Cover Girl: Katy Perry for Interview Magazine

Posted on March 01, 2012

Katy gets a little Winehouse for the cover of Interview.

Katy Perry covers the March 2012 issue of Interview magazine in Dolce & Gabbana photographed by Mikael Jannson.

Honestly, without her name on the cover, we might not have figured out this was her. She gets a lot of flack, but there’s a reason photographers want to shoot her and designers want to dress her. It’s because when everything’s in place, the gal takes one hell of a picture.

And we’re all going to have to get used to this. The fashion world was fascinated with Amy Winehouse when she was alive (a bit too fascinated, if you ask us) and that doesn’t look like it’s going to end with her death. The thing is, Amy, like a lot of icons before her, had a look that could be easily boiled down to just a few elements, making it adaptable and easy to recognize. For the next couple of years, expect messy beehives and cat-eye makeup any time a stylist wants to evoke a certain feeling.

Still, it’s a fabulous cover.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection


[Photo Credit: Mikael Jansson for,]

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  • Athena Bast

    Kinda looks a little Megan Fox-like. Except with tits.

    • kittenwithaquip

       When I first saw the photo I thought it was Megan Fox also. I’m not really a fan of Katy’s music, but I always find her look interesting.

    • Ceur

       Yeah, I’m having trouble applauding her for looking good here because I can’t believe it’s her. I actually think it would be less time-consuming to transform Megan Fox into this picture than it was for them to transform Katy Perry. I mean, since when does her nose and face contures look like that? I only recognise the boobs.

    • RebeccaKW

       Same thought I had.

  • kimmeister

    I wouldn’t have recognized her as Katy in a million years.

    • Fifi LaRoux

      My thoughts exactly! I think she looks fantastic though. So much prettier than she normally does.

      • shirab

        I still can’t tell that it’s her no matter how much I keep looking. Is her nose really pointy like that? Is her jawline that angular? She usually comes off as more round, somehow. Maybe I need to pull up a photo of her usual self and do a split screen.

        • Fifi LaRoux

          A good make-up artist can make her look more “high fashion” than her usual doll-like face.

        • H3ff

          I think we are just used to her smiling widely in photos. That would account for the “rounder” face. 

  • J MN

    Wow  Just wow.  At first glance I saw Elizabeth Taylor but can see the reference to Amy.  Really gorgeous

    • halleygee

      Same here, my first reaction was Liz Taylor.

      • mountainFashionista

        Me too! I mean, me three!

        • EditKitten

          Same here (me four?). I’m really taken by it.

    • kimmeister

      Totally in the eyebrows.

  • BayTampaBay

    Katy looks great, better than I have seen her look in years. 

    I hate her current blue hair. 

    The Amy Winehouse look suits her well.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    She looks gorgeous here.  I think she should really stop lacquering makeup onto herself blow-up doll-esque.  I get it’s her “thing” but she is naturally very pretty.

  • TieDye64

    Gorgeous, though I wouldn’t have know it was Katy.

  • butterflysunita

    Striking cover.  I always thought Katy Perry was really beautiful.  Wish she’d lose the blue hair.  

  • Michelle Jackson

    I read somewhere it was supposed to be a Liz Taylor homage, not Amy Winehouse.

    • LeBarron

      That’s what I read as well (Dlisted maybe?  But it may have been linked from another source.  Or something.).  Then when I saw it, all I saw was Winehouse.

  • Emily Smith

    first thing i thought was megan fox.  with fake boobs.

    • ohayayay

      i’m going to be a creep and point out that i’m pretty sure megan fox already has fake boobs…but agreed, this does look like megan fox with katy perry’s real boobs.

  • janetjb

    Striking photo. 

  • blue

    She looks so gorgeous! So different from her usual wide-eyed innocent sexy thing. 

  • Victoria Pavlova

    Soo pretty, soo not Katy Perry.

  • Larkin21

    Best I’ve seen her look.

  • Joyce VG

    I think she looks Xena the Warrior Princess Lacy Lawless.  A total compliment by the way.

    • Joyce VG

      I meant Lucy not Lacy.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I see it!

  • Kimberly Burke

    She looks STUNNING!  This just confirms all the thoughts I’ve been having about her hair.  And I don’t mean she should rock this particular look.  I just want her to move away from the bright colors.  I’m saying this as someone who LOVES color expression, but it just isn’t the best she can look.  Same for Kelly O.  She can be VERY pretty and stylish, but the purple-gray hair takes away from everything good.  *dismounts soapbox that I’m surprised to find myself on*

    • Alli

      I think Kelly can rock the Crayola hair more than Katy but I totally agree that this current purple-grey-retirement-home thing she has going on neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds to stop.

    • accidental housewife

      I’m all about messing around with your hair when you’re young, and I can’t bring myself to bust on Kelly for what she’s been doing lately. But that gray hair was terrible. I don’t mind the lavender because at least it’s not gray now. Also, a few nights ago I watched an episode of Fashion Police from January. Kelly’s hair was ash brown. And I do mean ash. It was really flat looking, with that weird suggestion of green that ash brown can have. I think her hair’s been so bleached out that even filling it before she colors it again couldn’t keep it from grabbing the base color.

      Back on topic. I’ve always thought Katy is beautiful, but this is breathtaking. Totally worthy of a gay gasp.

  • estella_nyc

    Still not convinced that it’s Katy on the cover.  

    • Kristin Standafer

      I know.  I looked at another picture of Katy next to it, and I do not believe it at all!!  The nose is completely different.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Wow, she looks stunning. Say what you want about her, but she’s a beautiful girl.

  • cmb92191

    It sure does look like Megan Fox!

  • MilaXX

    Wow! That’s one way to make us forget blue hair. Katy looks fabs and she certainly has more to enhance a glittery bra than the model.

    • suzanne77

      Speaking of the glittery bra, seriously, where do you wear the spangled bikini D and G is showing there? I mean, outside of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

      • Shannon Stewart

        Well, damn… and here I was planning to pick one up for summer cocktail parties.  You don’t think that would work?  😛

        • suzanne77

          Well, what shoes are you wearing? 😉

      • Heather

        I think I’ll pick one up to wear to my next faculty meeting.

        • suzanne77

          I think they might play “Hot For Teacher” should you do that. :)

      • MilaXX

        if you’re rich enough, the club or the fancy pool party where no one swims.

        • suzanne77

          Ah, I see. I have clearly never been rich enough not to swim. I’ve frequently been too poor to swim, but that is a different wardrobe entirely.

  • rebecca

    Gorgeous. Just flat out sexy and gorgeous…

  • EEKstl

    I would never have known it was KP.  She looks amazing.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    If they didn’t put “KATY PERRY” on her in that cover, I don’t think anyone would’ve recognized her.

    There is something to be said for a person so blandly pretty they get completely swallowed in another person’s trademark looks, I think.

  • SpcilK

    Gorgeous! She looks a little lika a young Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Alli

    She looks absolutely stunning. Nothing like herself, but stunning nonetheless.

  • choco

    that looks nothing like katy perry O_O

  • serenitynow02

    She does the kooky as well as anyone, but underneath the blue hair and the lollipop styling, she is truly a beautiful woman. I hope she lays off her usual schtick for a while, it’s fun, but it’s nice to see her doing something different.

  • Ennovi_R

    Reminded me of Liz Taylor, not Amy.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Now, if you had said this was Katy Holmes, I would have agreed right off. I can’t find a glimmer of Katy Perry here.

    • Crystal

      I didn’t pay attention to the title of the post, only the first line referring to her as “Katy”, and my mind only went to Katie Holmes. I could barely find Katie Holmes, and I don’t see any Katy Perry (except the boobs, as another poster mentioned). I demand to see action video, because it’s so hard to believe.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        I know! We want vid! We want vid!

  • BazoDee

    Take that Russell! She looks amazing! 

  • Elena

    Wait.. that’s Katy Perry?

  • Little_Olive

    Wow. She looks far more beautiful, feminine and interesting than usual. I also would not have known it’s her on that cover. 

    Does anyone know who the blonde model wearing the bra is?

    • Ceur

        Ginta Lapina? Google does not agree, though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    For the next couple of years, expect messy beehives and cat-eye makeup any time a stylist wants to evoke a certain feeling.

    You know, I hadn’t thought about that, but b/w Amy Winehouse & Elizabeth Taylor, I’m sure you’re right. 

  • crackineggs

    I don’t see the point of getting a celebrity for your cover and then making them totally unrecognizable.  I understand doing homages to iconic celebrities, but I think you should still see the poser (for want of a better word) in the final product.  It’s a great picture and she looks fabulous, but is it much of a compliment to say she looks fabulous when she doesn’t look like herself?  Of course this may be a calculated move by the magazine to get people talking about it – everything is so calculated these days.

  • Judy_J

    I would never have guessed this was Katy Perry.

  • cclaussen3

    Looks like Liz Hurley. Good to see Katy Perry not dressed up like a cartoon character or anime character.

  • Mary Featherstone

    that doesn’t look like her at all!!! 

  • alyce1213

    Who dat?

  • Thom

    For how great she might look in a look similar to Amy Winehouse’s, I don’t think it projects a career-friendly image: either she looks ‘vulnerable’ in the Amy Winehouse mold, i.e., ‘prone to self-medicating through recreational drug use and drinking to excess’, or it looks like an glorifying ‘homage’ to Amy Winehouse (which, for another recording artist, doesn’t do much good to admit that you’re not the biggest talent).

  • kingderella

    im confused. im looking at a katy perry picture and not feeling seething hatred.

  • Mariah J

    Does not look like her at all.

  • Nappysue

    The tip of her nose has been photoshopped to hell and back. The mouth looks like hers, but her face has been slimmed (unless she’s lost weight post-Russell).

  • AnaRoW

    I’m not seeing Amy Winehouse vibe at all.  She looks great though.

  • ASK26

    i misread the title and thought this was katie holmes

  • Heather

    A question: is it tasteful to do an Amy Winehouse look so soon after Amy passed? I know it seems like a million years ago in celebrity news, but really it was only about 6 months ago. Just wondering what others think.

    • Corsetmaker

      What I think is weird is dressing like the dead friend of your recently ex husband! It’s one thing a star being dressed up as someone iconic that they’ve never met or have any connection to. But Amy is a bit close to home. That’s tasteless.

  • Amy Ellinger

    I see more Liz in her “White Diamonds” commercials than my dear Amy, but dizzayum Katy looks great. 

    Of course, it doesn’t take much- she’s such a beautiful girl.

  • jw_ny

    Is it swimwear?  Lingerie? 

    Just where does a woman wear those sparkly and jeweled bras/panties/pieces?  Is there really a market for them too?  hmmmm….

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i think theyre for wearing beneath the let me introduce you to my bra dresses. at least the top halves are. what the bottom halves are for–other than strip bars or faux nouveau burlesque performances–is anyone’s guess. the near-clear dresses usually have too much pomp & circumstance going on for golden rhinestone underpants to do anything other than clash.

  • cam_lo

    I don’t know. She looks seriously, seriously shopped to me. Her nose, jaw and cheekbones look like they’re not shaped like… hers.

  • MandyJane

    Oooh, sparkly granny panties! 

  • Laylalola

    Why why why  — they’ve got Katy Perry and they disguise her. Same with Scarlet Johansson. These women are in their prime and have those looks that magazines will be attempting to evoke on their covers when they’re no longer alive. WHY NOT REVEL IN THE FACT THEY’VE GOT THEM NOW? 

  • Gorengirl

    I thought it was Carla Bruni Sarkozy….. looks nothing like Katy Perry…..

  • SapphoPoet

    What happened to Smurfette?

  • amanda crow

    I saw a young Liz Hurley.

  • cleep1000

    I totally thought that was Lohan.

  • Susan Crawford

    Wow. Katy Perry looks FIERCE in that cover shot. And I would never have guessed it was her – not in a bazillion years. Hair, make-up, styling, lighting and photography united to create a totally amazing view of Kandy-Kolored Katy.

  • Lisa

    It IS a great cover, no argument, but I would have never guessed it was Katy.  Does that make it good if the subject is totally unrecognizable?  

  • marilyn

    At least her hair is a normal color.  She is a chameleon.  She is always looking like somebody else, or like a caricature of someone else.  Her singing is rather forgettable.  I guess she is successful because of sheer perseverance.  She is VERY packaged, to the point that she has no identity.  Who is she going to look like tomorrow?

  • Sarah Caponigro

    Wow she looks amazing.

  • giiiirrrr

    Stylists.  Stop dressing celebrities like dead celebrities.  That is all.

  • Leslie S

    I was sure this was elizabeth hurley

  • texashistorian

    What’s the point of taking her picture if she’s unrecognizable? It must be shocking for her to look so generic. 

  • quiltrx

    Count me in with the folks who thought this was Megan Fox.  And Katy, that’s NOT a compliment.

  • Markatha

    Even with the name on the Cover I don’t recognize her.

  • GTrain

    I would have never known that was her. Best she’s ever looked.

  • SorayaS

    I don’t think this is Winehouse as much as Liz Taylor? Am I the only one?

  • Darryal Montique

     the dress is flat out ugly BUT, her new video  part of me is just excellent lol the girl makes good music.

  • LuisaNL

    she looks beautiful! and how much better with a dark colored hair.

  • RzYoung

    Winehouse wasn’t the first thing I thought when I saw this, more Taylor to be honest…then ‘wtf that’s Katy Perry?!’

  • Corsetmaker

    She looks great, but….. If that’s an intentional Winehouse look (and it seems to be, although she didn’t have the copyright on exaggerated eyeliner) is that not a bit weird? It’s not so long since Russell wrote that exceptionally touching piece on Amy, who was a friend and someone who’d shared many of the demons he’s managed to get away from. Does agreeing to dress so like that dead friend so soon after their split not strike anyone else as a strange thing to do?

    We see it as singer Katy Perry dressed a bit like late singer Amy Winehouse, when basically it’s a girl dressed up as the dead friend of her recently ex husband. Which is peculiar in anyone’s book.I do wonder if there’s a bit more behind the marriage split than her workload or his womanising.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    This is really one of the best cover pics I’ve seen in a long time. LONG time. I agree with others that she does look like Megan Fox here though.

  • bitterk

    She’s never looked better

  • calimon

    I really am struggling to see Katy Perry in this photo… would love to see the video transformation of this photoshoot (ie make-up/hair).

  • letter_M

    See Katy?  You don’t have to look like a fruit.  You can look so much more amazing!

  • Dawn Sinclair

    I don’t like her or her music but she’s rocking that look. Glad you can’t see the shorts though, they look like it’s a vajazzle gone mad!