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Katy Perry Finally Explains That Geisha Costume to GQ

Katy Perry Finally Explains That Geisha Costume to GQ

Every February, the ladies and gentlemen at GQ publish an issue dedicated to love, sex, and madness — and we can't help but love Katy Perry's maddeningly sexy cover of this year's edition.

The singer wears a cleavage-baring black-and-white-striped swimsuit on the cover, which promises more images of Katy in pinup-girl mode. In the issue, writer Amy Wallace uses Perry's geisha-inspired performance at last year's American Music Awards as a frame to tell a story about her life.

"I was thinking about unconditional love, and I was thinking: Geishas are basically, like, the masters of loving unconditionally," she said before the show. When critics accused Perry's performance of being tinged with racism, she told the magazine, "All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it."

You can read the full profile at GQ.com, and there's a look at Perry's performance costume below.