10/25/2012 08:30 am ET | Updated Jun 28, 2013

Katy Perry Turns 28: A Throwback Thursday Look At The Pop Star Before She Was Famous (PHOTO)

The following photo was provided to us by our friends at Snakkle.com.

Today marks Katy Perry's 28th birthday. But long before the superstar songstress was climbing the charts with pop confections about kissing girls and waking up in Vegas, she spent her formative years as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, listening to gospel music with her conservative pastor parents.

Courtesy of our friends at Snakkle.com, we present her freshman yearbook photo from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif. And on the cover of her eponymous 2001 debut album, "Katy Hudson," the singer --now known for her chameleon-like hair color changes -- channels Christina Aguilera as a blonde.

katy perry turns 28

katy perry turns 28

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