After becoming a teen idol with her role in “Hannah Montana”, Miley Cyrus has transformed into a more edgy pop star, and started plenty of controversies in the past 7 years.
From her latest naked photo shoot to her risqué 2008 Vanity Fair shoot, see some of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments. The singer has been hacked, has gone from denying drug use to celebrating it, and has gotten in trouble for more than her sexy moves and shoots. Here are the controversial Miley highlights.
2015 Miley Gets Naked in V Magazine
After Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet by going full frontal in Paper magazine, Miley went for a different approach.
The pictures weren’t taken during a photoshoot, but are instead Polaroids snapped by her friend and assistant Cheyne Thomas during the Bangerz World Tour. The most controversial image, featuring Miley naked in a bathtub partially covered in bubbles, was also made available for purchase in poster form on the magazine’s website.
2013 MTV VMA Performance
When you think of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments, her VMA performance with Robin Thicke is definitely a top 3 scandal for the singer. Twerking and grinding against the “Blurred Lines” singer, Miley sparked a huge scandal, thanks to her teddy and foam finger.
2013 “Wrecking Ball” Video
Another big statement from Miley about growing up was getting naked for her “Wrecking Ball” video. Swinging on the wrecking ball and licking the metal hammer proved like a great move for Miley’s career, landing her on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the music video set a Vevo record with almost 20 million views in the first 24 hours.
2013 Lighting Up at the MTV EMAs
After she had initially denied smoking pot, the singer’s MTV EMA appearance in 2013 proved to be one of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments. The 20 year old lit up a joint on stage as she was accepting her award for Best Video “Wrecking Ball”. “I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” Miley told the cheering crowd.
2012 Miley Poses with a Penis Cake
Few moments were as scandalous during Miley’s relationship with Liam Hemsworth than the cake she ordered for his birthday. Before the two got engaged and then split up, Miley posed with the penis shaped cake with her mouth open, and the pictures ended up on TMZ, causing another scandal.
2010 Miley Does Drugs
In December 2010, pictures of Miley smoking from a bong made a big impact online. After the pictures showed up on TMZ, her reps claimed that the singer was smoking salvia, a legal psychoactive plant. While Miley apologized for it saying that “I made a mistake. I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans”, she was calling herself a stoner less than a year later. Drugs have cause many of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments, from her reference to MDMA (“molly”) in the lyrics of “We Can’t Stop” to her opinion on cocaine, published by Rolling Stone: “I really don’t like coke. It’s so gross and so dark. It’s like, what are you, from the ‘90s? Ew.”
2009 The “Asian Eyes” Controversy
After a picture that featured Miley and her friends making slant-eye poses, the singer was criticized for being racially insensitive. She defended herself by claiming that she was “simply making a goofy face” and that it was taken out of context.
2009 Pole-Dancing at the “Teen Choice Awards”
One of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments was caused by her pole-dancing performance at the Teen Choice Awards, while singing “Party in the USA”. Miley was 16 at the time and many complained that her behavior was inappropriate.
2008 Miley Gets Hacked
During her relationship with Nick Jonas, Miley took some sexy pics in the shower. Even though they didn’t feature any explicit nudity, the pictures that were stolen from her ended up online and caused quite a stir.
2008 “Naked” Vanity Fair Shoot
One of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial moments was also her first attempt at cultivating a “grown up” image. The 15 year old was photographed for Vanity Fair while wearing nothing but a white sheet, and ended up having to apologize to her fans.