Katy Perry, age 17, was strummy, folky, Christian – and every bit as self-obsessed as you imagine the future candy-pop star would be.
Footage from 2001 has appeared online, from her first tour, courtesy of videographer Jim Standridge.
In it, Perry speaks candidly about covering her ”pizza face” with makeup, cries over her parents, and plays with her hair – a lot.
Interspersed with footage of her playing earnest acoustic numbers on stage are cuts of her on her tour bus, just talking about trivial things.
”Look at all these clothes … it’s great,” she says.
Then: ”Yeah … I’m pretty conceited”.
On the TV in the bus is New Zealand reality show treasure Island, which Perry says features her MC. She calls it ”Survivor, New Zealand-style.”
Standridge wrote in the blurb accompanying the video: ”The other day I was cleaning out some old footage in my office and found 90 minutes of raw footage I had totally forgot about … I quickly put together a short edit of the experience with Katy. Funny how she spent so much time messing with her hair…. In the present day her hair changes colour and style in every photo shoot, music video and performance…. I think Katy has grown into an amazing entertainer and woman. Enjoy.”
Katy Perry Uncensored Raw Talent from Jim Standridge on Vimeo.