Miley Cyrus… You’re grown up. We get it.

Miley Cyrus in the music video for "We Can't Stop" (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus)
Miley Cyrus in the music video for “We Can’t Stop” (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus)

From sporting terrible blond wigs and rockin’ out to the best of both worlds, to grills and twerking on stages, Miley Cyrus has never been shy of attention.

Since her final moments in 2011 as Hannah Montana, her superstar alter-ego, the 20-year-old Cyrus has become engaged, cut her hair, changed her wardrobe and surrounded herself with a lot of hip hop’s heavy hitters including Pharrell Williams. While it may be great to see Cyrus playing a more familiar and relatable role, herself, let’s admit we kind of got the picture  a long time ago, with the debut of her raunchy break out video, “Can’t Be Tamed.” In other words, we didn’t need all of the other obvious hints. So on behalf of a great majority of the world, we would like to say: Miley, you’re not a little girl anymore. We get it!

Just for fun, let’s see some of  Miley’s most “grown-up” moments.

Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus' Twitter)
Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus’ Twitter)

1.  Is it weed… or just salvia?

Although this may not have been the first incident of Cyrus stepping out of her Disney princess character, it was one of her most publicly ridiculed and talked about moments. The star was caught on video smoking out of a bong. What was assumed as marijuana, we later found out was salvia. While the video leaking may have been an accidnet, Cyrus sent a message to her young fans (and their parents): say goodbye to Hannah Montana.

2. Braless and Cut-offs

What may have looked like a wardrobe malfunction to some, was definitely intentional. One of the many paparazzi photos taken of the star featured her in a cropped top and white cut-offs. So what? All the girls her age are wearing this style. Yes, but a little more than her legs and stomach were on display. In the photo, you could also see that she was not wearing a bra and a good deal of her back side wasn’t covered up by the shorts. Cyrus dismissed most of the comments about her fashion choice, saying that it was simply her style. That being said, she came a long way from her country flair of cowboy boots and plaid.

Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus' Twitter)
Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus’ Twitter)

3. Cutting loose ends

It started with a Twitter pic of her in a salon chair. A barber stood behind her, holding a pair of scissors in one hand and her bun in the other. Next thing you know, another picture was posted with a new, grown-up Miley. The singer/actress chopped off her shoulder length hair and styled it into a platinum blond pixie-cut. Aside from making headlines just about everywhere, Cyrus also set the stage for the rest of her transformation.

4. Twerk Miley Twerk

For those who may not know what “twerking” is, it is a dance that, let’s say, involves bending your knees and shaking a lot of the lower half of the body. If her transition into adulthood wasn’t enough, Cyrus made a video of her twerking in a unicorn onesie. The video went everywhere, even grabbing the attention of other celebrities like rapper Jay-Z, who mentioned her in one of his songs saying, “twerk, twerk, (Miley, Miley).”

Through the years of her search for womanhood and a grown up identity, her fans and followers have witnessed spandex, lap dances and of course more twerking. At this point we can’t be sure whether the “We Can’t Stop” singer is trying to prove that she is not a little girl to us or herself. It isn’t clear whether any of Cyrus’ grown up moments get her in the Adult Club, but it definitely gets the message across. Nevertheless, with her 21st birthday coming up in the fall, it will be interesting to see what she’ll do next.

UPDATE 08/26/2013: In light of the latest events that took place yesterday in Brooklyn, NY at MTV’s VMA Awards, it is only right that we add another “Miley Moment” to her progressively growing list.

Upon being introduced to the stage by Vanessa Bayer and actress Shailene Woodley, Miley appeared from a large teddy bear with her tongue out and her leg up. The singer performed her summer hit, “We Can’t Stop” and boy was it a performance.

Although she may have started with a little more clothing, sporting a furry, teddy leotard, she definitely didn’t finish that way. Mid-way through her performance, where she was accompanied on stage by R&B singer, Robin Thicke, she stripped off her leotard and exposed a nude colored bra and underwear set. If that wasn’t enough, Cyrus strutted back and forth making provocative thrusting gestures with a foam finger and oh of course, did some twerking.

It wasn’t quite clear what Cyrus was trying to go for — a rebellious performance that would get her even more fame and criticism the next day, or one that would again assert the idea of her plunge into adulthood. Either way, the girl did deliver a memorable and “hand to the forehead” performance.

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