Miley Ray Cyrus is an American country and pop singer, actress and song-writer. She was born on November 23, 1992 to a family of Leticia "Tish" Jean Finley and Billy Ray Cyrus in Franklin, Tennessee.
Miley's birth name is actually Destiny Hope Cyrus, which reflected her parents' belief that their daughter would be able to accomplish great things. And her nickname as a child was Smiley, which was then shortened to just Miley. The nickname has been given to her as she used to smile a lot as a child.
Cyrus started her career in Disney a television series Hannah Montana when she was only 11 years old. She landed a role as Hannah, while her intention was to audition for the main character's best friend. Since then Miley's success has skyrocketed. And since she also performed most of the music on the Hannah Montana Soundtrack Miley has quickly gained a popularity as a singer, even more than that of an actor.
Yet her image as a little good girl has been quickly swept away by her scandalous performances. And it was completely gone by 2010, when a video of an 18-year-old Miley smoking salvia with a bong was posted online.
Miley Cyrus is one of the most commercially successful musicians in the modern time. She is constantly ranked among the Forbes Top 100 Celebrities.