Katy-Perry--Elle-US-2015--01Today, October 25, Saturday, the superstar diva, Katy Perry turns 31. The former Christian artist, who rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star, rose to prominence in 2008 when she topped the pop charts with “I Kissed the Gurl.”

Born Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson, her thirds album Teenage Dream (2010), was the first artist to produce four number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs, and the second over-all after Michael Jackson’s album Bad (1987).

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In 2013, after her fourth album Prism was released, Katy became the first artist with multiple videos to reach more than a billion views on Vevo with the hit songs “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” She was married to English actor-comedian Russell Brand in 2010, but shortly divorced him in 2012.

A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador I December 2013, she is known as a gay rights activist. She supported President Barack Obama in his run for re-election, and praised his support for same-sex marriages and equality. Today, she is endorsing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. Her songs “Firework”, “E.T.”, “California Gurls”, “Hot n Cold”, “Roar”, and “Dark Horse” have each sold over 5 million digital copies. As of today, she has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide.

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