit, and an album of songs from the show sung by Cyrus hit number one almost instantly. Miley does perform as herself and has released her own albums under her own name that have been wildly successful, with her single Party in the USA hitting number one almost immediately upon release. Disney announced this year that the Hannah Montana show would be ending in 2011 after just four seasons, but having performed as Hannah from the beginning, mounting numerous concert tours as her alter ego and starring in a feature film as Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus is ready to take a break and start following new opportunities.
The Hannah Montana feature film mirrored Cyrus’ own life and had the famous secret star wondering if she should choose to give up her stardom and return to a normal life or embrace her star status and delve more deeply into a musical career. Interviews with Miley Cyrus revealed that the star had grappled with those issues in her own life and had a tough time finding the right balance between performing as her alter ego Hannah Montana and retaining her own identity and goals.
Miley’s parents have tried to keep her grounded in normalcy so that she doesn’t fall into the trap of drugs and alcohol like so many other teen stars do when their shows end. Born and raised near Nashville, TN both of her parents have tried to instill in the star small town values despite her huge Hollywood success. Her godmother, another famous Tennessee native Dolly Parton, acts as a mentor and career advisor to Miley and Miley often speaks in interviews of her close relationship with Dolly. Hopefully Mily Cyrus will be able to make the transition from teen pop sensation to serious actress and musician without some of the blunders of other pop sensations like Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, or even Britney Spears. She has already proven that she has the talent to be a major player, only time will tell if she can build a lasting career for herself.