Rethinking Miley

I have to admit that with my daughter only being six we kind of missed the Hannah Montana boat. Not that my daughter doesn’t know Hannah Montana or adore her for that matter. But I’ve never really encouraged a lot of Hannah Montana in our house. While I don’t mind the show all that much, Miley Cyrus’s off camera antics over the last few years have left me with less than a stellar opinion of her place as a role model in my daughter’s life. But since the show is not on anymore, it's rarely an issue.

But recently a couple of things have reached my attention via the internet that has me rethinking my views on good old Miley.

First there were a couple of incidents last summer where Cyrus came down on Urban Outfitters for apparently ripping off designs from independent designers then she came down on them for donating money to the campaign of Rick Santorum. She then came down on Santorum for his views on gay marriage.

More recently Cyrus took to twitter when critics began questioning her weight gain and calling her fat. Cyrus tweeted a photo of an emaciated girl followed by this, “By calling girls like me fat this is what you're doing to other people. I love MYSELF & if you could say the same.”

She added, “I love MYSELF & if you could say the same… I don’t wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man won’t mind either.”

She continued her rant by tweeting a photo of Marilyn Monroe saying, “"PROOF that you can be adored by thousands of men, even when your thighs touch."

Then this week Cyrus posted her song Liberty Walk set again video footage of the Occupy Wall Street protests around the world, along with a strong message of support for the movement.

Miley has a voice and she’s using it for something more than just singing Disney pop songs. She’s trying to use her fame to make some changes in the world, and she doesn’t seem to care who disagrees with her.

Taking a stand for gay marriage, against Urban Outfitters, for Occupy Wall Street and preaching the beauty of curvy bodies is not exactly the kind of actions that we expect to see from Disney pop stars, no matter how far they’ve fallen from grace via weird teenage antics.

Is Miley Cyrus an ideal role model? No, but than again, is anybody? I look back on Cher and Bette Midler and others I considered to be role models to me. Perfect? No, not at all. But being perfect is not exactly what makes a good role model. What Miley is, is a teenager who despite the fact she is still trying to find her place in this world is trying to change the world, one little tweet at a time.

And in my mind, if just one girl saw Miley Cyrus tweeting and preaching about the beauty of curves and how calling girls fat is wrong, and felt better about herself, than Miley deserves some praise for that.

I may not exactly want my daughter emulating everything Miley has done over the years, but I do want her to see a girl who is not afraid to speak her mind and who’s not afraid to take a stand, even when she knows not everyone will agree with it.

More power to you Miley, imperfections and all.

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