The diva shows off a new,polished look.In real life,she says,"my makeup is usually left over from the night before." (Ha!)
If you've been on a dance floor—any dance floor—since 2009,then you're familiar with Ke$ha,she of "TiK ToK," "Your Love Is My Drug" and all that tribal makeup.Also glitter.Lots and lots of glitter.But when we busted out the makeup remover for this shoot,we discovered: There is a real girl underneath.And she has freckles!And hates it when people stiff waitresses.Hard at work on her upcoming rock album,this 24-year-old icon-in-the-making (born Kesha Sebert,no dollar sign,and raised in Nashville) turned down the insanely loud volume that is her life to talk,really talk,with us.
GLAMOUR:You were cranking some rock during yourGlamourphoto shoot.I've heard your new album is going to be much more rock 'n' roll.
KE$HA:People say that rock 'n' roll is dead,and I am making it my mission to resurrect it.I have rock 'n' roll pumping through my veins.
GLAMOUR:Do you think it's harder to succeed in rock as a woman?
KE$HA:I know that I have balls.I have bigger balls than a lot of the men that I meet.I'm just a ballsy motherf--ker.I'm not afraid of pushing boundaries.That's what you have to do to become an icon.
GLAMOUR:Women seem to be taking over pop music right now: you,Gaga,Rihanna,Katy Perry....Why do you think that is?
KE$HA:I definitely think women are running it right now.We are not afraid to speak our minds.It's exciting because that's what I stand for,for people to be irreverent and to be themselves.
GLAMOUR:How big's the gap between Ke$ha in real life and Ke$ha onstage,drinking men's blood and dancing with a giant bouncing penis?
KE$HA:I'm just very amused by five-year-old humor.Don't get me wrong: I do destroy men on a weekly basis.It's like a hobby.I'm like a praying mantis.They f--k me,and then I eat them.But who isn't amused by a giant,dancing penis?Sometimes when I'm sad,I make my assistant put on the penis outfit and bounce around my house.
GLAMOUR:You generate such strong reactions—positive and negative.Your Twitter handle,@keshasuxx,is a joke on that,right?
KE$HA:I'm just taking the piss out of all of it.You have to have a sense of humor about life to get through it.
GLAMOUR:You've said you're attuned to people.What turns you off?
KE$HA:I was dating a guy once who spoke rudely to a taxi driver.I got out of the cab and walked home.Treat people with respect.I've waited tables,and that's why I just exceedingly overtip.It's exhausting work.
GLAMOUR:Why do you usually break it off with a guy?
KE$HA:I'm in the middle of writing a new record.I'm taking so many different instrument lessons.I'm also designing animal-friendly jewelry and a fake-fur line.So if a man is not,like,the second coming,then what's the point?I have other s--t to do.
KE$HA:: Guitar.I need to be badass.
GLAMOUR:Your fans have such a crazy dedication to you.
KE$HA:The people who come to my shows have dollar signs drawn all over them.They have blue lipstick.I call them my animals because they just go totally mental.
GLAMOUR:Are you going to keep rocking the body paint?