Happy 21st Birthday, Miley Cyrus! A Look Through the Years

As the singer celebrates her 21st birthday weekend, look at how she's skyrocketed to stardom with her share of controversy (27 Photos)

Cristina M. De Oliveira on Nov 22, 2013 at 2:49PM

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Happy 21st Birthday, Miley Cyrus! A Look Through the Years

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Destined for Fame

The curly-haired cutie was born Destiny Hope Cyrus, but her contagious smile earned her the nickname "Smiley," which was later shortened to "Miley." After Billy Ray Cyrus' success from the hit song "Achy Breaky Heart," he took a break from the spotlight and spent time with his family in their Nashville home. He returned to the scene with an acting role in the series Doc. Eager to follow in her father's footsteps, Miley snagged a guest spot on Doc from 2001-2003, and a part in Tim Burton's Big Fish in 2003.

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