At just 13 years old, Miley Cyrus burst onto the scene with her starring role in Hannah Montana. At a press event for the show in January 2006, the budding starlet donned a kid-tastic smile and kickin’ side part.
At the 2007 American Music Awards, Cyrus styled herself like a 15-year-old dream: pin-straight hair, chunky (almost certainly Kelly Clarkson-inspired) highlights, and overly plucked brows, included.
Cyrus stole Christina Aguilera’s “DIRRTY” look at the January 2008 premiere of the Best of Both Worlds Concert in 3D movie. Let’s move on.
Moments before notoriously pole dancing onstage, a teenage Miley Cyrus walked the red carpet at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards with a confusing mash up of a look that would make Madonna proud.
If there’s one thing Cyrus knows how to do, it’s clean up nice for the red carpet. Case in point: the 2010 Oscars. A teased updo, subtle pink gloss, and fluffy false lashes made Cyrus’s beauty a triple threat (that’s hair, eyes, and smile, of course).
For the 2011 Grammys, the star took a formula from a Real Housewives of Anywhere handbook: bronzer + sequins + extensions = glamour, darling. Now pass that Pinot Grigio before clicking to the next slide.
As with all budding stars that turn into real stars, there is that moment where they go Hollywood Glam. Fortunately, Cyrus chose to jump on that bandwagon at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2012. Cat eye, red lips, and a curled faux bob? Check, check, and check.
At the 2013 Met Gala, Cyrus was one of the few who took the punk theme seriously. The star appropriately donned a punk look at the honoring the style. Billy Idol would approve.
For her now infamous appearance at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Cyrus sported a teddy bear-like coif that consisted of two tiny buns on top and short bangs in the back. The star kept the rest of her makeup simple, with the exception of bright red lipstick, accentuating the singer’s most important accessory of the night: her tongue.
Though it was a long, hair extension-littered, faux-glow road to the ice princess who performed at the 2014 Pre-Grammy Gala, Cyrus got there eventually. After all, how else would we appreciate the good without all the bad?