Katy Perry Covers Rolling Stone, Talks Praying for Breasts

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Kiss me Kate: Perry on the July cover of Rolling Stone.

She may be covering the latest issue of Rolling Stone in a silver lamé Hershey's Kisses-inspired bra (complete with tasteful paper plume, um, tassels), but Katy Perry wasn't always so bold with her body.

"I started praying for [breasts] when I was, like, 11," she tells the music magazine. "And God answered that prayer above and beyond, by, like, 100 times, until I was like, 'Please, stop, God. I can't see my feet anymore. Please stop!' I was a lot more rectangular then. I didn't understand my body. Someone in sixth grade called me 'Over-the-shoulder boulder holder.' I didn't know I could use them. So, what I did was, I started taping them down. How long did I tape them down for? Probably until I was about 19. And, no, I don't have any psychological pain because of it."

Er, clearly not. The 26-year-old pop star seems pretty comfortable and confident in the accompanying fashion spread shot by Terry Richardson, which sees her rocking a printed yellow string bikini, pink mesh, a '70s-style strapless teal swimsuit, and Jeremy Scott's Fall 2011 "Enjoy God" top.

The playful shoot is a fitting choice given Perry's outlook on life.

"I see everything in color," she says. "When I see road construction and they have those little things on the road, I see them as candy canes. I try and find the cute in all things in life."

But that doesn't mean she's oblivious to life's less-than-cute moments, including politics ("the fact that America doesn't have free health care drives me absolutely f-----g crazy"), the world's obsession with fame ("I'm a part of the problem ... I'm playing the game, though I am trying to reroute"), and nasty celebrities.

"I remember coming to L.A. for the first time and meeting Gwen Stefani and how gracious and wonderful she was, and then meeting another favorite artist of mine and what a c--t she was," the ghd spokeswoman recalls. "It ruined my dreams of that person ... I will always be a fan of the person who was gracious."

We'll be on our best behavior!

For more of Perry's interview, visit Rolling Stone online and pick up the latest issue, out June 24.