Miley Cyrus steps back into the spotlight with a hot photo shoot for Prestige magazine. Inside the issue the teen icon discusses her status as a bad girl, some of her projects and the character that ultimately made her famous.

We haven't heard much from Miley Cyrus since she has gotten her latest tattoo which shows her support for gay marriage, but this all changes with the September 2011 Prestige issue where Miley is on the front cover, sporting a sexy ruffled top and a sleek hairstyle paired with face framing bangs.

Aside from sporting a variety of colorful outfits that range from elegant and sophisticated to revealing and racy, Miley is doing her best to clear things up about her so called "bad girl" status. The diva states that the status the media gave her was somewhat of a surprise for her.

"People have very mixed opinions on me; I’m a great role model, or I’m completely inappropriate for anyone under 13 and I am controversial. I don’t know how I became this. There was this magazine article the other day, showing all the younger celebrities. I was the Girl Next Door or whatever, and I fell under the category of Good Girl Gone Bad. And I was like, “What the hell, man?” I stay in the house pretty much every day. I don’t go out. I’ve had same boyfriend for two years. So I think there are two very different reviews."

Maybe it's just us, but some of the racy pics from this photo-shoot along with her statement that "Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things. For me there’s no reason to change that. You have to be true to yourself" make it hard for her to be taken as the good girl she claims she is.

Despite the fact that some might argue that the innocent Miley is long gone by now, some of her projects are still targeted to her young fans base. The “So Undercover" and “LOL: Laughing Out Loud” are two such projects. “There are things I do for me, and there are things I do for the fans, and 'So Undercover' was something I really wanted to do for the fans. It’s the kind of comedy that they’re used to seeing on my show."

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"It’s more for the 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-year-old crowd. 'LOL: Laughing Out Loud' is still for the younger kids, but we did it independently and we shot it with Demi Moore and me. It’s more like real life. It’s a really cool story about a mom and a daughter, and the girl becoming a teenager and the mom going through a midlife crisis, and how a lot of things that they are going through are actually the same. It’s funny how life kind of works like that.”

Speaking of the projects she is interested in, Miley reveals her love for comedies: “What I watch and the movies I like to do…I’ve got kind of a weird, dark sense of humour, really dry humour, so I would love to do more comedies, but not the comedies that people have seen me in. More kind of dry, that kind of style, independently shot, but also some laugh-out-loud funny stuff and drama as well. When you become a character, you want to make sure that it’s a part you want to open up and explore for yourself. So I think the next few things…there’s a comedy that I’m working on now and something a little darker.'

It's impossible to forget the character that made Miley famous, so she naturally touches the subject of Hanna Montana. According to her 'Hanna Montana' is a stage in her life she doesn't miss: 'I miss the family vibe, but I don’t miss the routine at all. I was so bored doing the same thing every day. I’m so grateful that I was able to be on that show, but even my little sister, who’s 11, wants to go into acting. I just say, “Just wait, dude.” Because the way you’re going to be when you’re my age and the way you are right now are so different. Don’t put yourself in a situation where people are going to think of you as only one thing. You’re going to change a lot. It interferes with your growing up if you’re not strong enough and you’re not sure who you want to be. I’m glad I’m not a character any more and able to be me."

Read the complete interview and see the in-dept photoshoot in the latest issue of Prestige magazine.

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