Katy Perry covers Interview Mag as Liz Taylor: acceptable or unrecognizable?

Bloody hell, this is an utterly ridiculous sight. Katy Perry covers the April issue of Interview magazine in an Elizabeth Taylor tribute photoshoot, and here is the cover preview, which looks nothing like Katy Perry (or Liz Taylor for that matter). So much Photoshop! Whomever posed for this cover, it certainly doesn’t look like Katy doing Liz but more like Megan Fox doing Liz. Oddly enough, Megan was one of the actresses who was up for that Lifetime movie role that supposedly ended up going to Lindsay Lohan. Yet it goes without saying that even Photoshop Katy seems like a better option than Lohan as Liz. Katy’s take would be utterly disrespectful, entirely candy coated, and lacking in substance, but it would be a hell of a lot better than the Crackie Liz that may come to fruition. Yuck.

Speaking of crack-laden nightmares, there’s a new rumor going around that Katy is ready to start cruising the singles scene again, and Katy wants Rihanna to find her a new boyfriend:

A source close to the gorgeous singer tells HollywoodLife.com that Katy’s friends are telling her that she needs to start dating again and not waste any time – Rihanna even wants to set her up!

Katy Perry might not be a single lady for very long. The award winning singer has remained incredibly resilient despite her recent divorce with Russell Brand, and although she hasn’t been spotted out with a new man, a source tells HollywoodLife.com that she’s ready to get back into the dating scene.

“Katy has been very upset about the divorce,” a source tells us. “She never expected it to end and now she’s dealing with the aftermath. But her friends are telling her to get back out there and date. They don’t want her to waste time being upset over Russell.”

The source added that Katy’s good friend Rihanna is trying to get Katy to go out more and meet people.

“Rihanna wants to help Katy in any way she can,” an insider says. “She is telling her that she’ll start setting her up too!”

[From Hollywood Life]

I do agree in a sense that there’s really no use in Katy sitting around and moping about Russell who quite clearly has already moved onto greener (i.e., newer) pastures himself. Yet Rihanna has no business suggesting men for her friends when she can’t stop defending her own abuser. Still, I don’t really buy this story because I doubt RiRi really cares much about Katy at all.

In other Katy news, a very “tipsy” Katy reportedly entered into a bidding war (at the Elton John Oscars viewing party) over cooking lessons and ended up splashing out $50,000 as a result. Maybe she really wants to impress her (future) new man in the kitchen. Perhaps she even thinks Tim Tebow would like that.

Incidentally, a lot of you didn’t agree with my take on Katy’s outfit at the Elton viewing party as surprisingly tasteful and pretty. While I agree that Katy’s look wasn’t conventionally “fresh” and certainly not competitive in the Oscar fashion stakes, I was considering Katy’s ensemble relative to her usual trashy outfits. It would be unfair to hold her up to the gown standards of Penelope Cruz, but for Katy, she looked almost human. Almost.

Photos courtesy of Interview and WENN

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  1. Eve says:

    Uh? o_O

    I thought that was a “debotoxed” Megan Fox.

  2. taylor says:

    I don’t know: if they were going for Liz Taylor I think they missed by a mile. She looks like Amy Winehouse, to me.

  3. marie says:

    What is with women who do this? First it’s Marilyn Monroe women dress up like and now Elizabeth Taylor. Be yourself! It is boring and done a million times.

    • Kimbob says:

      Yeah, I agree. I think they do those things wishing/hoping some of the deceased star’s “iconism” will rub off on them, & hopefully linger. Sad.

      What really got my panties in a wad was Michelle Williams w/the Monroe thing. Now, to me…my qualifier..that was pathetic. Don’t like her…Williams, that is.

  4. brin says:

    I still can’t believe that’s Katy Perry!

  5. hatsumomo says:

    Liz Taylor? The image struck me as Amy Winehouse but in the beautiful way I like to remember Amy.

  6. the original bellaluna says:

    Watch out, Katy. The Cracken is preparing to release her wrath upon you! 😉

  7. jinni says:

    Why are stars today so desperate to look like dead people? Do they really think that by dressing up as these iconic celebs that the charimsa and star power of people like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn is going to rub off on them; because it isn’t. All those copycat actors and entertainers are doing is keeping alive the mystic and legends of those titans.

    Why don’t they ever try to be iconic in their own right instead of riding the coattails of corpses?

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      Yes, because Katy Perry went to Interview mag and said, “This is what the cover is going to look like.” *eyeroll* You guys are giving these celebs too much credit–they’re models for these shoots and thats about it. OTHER PEOPLE style the shoot, decide on their hair/makeup/clothes/etc. The celeb just shows up. Hate to break it to you, but celebs also don’t write their own interview questions. So, if you hate the questions celebs are asked it’s because a journalis/editor/etc decided those were the questions to ask–not the other way around.

      Is this really supposed to be an Elizabeth Taylor inspired shoot or was that an assumption? It looks way more 90s/era of the supermodel-ish to me. Very George Michael video look.

      • jinni says:

        My comment wasn’t specifically about Katy, but about a lot of people industry that willingly do this. I’m sure she has more control over what she wears during a photoshoot than a regular model does.

        What does the questions asked during an interview have anything to do with what I previously said?

        I was talking about the photos. Besides after one atttains a certain level of fame they usually have their people either give the journalists a list of topics they will and won’t talk about, or a list of question to ask the star during an interview and threaten the journo with cutting the interview short if they stray from those questions. So, yes stars of a certain level do have control over what questions are asked of them.

      • DetRiotGirl says:

        I’m also wondering if we know for sure that this is supposed to be a tribute to Liz Taylor. Does it say that in a press release somewhere that I missed?

        Anyway, this is a truly epic amount of photoshop and make up. Honestly, this might as well be an artist’s conception of what Katy Perry would look like in a burlesque house in 1968. But, in a weird way, stuff like this gives me hope that I too can look like some fabulous paint by numbers project that just stepped out of RuPaul’s dragulator if I ever feel like getting this dolled up. So, there’s that.

        Oh, for the record though behead, I also liked her Oscar look. FOR HER, I think it was a win!

    • Adrien says:

      jinni, they’re going for the classic iconic look b’c it’s safe. Not their fault but the mag editors and the artist’s PR team. They sell more covers when they used recycled concept or something already familiar.
      You have to give it to Gaga. At least she is copying non-dead artists like Madonna, Bowie, Grace Jones and Roisin Murphy.

      • Carolyn says:

        Agree. To me this looks like a Guess campaign from the 90’s – styling the girls to look a little like familiar 50’s icons but making it a bit modern at the same time. I would like to see the original pre- photoshopped photos – this is a beautiful look and much better than Katy’s clownface stoopid clothes kind of looks.

  8. Newtsgal says:

    Watch out Katy! Lindsay Lohan is going to get mad at you…..your stealing her Liz thunder…
    Besides I think she looks more like Amy Winehouse.

    PS- Dear Katy,
    Rihanna is the last person in this galaxy that you should take dating advice from.

  9. Zelda says:

    Nothing like Liz Taylor.
    Exactly like Liz Hurley.

  10. Ainsley says:

    When I first saw this photo, I thought she was aiming for Elizabeth Taylor but no one else noticed because she’s so far off. Everyone else just noticed the crazy level of airbrushing. Whatever “it” is, Katy Perry just doesn’t have it.

  11. G says:

    Liz Taylor? Not getting it at all. When did Liz wear costume jewelry and rhinestones?

    She’s not wasting anytime monetizing her divorce in the tabs, is she?

    Also, Rhianna’s taste in men is………?

  12. Nev says:

    I am sorry, but does allllllllllllll the new young stars have to keep copying or paying homage to the real divas….can’t they come up with new images? it’s tired.

  13. E says:

    I suspect the fail here is less about retouching and more about her makeup (and hair) & the lighting. Everything gets photoshopped…. I’m a professional photographer, I know from experience. But this just looks like a very different hair/makeup look to me with the normal amount of retouching. It’s not Liz Taylor at all, but it’s pretty.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I agree. It’s the make up. I think it’s pretty and it makes me sad because it DOES look like what I imagine an healthy Amy Winehouse would have looked like.

      Amy was a pretty girl once.

  14. ladybert62 says:

    She looks more like Liz Taylor than crackie does!

  15. CaramelKiss says:

    I’m black and I look more like Liz than Katy does LOL… first of all, she’s unrecognizable in this photo, I had to do a triple take just to confirm. She definitely has a Liz Hurley or Keira Knightley essence about her…IJS.

  16. NeNe says:

    I had no clue that was her. She looks beautiful. She needs to stop dying her hair rainbow bright colors.

  17. NeNe says:

    I believe anybody would make a better Liz than Lindsay.

  18. Tweakspotter says:

    Whoever that is she looks sort of like Lohan before the crack and fillers. Looks nothing like Katy Perry.

  19. kiko says:

    photoshop does it again..

  20. Jessica says:

    She looks like Elizabeth Hurley on the magazine cover… anyone else see it??

  21. nora says:

    she has 60’s vixen makeup on, but that does not mean it’s a homage to Elizabeth Taylor. EVERY starlet at that time did the same thing, Jane Fonda, Sophia Loren,etc.

    And her hair and styling elsewhere is 80’s.

  22. Astrid says:

    I liked her Oscar dress.

  23. hebrokemyheart says:

    the woman on the cover is beautiful, but she looks NOTHING like katy perry. nothing….

    • Agnes says:

      yeah, whoever this is, it’s not katy perry. it’s not even photoshop, it’s just a totally different person.

  24. lara says:

    is her nose photoshopped weird, or is that an ashley greene-post-rhinoplasty ridge going on there at the tip?

  25. Michelle says:

    I feel like this headline should read “Photoshop strikes again! Guess which Billboard-topping pop artist this picture is supposed to be of; max 5 guess.”

    I like this picture, but they photoshopped this girl to within an inch of her damn life. Why are they making her Kate Moss-gaunt? Why is her nose narrowed to half its normal width? WHY ALL OF THIS?! If you are putting a celebrity on the cover of your magazine, shouldn’t people be able to RECOGNIZE that star?

    *end rant*

  26. lucy2 says:

    Agree that’s more Amy Winehouse/Megan Fox than anything else.

    She’s asking Rihanna to find her a boyfriend? RIHANNA? She’d be better off making a trip down to a prison yard.

  27. Eleonor says:

    I thought it was a tribute to Amy Winehouse…

  28. Jessica says:

    I think they photoshopped every single feature (and then gave her some serious cheekbone contouring). I just sat here and (can’t believe I even did this) compared pics of Katy Perry to this picture feature by feature, and I’m not even sure I believe it it her at all. None of the features even vaguely resemble Perry.

    This photoshopping mess has got to stop.

  29. Jover says:

    Horrible, looks like a cross among amy winehouse, liz hurley, christy turlington, and megan fox; can’t mags be prosecuted for fraudalent misrepresentation? Jinni and scarlet vixen interesting exchange; but Jinni, do you really believe a brainless talentless tart like KP even knows of the stars you cited.
    When will we be done with these mediocrities; pop culture has become so lame and tired.

    • jinni says:

      She’s probably aware of the stereotypical way they are portrayed in the media/public (ex. Marilyn = tragic sex goddess, Cary = sophisticated cool, James = rebellious cool, etc), but how or why they became such icons, their lives, work, and legeacy; probably not.

  30. shaniqua nunyadambidness says:

    Dear Rihanna:

    I’d like a boyfriend who will beat the everlivinhellouttame, too. Got any extras?



  31. Medusa says:

    So I see, all you need are dangling earring and cat-eye eyeliner and, wow, INSTANT LIZ

    Uh huh.

  32. Sara says:

    What is it with all this imitation of Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe crap? Unless you are playing their character in a movie, it seems really stupid to keep doing this. Is Hollywood running out of ideas?

  33. Lem says:

    Katy Perry is nothing if not the poster child for what makeup can do

  34. skuddles says:

    Where did Katy’s infamous chin go?? That can’t possibly be her… I agree with the poster who said this cover should be made into a photoshop sweeps ‘guess the celeb’ contest. Win a blue wig and a monster pair of inflated boobies 😀

  35. Charz says:

    I like that you read the comments on this site and then reflect on them in other articles 🙂

  36. megs says:

    It looks like keira knightley

    Anyone who has seen those pictures Russel posted of her without makeup on, now can truly appreciate what magic makeup can do. The way I look before and after I do my hair and makeup is an optical illusion. This looks nothing like her. I never would have guessed it was her in a million years.

    • skuddles says:

      Aha! That’s it! I could not put my finger on who she looked like here… Good job megs 🙂

    • gg says:

      I agree – the wonders of makeup. She looks damn good! She needs to just go ahead and hang up the stupid pop career and just go on into Broadway. She’d be fabulous.

  37. corey says:

    at first glance I thought it was Nelly Furtado

  38. DG says:

    I don’t understand, I’ve read the cover 3 times and I don’t see where it says anything about Elizabeth Taylor???

  39. Adrien says:

    Liz Taylor, alright!…the Larry Fortensky years.

  40. mellania says:

    You know the fact that this looks nothing like Katy and everyone thinks she looks amazing should be a wake up call to her.

    Katy should take a year off and have a nose job, grind her chin down, a couple cheek implants, a proper boob job to fix her saggy tits, an eye job to fix that wonk eye and lift the side so they don’t look so bug eyed, and get some hair transplants to fix her steep hairline and the loss she’s had over the year. And some lip implants and a jaw reconstruction to give her some definition instead of that saggy mess that’s going on now. Then she’d be really pretty and it wouldn’t be a big deal. She should just take this photo to the best plastic surgeon money can buy. It would change her image and people would start taking her seriously for acting parts if she walked in and looked like this. A real knock out. It would be a great investment in her career and this way she’s not just going to be a flash in the pan. She looks like her mother and her mother is so ugly and aged so badly, I hope Katy doesn’t start turning out like that.

  41. Sunny says:

    I thought it was Liz Hurley…

  42. die elepha beth says:

    looks like K.Beck doing an Amy W.
    soooo far away from either Perry or Taylor.

    is sad nao.

  43. gobo says:

    Mellania I find your suggestions worrying, horrifying and disgusting.

  44. normades says:

    I think Riri is too busy being a red hot mess herself that she doesn’t have a lot of advice to give. I really don’t think those two are as tight as the PR would make them seem.

    I really don’t think Katy’s all that upset about the divorce since they didn’t seem to spend that much time together when they were married. I’m sure she’s loving the single life and needs no encouragement from her friends to go out.

  45. Cleo says:

    This just vindicates Jefferson Starship – beneath the avoirdupois, she looked like Katy Perry – just like Amber Benson looks like Emmanuelle Vaugier.

  46. pato says:

    kate perry??? wow, I thought it was the actress that plays Morgana in Merlin.

  47. Stam says:

    I thought this was Megan Fox 3 surgeries ago.

  48. Cami says:

    I just read that Katy Perry uses beth bender beauty’s Get in line eyeliner stencil kit when she does her own cat eyes. Has anyone heard of this product?

    Her eyes look so amazing on this cover!

  49. Amina says:

    woow the first pic a thought it was Amy Winehouse

  50. TOTALLY unrecognizable… huh? How is this allowed to be published? If I were Katy I would be kind of offended!