All Photos: Courtesy of Katy Perry's YouTube channel
Is there anything quite as universally appealing as backstage footage? Sure, there's world peace and eradicating hunger, but nothing blows my mind quite like seeing that my favorite artists are not robots built for my entertainment, but are, in fact, real humans who eat food and work out and have relationships with other humans just like ME! When Lady Gaga started posting her "Gagavision" videos to YouTube, I was totally brought back to the days when I watched the VHS of Hanson's documentary, 'Tulsa, Tokyo, & the Middle of Nowhere' until the tape wore out. AND THEN, Katy Perry releases a new 'Candyfornia Candids' video from the Europe leg of her California Dreams tour, and I cannot be held accountable for my unintelligible screams of elation/buckling over in joy-induced sobbing/etc etc. JUST LOOK PLS THX.
ALL TOGETHER NOW FROM THE BACK
An army of gingerbread men forms a kickline with Katy dressed in a skirt made of a giant strip of candy buttons, while one human man holds her up in a stunt (and maybe also provides a seat for her with his head).
Katy's on-the-road stylist extracts the blue wig from her head with clinical precision. In other news, I now can't stop picturing the wig as an autonomous, sentient being that survives by attaching itself to a host head. Sorry 'bout it.
Once the wig is removed, we see the intricate hair-sculpture that lies beneath. The helmet of bobby pins and minibraids looks kind of bizarro from behind and appears to be shellacked in place with an industrial supply of gel, but I bet those baby pigtail/flyaways still look totally cute on Katy from the front view.
EMBROIDERED AND APPLIQUED
Letting her scalp and natural hair come up for a little air, Katy dons a sweet embroidered and appliqued peach number to sign autographs.
This is the kind of stuff I imagine many catnip dreams are made of... MEOW!
SEQUINS + WIG + FANS + HALTER NECK PHOTO BOMB
Here's to you, Lilac-wigged Lollipop Dancer. You are an inspiration to amateur photo-bombers everywhere. Your relaxed stance, self-satisfied expression and clear full-body inclusion in this shot of Katy Perry with an excited fan are achievements I can only dream of one day accomplishing. *bows*
PLEATED, BELTED, PICTURE PERFECT
If cotton candy were a person, it would be Katy Perry — this belted, retro-style dress is TOO CUTE.
FANS FANNING OUT IN POLKA DOTS
If I were within arm's length of Katy Perry, I wouldn't look half as composed as these girls do. Instead of polished polka dots and curls, you'd just see a tornado of frizz and vertical stripes. Of mascara down my face.
The best accessory... JK objectifying boys is wrong, but Russell Brand had to know he'd look omnomnom-errific in that expertly tailored vest and tousled hair.
ENCRUSTED SWEETHEART BODICE VICTORY!
Katy has every right to celebrate. Looking like a stone-cold fox in a fluffy pink tutu, encrusted heart-shaped bodice, and lavender arm-warmers (rather than a crazy lady with a Peter Pan complex) is no easy feat.
JEREMY SCOTT X adidas = AMAZING
WHAT. This track jacket. The technicolor button embellishments. The pristine blue wig. *jealousy consumes*
SURREAL ROOMSCAPE LEOTARD
Never have I ever wanted something like I want this bubblegum-pink Victorian-esque sofa. And maybe also those lucite end tables. And that metallic ruffle-necked rainbow-stripe leotard.
BUBBLE GOOSE SOLO TIME
Even in sweatpants, a bubble jacket, and Uggs, on hour number 2.456534 million of a tour, Katy is 100 percent Grade A 'DORBZ, but you don't have to take my word for it. Peep the vid in its entirety for yourself. We hope she drops more STAT. *taketaketaketaketake*
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