It’s wild to think that on March 26, 2006–just a bit more than four years ago–the Disney Channel’s tween-tastic series Hannah Montana launched with the then relatively unknown Miley Cyrus at the helm. Well, she was a bit known, what with being the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, a country star who’d struck gold with a one-hit wonder “Achy Breaky Heart.” But generally, at the time, it somehow seemed unlikely that the awkward looking gal would shoot to stardom through a silly little show that featured her as a pop star who goes to a regular school in disguise, so she can lead a (relatively) normal life. But as we all now know, Miley is nothing but regular–she’s now one of the biggest stars in the world. Tonight, however, begins the end of an era for Miley, as the final season of Hannah premieres at 8 p.m.
At this juncture, we should all take a moment to ponder how she’s handled this transition and what it all means for her post-Disney future. Just look at the photo attached to this blog post–the change in Miley from season 1 of Hannah Montana (on the left) to the current Miley who seemingly “Can’t Be Tamed” (on the right) is downright stunning. But doesn’t almost everyone radically change between the ages of 13 and 17? I certainly did.