Miley Cyrus is known for starring as the principal character Miley Stewart
aka Hannah Montana in the hit Disney television series “Hannah Montana.”
Her full name is Destiny Hope Cyrus. She smiled so much as a baby, her
family nicknamed her “Smiley” which was later shortened to “Miley.”
Miley is the daughter of Leticia Cyrus and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus,
who is best known for his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”. At 12 years old
Miley became a sensation after Hannah Montana debuted on the Disney Channel
in March 2006.
Following the success of the show, Miley’s singing career was launched in
October 2006 with a Hannah Montana soundtrack CD in which she sang eight
songs. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and Miley has since released
three albums and gone on two worldwide tours.
Philanthropy is a major interest of Miley and her family. She gave $1
million to Youth Service America on her 16th birthday. Other charities that
have benefitted from Miley’s generosity are City of Hope and Stand Up to
Cancer. She is also actively involved in Disney’s Friends for Change, a
non-profit focused on encouraging environmentally-friendly action.
Disney launched a Hannah Montana clothing line in summer 2007, for which
Miley Cyrus has herself designed pieces for the collection.