With her first album "...Baby One More Time," Britney Spears' image as the sexy teen was in effect, put in place by the lead single "...Baby One More Time" and fueled by its video of Spears dressed in naughty school girl get-up. Not quite sugar and spice and everything nice.
But the 1999 video pales in comparison to a 2010 video of a 17-year-old girl, bumping and grinding guys and gals on a strobe-lit dance floor, in black stilettos and wild hair. If Miley Cyrus' goal is to ditch her past, she's going about it quite nicely.
So who owns Miley Cyrus' heart? Obviously not the squeaky clean image that made her famous. Said the Parents Television Council, in response to the "Who Owns My Heart" video, "It sends messages to her fan base that are diametrically opposed to everything she has done up to this point. Miley built her fame and fortune entirely on the backs of young girls, and it saddens us that she seems so eager to distance herself from that fan base so rapidly."
Perhaps it's time to accept it? Will the real Miley Cyrus please stand up? She's pushing her way into the dark side, but when will her initiation end? Is Miley Cyrus a poser and someone who is trying too hard to change her image? Even though Britney Spears was still a teen when she made "...Baby One More Time," and was a member of the Mickey Mouse Club before that, her life with Disney ended early.
And that's the problem, Miley Cyrus has a record, and that record can't be ditched so easily. When she was the darling of Disney, the star who had millions of little girls walking to school with Hannah Montana backpacks, nobody could have predicted she'd show up dressed in black fishnet stockings just a short time later.
When Miley Cyrus complained about those Annie Liebovitz photos, where she appeared to be topless, we weren't that surprised. What does surprise us is that the very image Cyrus rejected has now been embraced by Cyrus, as exemplified by the "Who Owns My Heart" video.
"I'm figuring out who I am...and that is how I relate to you guys - I'm just like y'all," said Cyrus. Now that Cyrus has ditched her old sound and wardrobe for sexy outfits and sexy lyrics, there's nothing more for her to do but continue with it. She'll find newer and more mature fans, as little girls all over America find a new role model.
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