katy-perry-prism-cover-story-02-1042x667America’s biggest export Katy Perry sings the international language of sex and empowerment.

Like many of her songs, the current hit ‘Roar’, is an anthem with hidden meaning. “I do love a good innuendo,” Perry told W magazine. “Mom and Dad know what this song means, but just sing along, kids—you won’t know what these lyrics are about for another 10 years.”katy-perry-prism-cover-story-04-1042x1156“This song is about sticking up for yourself,” Perry explained.katy-perry-prism-cover-story-01-1042x1440“People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways. You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me. I was having a great professional streak, but personally, I was really immature, so I had to balance those things out.”katy-perry-prism-cover-story-03-1042x1344If Perry is referring to her short-lived marriage to Russell Brand, she isn’t exactly saying it. “If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself: You are going to hear me roar!”november-2013-katy-perry-cover-01-hi-1042x1354
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photos by Mario Sorrenti
Styled by Edward Enninful