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“I'm curvy, I'm not sample size”: Katy Perry talks body positivity and defining yourself on your own terms

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Katy Perry is the latest star to weigh in on the topic of body positivity and the pressures on women in Hollywood.

Speaking to Mashable ahead of the Met Gala, where she turned heads in her take on the Manus X Machina theme in a velvet Prada gown adorned with a Tamagotchi toy, she talked about loving your body and how she hopes we can overcome "decades of bad messaging" about ideal beauty standards for women.

The 31-year-old told the interviewer that she hopes conversations about body positivity continue to grow, explaining: "There have been decades of bad messaging and we are rewiring now. Long gone are the days where you are not socially aware. You can't unsee all that crazy shit and not try to do something to change it."

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Katy Perry in Prada at the Met Ball 2016

Backing Amy Schumer - who made headlines due to her contention with being dubbed "plus-size" by US Glamour Magazine - Perry asserted that you don't need to define yourself within the parameters of vocabulary perpetuated by mainstream media.

"I think owning the terms is on an individual basis. It's about what you want to call yourself. We don't see ourselves in the same way."

She added: "I know for me, I'm curvy, I'm not sample size, but I represent a lot of people out there. I want to be relatable. That's really important to me, while not losing my mind in this weird fucking human experiment I'm going through."



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