Give Katy Perry a Round of Applause (and a Gatorade) for Her Stunt-Filled "Rise" Video

Cardio goals: exceeded.

Katy Perry Rise
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (opens in new tab) probably wasn't the *exact* inspiration for Katy Perry's "Rise" (opens in new tab) music video—that would be the Olympics (opens in new tab), actually—but she does lug a (figurative) albatross around, only it's a pink parachute that comes in handy as a bivouac. Aren't you just glad Orly's version of #whatdoyoupeen (opens in new tab) had nothing to do with this?

Definitely sending her Apple Health stats shooting through the roof, the action-heavy video stars Twitter's Most Followed (opens in new tab) as some sort of hair-pierced (opens in new tab)Sorel-boot (opens in new tab)-wearing paratrooper who crash-lands in water but also gets stuck hanging off a cliff but also can't just undo her vest? Dunno—which is probably why they went with a nonlinear narrative. The visuals are stunning, though, so watch here and load up on enough contact adrenaline to power through this summer Friday.

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.