Miley Cyrus Needs a PR Muzzle: Dresses Like Hooker, is Ignorant of Scots and Cobain

via Elle Magazine

All the Partying in the USA must have popped a few brain cells and Disney needs to send in the PR fixers because Miley Cyrus is a branding disaster.

Recently, she opened her mouth to talk about her fashion line with BCBG-God Max Azria to Seventeen Magazine,

“We look into fashion designs very much in advance. We started the plaid shirts and the cheetah pants before people started seeing it [on runways]. When you first look at it as a designer, you think Okay, this is going to be a little crazy. But you don’t know what’s going to be in in a year like Max [Azria] does. Max looks at other designers, and you know it’s very advanced. He’s got the inside scoop.” - Miley Cyrus (source)

I promised myself I wouldn’t blog about tweeny drama and then I read The Cut‘s November 20, 2009 snippet on Miley Cyrus and flashes of bad branding, bad publicity and just bad everything swirled into my brain. gah.

I’m sorry did I miss the memo?

I thought Kurt Cobain was rocking out to plaid-flannel hybrids in the early 1990s grunge era where Travis, Dion and Cher from Clueless were even rocking it too.

via Good Morning America.

I was also under the impression that in 2008 Bebe came out with an entire plaid and tweed clothing line for the holidays and that Forever 21 has been carrying plaid clothes for the past two holiday seasons? And The Gap has been carrying plaid inspired stuff since 1995 when I was in the sixth grade…I would know. I have some in my closet somewhere.

Wasn’t it in 2006 that the Evanescence front woman, Amy Lee, reemerged with a new twist on the tartan too?

Umm, and back in what was it? — 2007? I think — Charlotte York from Sex & the City started a plaid trend when she married Trey MacDougal and wore a tartan ballgown? She also donned a Burberry signature coat in the last few seasons. So I think, maybe Patricia Field deserves some credit here.

Better yet, there is an entire population of people who have been wearing plaid since 100 BC. They’re from this country over in Europe called Scotland. They call it a tartan print.

And that’s just Faux Pas no.1.

via Vanity Fair.

Then comes the fact that Wednesday night, for her 17th birthday, (yes, that means she’s still NOT legal in the United States and is a minor — can’t drink, smoke or vote) Miss Cyrus dressed up as the hooker from Pretty Woman, originated by Julia Roberts.

That’s no.2.

Where do I start?

  • 17-year olds and dressing up as a hooker for fun?

Okay, I’m not touching the Vanity Fair issue with this because I was 50/50 on it considering that the starting age for a ton of supermodels is 15-years old (the masses would never guess!)

But what I am going to say, is that her following is an age group from about 8-years old to 18-years old. Most of her audience falling into the ‘tween’ category of about 8-years old to 15-years old. Therefore, if she is a role model is this even acceptable?

What message does that send to those little grade school girls who are Hannah Montana-obsessed?

via Pop Sugar.

  • Ignorant about a facet of a fashion, the tartan, has been around way before her or Max Azria.

Then again, we are talking about the girl who doesn’t know who her own demographic is (aka Twilight) and basically insults them, then says she feels lame because she can’t relate to her peers.

Oh, really?

But to her credit, she does admit that her hair is fake and she uses extensions. So part of her “look” isn’t realistically attainable because it isn’t real.

Then there was that incident at the Teen Choice Awards 2009, where Miss Cyrus danced on a stripper pole.

In all fairness, in my personal opinion, I didn’t think this was a big deal, because she didn’t actually do a striptease or dance with the pole. It was more like Miley Cyrus singing and nodding her head, next to a pole. She did one watered down “drop it like it’s hot” move, very similar and watered down to what Carrie Underwood did at the 2009 CMA Awards when she sang “Cowboy Casanova.” Carrie Underwood is in her 20s however.

But then, someone else who had the same “it wasn’t bad” attitude that I did, pointed out to me, that the outrage comes from the fact that this girl is 16-years old. etc. etc. etc.

In case you missed it the first time, “Party in the USA” at the Teen Choice Awards 2009, where she was accused of dancing on a stripper pole:-

Let me throw a few other Disney-machine names out at you: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Hudgens.

I don’t know, if I had a kid, I would not be a fan of this.

But then again, what do I know? I’m just an unattached 24-year old without kids in public relations.

Maybe it is totally cool to be the tween virgin until marriage, that is, until sex starts selling records and sold-out concerts.

So my question:-

Regardless of what you, I, or any of our friends did when we were 17, should Miley Cyrus be held to a higher standard, regardless, because she is famous and a tween icon for Disney?

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the ‘Little Pink Book’ delivered to your Kindle.

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Comments

  1. I think there is no question that Miley Cyrus, and truly all celebrities should be held to a higher standard. As someone who is becoming, whether she likes it or not, a huge role model to girls in their teens she should be emulating the ideas and values that those girls need in their lives.
    I was displeased about her shoot with Vanity Fair but I would not say Vanity Fair is speaking to her demographic so perhaps she can get away with it. But her behavior in her shows is completely unacceptable for a young woman who could be a great role model for girls her own age and still be exceedingly popular. Sex may sell in this world but when you're speaking to girls between the ages of 8 and 18 I think you better bring a little more than sex to the table.

  2. Sheilasharkee says:

    Wow – excellent post! Yes, I do think that Miley should definitely be more aware of the image she's putting out there. Have you seen pics of her 9 year old sis Noah out there on the red carpet? Although I'm a mom to a boy,there is NO WAY I would ever let a daughter go around dressed like that! Ever!

    If anything, Miley is in dire need of media training. She is a billion dollar brand, and there are so many little girls who look up to her. Does this mean that she can't live her life? No, it just means she has to be a little more conscientious of her actions.

  3. I think there is no question that Miley Cyrus, and truly all celebrities should be held to a higher standard. As someone who is becoming, whether she likes it or not, a huge role model to girls in their teens she should be emulating the ideas and values that those girls need in their lives.

    I was displeased about her shoot with Vanity Fair but I would not say Vanity Fair is speaking to her demographic so perhaps she can get away with it. But her behavior in her shows is completely unacceptable for a young woman who could be a great role model for girls her own age and still be exceedingly popular. Sex may sell in this world but when you're speaking to girls between the ages of 8 and 18 I think you better bring a little more than sex to the table.

  4. Sheilasharkee says:

    Wow – excellent post! Yes, I do think that Miley should definitely be more aware of the image she's putting out there. Have you seen pics of her 9 year old sis Noah out there on the red carpet? Although I'm a mom to a boy,there is NO WAY I would ever let a daughter go around dressed like that! Ever!

    If anything, Miley is in dire need of media training. She is a billion dollar brand, and there are so many little girls who look up to her. Does this mean that she can't live her life? No, it just means she has to be a little more conscientious of her actions.

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