On Thursday, Miley Cyrus Instagrammed a picture of a text exchange between her and her Hannah Montana co-star Jason Earles. The text showed Cyrus laying on the floor in a blonde with along with the words "How Insane. 10 years later still laying around in a blonde wig." Of course, Cyrus is referring to the 10-year anniversary of Hannah Montana, the show that launched her into stardom the way only being a Disney Channel star can.
For those who don't remember, Cyrus starred in the show as a wholesome, cherubic little girl who lived secret double life as a pop star. In the decade since the show's premiere, Miley "murdered" Hannah Montana, grew up a lot, and truly morphed into her own (polarizing) person. Cyrus is hardly recognizable from the purity-ring-wearing, God-loving tweenager she used to be.
@realdukeofearles understands the insanity of it all..... Sending love to all my cast members on this anniversary .... To the world it's a celebration of 10 years but for us the journey began way before the world had any clue who the fuck any of us are ..... There was a very long auditioning process, and many chemistry reads which really is what sold the show to the producers and channel because no matter what went on over the years (which none of you have any clue about but It was like the real world but more hormonal teenagers) our love for each other was unquestionable.... Even though I feel disconnected to who I was at that time I will always feel eternally grateful for the opportunity and platform I was given .... None of it would have been possible with out every single person who ever contributed to the series .... From regulars , to special guests (and there were many magical ones @dollyparton ) to creators, crew , directors..... I am where I am because of loyal fans that I am thankful for and of course love dearly all the new angels who support me now..... Even though HM is chopped up into little tiny pieces and buried in my backyard she will always hold a very special place in my heart! Celebrate this day with us! Get real drunk and remember #HM4EVR send pics gettinnnnn buck wild in honor of this special day! #letsplayadrinkinggame watch HM and every time someone says her name take a shot! Yiew hew!
So, how has Cyrus changed over the last 10 years?
Before she was seen grinding up on Robin Thicke or singing about "dancing with Molly," she stated in this 2010 interview with Ryan Seacrest that "Drugs are for idiots and I will never be that person."
Miley has since changed her stance on drugs, and she certainly isn't shy about how much weed she smokes. For example, she sang about being high on purp in the song "23" by Mike WiLL Made-It.
I'm in the club high off purp with some shades on
Tatted up, mini skirt with my J's on
She also smoked weed on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
And, of course, she also alludes to cocaine in her song "We can't stop."
Everyone in line in the bathroom, trying to get a line in the bathroom, we all so turnt up here, gettin’ turnt up yeah yeah.
Miley also has changed her religious views in the last 10 years. When Cyrus first stepped into the limelight, she was a devout Christian who, according to a 2008 interview with TV Guide, couldn't live without her bible:
On her love for God: “I don’t know what I would do without a God that blesses me with the ability to do this.”
On wearing a purity ring like fellow Disney stars the Jonas Brothers “I like to think of myself as the girl that no one can get, that no one can keep in their hand. Even at my age, a lot of girls are starting to fall and I think if [staying a virgin] is a commitment girls make, that’s great.”
The seven things she can’t live without in honor of her latest single, “7 Things”: 1) “The Bible. It’s my ‘how-to’ guide for life.” 2) “My mommy!” 3) “My Yorkie Roadie and my lovebird Zazu.” 4) “Grilled cheese. Mmm...” 5) “Music and my beautiful Gibson guitar.” 6) “My black Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers.” 7) “My Sidekick.”
Well, her stance on religion has made a complete 180. In an interview with Paper last year (yes, the one where she posed naked on the cover hugging a pig), she spoke about her feelings on fundamentalist lawmakers:
Those people [shouldn't] get to make our laws. That's fucking insane. We've outgrown that fairy tale, like we've outgrown fucking Santa and the tooth fairy."
Back in 2008, Miley Cyrus sparked outrage when the teen idol posed "nude" for Vanity Fair (if you count being completely covered up with a blanket as nude). Cryus was 15 at the time and was shot by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Conservative parents everywhere freaked out, disgusted that the same girl who was on their children's bedsheets and t-shirts would pose topless. Cyrus eventually apologized to fans for the photograph.
I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.
Now no one would look twice at that picture. Cyrus is not afraid to show her body, and she is also not afraid of the potential backlash from shamers and critics.
In the last decade, Cyrus has also used her celebrity to speak out on several issues, including LGBTQ rights and animal rights. According to her social media, she is a proud vegan and, like most vegans, posts about that often.
She also started the Happy Hippy Foundation, a non-profit that helps homeless youth. Their mission statement from their website says:
Our mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.
When Cyrus won the VMA for Video of the Year in 2014, she had a young homeless man named Jessie accept the award on her behalf in order to raise awareness about homeless youth.
These past 10 years with Miley have been quite a ride. Here's to many more!