Katy Perry on 'Rolling Stone': Body image, bad reviews, and 'California Gurls'

katy-perry-rolling-stone-cover.jpgKaty Perry covers the current issue of "Rolling Stone," and as per usual, she's dressed up like candy in the Terry Richardson photo. This time, she's a foil-wrapped chocolate kiss, with the outfit accentuating her best assets. Despite her fearlessness when it comes to putting the goods on display, Perry says she wasn't always as proud of her figure.

"I started praying for [breasts] when I was, like, 11," she says. "And God answered that prayer above and beyond, by, like, 100 times, until I was like, 'Please, stop, God. I can't see my feet anymore. Please stop!' I was a lot more rectangular then. I didn't understand my body. Someone in sixth grade called me 'Over-the-shoulder boulder holder.' I didn't know I could use them. So, what I did was, I started taping them down. How long did I tape them down for? Probably until I was about 19. And, no, I don't have any psychological pain because of it."

Speaking of psychological pain, Perry sees all the bad reviews, but they haven't caused her any emotional damage -- mostly, she says, because there are better things to focus on. Whenever people ask me about having bad reviews, I'm like, 'Have you seen the run I've had? Have you see the numbers?'" she says. "Numbers do not lie!"

That said, her sales haven't given her delusions of grandeur, either. She knows her place in the pop culture sphere.

"Since the age of nine all I've wanted to do is share my perspective and hopefully help people through my music, whether it just makes someone smile or a song becomes someone's mantra for life or a motto or whatever," she says. "I'm not a dummy. I know 'California Gurls' isn't going to save the world. But I got a lot of heart from my upbringing, and I put a lot of heart in my songs."

For more from Katy Perry, hit your local newsstand and pick up the new Rolling Stone.
Photo/Video credit: Terry Richardson for Roling Stone