Today’s Iconic Woman is Miley Cyrus, who you probably know as a controversial public figure who broke out of her Disney Channel child-star mold as a sexually awakened, drug-using force to be reckoned with.
She’s made a huge splash on the music industry, topping the charts, earning a variety of industry awards, and even being named as one of Billboard’s Greatest Artists of All Time; producing music across several genres and incorporating a multitude of musical styles. And even though she’s under 30, she’s been taking the music industry by storm for more than a decade.
But even more important than all of that is Miley’s philanthropy and advocacy. She’s spent her entire career as a visible, transparent social justice warrior - supporting charitable causes including natural disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Japan, animal welfare, pediatric HIV & AIDS prevention and treatment, cancer research, Ronald McDonald Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, United Service Organizations, Youth Service America, Amnesty International, and more.
And most iconic of all? Miley refuses to live her life according to anybody else’s standards, categories, or labels. She came out as pansexual at 14 years old, and in Time Magazine as gender fluid. She’s been a fierce advocate for the trans and gender-expansive community, and founded the Happy Hippie Foundation which supports homeless and LGBTQ youth.
@mileycyrus is a role model to all of us. No matter who the world tells you to be or how to live your life, those decisions are yours alone. Miley has faced innumerable haters, trolls, and critics… but she’s never let that stand in her way. And all along, she’s made a point to dedicate her life to doing good and helping and supporting others.
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