Parks and Recreation actress and comedian Mara Marini puts two of Hollywood’s hottest pop stars and Video Music Awards nominees, Miley Cyrus and P!nk, faux hawk to faux hawk in our weekly debate and asks you to decide: Who’s hotter?!
With one of the best voices of our generation, a killer bod and a very distinct style, P!nk is a force to be reckoned with. Independent, dedicated and ambitious, she broke the music industry’s mold of what a female recording artist “should be” and continues to wow her audiences with her powerhouse vocals and jaw-dropping performances. Never one to shy away from dramatic ‘do’s — we’ve seen her sport everything from rainbow highlights to bright spikes and from streaked dreadlocks to her signature pompadour — and she rocks it all very well.
One of the most successful recording artists to originate from Disney, Miley Cyrus started off as one would expect a Disney star to traditionally behave. She has grown up under the limelight and endured the highs and lows that come with that. We have seen her do things that a lot of teenagers do, but because it’s all documented, she’s been getting some flak. But I think she’s just broadening her horizons and trying to pave (or twerk) her way to adulthood. Controversy aside, people can’t seem to get enough of Miley. She made the Guinness World Records in 2011 for “Most Charted Teenager” and recently broke Justin Bieber’s Vevo Record for the most views in a 24-hour period for “We Can’t Stop.”
P!nk: Her soulful, husky voice has created a plethora of top 10 hits, and she has seven albums and six major tours under her belt. She has also found the time to dip her toes into feature films, making cameos in several blockbuster films and most recently acting alongside Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in Thanks for Sharing, which is coming out this fall. With more awards and nominations than she knows what to do with, this fierce dynamo is “F***in Perfect.”
Miley Cyrus: She is only 20 years old and already has four albums (Bangerz comes out Oct. 8), three tours and a good chunk of awards (People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and more) to her name. She has proved her acting career did not end at Hannah Montana, and has worked alongside Demi Moore in LOL, guest-starred on Two and A Half Men, and is the voice of Penny in the animated feature Bolt.
P!nk: Over being a “Bad Influence,” she has calmed down a lot since her party girl days and seems to keep a fairly normal private life with her husband, motocross star Carey Hart, and their 2-year-old daughter, Willow Sage. She is also quite the domestic diva — preferring baking and gardening to drinking and drugs.
Miley Cyrus: Billy Ray Cyrus taught her well. Even with his daughter being a famous teenager, he would make her do her homework, chores and attend church on Sundays. She is apparently very close to her family.
P!nk: It’s hard work to look that good, and she puts a lot of effort into keeping her strong, rock-star body. “Try” as she might to eat mostly vegan, she still has an occasional chicken or fish meal and she also does an hour of cardio or yoga six days a week, along with working with her trainer.
Miley Cyrus: After switching to a gluten-free diet and regular workouts, she has been looking very toned. Her Pilates instructor claims she is a “fitness freak” and loves to attend class. She also does cycling, dancing and yoga to keep fit.
P!nk: PETA, The One Campaign, UNICEF and Autism Speaks are just a handful of the 20-plus charities that P!nk is involved with.
Miley Cyrus: With the help of her family, Cyrus has been giving back since she was little and still donates her time and money to a plethora of causes.
P!nk: After reading online that a puppy needed emergency surgery from being tossed in the Los Angeles River, she paid $5,000 to save its life. She is an avid animal activist and even used to have a pet rat. Also, “Who Knew” she has a tattoo of her late bulldog, Elvis?
Miley Cyrus: Before her Breakout to Los Angeles, she had seven horses, three dogs and two cats in her hometown of Nashville.
P!nk: She may have dropped out of high school, but “So What”? She returned to get her GED in 1998 and although she did not go to college, what she may lack in book smarts, she makes up for in street smarts. This bad-a** businesswoman has a net worth of around $70 million.
Miley Cyrus: She claims she wishes she’d gone to high school, but Disney is really great with making sure minors spend a portion of their day with tutors. Even though she didn’t get a prom, she probably still got a great education.
P!nk: She met Carey Hart in 2001 and the rock-star couple married in 2006. They went through a brief separation in 2008, but reconciled in 2009 and are stronger than ever. “Raise Your Glass” to working on relationships rather than rushing to divorce!
Miley Cyrus: Although she’s previously been linked to teen heartthrob Nick Jonas, actor Cody Linley and underwear model Justin Gaston, in the “Who Owns My Heart” quest, her winner is Liam Hemsworth. They have been dating for the past three years and just got engaged last June.
They’re both up for VMAs this Sunday, Aug. 25. If there were an award for Hottest Female Faux Hawk… who would you choose? Vote now!
About Mara Marini
Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxxxx on the hit NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called Inside Dating on Break.com. She will soon be guest-starring on Disney’s Kickin’ It and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website, www.maramarini.com, and follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.