Style Icons: Katy Perry

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

Katy Perry

Katy Perry. Image courtesy of Daily Mail

California girl Katy Perry, 28, burst onto the pop scene in 2008 with her promiscuous debut single “I Kissed A Girl”. She grew up listening to gospel music and both her parents were pastors who devoted their lives to their faith, so her controversial image as a popstar is a far cry from her strict upbringing.

Katy’s been nominated for nine Grammy awards and was Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2012. With numerous hit singles, sell-out world tours and over 30 million Twitter followers under her belt, she has become one of the most influential and successful female stars of our time. As well as her successes, Katy’s also known for her individual kooky style.

She’s one of the few female style icons who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd with her often humorous, fun, bright and sexy outfits. She has described her style as “a bit of a concoction of different things”.

Katy rocks a quirky movie themed outfit. Image courtesy of  www.style.mtv.com

Katy is known for her trademark jet black curls (she’s actually a natural blonde) – which she’s been known to dye purple and pink.

Perhaps one of her most iconic outfits came in 2010 when she released her single “California Gurls”. The video is set in a candy world, similar to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This created various confectionery-inspired outfits, the most iconic being her blue wig, cupcake bikini and ‘Daisy Dukes’ (denim hotpants).

Arguably Katy's most iconic outfit to date -on the set of "California Gurls"

Arguably Katy’s most iconic outfit to date -on the set of “California Gurls”. Image courtesy of www.katyperry.com

Last year she told Parade magazine: “I have a very short attention span, so I’m always experimenting. I like the darker look right now. It seems like I’ve been the candy queen for a long time, and as much as I loved creating that look, I know that if I don’t evolve people might get bored. I’ve been thinking about a new record, and I think that will kind of define the next evolution.”

Controversial, cheeky and cute all rolled into one, Katy Perry certainly enjoys experimenting with style and for that, we salute her!

At 2011's MTV VMAs in an Oriental-inspired outfit

At 2011’s MTV VMAs in an Oriental-inspired outfit. Image courtesy of www.mtv.com

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