The Stunning Transformation Of Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is no stranger to change. Like her discography, the singer's style has evolved over time, successfully allowing her to transform from a Disney darling into a pop fixture. But that doesn't mean there haven't been a few hiccups along the way—after all, nobody's perfect. Revisit Cyrus' most memorable looks below.

Dressing for Disney

Cyrus got her start in the entertainment business portraying the titular character of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana (2006-11). While the series did wonders for her career, her costume wardrobe did little for her style. Made to wear a long blonde wig with straight-across bangs, the singer, who was just 11-years-old when she auditioned for the show, often wore colorful sequined get-ups with lots and lots of trendy accessories.

Unfortunately, while the character's outfits were probably fun to wear, they apparently took a toll on Cyrus. "From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,'" she told Marie Claire in 2015. "Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras."

Makes you feel a little bad for baby Cyrus, huh?

Embracing an edge

Considering that she was told to what to wear on set, it should come as no surprise that Cyrus started embracing a different style on her off days. In 2008, the star dyed her hair a dark brown and started wearing darker eye makeup. "She wanted to get away from the idea of the Hollywood blonde," Cyrus' former hairstylist David Medelye told People at the time. "We call it the Anti-Hannah."

During this time, Cyrus also started playing with new wardrobe choices, going from trendy teen to rocker chic at any given time. "Miley is a style chameleon," her former stylist Tara Swennen told the magazine. "She likes taking risks."

Saying goodbye to Hannah Montana

Risk-taker that she is, Cyrus decided to rock long auburn hair following the premiere of her feature film debut, The Last Song (2010) and her third studio album, Can't Be Tamed. The singer adopted a day-to-day bohemian vibe, but often paired her freshly dyed locks with form-fitting dresses on the red carpet, leaving her former G-rated Hannah Montana persona far behind.

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," Cyrus told Marie Claire. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the f**k am I?"

Clearly, Cyrus was struggling to craft an identity of her own.

Going glam

A few years down the road, Cyrus tried her hand at old Hollywood fashion, taking on a more classic style. Donning long shimmering gowns, perfectly coiffed hair, and a red lip, Cyrus, then just 19 years old, started dressing noticeably more mature—which made sense, given her well-established TV career and a serious romance with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth.

In June 2012, Cyrus added a new staple to her pool of expensive accessories: Hemsworth proposed with a 3.5 carat diamond ring from renowned jeweler Neil Lane (via Huffington Post).

Sounds like Cyrus was all grown up, right? Wrong.

Pushing boundaries

Cyrus shocked the world when she famously cut off her long tresses in August 2012. Instead of the long, wavy locks fans had gotten used to, Cyrus rocked a platinum blonde pixie cut. "Never felt more me in my whole life," she tweeted at the time.

But Cyrus' major hair change was only a precursor of things to come. After her notorious performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, she shook off—or rather, twerked off—the last remnants of her good girl persona, wearing a nude-colored latex two-piece, rubbing up against fellow performer Robin Thicke, and wagging her tongue all over the place (via Today).

Oh, and don't forget about that foam finger.

Dying for designer

After getting the big chop on her hair, Cyrus threw all caution to the wind and dove headfirst into fashion. As she told Harper's Bazaar (via Cosmopolitan), she developed a love for all things designer—specifically, Moshino, due to the label's frequent use of her initial "M." Loving to mix and match different styles, Cyrus, often rocking a bold red lip and even gave silver and gold grills a go.

Commenting on her unique sense of style, Cyrus told Fashion magazine, "I have a very specific style of my own and I think it is better to be stylish than trendy. I find vintage Celine or Chanel and mix it with athletic or vintage pieces makes a look modern and fresh. Vintage makes everything look punk."

It's clear Cyrus was starting to take fashion seriously.

Baring it all

Cyrus' revealing 2013 MTV VMAs outfit was only the tip of the iceberg. Two years later, the singer hosted the VMAs and wore a number of body-bearing costumes throughout the night. Her most memorable look, however, may have been the ensemble she wore on the red carpet—a silver harness-like contraption with a skirt of tear-drop crystals that mostly covered her private areas and...well, not much else. She paired this get-up with some controversial dreadlocks and blue eyeliner, cementing her place on many a worst-dressed list.

Rocking the rainbow

It wasn't long before Cyrus changed her style again, adding bright, colorful clothes to her closet. In fact, the singer's habit of donning plastic, hand-crafted jewelry helped shepherd a return to '90s rave culture in fashion. She also used her newfound passion for all the colors of the rainbow by teaming up with Converse for the sneaker company's Pride 2017 collection, which helped raise money for Cyrus' nonprofit, The Happy Hippie Foundation.

Suffice to say, this version of Cyrus was all about peace and love.

Moving to Malibu

When Cyrus debuted her single "Malibu" in May 2017, she presented an entirely new appearance, taking on a beachy vibe for the song's video. Her wardrobe shifted toward white blouses with a touch of denim, and she wore her shoulder-length blonde hair—with thick, dark roots—in a loose, natural style that matched her minimal makeup. In short: Cyrus surprised fans with a major makeunder. 

"I like blond and brown—now I don't have to choose," she told The Cooper Lawrence Show (via Yahoo! Beauty). "For chicks, you've gotta look a certain way all the time, and I just don't wanna do that."

Going rockabilly

After the release of her second single from her 2017 album Younger Now, Cyrus took the stage at the MTV VMAs to show off her impressive pipes—and her drastically different wardrobe. Perhaps due to her song's country-meets-pop sound, Cyrus donned a rockabilly-themed costume, wearing a magenta and orange button down and high-waisted shorts, along with pink glittery sunglasses.

We're willing to bet she took inspiration from godmother Dolly Parton's closet.

What's next?

It's clear that Cyrus is all about transformation, but with so many styles already under her belt, it's impossible to know just what look she'll try on next. As Cyrus croons in "Younger Now," "change is a thing you can count on."