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Katy Perry not only posed topless for Esquire, she gave them an interview. She's currently riding high with the #1 song of the summer, California Gurls, and her newly tamed bad-boy fiance Russell Brand.
Below are interview highlights from the Esquire press release talking about meeting Russell, Snoop and her hit single. On first meeting her match: "I was 25, 30 feet away from him. And I threw the bottle straight at him: hit him smack dab on the head. Can you imagine the horrible feeling he had, when he was used to getting everything he wanted? I was like, 'You've met your match, motherf*cker.' A week later we went on vacation in Thailand." On taming Russell Brand: "He used to basically be a professional prostitute - now he's not. So he's an extremist which can be both good and bad. I always needed someone stronger than me. And I am, like, a f*cking strong elephant of a women. I say that hopefully in the humblest way I can." On being one in the same person as her future husband: "I'm like, 'Oh my God, I am you. You are me.' Two divas in one house. It's like splitting the atom: it shouldn't happen." On being a girl-next-door type: "I feel like I wanna be somewhat of a girl-next-door, but not as f*uckin' sappy." On her number 1 single California Gurls: "I was thinking to myself how perfect it would be to have a California anthem. I can't let the Beach Boys down. I can't let Tupac down. I had the idea to put Snoop on - I thought he would be the cherry on top, and it would make me look cooler." On smoking with Snoop: "I was scared for my life to get off the hookah. Everyone else is smoking everything else. I was saying to myself, 'If that sh*t still gets Snoop high, if I breathe it in I will die. I will be on a permanent balloon.' I was like, 'Hold on to the hookah.'" On always getting her way: "I was always very manipulative as a kid - I got my way. Which has helped me my whole life." On being larger than life: "We are both larger than life. I think we are kind of cartoony. But I don't think that means we're not to be taken seriously." WATCH THE COVER SHOOT: