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5 Reasons Why Miley Cyrus Is a Good Role Model

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Jan 29, 2014 | 6:00pm EST

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Miley Cyrus isn't the first pop culture provocateur, but she's cemented her status as one of the most controversial celebrities in recent years. Even those who wouldn't normally discuss her can't resist offering an opinion on the pop star's latest antics. Cultural critic Camille Paglia, for instance, criticized Cyrus for her sexual expression, harshly instructing the young pop star to "go back to school!" The problem with the criticisms from Paglia and others, however, is that they attack Cyrus for her behavior when, in fact, she possesses numerous positive attributes that young girls should emulate. Below are five significant, seldom discussed reasons why Cyrus is a good role model.

She's Confident

Cyrus knows who she is and what she wants, and she won't let anyone stand in her way. With each public appearance, she expresses herself honestly and without restraint. When Matt Lauer of The Today Show asked Cyrus if it was difficult to promote a controversial persona, Cyrus responded by saying "I think it's only hard if you're trying to be something you're not." Her I-don't-give-a... attitude silences her haters and gives her ample room to succeed on her own terms.

She's Comfortable With Her Sexuality

Cyrus' willingness to reveal it all on stage with such ease is empowering for young girls who struggle with body image issues. She encourages everyone to love their bodies, flaws and all, and she practices what she preaches with no regrets.

She's a Smart Businesswoman

At just 21 years old, Cyrus has accomplished a lot. She's learned how to stand out in a competitive, saturated market, and forcefully captures the world's attention with every move she makes. For most people, the success of Hannah Montana would be enough, but for Cyrus, it was just the beginning of an impressive career.

She's Unique

Cyrus doesn't follow trends. Case in point: When other pop stars like Britney Spears and Katy Perry release generic dance singles, Cyrus gives us power ballads like “Wrecking Ball” and “Adore You.”

She's a Philanthropist

Cyrus uses her status and wealth to make a difference in the world, thereby proving that she is more than her controversial star image. Among the charities she's affiliated with are Musicians on Call and Get Ur Good On. What can be better than that?

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