Katy Perry Covers 'Seventeen' July 2009

Katy Perry Covers 'Seventeen' July 2009

Musician Katy Perry looks pretty in pink on the July 2009 cover of Seventeen magazine.

The 24-year-old “I Kissed a Girl” singer dished to the mag about first jobs, being a role model and her life before she became a household name. Check it:

On her worst job she ever had: “I worked at this place called Taxi, Taxi Music, where I would sit with headphones and a computer, and I would listen to music that people would send in from all around the country so they could get a critique on it and how to make it in the music industry. So you have to imagine how depressed I was after not making it in LA after five years, knowing everyone in the music industry couldn’t get a break, and sitting in this cubicle, listening to the worst music I’ve ever heard. I would tell these people ‘Well you have to change these chords’ or ‘This is how you contact a record label.’ And I was just like, I cannot give these people hope. I had no hope [myself.]”

On what the record labels thought of her: “They wanted me to be like someone else who was popular at the time, like Avril Lavigne or Kelly Clarkson. No offense to them at all, because they have their own lane, but I desperately wanted my own lane. It took five years to convince people to let me do it.”

On what her life was like before she made it big: “It was five years of living in L.A. with no money, writing bad checks, selling my clothes to make rent, borrowing money. Just trying to keep up with the Joneses. It was super-draining, but I knew inside it was going to happen. I was at least going to get my chance. I always say, ‘Step up to the plate and swing.’ It was up to me If I was going to hit that ball and run.”

On being a role model: “I think that [Miley (Cyrus) and the Jonas Brothers] set out to be role models, and I think, I at least hope they know what they’re doing. Because once you say you’re a role model, you’re under a microscope and everyone is waiting and watching for you to do something, you know? And then there’s this big pointing-of-the-finger thing. I mean, they have purpose being role models and having the promise ring thing. But it’s not for everyone.”

Katy‘s Seventeen cover hits stands June 9th — be sure to pick a copy up!

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Photos: Kenneth Willardt
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  • ashley

    firsttt haha

  • I Love Her!

    I am first! I also love that Katy Perry is on the cover of Seventeen!

  • bintk
  • Diana x3

    I love her <3 she’s a great singer and very pretty (:

  • krys

    I always love katy perry’s photo shoots, but oh my goodness what did seventeen do to her face?, the re-touching is horrible and makes her look totally fake. She’s so beautiful that she could get away with not wearing any make-up.

  • ashley

    I WAS FIRST :)

  • Pam

    Oh wow I just realized she’s about the same age as Ashley Tisdale

  • keN

    . . . congratz on surviving LA on pennies
    a day and emerging as ‘the real you’.
    Your style will inspire many to follow…
    great ta-ta’s too. I THINK I luv’u . . .k

  • http://jojoargentina.ar.tc Ine

    i think you don’t choose to be a role model. i mean, if you’re in the public eye, you are a model, and if ppl look up to you you are a role model, wheather you like it or not. you can be a good or a bad one, but you are because what you do affects ppl who follow your example, wheather you told them to or not.
    if yousay “i want to be a role model” the pressure is bigger, so i get what katy says. but i think she’s a role model anyway.

  • JIm

    Every buy and album only to find out it only has a couple of songs on it and then find out rest of the album is not so good, well that is the way I feel about Katy Perry’s album. It is too bad Katy does not offer a money back guarantee, because if she did I would want my money back.

  • mel

    i love you katy … ever so dearly <3

  • Iceis

    Loveee herrr . shes soo beautifull<33

  • http://celebritycore.blogspot.com/ magicalbuzz

    shes the best we bloged post



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