Katy Perry covers Elle: Success, sexiness and wanting to live 'a full life'

katy-perry-elle-cover.jpg Katy Perry is the cover subject in the March issue of Elle magazine, and considering her bombshell image, the cover shot itself is pretty demure. Colorful, but demure.

Inside, things get a little more interesting with a circus-themed photo shoot and a pretty candid interview in which the pop star talks about how she handles success, her style and her marriage to Russell Brand. Some highlights from the interview:

Climbing the ladder, and what she's done once she made it to the top: "I had two cars repossessed, and I was writing bad checks, but I gave myself a timeline. I thought, Okay, if I don't make it by 25, I'm just going to get married and pop out some babies and do some crafts. ...

"It's important to be relatable and normal. And I think that what helps with that, for me, is that I had the rug pulled out from underneath my feet so many times. It was like, 'Listen up, b***h, you're not going to get served this on a silver platter -- you've got to work for it!' I don't feel like I can act like an entitled b***h yet! I still have so much to prove."

The body: "I was shaped like a square at one time. I was! I'm generally around 130 pounds, which is totally fine for me. But when I was a kid, I was the same height and weighed more like 145. And I had enormous boobs that I didn't know what to do with, so I wore minimizers, which were not cute. Those thick-ass straps! I got made fun of for the over-the-shoulder boulder holder ... and all I wanted was to look like Kate Moss. Little did I know ... that these things would come in handy someday."

Russell Brand and how the relationship works: "Everything clicked really fast. We kind of instantly got past all the surfacey stuff. And ever since then, there hasn't been a dull moment. ...

"We both needed balance, and we give that to each other. It wasn't about me taming him, which is what everyone always says -- it was about timing."

Life beyond the stage: "I think some people will die on the stage, and I'm not so sure I want to do that. Like, I want to have kids! I'm totally fine with saying that. I think some people are scared because they're worried it's going to ruin their career, but I want to live a full life."

The March issue of Elle hits newsstands on Feb. 15.
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