Is Miley Cyrus A Good Role Model For Kids?

Miley Cyrus is controversial, outspoken and isn’t afraid to take her clothes off. Hosting the MTV Video Music Awards yesterday, Cyrus’ choice of outfits left little to the imagination as she donned itsy-bitsy garments that revealed all but her nipples and lady bits. It’s clear the girl’s got body confidence, but is she setting a good or bad example for youngsters?

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While many accuse the star of sexualising the pop industry with her out-there antics and clothing attire, Cyrus recently told TIME magazine that she does it to challenge people. “I’m using it as a power stance,” she said. “It’s funny to see people try to look me in the eye.”

It’s clear the 22-year-old knows exactly what she’s doing and why she’s doing it, but is her message of self-acceptance being relayed in the wrong way? In an article by the Sydney Morning Herald which referred to Cyrus’ “overtly sexualised performance” at the 2013 VMAs with Robin Thicke, she was slammed for appeasing “her mostly male management” and portraying a negative image of women.

“The view of some young people whose thoughts I sought in schools last week was that it was less an expression of sexuality than of ugliness,” read the article. “For them, Cyrus’ performance represented a distorted version of female sexuality.”

Since then the popstar’s statements have become more profound, however what’s interesting is that Cyrus has refused to apologise for not wanting to be someone that she’s not. “People try to make everyone something,” she told TIME. “You can just be whatever you want to be.”

And be that she may. Recently the 22-year-old revealed that she didn’t identify with neither a female or male gender and opened up about the realisation that she was bisexual at the tender age of 14. Yes, she’s pushing the boundaries by being open and transparent in all that she does, but isn’t her confidence refreshing?

She’s previously said that she’s celebrating her life by living it the way she wants; isn’t that what we all want on some level? If she wants to take her clothes off then power to her, we salute her body confidence and non-conventional attitude. She’s not doing it for proactive reasons that popstars like Rihanna are, she’s embracing all that she is as a person and is encouraging self-acceptance. Can’t we all learn something from that?

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Growing Out Your Armpit Hair: Yay Or Nay?

To us women, shaving our armpit hair might seem like the most natural thing to do, but if you think about it, it’s not natural at all. In fact, women only started shaving their legs, armpits, and other body parts about 100 years ago when fashion changed and women’s bodies weren’t covered from neck to toe anymore.

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An idea of what is beautiful soon turned into a social norm and by the 1950s, every woman knew how to work a razor. Nowadays, it seems like shaving your armpits isn’t really a choice, it is expected of you.

A few celebrities are questioning that notion now and have started a small armpit hair revolution. Leading the pack of modern feminists is Miley Cyrus, who stopped shaving her armpits a few months ago and isn’t afraid to show them off. She even dyed her armpit hair pink at one stage and thanked photographer Terry Richards for not retouching the photos he took of Miley and (all) her hair.

Other celebs who prefer to go au naturel are Girls stars Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke, and even Madonna showed off her underarm hair on Instagram recently. So, what do we think about this trend? Is not shaving your armpit hair a sign of being an empowered woman fighting for equality?

The answer is yes, if we assume that women only shave their armpits because men want them to. However, it’s not quite as black and white and I am sure that many women out there happily shave their hair without even caring much about what men think, just like most men shave their beards because they prefer it that way.

In the end, the way we look is always going to be a reflection of society’s ideals and expectations, whether it’s women’s armpit hair or men’s beards. What’s important is that we give people the freedom to choose. So if you want to grow out your armpit hair, please do so! But if you don’t, that’s absolutely fine, too.

Miley Cyrus Armpit Hair


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How To Get The Chop: Long to Super-Short Hairstyles

Have you ever wanted to cut your long hair into a short and edgy hairstyle, but are too afraid to take the leap of faith? Many celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Natalie Portman have both chopped their hair for various reasons – and look amazing with their new style. Below is all the information you need to know if you’re considering changing up your hair in a big way.

It grows back

If you’re thinking about giving your hair the chop – why not just go out and do it? Decisions like this are often difficult to make, but remember that it is just hair at the end of the day.

Step by step

Instead of going to the hairdresser and getting a super-short haircut in just one session, take it one step at a time. Someone with really long hair might want to cut it up to their shoulders, then return back to the hairdresser once more for the cropped hairdo. Go back home and wash, style your hair and see how it works within your lifestyle. Before Miley Cyrus went for the big chop, she cut her extremely long hair just above her shoulders to make sure she really wanted to commit to this style.

Does it suit my face?

Before contemplating any radical hair change, make sure that it will suit your face. We have previously outlined the best hairstyles for your face shape before, so this guide should really help you to make that final decision.

Short haircuts by face shape

Pixie: This very short hairstyle works well with a fringe, with hair slightly shorter in the back and longer at the front. Best for oval, square, round and heart-shaped faces.

Wavy shag: Choose a shaggy bob which is perfect for softening the harsh edges of your face and chin. Pair with a light fringe if you want to frame the top-half of the face. Best for squares faces.

Blunt bob: A blunt bob helps to take the focus away from the structured areas of the face, and looks sweet when is slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front. Add some subtle highlights at the front of the face to highlight the cheekbones. Best for heart-shapes and square faces.

Messy chop: A soft, layered cut is a low maintenance hairstyle which is best for women who constantly want to avoid using heat products. Add a little bit of thickening spray at the roots for some texture, then scrunch product into the ends until it dries. Best for round faces.

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