V Magazine’s latest issue (hitting shelves May 10) aims to celebrate all things Americana. Rather than poster up a girl-next-door for their cover (say a smiley-eyed Blake Lively type), V shows the world exactly where they’re going with this theme with a different American cover girl: Ke$ha. Her glitter-meets-garbage personal steez is reinterpreted as a full-face of star-spangled banner, stars and stripes waving from ear to ear, and the flag + nose ring + blonde curls + shaved Skrillex patch is enough to start “Sweet Home Alabama” playing on repeat in your brain for the next three hours. It’s an atypical choice but a totally warranted one.
Inside the issue Britney Spears says of the cover girl, “Ke$ha brings an incredibly carefree, fun-loving spirit to American pop music,” though when Ke$ha thinks of herself in the ranks of pop stars like Spears, she say, “I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with shit on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels.” We don’t know, Ke$ha… You look pretty glamorous to us in this draped American flag print asymmetrical DSquared frock and bone-colored cowboy boots, platinum hair blowing in the wind, glistening bronzed skin and all that, but I guess we see your point. Of his notorious gutter queen client, producer Dr. Luke says, “Ke$ha comes out in an AC/DC T-shirt that she found in a dumpster, literally, and she rocks it. It’s sort of a metaphor for who she is. Anyone can be Ke$ha in their own way.” Just point us to the dumpster, Dr. Luke.