11/09/2011 05:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Snooki: The Jersey Shore Is Better Than Italy

It's easy to dismiss Snooki as not much more than a national joke, but the self-described "guidette" warns that would be a big mistake.

"I know and that's my secret. No one knows that I'm smart," Snooki told me. "I am going to start filming a spin-off with Jenni [Farley] soon and I want to have my own business and have my own brand. Be sure of yourself, don't let anyone bully you, be a strong and independent woman or boy."

Confessing that she was bullied in high school, Snooki, who is now a New York Times bestselling author with her second book Confessions of a Guidette, got the last laugh.

"Oh yeah, now I am a strong woman! The new season starts Jan. 5, and we are back in Seaside and back in the normalness -- not all the drama like in Italy. I would rather be home at the Jersey Shore."

And to celebrate her return, Snooki has launched a new fragrance that smells just like her beloved Jersey Shore.

"There's a little kiwi in it ... there's beach flower, like tanning lotion, and assorted woods like the boardwalk."

Sounds divine, Snooks.