Former Teen Queen Tiffany Defends Miley Cyrus' New Sexy Image
Is Miley Cyrus too sexy too soon? Not if you ask Tiffany.
The Cyrus of her day, Tiffany -- the stage name of Tiffany Renee Darwish -- spent the better part of the '80s cutting records and touring shopping malls.
It was an age of modesty, purity and, of course, Madonna.
But even while the Material Girl was writhing around in her suggestive lacy wedding dress, most teenage girls and pop idols were fully clothed on stage. Tiffany bopped about in jeans, sneakers and long-sleeved shirts with only the usual amount of makeup.
Really, compared with some of the looks Cyrus has been sporting lately, even Madonna's '80s styles seem downright demure.
But it's just business, Tiffany tells UsMagazine.com."I know that there are a lot of people that say, well, when you are so young you shouldn't be sexy," she tells the website. "I think that in today's world you kind of have to be (sexy) to be competitive in the market."
The former teen queen says she's a big fan of the 17-year-old star.
"I think she's going to have a long career," Tiffany tells the website. "Her parents are guiding her right, and it really matters what base you have around you. Very much so."
Although Tiffany dressed modestly in her teen years, she made up for it later by posing nude for Playboy in 2002. Now, at 38, she has a son Cyrus' age, and she's set to appear in the upcoming campy science fiction movie "Mega Python vs. Gararoid" with fellow '80s teen icon Debbie Gibson.
"I knew her, but we never really hung out," she tells UsMagazine.com about Gibson. "We have a fond respect for each other, but I didn't know if we would end up being buddies. It's really nice to be able to say we are really good friends."
It's hard to imagine either Tiffany or Gibson showing off their cleavage, strutting the stage in skin-tight bodysuits, dancing on stripper poles or staging lesbian kisses for audiences.
But don't criticize Cyrus, Tiffany tells UsMagazine.com. Times have changed.
"I think that she is doing it appropriately," she adds. "And it's always a fine line there."
By the way, if you're still on the fence on whether or not Cyrus' outfits are too skimpy, the website offers a slide show for your ogling pleasure.
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