Newly grownup Miley Cyrus has drawn a fresh supporter -- and it's someone who's been the down teen-idol road before. In an interview with Us Weekly, '80s pop star Tiffany defended Hannah Montana's risque new image. Seventeen-year-old Cyrus has been criticized for behavior that many feel is not befitting a teen who is not yet of legal voting age. The "Party in the U.S.A." singer most recently came under fire for wearing a skimpy bodysuit to June's Much Music Awards, where she performed her new single "Can't Be Tamed." And the tight, black leather pants she wore for an MTV concert last week can't be winning her any fans in the modesty department.
The video for "Tamed" was itself called out for being too risque as was Miley's "Britain's Got Talent" appearance. On the show, the teenage triple threat faked a sultry kiss with a backup dancer.
Asked about today's teen singers, Tiffany stuck up for Miley, whom she feels is vying for viability in a market defined by pop-stars-as-sex-symbols. Tiffany believes Cyrus is stepping into the more mature image "appropriately," something she partially attributes to the guidance of the young performer's parents. About Billy Ray and Cindy, Tiffany explained: "It really matters what base you have around you. Very much so."
[Photos: See more of Miley's wild onstage outfits]
Tiffany's former '80s rival, Debbie Gibson, has a different take on the newly grownup Miley. Debbie, who has met the young star, praised Cyrus's talent and her down-to-earth attitude, but described her the image as being "a little too much too soon." The "Electric Youth" singer feels there's nothing wrong with embracing childhood, and wishes Miley would realize this before it's too late.
But Debbie -- who prefers to be called Deborah now, thank you very much -- all grown up now, as is former pop-chart foe, Tiffany. The two made an appearance at San Diego Comic Con last weekend to promote their upcoming film "Mega Python vs. Gataroid" -- a sci-fi flick about a mutant snake attack. In "Python," Debbie and Tiffany will fend off the monsters as a pair of Florida women who are once again caught up in rivalry.
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