We've already talked about Miley Cyrus' emotional moment
at the iHeart Radio festival in Las Vegas this weekend, but what many
people are still buzzing about is her outfit: Cyrus wore a white mesh
number, completely see-through, with panties and pasties clearly visible
underneath. This has the prerequisite "Miley is destroying the world!"
cries echoing up from their comfortable place on the Decrying Miley Couch, but it got us thinking: Are Cyrus' recent antics really that
And it's true: Cyrus is far from the first, and she is certainly far from the last. The fact that Cyrus used to strut for Disney doesn't make her current sexualization any more original or interesting; if anything, it makes her path even more well-traveled.
For a certain subset of young pop stars and starlets, the risqué-route is a way to either keep themselves in the limelight or to launch themselves there in the first place. Remember Rose McGowan's mesh outfit from the 1998 VMAs? She was much more naked in that one than Cyrus, and she certainly wasn't the first (or last) to employ shock in her favor. Lest we all forget, Christina Aguilera literally went by X-Tina for a while (it's still her twitter handle). Assless chaps were involved. As Tom and Lorenzo ended their critique (which you should go read), "If you’re going to lift your skirt and pee all over convention, for god’s sake wear an interesting f***ing skirt."
Cyrus is hardly breaking new ground with her twerking and her frequent near-nudity. In fact, she's walking in the well-worn-in treads of a very old trope.