A ton of my friends, unprompted, are busily trying to tell me that they haven’t seen Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, so clearly, that performance must have really made an impact on them.
Teen magazine — of which I am obviously a frequent reader — estimated Miley Cyrus’ net worth at $120 million in 2011, so one would suspect it’s much higher now.
At the begining of August, I estimated my own net worth to be comfortably below negative $100,000. As such, I can’t imagine she’d ever dream of trading places with me.
However, that massive net worth of hers came at a huge price; Ms. Cyrus was from a very young age a consumer product — her look, her voice, her personality, were all molded — sometimes expressly — to conform to focus group results and Google Analytics.
And now, a legal grown-up, she’s using some of her new found freedom to find herself and making many of the same awkward mistakes that many of us did in our formative years, quietly and privately. The only difference is that she’s making them on the world stage.
Didn’t we all have a phase where we wanted to do exactly the opposite of what our authority figures told us to? Miley’s authority figures have been her managers for as long as she can remember and my guess is that she’s struggling to find herself and in trying, has decided to start as far away as possible from what her managers have for so long forced upon her.
Does it seem odd to you that a 20-year-old is experimenting with fashion and her sexual identity? To me, it doesn’t seem any more odd than a 17-year-old who looks pretty in accordance with adult tastes, understanding being in love enough to sing sweetly about it.
I won’t write things like this too frequently; I promise.