Katy Perry adopted her quirky sense of style after her dad dragged her to garage sales to buy her second-hand clothes.
The hitmaker is renowned for her eclectic dress sense, and has sported a series of styles, including PVC bondage gear and 1950s pin-up.
And the star admits that despite being courted by the world's biggest fashion houses, she prefers to throw on anything which sets her apart from the crowd.
Perry tells Teen Vogue, "When I was nine years old, my father used to wake me up at seven every Saturday morning to take me to garage sales. I couldn't afford the clothes that the other girls at school were wearing, so instead I looked for things that were unique to me.
"I stopped focusing on what other people think a while ago. If you try to be everything to everyone, you'll only end up completely confused.
"I don't like to take fashion too seriously. I love it, and I am so grateful when big brands want to associate with me, but mostly I just want to take chances and have fun and truly live. Sometimes that means wearing some ridiculous, cat-inspired outfit rather than whatever happens to be in this season."