Miley Cyrus knows the responsibilities that come with fame, but sometimes the expectations of being a tween role model are just too much to handle.
“My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I want to do, but my job isn’t to be a parent,” the pop star, 17, says in Harper’s Bazaar’s February 2010 issue. “My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out for myself.”
Miley’s definitely acted out as only teenagers can … like the racy photos she posted on her MySpace account in April 2008 or the time when she pole danced during a performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. But the starlet says she shouldn’t be criticized for setting a bad example, and that people should just leave her alone so that she can figure out who she wants to be.
“To take that away from me is a bit selfish,” she says. “Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.”
Miley also wants us to know that there was nothing wrong with her now infamous Vanity Fair shoot (pictures above) back in April 2008 with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. “Here, my parents are thinking they’re seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that?” she says about posing in a bed sheet. “It doesn’t make sense to us because [my family] doesn’t look for negativity.”
And while negativity may have followed her, Miley found an escape route: Jetting to Georgia in the summer of 2009 to film The Last Song. She recalls crying on the plane ride there and telling her mom how happy she was to be getting out of L.A. But the best part about spending time in the South? “I did karaoke. I danced. All this stuff would’ve been such a big deal in Los Angeles: Who’s she with? Why is she dancing? I felt so alive and real [there].”
We get your point, Miley. Most 17 year olds should be able to have a little fun without being constantly scrutinized!
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