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Katy Perry Covers Vogue, Talks Politics, & Admits To Following Bill O'Reilly On Twitter

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Katy Perry covers Vogue's May issue.

Katy Perry is Vogue's May cover girl and she looks bomb!

The singer's shorter platinum locks work so well with the bright red and bold Comme des Garcons outfit they strapped her into, and there's so much more craziness where that came from in the spread.

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But more compelling than the quirky fashion, perhaps, is Katy's discussion of her new, more political image.

Regarding her embarking on a more "purposeful" sound, she said:

"I've seen behind the curtain, and I can't go back. I used to be the queen of innuendo, everything done with a wink. Now I want to be the queen of subtext—which is a cousin to innuendo, but it's got more purpose. I don't think you have to shout it from the rooftops, but I think you have to stand for something, and if you're not standing for anything, you're really just serving yourself, period, end of story. ‘California Gurls' and fluffy stuff would be completely inauthentic to who I am now and what I've learned. I do believe we need a little escapism, but I think that it can't all be that. If you have a voice you have a responsibility to use it now, more than ever."

Post-election, she admits she had to fight to come to terms with everything:

"I was really disheartened for a while; it just brought up a lot of trauma for me. Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood: I have an issue with suppressive males and not being seen as equal. I felt like a little kid again being faced with a scary, controlling guy. I wouldn't really stand for it in my work life, because I have had so much of that in my personal life. But it's an awakening that was necessary because I think we were in a false utopia… we can't ever get that stagnant again. I am so grateful that young people know the names of senators. I think teenage girls are going to save the world! That age group just seems to be holding people accountable. They have a really strong voice—and a loud one."

Read on for more HIGHlights from her interview (below)!

On her upbringing: "Education was not the first priority. My education started in my 20s, and there is so much to learn still. [I was not] allowed to interact with gay people. There is some generational racism. But I came out of the womb asking questions, curious from day one, and I am really grateful for that: My curiosity has led me here. Anything I don't understand, I will just ask questions about… But my house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don't celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O'Reilly on TV. That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day."

On following Bill O'Reilly on Twitter: "I want to know what's going on on the other side. I don't want to be ignorant."

On her evolving style: "I like more androgynous, architectural lately. I am happy to be another interpretation of myself. I am pushing for my own evolution, just making better choices as far as style goes. I don't want to get stuck in a way of thinking or doing or presenting."

On being 32: "It's a nice place to be. I love it! I wouldn't give anything to go back to my 20s; I'm so much more grounded. And I've learned a lot of lessons—patience, the art of saying no, that everything doesn't have to end in marriage. That your education can start now. I blasted off on a rocket, holding on for dear life. But I had so much ambition and determination, and that's what kept me going. The rocket was riding me for a bit, but now I am riding the rocket."

Be sure to check out her editorial shots in the gallery (above)!

[Image via Vogue.]

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