This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Miley Cyrus: A Child Star's Rite of Passage

Spears now appears in a guest spot on Cyrus' track SMS (Bangerz), older and wiser. She showed just about every kid in the business how to pour kerosene on their child-star image and handed them a match. When fellow Mickey Mouse Club member Christina Aguilera grew frustrated with a label and an audience that, even after her entendre-filled debut single Genie In A Bottle, treated her like a children's act at age 20, she took creative control of her 2002 release Stripped and let loose. She got down to lingerie and chaps in the video for her debut single Dirrty, posed for Maxim and took the stage with the Pussycat Dolls -- the Hollywood burlesque incarnation, not the Nicole Scherzinger-led pop act.

Even ex-Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake, who wasn't exactly a shy little wallflower during his *NSYNC days, unkinked his curls, added some beats and put some actual human emotion into his debut album Justified right around the time he turned 21. Within the next two years, he'd join Aguilera on her Stripped tour and introduce "wardrobe malfunction" into the national lexicon by tearing off Janet Jackson's costume during the Super Bowl. He started acting, began putting in surprisingly funny guest turns on SNL and, in short, grew up right along with his fanbase.

Miley Cyrus followed the Mickey Mouse Club's footsteps to what appears like an extreme degree because she had to. Unlike the trio mentioned above, Cyrus was front-and-center in her own branded and highly marketed Disney vehicle. She was 13 when Hannah Montana went on the air in 2006 and an 18-year-old adult by the time the series, movies and concerts wrapped in 2011.

Along the way, she attempted to drop subtle hints about the person she was growing into. She had underwear and swimsuit photos leaked in 2008, when she was 15 and posing only in a bedsheet for Vanity Fair. A year later, she namechecked both Britney and Jay-Z, but did so within the safety of her family friendly pop hit "Party In The U.S.A." She dropped references to smoking weed and her publicists would insist she was only joking.

2 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,089.20 +2.57 0.02%
S&P 500 1,988.55 +1.54 0.08%
NASDAQ 4,469.8150 -3.8820 -0.09%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs