Miley Cyrus In Bazaar: Talks Parents' Reaction To 'Topless' Vanity Fair Photo

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Miley Cyrus covers the new Haper's Bazaar and inside she talks about her parents' reaction to her controversial Annie Leibovitz shoot, the pressures of growing up in the spotlight and her new chest tattoo.

Miley spent the summer in Georgia filming 'The Last Song,' a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, in which she plays Greg Kinnear's renegade daughter. This year she shoots the fourth and final season of 'Hannah Montana.'

On posing in a bed sheet for Vanity Fair:

"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? It doesn't make sense to us because [my family] doesn't look for negativity. But people don't want to say 'What a great performance' or 'What a great shot." No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn't sell a magazine."

On last summer's pole dancing incident:

"People like controversy because that's what sells. 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."

On dealing with insecurities:

"I used to ask everyone all day, 'Do I look pretty?' I probably asked that question about as many times as I blink." But in Georgia she finally got over it. "It's not about how because I started feeling beautiful; it's just because I was comfortable. I was so used to the paparazzi and the cameras and the 'What are you wearing?' and having people stare at me."

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On her 'Just Breathe' tattoo (as a tribute to a friend who died of cystic fibrosis and grandfathers who died of lung cancer):

"I could never get a meaningless tattoo, but I think that if you're doing something that's important, that's significant in your life, it takes some of the pain away."

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