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"Sometimes if you want to achieve something great, there will be curveballs. You just have to dodge them every once in awhile."

Career highlights

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2001

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Releases First Album

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2007

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Signs with Capital Records

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2010

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Launches Teenage Dreams
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Katy Perry

Career highlights

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2001

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Releases First Album
At the age of 16, Perry launches her first project, a Christian pop album, as Katy Hudson. "It reached literally maybe 100 people, and then the label went bankrupt," she told EW.

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2007

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Signs with Capital Records
After a few more label fails, the singer finally scores a record deal with Capital Records. Hoping for mainstream success, she makes her pop debut with One of the Boys. The album’s lead single, "I Kissed a Girl" soars up the charts, becomes a worldwide hit, and receives a Grammy nod.

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2010

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Launches Teenage Dreams
Perry’s next album, Teenage Dreams, is released in August and the single for the record, "California Gurls," rises to become No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It also earns her four Grammy nominations, including "Album of the Year."

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2012

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Big-Screen Debut
Perry gives the world a glimpse into her professional and personal life with the release of her concert documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Other television and film appearances follow, including The Smurfs 1 and 2 and Fox’s Raising Hope.

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2013

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Newest Face of Cover Girl
Perry is named the newest face of Cover Girl cosmetics, joining an illustrious list of past spokesmodels like Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, and Janelle Monae.

Pop music maven Katy Perry is a true "California Gurl," coming into the world as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara in 1984. Raised by deeply religious parents who were both ministers, she starting performing in church as a child. Perry started taking singing lessons when she was 9 and had already learned to play guitar by the time she reached 13. Though she got an early start, three record deals fell apart before her career truly took off with the release of her hit-single in 2008, "I Kissed a Girl." Finally, a superstar was officially born.

Since then, Perry has sold more than 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide. She’s also received numerous awards and nominations, including eleven Grammy nods, four People’s Choice Awards, and a 2012 "Woman of the Year" from Billboard. Also in 2012, she hit the big screen with the release of her concert documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, capturing a behind-the-scenes look at her world tour as well as the breakup of her marriage to actor Russell Brand. It garnered positive reviews and grossed $30 million at the box office.

Known for her over-the-top, unconventional, colorful costumes, the sexy singer keeps her bod ready to "Roar" on stage by following celeb trainer Harley Pasternak’s 5 Factor Diet and workout. "I don’t have a Kate Moss body, but I’m very proud and happy with mine," she says. —Kristen Aldridge

Trivia

Girl Crush
Scarlett Johansson
Pet obsession
Her cat named Kitty Purry
Political Party
Democrat
Best Birthday
Celebrating with First Lady Michelle Obama for her 28th