Originally Posted by Chip R
Agreed. If this is the worst stuff she does, she's going to be OK. People like to make fun of Billy Ray (and he's gravy training it a bit) but it seems he's made pretty good choices for her so far and has an idea of what show business is like and what it can do to her. She's probably chafing a bit at her squeaky clean image and I don't believe for a second she and Billy Ray were upset with that photo shoot. Not like she needs the publicity but it certainly got her some and it sowed the seeds for a future that is more in line with a young adult than a pre-teen. I'm sure if Disney had their way they would probably keep her doing this till she's 25. Perhaps all of this is a sort of gradual transition so her fans can transition too. They are growing up too and eventually they are going to outgrow Hannah Montana and become a market for Miley Cyrus the actress.
I think it's a little harsh to judge her looks at this age. Lots of kids that age blossom when they get older. It's also a good example to her fans that you don't have to be really great looking to be a star. It's also an advantage that older guys aren't perving on her like they did with Britney Spears. I don't think she sings that well either but she must have some kind of charisma that translates into the popularity that she has now.
At the rate she is going, im sure that will be an issue in due time.