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Long gone are the days of cupcaked boobs and revealing latex bodysuits.
Katy Perry explained in a recent interview with NPR that she's buttoning up her blouses and focusing less on her sex symbol status.
"I do see myself becoming this, whatever, inspiration out of default right now because it's such a strange world. Like females in pop—everybody's getting naked," she said.
"I mean, I've been naked before, but I don't feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed. But it's interesting to see."
So just who is the "Roar" singer throwing serious shade at? Could it be Miley Cyrus? Her BFF Rihanna? Nicki Minaj? All three?!
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"I'm not talking about anyone in particular," she added. "I'm talking about all of them. I mean, it's like, put it away. We know you've got it. I got it too. I've taken it off before and I'm not necessarily judging. I'm just saying sometimes it's nice to play that card but also it's nice to play other cards…I know I have that sexy card in my deck but I don't always have to use that card."
John Mayer's leading lady also confessed that she'd rather fans see her as an inspiration than a role model.
"A role model, I think, will fail you. I mean, I couldn't tell kids when it's time for them to try things or do things. That's not my role," she dished on the radio program.
"I think when you set out to be an artist, first and foremost, you don't come with this kind of like, 'Hey, I also want to be a role model.'"
Whatever the title is, there's no doubt that KatyCats the world over are rejoicing over the fact that she's going against the grain and staying true to herself.