Miley Cyrus’s grunge-’90s look & girl-on-girl kissing causes consternation

These Miley Cyrus photos just gave me such a heavy dose of nostalgia. I don’t consider myself old or anything, but I definitely came of age in the 1990s, and most of pop-culture references are from my teenage years, which was so firmly rooted in the Clinton administration and everything Seattle. For all of those people who are too young to remember this: THIS is what most girls looked like in the 1990s. Everything that Miley is wearing – the jean shorts, the Doc Martens, the camo jacket tied around the waist… ah, the 1990s. You could also replace the camo with flannel, and basically Miley would be at a Nirvana concert in 1994. I never cut my hair as short as Miley’s, but I had the recent bittersweet memory of peroxiding my former BFF’s hair this exact shade of blonde… while I was drunk and we were in this tiny little bathroom, laughing our asses off. Ah, memories.

Anyway, 90s nostalgia aside, people are “worried” about Miley. Because she’s done such a complete change-up with her look, and because she’s partying. Because no 19 year old is allowed to experiment with her look and go out partying.

Is Miley Cyrus following in Rihanna’s hard-partying footsteps? She strutted to several downtown hot spots Thursday in a sheer black top, short shorts and her newly shorn blond haircut. After dinner at La Esquina, Cyrus headed to The Darby, where spies saw her being playful with a girlfriend, giving her pecks on the lips.

“She was trying to get everyone’s attention,” said one.

Cyrus then popped up at 1Oak, where she met up with her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, and joined owner Scott Sartiano’s table.

[From Page Six]

A 19-year-old going out with friends and faking lesbianism for attention? *clutches pearls* That sounds a lot like what I was doing my sophomore year of college, when I was 19 years old too.

Meanwhile, Miley and Charlie Sheen were tweeting each other. Which worries more than anything else. Miley started it, apparently, tweeting something about Charlie being the bomb, and Charlie responed, “Idk,w/that new haircut Miles…You’re the [bomb icon.] Come watch the show at my place! XO.” The tweets were later deleted, probably because Charlie then called Miley and invited her formally over to his place, in which case we really do need to worry about Miley.

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News and Miley’s Twitter.

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  1. Nev says:

    nineties style is comign back all over the place lately.

  2. Angie says:

    I love her style, I am pretty into 90′s fashion myself though, I love the hipster look.

  3. Erinn says:

    One of my college teachers just met Charlie at a baseball game in Toronto.

    I think the man is bat-shit crazy, but I think he is a genuine guy. I actually still manage to find some sympathy for him. I think he’s surrounded by a lot of sycophants, and nobody could manage to or really bothered to intervene with all the crazy the world got to witness.

  4. Madpoe says:

    That look worked better on Madonna when Madge was in “Who’s That Girl” in 1987!!!

  5. Jess says:

    She’s actually doing what she should be doing, and the whole marriage and settling down part is the worrisome bit. She’s 19. If she wants to pretend it’s 1994 and she’s bff’s with Angela Chase, let her.

  6. Ms Anne says:

    Yikes, grunge is already coming back? I was just getting used to seeing neon clothes again! You know what they say..”if you’re old enough to have wore it the first time around, don’t wear it the second time around” 😁

  7. Happymom says:

    Like you said, you were 19, having a blast-and in college. What, exactly, does she do now? I think that’s where I worry that she may go off the rails. She needs to have something to do besides just spending all of that Disney money and following her cute fiance to his locations.

  8. Brown says:

    It’s just too try-hard to me. The hair, the clothes, everything. The overall look she’s going for is supposed to say “oh, I just rolled out of bed, threw on the first things I could find, it’s a total accident” when you know in reality, she’s standing in front of the mirror for hours trying to get that look.

    I had a friend in high school that was the same way. He would shower, then gel his hair to make it look dirty and scraggly. He would buy nice jeans and run them over with his car a few times to try and make them look old and used.

    She accomplishes the look she’s trying to go for, but not without some serious try.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, the photos just scream” try hard” to me, the root of which has got to be major insecurity. She needs to lay low and chill a bit, learn to be OK out of the spotlight.

      • Amelia says:

        I’m completely with you guys. The whole thing reminds me a bit of KStew. The same old ‘I’m so genuine and *real*’ crap.
        I get the same vibes off Miley, it seems to me she’s still trying to prove she has no affiliation with Disney. Which, if her career is anything to go by, isn’t really something to scream and cheer about.
        Speaking of destroying a perfectly good pair of jeans, I’ve got a friend at uni who takes a cheesegrater to hers :S

  9. daisydoodle says:

    we get it, you’re a “bad girl”…

  10. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I used to have 5 different pairs of Doc Martens. I wore them with rainbow-striped knee high socks. Remember overalls?


    • Jess says:

      Did anyone else wear Birkenstocks with Umbros? Just me? I wore a lot of hemp too, and bought almost anything with the Grateful Dead bears on it. I was such a loser, I swear.

    • Bobo says:

      I got alot of my 90′s cloths at Goodwill! Cool old Adidas shirts ,cordaroy pants, belts,and my trusty pair of overalls! Plus my hair was dyed red with babydoll barrets holding my bangs back and pixie hair cut! Oh!And I had a pair of crushed velvet maroon colored converse that I got at Goodwill too! They were my fave!!!

      • Jess says:

        I used to get old bell bottoms at the goodwill, because I was obsessed with Dazed and Confused. I was doing what Miley is doing now, 15 years ago. I was trying to recreate the look of a decade that I wasn’t even alive in. I was in high school though. By college, I totally grew out of it and concentrated on being myself.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Jess-OMG I watched Dazed & Confused like 5,000,000 times. “AIR RAID!”
        I can recite every line from that movie.

        I also wore bell-bottoms from Good Will and Garment District (a GIANT used clothing place in Boston).
        Wow, I feel like we would have been besties in high school, or at least part of the same crowd…

        I think I had curduroy overalls too-if I didn’t have them I definitely wanted them. Loved curduroy and anything 70s-inspired really. I had velveteen bell-bottoms that I wore every day practically.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        Dude, I can’t tell you how relieved I am to hear other people out there rocked out not just Doc Martens but vintage bell bottoms, etc!! I had a pair of knee-high green Docs that I literally wore out (most often paired with babydoll dresses). I moved to rural Michigan from Los Angeles at 15yrs old and all my new classmates thought my Docs and vintage polyester were the craziest thing they’d ever seen.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      Here’s a winner. My husband bought us Docs in the UK on tour because he could get really crazy ones. His we’re bright yellow, mine?

      Silver velvet Docs…only pair I ever saw like that.

      I can’t revisit the 80s and 90s, I did them the first time around.

      Back to nursing hangover. Combine no food and 5 drinks? Headachesville.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I customized my docs with spray paint, and I’d wear them with ripped fishnets and a pair of tube socks over them. Sometimes I’d change it up and wear a garter belt with thigh highs under a pair of cut-offs. I also loved my manic panic and piercings.

        @jess, I had a stoner friend like that. She was big into the grateful dead and phish.

        @kitten, did you wear your overalls with one side unhooked in the early 90s?

        @tiff, those docs sound awesome!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Tiff & Mort-YES! Oh my god…silver docs and customized docs? NICE!

        I did the Manic Panic thing too, Mort. Purple, burgundy, blue…STRIPES of blonde in the hair.

        I didn’t wear the one strap hanging down but I definitely remember that trend. One of those clothing trends that make you scratch your head, like “HUH???”

      • sunmoonstars says:

        My cousin brought back a red pair from her trip to London and I stole them. I was actually ahead of the trend by a year or so, at least for kids my own age….lol I was so proud of myself! Man I feel old now :(

      • skuddles says:

        Always wanted a pair of blood red Docs… although being an older babe now, I’d just settle for black patent :)

    • Bodhi says:

      I wore a baby doll dress, white t-shirt, long sleeved flannel, black tights, knee socks & hubs knee high Docs for a costume NYE party a few years ago & I was AMAZED by how many people didn’t “get” it.

      And I used to have a pixie cut & rock baby barrettes & wore almost nothing but skin tight bell bottom & other “throw back” clothes. It was sort of a shocking thing b/c everyone else I knew was suuuuuper preppy

      • Becky1 says:

        I was into the thrift store retro look, too. I had a pair of brown corduroy bell bottoms that I pretty much wore out. Vividly patterned polyester shirts and dresses, platform shoes, etc…anything late 60′s or 70′s. I went to college in a small town in central PA so I stood out at the time. I also had a nose ring and people thought it was really strange LOL (this was 1992). If I would have gone to school in a more urban area no one would have looked at me twice. I really miss those days! I’m so glad that I went through adolescence/early adulthood before the era of cell phones with cameras and the internet. If you did something dumb (and I did plenty of dumb things while drunk or high) you didn’t have people taking pictures of you and posting them on FB, etc.

  11. Angie says:

    maybe at 29 I am too old for the 90′s look I rock, but people seem to always like it and my husband loves it.. Or so he says.:)

  12. serena says:

    If she likes this look than let her be, not every girl likes the glamourous or girly look.

    And the partying.. well, I think she’s enjoying herself but she should think of something to do on her free time other than picking up dogs and doing pilates (not that anything is wrong with that).

    Oh and I’m envious of her legs.

  13. paola says:

    I know my opinion might be unpopular…but she looks so trashy lately and that hair doesn’t suit her at all. it just emphasizes her chipmunk teeth and lack of a neck

    • rainstarr says:

      You are not alone! And WHAT is up with her posture? Pilates would have fixed that by the 3rd session, esp if she was taking classes with Windsor (mags say she was). I always think “smushed dog look” when I see her with her lips apart and shoulders hunched up to her ears, which is often, unfortunately . . .

  14. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    So it’s the “norm” to give kisses to another girl in public at 19? Like, lesbianism is just a phase we all go through? ..eye roll…no. Im not a prude by any means, but I would in no way call that the “norm.” Trying to justify that as normal behavior that every girl does is not only false, but disgusting. /rant

    • Erinn says:

      It’s exhibitionism, unless of course you’re a lesbian. I’ve certainly never done it. It makes me sad that Miley is so interested in getting attention.

      Weren’t there already pics of her a few years back kissing girls too though?

    • Samantha says:

      The straight girl at a club kissing her friends for attention is a pretty common occurrence…

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Where? Im just curious. NYC and LA? I would think in most, even “urban” areas, this is not a common scene. I just dont like how it’s being portrayed as “a thing.”

      • Samantha says:

        EmmaStoneWannabe–I’m in Ohio, in one of the most conservative parts of the country, and a decade ago when I was Miley’s age, this was a pretty common thing. I can only imagine, with how much more accepting society has gotten about homosexuality, that it’s even more common now.

        Maybe what she’s going through isn’t “normal” (whatever that is anyway), but it’s not atypical either.

      • JustMe says:

        I have to agree with Samantha on this one. I’m in North Carolina and me and my girlfriends are guilty of getting drunk and making out in a club, granted its gay clubs we hang out in tho. Yes, we’re straight. As a teenager in West Virginia we did the same thing, just replace the club with a movie theater. Pretty common stuff.

      • Bodhi says:

        I did it when I went to school in Montana. I was REALLY obnoxious about it O.o

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        After reading through these responses…color me shocked. Just didnt know this was such trending behavior. Guess I will just be one of only a few to not understand this concept :/

      • Sienna says:

        Hmm it’s not just an LA/NYC thing. I live in Europe and have definitely kissed girls… as have many of my friends. It’s more about experimenting. After all, sexuality is a fluid thing and I don’t believe many people are 100% straight and can never be attracted to the same sex. Plus when there’s alcohol involved…..
        I’m over that now though, about to start something serious with a guy I really like :)

    • sunmoonstars says:

      EmmaStoneWannabe, you’re not alone. I definitely don’t get it! This one girl I was friends with kissed me in a bar once, I recoiled in horror and fled to the bathroom, deeply traumatized and so disgusted. I always say if I was going to be into that type of thing it would’ve been with her because she was absolutely gorgeous but all it did was make me want to throw up. Yes I am a huge prude, no I have nothing against gays or bi people or whatever, I guess I’m not sexually adventurous like that though. I definitely don’t understand wanting to kiss someone of the same sex if you are straight…so confusing! No matter how many drugs I’ve taken (and it’s been a LOT) or how much I’ve drank I’ve never wanted to kiss another woman. I’m glad I’m not alone here because I feel like a freak for not wanting to be out there like that! Lol.

  15. Skins says:

    Always liked Miley, but it seems she is trying way too hard to be hip or whatever it is she is trying. Doesn’t seem to have anything to do nowadays. Also think the boyfriend will get sick of her clinging ways and dump her soon

  16. Stormy says:

    I think she went from looking the best she ever has to…..yuck.

  17. Blue says:

    This girl needs to take some classes (other than pilates) or something. She is clearly bored, I mean what do you do when you have millions, a fiancé who is always gone and lots of time on your hands. There is only so much partying, tweeting and shopping you can do.

  18. Pollo says:

    Now she’s always touching her hair like a moron.

  19. K says:

    Thirsty for attention as always. All of her movies produced by her mother have gone straight to dvd or limited release. Music career isn’t popping anymore. So what’s a girl to do? How about a half baked Rihanna imitation pretending to be wild and crazy to keep her name relevant? Zzzzzz

  20. mandygirl says:

    I’m a child of the 90s and from Seattle. Totally rocked an Eddie Vedder poster on my wall in my college dorm room. Loved the clothes! I still have a ton of my old flannels. Hey, if it comes back I can give them to my teenage daughter. Remember Drew Barrymore in the 90s? (Mad Love) OMG, she was adorable! Look up her hair cut in the movie Mad Love…it’s cuteness. I had that hair cut as well.

    Okay, I’ll stop talking about the 90s and go listen to some Alice In Chains… ;p

  21. Sisi says:

    I still have my Doc Martens from the nineties, they still look good and fit like a glove. Maybe I should start wearing them again…

  22. Mia 4S says:

    She’s trying to rebel and be edgy, but has no idea how. Just another stunted child star without the talent needed to be an adult performer. So she will settle for being a “celebrity” using attention seeking behavior that was old a month after Madonna did it.

    I don’t see danger for her at all until she stops getting attention. Then? Whoa boy, look out!

  23. Jen34 says:

    Miley seems to be doing fine. I have a soft spot for her because my daughter adores her.

  24. jwoolman says:

    I’m such an innocent. I thought girl on girl kissing referred to the picture where she’s kissing the dog….

    I don’t really get a feeling of impending doom with Miley. Maybe all those dogs keep her grounded (and dogs are non-judgmental, they don’t care what she wears or how she does her hair). Poor Lindsay Lohan, for example, doesn’t seem to even have a goldfish to take care of. Miley’s dogs aren’t accessory dogs either, she most likely is pretty actively involved with their care. She seems to think about more than just herself in general.

  25. Lia says:

    Ever since she got engaged she seems to be screaming out that she is miserable in her own skin. Something stinks in Denmark.

    • Sirsnarksalot says:

      Agee completely! It like she is trying to fight against it (the commitment, adulthood). And how about his comment that he’s never seen her happier than since she cut her hair…was she miserable up to this point? I bet they break it off soon and she goes back to being a rebellious ex child star.

    • giddy says:

      Yep. Because she’s gay and doesn’t want to marry her beard. Same ole HW story, different day. Plus, she may be struggling with other issues like being bi-polar perhaps. For some reason she seems like a genuinely decent sort. But growing-up in the fishbowl and having to struggle with being NOT as she appears is an incredible burden. Her parents haven’t helped or protected her at all. Otherwise she wouldn’t have been pole-dancing at 15. Rest my case.

  26. Happy21 says:

    I’m pretty sure I wore this EXACT outfit in about 1993. My doc boots were 10 hole steel toes and the cammo jacket wasn’t cammo, just army green.

  27. nikzilla37 says:

    I love her new look. But then again, I came of age in the 90s. Ha.

  28. Me2 says:

    I thought the pic of her on the bed was Bieber at first. That is not a good thing.

  29. Darth says:

    The only thing I would do here is put some toner in her hair to take out some of the yellow and make it more platinum. Her look seems to be borrowing from Robyn quite a bit, but I came accross Miley once in L.A. and she seemed really nice and unassuming, so I’ll give her a pass. I don’t really hate her like I do the Kardashians or other heiresses. And who’s to say her new look is all for attention? Imagine if you had to keep your hair & appearance a certain way for YEARS all because you were under contract. I’m sure you too would probably act out and do something drastic the first chance you got. She’s only 19, let her find herself. I’d rather her transform into a grungy rock chick then just another slutty wigger club ho.

  30. Ginger says:

    The 90′s are coming back already??! Dang I must be getting old! If thats true I still have my doc martens :)

  31. Liza Jane says:

    The whole thing is contrived to get her into the papers and gossip columns! She has no perceivable career any more and like most rich spoilt entitled kids just wants to ‘piss’ her talent down the toilet. Shame for her obviously nice boyfriend/fiancé..he cannot control her, her parents live off her for the most part so haven’t and won’t stand up to her,she acts and seems like a total self- absorbed brat. She’s a waste of space in a world where millions need help and compassion! No time for her at all !

  32. Kosmos says:

    Sorry, both the color and the hairstyle look bad on her. She’s probably just bored, looking for something new and edgy, but this doesn’t make her look appealing at all. It’ll take a long time to grow this cut out. I guess she wants to keep making personal statements so she doesn’t become boring to her fans, who knows.

    • LeslieM says:

      She is so funny and talented. I think it is hard for anyone to be a superstar and have that part of your life slip away. She’s young. She looks cute for someone who not trying to make it in the sorority house or business world. People just remember her troubled times when her father spoke out about her behavior and his regrets as a parent. Maybe she’ll go for a prettier more mainstream look and be able to make a comeback in the entertainment world.

  33. skuddles says:

    Interesting transformation she’s going through – generally when young women get engaged they seem to lean towards the more feminine looks. But Miley is doing the opposite. Darest I say… she almost appears to be unleashing her inner lesbian??

  34. LeslieM says:

    A nineteen year old girl having any contact or affection for Charlie Sheen is very disturbing. Hopefully her parents will intervene and bring her to her senses on that one. Troubled people should stay away from each other especially with their age differences.

  35. Jennyk says:

    why does she always look like she has too many teeth for the size of her mouth?

  36. Dani says:

    This little girl is such a try-hard.

  37. Mandy says:

    Bring back the 90′s grunge “fashion”! I was also a teenager of the early 90′s and I miss those days so much!

  38. sashavice says:

    I like this side of her

  39. Megan says:

    Sorry but I think she looks terrible. She always seems to be trying too hard to be cool. Never was a fan of hers (I like my singers/actresses to have talent) but she looked much better with longer hair.

  40. Kathryn says:

    Did she get another tattoo? I see some bright red ink on her finger in the third pic when I enlarged it…not sure if she wrote it on there or what..

  41. mar says:

    Too much salvia….Needs to get a job.

  42. Kosmos says:

    I don’t think she’s ready for marriage, too young, too restless. I hope they wait a few more years at least. Her guy is busy starring in movie roles. That alone could challenge her and change the relationship. She’s not really so much the star anymore.

  43. muppet_barbershop says:

    I think she looks cute. If people aren’t picking on her for saying “screw you, bras” for a few weeks, they’re crapping on her cute new look. I don’t even like her music, or anything else about her really, and I find myself feeling vaguely protective of her. Plus seriously, women her age make out with each other for fun all the time and it’s not necessarily an orientation thing at all. I personally find the behavior confusing, and I’m jealous ’cause straight girls sure didn’t do that with me when I was that age; but whatever, things change.

    Incidentally, regardless of the Docs etc., her left wrist still appears to belong very solidly to Michael Kors. Or something close enough.