Katy Conquers All
After her marriage flamed out, Katy Perry thought her new album would be dark and brooding. Instead, she turned personal pain into professional triumph, and now prepares to tour with a message of rising from the ashes. Behind the Cover: Fashion | Behind the Cover: Beauty
By Claire Hoffman
Photo Credit: Courtesy of regan cameron
WHAT'S ON HER BUCKET LIST
Visit Machu Picchu; go inside the pyramids in Egypt and down the Nile; learn Spanish; learn to crochet ("It looks so therapeutic—give me some needles now!"); work on her garden ("I just got three beds with herbs and vegetables"); cash in a ticket to outer space; "connect an Eddie Bauer Airstream to my boyfriend's Ford Raptor and camp at Yellowstone."
WHAT SHE SPLURGES ON:
"Chanel and good vacations."
"I'm confident because of my music. When you're confident, you don't feel like you have to seek outside approval all the time."
NEVER LEAVES HOME WITHOUT:
"Fragrance-free baby wipes and By Terry lip balm. I'm kind of like Howard Hughes-y in that I'm not a fan of germs. Getting sick is a bummer because I bum so many people out if I have to cancel a show … I might as well just throw hundreds of thousands of dollars off a cliff."
Around the World with Katy Perry
Wherever she is on tour—what she calls "one big road trip"—Katy Perry makes sure to pencil in play with her entourage of 115. "Anytime there is something fun to do, we take full advantage of it," she says. "We probably have the best time of all tours—I challenge anyone else's tour. Overall, I think we supersede." She's also invited along talents like Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds, Janelle Monáe, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land, and Natalia Kills. Stuff they've done across the globe that might inspire your fantasy bucket list:
Argentina: "We saw an authentic tango show and sipped Malbec."
Bali: "We had 10 days between Singapore and Hong Kong, and rather than flying everyone back to L.A., I took everyone to the Amanresorts. We went white-water rafting and had bonfires by our private pool."
Brazil: "We did Rock in Rio, and I rented a yacht because we wanted to have an after-party, but Rock in Rio goes until 3 a.m., so our party started at, like, 3 or 4. We were all jet-lagged, so we had no context anyway."
Canada: "We went to the Calgary Stampede, where we all dressed up like cowboys and cowgirls."
Dubai: "There was a skydiving competition—like the Olympics of skydiving [World Parachuting Championships]—and everybody was jumping out of planes every day."
Mexico: "We meditated inside the Teohuitacán pyramid-temples."
New Zealand: "We bungee jumped and went to the Glowworm Caves. You rappel deep into the heart of a mountain, and things that look like constellations above you are actually made up of little worms."
Texas: "We rented out Schlitterbahn, considered the world's best water park."
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