Everyone is quick to hate on Miley Cyrus. Whether it's her twerking, her bizarre music videos, or her love of baring it all and smoking pot, it's fair to say that she makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It's no wonder that plenty of people out there like to slam the former child star and paint her as a spoiled, reckless brat.
But not so fast! Miley Cyrus may be outrageous, but she's also learned to embrace her role model status, even doing (dare we say it) GOOD for the world! Yes, Miley Cyrus is actually making a difference in this universe!
Not only does she work with dozens of charities, giving her time, her money, her name, and even her body to help people less fortunate than she is (a.k.a. nearly everyone), she also started her own foundation to help people in need. Here's a list of things Miley Cyrus has done that prove she's actually a good role model.
She Discussed The Negative Effects Of Body Shaming
In March 2020, Miley Cyrus opened up about her personal experience with body shaming during an Instagram Live chat with Demi Lovato. The pop artist said that her performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, during which she wore a nude bodysuit and twerked with Robin Thicke, generated a lot of negative criticism - much of it aimed at her physique.
"[E]veryone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey in my outfit,” Cyrus said, describing memes that were created in the aftermath. “I was just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.”
Cyrus said the body shaming further caused a divide between her personal and public image. “I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts," she explained.
She Launched #InstaPride To Support Gender Non-Conforming People
Miley went behind the camera to team up with Instagram on a campaign to support transgender, trans, genderqueer and gender non-conforming people. The social justice campaign features photos (taken by Cyrus) of people across the gender spectrum to promote awareness and acceptance. A dozen people were chosen to be featured in the pictures, which will live on Instagram under the #InstaPride hashtag. The effort is a part of her Happy Hippie Foundation.
She Started The Happy Hippie Foundation For Homeless And LGBTQ+ Youth
Cyrus single-handedly founded the Happy Hippie Foundation to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations. To help raise funds and awareness, she's enlisted the help of people like Joan Jett and Ariana Grande to perform Backyard Sessions, which allow people on Facebook to donate to her organization.Source: Rolling Stone
She Brought A Homeless Kid To The VMAs
When Miley won Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV VMAs for "Wrecking Ball", she brought Jesse, a homeless kid she had met while volunteering, as her date. She allowed him to make an emotional speech about being homeless, which helped raise over $200,000 in one night for My Friend's Place. Afterward, she took him on a dinner date.Source: Hollywood Life