Cover Girl Miley Cyrus Discusses Her Role Model Status In 'Harper's Bazaar' Magazine

(Credit: Peter Lindbergh, Harper's Bazaar)

I so miss Twitter Miley's heyday. I knew more about her, I felt closer to her. But in the February 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine -- check out Miley gracing the cover above -- her decision to cut herself off from constant public access and scrutiny makes more sense.

"I got on the plane [to Georgia], and I was lying in my mom's lap and crying and saying, "I'm so happy to be getting out of L.A. [In Tybee, GA] I went out every night with my friends. 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. It's so much easier to know who you are when there aren't a thousand people telling you who they think you are. I felt like I was really figuring myself out. Usually I have someone whispering in my ear, but I was on my own," she told the magazine.

Miley also used her position as Harper's Bazaar cover girl as a platform for the haters who think she's not a perfect role model: "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. 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. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That's just life."

Check out Miley Cyrus' Harper's Bazaar cover story, and pick up the issue January 12. And, because you KNOW you still aren't sick of it, watch Miley's "Party In The USA" video again.