Miley Cyrus is only 24 years old, but she's already making her comeback.
After achieving early fame as a teen on the hit Disney show, Hannah Montana, she went on to release several albums, launch a fashion line and star in a handful of films.
But today, she is best remembered for a more controversial persona—a twerking, pixie-wearing, skin-bearing Miley that emerged in 2013 (often with her tongue out).
Those attention-grabbing antics are apparently all behind her now. After laying low in 2016, she's returned with a new single and a new image.
What better way to welcome Miley back into the spotlight than with a look back at her beauty evolution...
Miley in 2006
Our first shot is a throwback to 2006, when Miley was only 13 years old. There's her natural brown hair colour... and her natural teeth and nose. Even at such a young age, she was already getting her eyebrows shaped.
Later that same year, she sported lighter (and much bigger!) hair, along with grown-up makeup. Again, notice how her nose is wider here. Her smile is a bit uneven and exposes more of her gums.
One more from 2006, with her hair now dyed darker than her natural hue. That's the only major aesthetic change I can detect... so far. She was a cute kid!
Miley in 2007
In 2007, Miley went back to her medium brown, but added chunky blonde highlights. She was only 14 here, but already has such star quality, no? This shows her nose at another angle; there's no doubt in my mind that she altered it later on.
By the time this event rolled around, I think Miley had some work done. The most obvious difference is her smile. I suspect she had veneers and gum reshaping to create a straighter and less gummy smile. I also believe she underwent a rhinoplasty procedure around the same time.
Miley in 2008
Who knew Miley had a brief Goth phase? She was 15 here, with curly, almost-black hair, sooty eyeliner, pale skin and super-skinny brows.
Miley in 2009
Then, she did a complete 180 and went back to country singer chic. The style details include reddish brown waves, a deep spray tan and lots and lots of jewellery (including a new nose ring). Miley looks a lot more sophisticated than your average 16-year-old. If we check back on her nose, it's much more button-like now. And her teeth look bright, straight and white.
Miley in 2010
The red hair got more bold in 2010, with heavier makeup to match. I think we have Miley to thank for popularizing these Mermaid waves that still won't go away. I'm pretty sure she also had hair extensions at the time.
This 2010 shot is still one of my favourites, despite the extreme false lashes. I think she must've had her extensions taken out, hence the shorter length and tousled waves. The highlights are super-pretty, too.
Miley in 2011
Miley's long hair was last seen here in 2011, when she was 18. The "bronde" hue and smooth blowout are so pretty, and her makeup is really improving. (Well, the brows are still on the skinny side.) But at the same time, I can see why she wanted to distance herself from looking so "done."
Miley in 2012
The changes started with this lob length and Ombré colour. Her brows are a lot bolder, too. I can remember loving this look at the time!
Here, she kept the same length but lightened it all over. It's very brassy, but I think she still looks good. She also swapped out the stud in her nose for a hoop.
And right after that, everything changed! Miley debuted her punky new look on this red carpet: short, platinum-blonde hair with shaved sides and edgy earrings. (She apparently got the ear tattoo before, in 2010.)
Miley in 2013
A few months later, she rocked her natural brown roots with even lighter, whiter tips and a soft faux hawk. Honestly, she's adorable. Notice the makeup improvements—less skin coverage, defined lashes, peachy lipstick and straight, dark brows. Her nose seems even more petite, so it's possible she had a second surgery there.
Few people could hope to look this good in red lipstick, black liner and bleached blonde hair with dark roots! Miley pulls it off beautifully.
Miley in 2014
By this time, Miley was 21, and she was starting to let her hair grow out (although keeping the blonde). Her brows are a softer hue, but she is becoming even more experimental with her eye makeup, rocking graphic wings.
Miley in 2015
The following year, it was back to the bleach. She dealt with the awkward grow-out phase by slicking her hair back and off her face. Everything else is more natural, including her skin, brows and lashes.
Who could forget this look?! It was the edgy Miley's last hurrah—blonde dreadlocks in a high ponytail with au naturel roots and colour-blocked makeup. I actually really like the bright makeup, which is such a departure from her country/child star image. I can't get over her tiny nose!
Before stepping away from the spotlight for a while, 23-year-old Miley made one final appearance in 2015. Aside from all the glitter, she looks very... normal! Her short hair has turned into a layered bob, and the makeup is soft (albeit with a sheer orange eyeshadow on her lids).
Miley in 2017
And that brings us to 2017! This is a far cry from the Miley of just a couple years ago. Finally, her hair is grown out, including the colour. (There are some serious dark roots under that hat, but she explained, "I like blonde and brown. Now I don't have to choose.") The hat, bandana and bare-faced look signify a return to her former country-pop identity... I like it!
And one more from 2017. Now, Miley is 24 years old—and really seems to be hitting her stride, beauty-wise. This look strikes just the right balance between quirky and pretty. Unlike so many of her peers, she has eschewed heavy contouring, false lashes, etc. Well done!
Most stars' beauty evolutions involve a series of refinements intended to create an ultra-perfected look. Like themselves, only better.
Miley's transformation hasn't been like that. She's had MANY transformations over the years, and at a far younger age than most of our Before & After subjects. Already, she's worn just about every hair colour, and experimented with all sorts of haircuts, styles, makeup looks and jewellery.
Those are all temporary changes, but I do think she had a few permanent procedures very early on in her career: veneers, laser gum reshaping, teeth whitening... and a nose job. "From my experience, I think Miley's had her nose changed," says cosmetic surgeon Dr. Aamer Khan. "The tip looks as though it's been refined, as it was a little bulbous before. And her nostrils appear to have been narrowed."
At this point, it seems like rhinoplasty is just a rite of passage for celebs, and there are probably fewer who haven't done it than those who have! What do you think of Miley's new (and old) look?
How do you feel about Miley's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?