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.