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On Pushing the Envelope
''Unfortunately, I don't live up to all the wonderful sensationalism that other people do. I mean I'm not like f---ing Doris Day, by any means. I'm just me. I think that I'm the right amount of risqué or the right amount of envelope pushing. Everything is done with a wink; I'm big into innuendo and double entendre. I'm big into wordplay.''
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On Body Image
''Rihanna has a fantastic body. Same with Miley — she's got an amazing body and they get away with so much more stuff because it looks so great. Me, honestly, I've got cellulite. I'm just hiding it.''
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On Her Role Model
''Gwen Stefani. She's always been a huge influence to me. She's still very relevant, she has great taste, and she has a wonderful balance. I've hung out with her many times. She's so unaffected and cool and has a family life and has a fashion line and has music and is young and hip. I look up to the way she has lived her life so much.''
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On Writing About Her Romance With John Mayer on Prism
''I'm a songwriter, and I write from my experiences and I don't really want to edit myself. I think that fantastic songs have come out from my highs and my lows and that's maybe the struggle with being a real songwriter. A lot of the times my peers are just picking songs. I don't shop for songs. They shop for songs like they shop for shoes.''
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''Hot N Cool''
Entertainment Weekly Editor Jess Cagle chats with Perry's backup dancers Malik Le Nost, Cassidy Noblett, and Scott Myrick on the set of the cover shoot.
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Le Nost stretches before the photo shoot.
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Taking a Shine
Noblett gets oiled up by groomer Sara Glick — it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.
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A Close Shave
This just in: Scott Myrick is ticklish.
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Katy Perry: The EW Cover
For more on Perry's wild world, pick up a copy of EW on newsstands today or buy it here now.