She talks about Beyonce, Adele, Madonna, The Grammys and more.

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Katy Perry’s purposeful pop era continues with a fashion spread in Vogue.

Katy is this month’s Vogue cover star, and with it an avant-garde photoshoot reminiscent of Lady Gaga circa 2012 and an in-depth interview where she analyses her life now versus the initial catapult into superstardom.

Here are a couple of highlights:

On Beyonce:
“Our modern-day Michael Jackson. She has come into her own, showing that it’s OK to be strong and vulnerable at the same time—and that vulnerability is not a weakness, it’s actually a strength.”

“I really appreciate people who don’t fall down the rabbit hole and have a grasp on what’s real.”

“She did the art of evolution so well.”

“I love her outspokenness—she has shown up lately for women, and I love that.”

The Grammys:
“We as a culture need to be inclusive and diverse, and I believe that that is not yet represented at the Grammys.”

Being 32-years-old:
“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.”

Her political views:
“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… 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.”

Read the full interview here and check out the photoshoot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott up top.

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