Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is determined to prove the skeptics wrong regarding her parenting skills this year - skills she says she's always had faith in.
The 24-year-old says she never doubted her own ability to raise a child.
"I can't wait to meet my kid!" she tells V's Americana Issue. "Everyone will be surprised to see a different side of me. I'm loving, caring, sensitive.
"I'm protective and very maternal, no matter what people might think."
Polizzi is used to having people underestimate and tease her.
"I've been bullied my whole life. In high school, me and my girlfriends were freshmen and we were all pretty girls in cheerleading and stuff, so the older girls would bully us because all of their guys want to hang out with us," she says.
"I am to this day probably the No. 1 most-bullied celebrity," Snooki adds. "I really don't go with trends, I don't try to fit in like everyone else does in Hollywood. I just like to be different and I don't care."The Jersey Shore star, who is set to star in her own spinoff (see Snooki & JWoww trailer), admits she has "a lot of haters." "I mean, people used to say I was fat when I was the hottest thing ever. Imagine what they say now."
Or don't, based on some comments on THG over the years.
Reality TV may be fleeting, but Snooki, who is engaged to marry Jionni LaValle, already has a plan to capitalize on the next phase of her life.
"My ideas are endless," she tells V, musing about her potential baby gear line. "Who wouldn't want a leopard-print rattle or a cheetah-print bib?"
We can think of a few million people ... but have at it.
Some more Snooki photos from this article ...
[Photos: V Magazine]