Katy Perry has evolved immensely over the course of her career. While pop stars are usually expected to go through "eras" as a way to stay relevant on the charts, Perry has confessed that she really didn't have another choice but to evolve, considering her young adulthood was very sheltered. As May's Vogue cover girl, Perry spoke about her awakening later in life and boldly stated that she believes teenage girls will save the world. And, truthfully, I think she is totally right.
Perry feels a duty now as a woman to make sure she speaks her voice and sets an example for younger generations, and it's never too late to start. After releasing her latest single, "Chained To The Rhythm," she tweeted to her millions of followers that she would be calling her newest music "purposeful pop." Perry's evolution into a woke pop star queen was gradual, but got pretty obvious with her heavy involvement in Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign. When asked directly about her political views, Perry told Vogue,
It took her a little longer to realize it because of her strict upbringing, but Perry gets it now and she wants to make sure that all young people have the opportunity to know that they can and should be curious about the world around them. She said of the way she grew up,
Perry's curiosity saved her and the same can be said for younger people today. Her "purposeful pop" is her way to connect to the demographic she boldly believes will save our world. Even though she didn't have the opportunity to have a voice herself when she was a teenager, she sees the value in encouraging that in teens now. She spoke about her feelings post-election, and said,
Personally, am I also so inspired to see young feminist leaders rise up and encourage their friends to take actions, like calling their representatives. Our times have changed and it's lovely to see Perry be honest about her evolution. Ignorance is not an easy thing for someone to admit they dealt with, but this means she can only grow up from here and keep inspiring those future teenage girls (and boys) who will change the world.