Can't Be Tamed

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Can't Be Tamed


Dana, Rebecca, Newsweek


Byline: Rebecca Dana

Miley Cyrus Grows up.

Pantslessness is always a dangerous phase in the maturation of a child star.

And so it was with furrowed brows that those who care watched Miley Cyrus walk the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards last week, dressed in a plunging white blazer and nothing else. Two days later came a widely circulated paparazzi shot of Cyrus, 19, jogging braless in a less-than-comprehensive shirt. Rounding out the week, the former Hannah Montana star gave an interview in which she described her sex life as "magic."

It's well known that the path from child stardom to post-pubescence is Hollywood's real-life version of The Hunger Games. For every Danica McKellar, The Wonder Years star who went on to write a series of bestselling math books for girls, there are at least a dozen Lindsay Lohans, dodging their parole officers and struggling to brush their teeth. This is a fulcrum moment for Miley, nee Destiny Hope, who, with a net worth of around $50 million, is among the most powerful young female performers in America. A fortune rests on her ability to make this transition and remain a star.

Cyrus began her journey to adulthood four years ago, when she wore part of a blanket to a photo session with Annie Leibovitz and posed a tad too seductively with her father. …

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