“I am a product whore,” Katy Perry said with a laugh. “I am a consumer of a multitude of beauty products and I’m always looking for the next great thing that will make me into the young Elizabeth Taylor I would love to be. I must have about 100 products on my counter right now.”
And she can soon add another one: her first fragrance. The 25-year-old Santa Barbara, Calif., native will launch Purr by Katy Perry in November at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com. It’s a little project she squeezed in between doing a new album and preparing for her upcoming nuptials to actor-comedian Russell Brand — about which Perry was decidedly mum.
Although Perry’s latest album, “Teenage Dreams,” hasn’t yet dropped, its first single, “California Gurls” — released in May and also featuring Snoop Dogg — is already a hit and the all-time Mediabase Top 40 airplay record holder. Perry revealed the CD’s cover on her Web site, katyperry.com, at 4:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. She’ll begin a new tour in the spring and has just shot a video for “Dream,” another cut from her upcoming album.
She is also making her movie debut as the voice of Smurfette in the animated feature “The Smurfs,” slated for a 2011 release. “I want to do more film work, but it probably won’t be this year,” she said. “No time.”
All in all, Perry is motivated to prove her critics wrong. “I paid my dues and, because of some of my choices, I knew I wouldn’t be the critics’ darling,” she said. “My goal was to win people’s respect — I wasn’t going to be seen as a one-trick pony. And people are now changing their minds about me, which is exciting. They’re seeing that I’m not pop star lame or hipster cool — that I’m somewhere in the middle.”