First Katy Perry declared that she's getting too old to wear super-revealing costumes, and now, she's rooting for fellow pop stars to button up a bit, too. Sitting down to promote her new album, Prism, on NPR this week, Katy talked about how she think she's become an "inspiration out of default right now, 'cause it's such a strange world."
She explained, "Like females in pop -- everybody's getting naked. I mean, I've been naked before, but I don't feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed." Whaaaat? It's possible to be noticed without stripping down to a twerkin' teddy?! You don't say, Katy!
When asked if she was referencing anyone specifically, she elaborated:
I'm not talking about anyone in particular. I'm talking about all of them. I mean, it's like everybody's so naked. It's like put it away. We know you've got it. I got it too. I've taken it off for -- I've taken it out here and there. And I'm not necessarily judging. I'm just saying sometimes it's nice to play that card, but also it's nice to play other cards. And I know I have that sexy card in my deck, but I don't always have to use that card.
Well-put. And a message we really could stand to hear so much more often. In a time when women see hyper-sexualized, exploitative messages from porn (just watch Don Jon or the documentary Sexy Baby to see what I mean) and even mainstream media, commercials, billboard ads, Facebook ads, it's way too easy to believe we must equate our self-worth with how good we look naked. And that's completely unacceptable.
Like it or not, stars who rely on the sexy card all the freakin' time and have nothing else to offer are sending a messed-up message to the world. Like Katy, I agree there's a time and a place for "taking it out," as she puts it. Ha. It shouldn't be so constant. Otherwise, where's the mystique?! And without mystique, where's the glamour?
I love how Katy seems to taken cues for her look from the golden age of Hollywood -- glam sirens like Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Liz Taylor! Now it sounds like she's trying to teach some of her colleagues in the pop world a lesson from that era, as well: More often than not, leaving something to the imagination is a lot hotter than showing it all.
How do you feel about Katy saying her fellow pop stars need to "put it away"?
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