(Yahoo!) - Miley Cyrus is all grown up … sorta.

It seems the former child star has gone out of her way as of late (VMA performance, anyone?) to let both her handlers and the world know that she is calling the shots.

"I told my label: 'This is the first time I'm showing you what I'm bringing to the table as an artist,'" the 20-year-old Harper's Bazaar cover girl tells the mag about her video for "We Can't Stop" (which includes Miley dancing with giant plush toys and kissing an oversized doll). "If this goes wrong, you never have to trust me again. I'll be your little puppet. But if I'm right, then you know I'm on to something."

But that doesn't mean she doesn't expect some haters. Reflecting on how Pharrell Williams encouraged her styling for the controversial video, Cyrus explains, "I feel like every girl is trying to have a beauty shot and prove that they're 'fashion.' But I can be in white leggings and a sports bra and I'm on a whole other level of sh-- that those girls don't even get yet because they don't know how to do it."

In other words, if you don't like her style, it probably just means you don't understand it. But Miley also revealed that there are, in fact, moments when even she is hit with how surreal her reality actually is.

Photo Credit Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar