Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Katy Perry for W Magazine November 2013

Photographed by Mario Sorrenti

On the first song that made a lasting impression on her: “Killer Queen,” by Queen. I was 15. Of course, I had heard music before that, but nothing had really struck a chord with me until that song. I was hanging out with my friend Morgan in Santa Barbara, my hometown. We were over at her house—she was that friend, the one that you idolize and maybe even have a weird obsession-slash-crush on. We were standing on her bed, wearing her clothes—because her clothes were cooler—and she put on “Killer Queen.” My world froze. It was a very cinematic feeling, and it opened up this lyrical world."

On movies that make her cry: "The Notebook. And Titanic. And I always cry on planes. My boyfriend [John Mayer] and I call them “deprivation tubes”: You have a glass of wine, and you’re watching a movie, and then, wahhhh."

On growing up in Santa Barbara: "Santa Barbara was boring to me back then [as a teenager]. Now all I want to do is be bored in Santa Barbara, because it is a beautiful place! But when I was young, I felt a little trapped on an island—my family isn’t well-off, and it was kind of tough to be hanging out with the millionaire families that live there. I always made do—if I had five dollars, I’d go to the thrift stores on State Street and get my vintage cardigans and pencil skirts. Thank God for the body, because that ’40s look really worked on me."


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