Too much information? Perhaps, but that's the kind of tongue-in-cheek sincerity that distinguishes Perry from her peers. Though the shoot flaunts the run-of-the-mill sexiness we've come to expect from GQ, it works well in conjunction with Wallace's notion of Perry being the reigning, hot girl-next-door in pop culture.
"No other artist has so seamlessly blended teenage dreams and grown-up misadventures, singing about hickeys and crushes, yes, but also threesomes, blackouts, and strangers in your bed," Wallace writes. It's a fine line Perry walks, and one she'll eventually (in our opinion) step off to make the "grown woman, I do what I want" kind of album Gaga and Beyoncé have made. But, that won't be for a while because, as GQ's feature alludes to, she's sitting pretty on her throne — with aliens and the occasional President Obama photo conversation.
The February issue of GQ hits newsstands everywhere on January 28. (GQ)