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Miley Cyrus Cuts Hair and the World Thinks She's Gone Crazy

by Melissa Silverstein
August 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Miley Cyrus hair

What is it about young Hollywood women and their hair?  A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about the reaction to Emma Watson's haircut that got page views for months and months.  People were shocked that the young woman who was required to have her hair long for the Harry Potter movies would want to exhibit a sign of independence and closure from that chapter in her life by cutting her hair. 

Well now Miley Cyrus - of Hannah Montana fame - has gone off and done the same thing, and some of the reactions on twitter from her fans were evil and mean.  It wasn't like she hacked off her hair in the bathroom in a freak out fit (which is what some people are thinking) since she got high profile hair dresser Chris McMillan (who cut Jennifer Aniston's Rachel hairdo) to do the deed in his salon.

What I see from the picture is a 19 year old recently engaged woman who is stepping out and establishing her own identity.  That's something that all young people go through, except in the age of twitter anything a celeb does is so public.  Granted, Cyrus tweeted the initial photos herself which reeked of happiness, joy and freedom.

Several blogs have commented that her hair cut must be part of a precipitous decline and that it is some kind of cry for help.  Some douchebag LA psychologist Dr. Seth Meyers (who has never treated her) said that her haircut "seems stuck in a set of compulsive behaviors that cry out for attention."  I just pity all of Dr. Meyers' patients because he has got to be a terrible shrink to say this stuff in public about someone he has never met.  The doctor went on to compare Cyrus to Britney Spears who shaved her head in the middle of a very public meltdown which her career has never recovered from.

But again, what is it about short hair and young women that make people freak out?  Is it that they are showing that they are no longer little girls?  Is it about her sexuality?  Are people afraid that she is gay?  I hope people remember that she announced her engagement to Liam Hemsworth not too long ago so it doesn't seem that she will be coming out any time soon.

I still don't really get how we equate haircuts with freak outs.  Mary Elizabeth Williams agrees and says in a recent piece in Salon:

A young woman changing her look in a way that doesn’t scream, “Please, world, love me because I am a Victoria’s Secret model,” right now, in the year of our Lord 2012, freaks people out. It actually makes them wonder if she’s lost her mind.

I think it's about expectations.  Miley was groomed to be the girl next door.  She fulfilled that role for several years and then had enough.  She moved on, but the expectations of who Miley should be seem to want her to remain that cute little girl who was in Hannah Montana.  The challenges of growing up in the public eye have never been more difficult. 

Yet, ironically, what seems to other folks as a cry for help actually makes me smile because it shows she has guts and individuality.  I'm thinking that there is actually hope for this young woman.  Maybe she'll be able to take her career to the next level. 

Miley Cyrus haircut shocker: Short hair isn’t a cry for help (Salon)

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  • Aly | August 27, 2012 12:05 PMReply

    Emma Watson actually looked good when she cut her hair, which cannot be said about Miley.

  • deane | August 20, 2012 5:40 PMReply

    Men normally like very long hair on women and is a very attractive when long or short with a long look.. When women realize this they will continue being popular and if not they will fade from the limelight.

  • mirhya | August 19, 2012 11:24 AMReply

    Her hair is gorgeous! It is chic and fabulous. What's wrong with people?! Not only is she an engaged WOMAN headed into her 20s, she evidently doesn't want to look like every other cookie cutter 20something actress with extensions down to their elbows. Go Miley! DO YOU!

  • Chuck | August 18, 2012 8:28 PMReply

    Well I think they say that because they want to see her fall. And anyhow, this is just hair people... If you'd just compare, asian pop stars change their hairstyles like every month! Hair is just part of a person's look, it's just fashion. It neither has to be about rebellion nor some kind of emotional breakout.

  • chuck | August 19, 2012 9:59 AM

    that being said, this hair does look like a bad Sims mod.

  • Janasue | August 18, 2012 10:20 AMReply

    Her hair is CUTE and helps her make a big change in her child to woman evolution... whatever! HOWEVER, what's with her lips? Injections? THAT is what looks un-natural.

  • Nunya | August 19, 2012 4:57 PM

    I'm sorry...are you giving her a compliment? It's like you just shook her hand and then turn around and slapped her! Her lips, to me, look the same as always. Geez...

  • YVETTE | August 18, 2012 4:07 AMReply

    Miley was wearing very long extensions before anyhow. For all we know this is her true length.

  • Lex | August 18, 2012 12:15 AMReply

    She looks sexy as heck! All the more so because she don't give a damn.

    World: leave her alone.

  • aysha | August 17, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    well now she looks like shes a lez... i liked the old hair style!!!!

  • Pops | August 18, 2012 5:09 AM

    Shut your homophobic ass up.

  • Kate | August 17, 2012 12:44 PMReply

    "19 year old recently engaged woman" and "that's something all young people go through" just don't quite add up. On the topic of her hair though, it's such a waste! She had such beautiful hair and now she's cut it off and dyed the crap out of it. I mean do what you will, but I'm sure she'll miss it.

  • Chuck | August 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    it's hair. hair grows.

  • frelnc | August 16, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    It's not her hair that's the issue. What about those eyebrows? Ewww....

  • Nunya | August 19, 2012 4:59 PM

    Wow. I hope you're not an adult because your comment is childish.

  • Janasue | August 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    Have to agree with you FRELNC - the eyebrows so dark... will match her roots as her hair grows in - now THAT will be interesting. Still, her thing, so... whatever.

  • Bes | August 16, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    The hair cut is hideous and that is why people are talking about it. The color is unnatural and it looks like it got caught in a weed whacker. Since the next phase of any woman's career in Hollywood when moving out of the "girl" role is sexually overt drug addict, whore, stripper or victim of violent abuse there just isn't a lot of roles or work for these young women to look forward to. You have to hope they made enough money in their years as a media girl to set them up for life. Miley and Kristen should just walk away from Hollywood before they are destroyed by the misogynist nihilistic portrayal of women.

  • alex | August 22, 2012 5:27 PM

    Cray cray.

  • Nunya | August 19, 2012 5:08 PM

    It's a haircut....a HAIRCUT! Calm down!

  • Matteo | August 16, 2012 5:24 PM

    Wow......BES.....that's negative thinking and hating... Go back to start. Didn't you read the report by Melissa above? It's actually quite smart and educating...

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