The 29-year-old Grammy nominee poses in a skimpy striped one-piece for GQ's February cover and opened up to reporter Amy Wallace about, well, just about everything. Perry goes glam in several of the mag's pin-up-inspired photos, smoldering in the suggestive come-hither spread.
Here are a few key quotes from the "Unconditionally" singer's interview, which took place just before Perry's controversial
On why she donned a powdered "Yellow Face" as a geisha for the performance: "I was thinking about unconditional love, and I was thinking: Geishas are basically, like, the masters of loving unconditionally." Yes, she said that. The pop vixen also called Japan "the capital of adorableness."
On the race-fueled maelstrom that followed the performance: Perry said she respects the debate but believes that her critics misunderstood. "All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it."
On her enviable figure: "I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, 'God, will you please let me have boobs so big that I can't see my feet when I'm lying down?'" Then, at age 11, something phenomenal happened: "God answered my prayers. I had no clue they would fall into my armpits eventually."
On her beliefs (Perry grew up in a fiercely Pentecostal household as the daughter of two traveling ministers): "I see everything through a spiritual lens," she says. "I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens .... I look up into the stars and I imagine: How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form? I mean, if my relationship with
On her relationship with President Obama: "I might have won Wisconsin for him," she said. "Actually, I didn't do too much, but he called on me a couple of times. Which was very nice."
On her relationship with her parents: They're "oddballs, but I love them."
On getting back together with singer
On Jeff Buckley's album, "Grace": "Love that record so much." Why? because she lost her virginity while listening to it at 16 in the front seat of a Volvo sedan.
Follow Ministry of Gossip @LATcelebs.