Katy Perry is featured in the September 2017 issue of W Magazine photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Edward Enninful.
Where do you get your best ideas?
“I get them in three different ways. From transcendental meditation, where I rest and kind of restart my mind. Or during a massage. Or showering. I always have my phone on standby when I hop out of the shower.”
Do you sing your own songs in the shower?
“No. I make up songs. Or I go, “I like to move it move it.” I’ve had several sing-offs with boyfriends. That’s very fun—singing in the shower and scrubbing!”
Is life more enjoyable with short hair?
“Everything is more fun with short hair! I can just get up and go. I feel so liberated with this hair now. In general, I feel 360-degrees liberated—all around. Whether it’s politically, mentally, spiritually, sexually. I feel liberated from all the things that don’t serve me. I’m surrendering and embracing my 30s. You couldn’t give me anything to go back to my 20s. To get to this place, I had to do some much-needed work on my heart, soul, mind, and body. Since doing that, a lot of beautiful things started to bloom again.”
Where was your first kiss?
“My first French kiss was in sixth grade in Big Bear, California. I was hanging out with this girl from church who had a bit of a reputation. She had a coed party, and I was not allowed to go to a coed party until eighth grade. But I went anyway. At the party, we played spin the bottle. It got to be my turn, and I spun the bottle, and, all of a sudden, I felt like there was a wet fish in my mouth. That was my first kiss. When you’re in sixth grade, there’s no art to French kissing. There’s no cadence, no beautiful up and down, no waves. Instead, it just feels like your mouth is getting invaded by a slug.”
[Photo Credit: Steven Klein, W Magazine]