Vrinda Jagota
August 03, 2016 5:46 am
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Rise, Katy Perry’s first release since Prism in 2013, is getting some serious air time recently, as both the Olympics 2016 anthem, and as part of her performance in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. It was SO exciting to see her show her support for the first female presidential candidate for a major party.

Orlando Bloom isn’t the only person obsessed with Katy.

Ever since Teenage Dream, she has been representing quintessentially feminine experiences.

She sings about California girls, about heartbreak, and about the complicated hedonism, vulnerability, and emotion inherent in being a teenage girl.

The new trailer for Rise is no exception, and looks super empowering.

In it the teaser, Katy trains with a parachute (and at time, it looks like the parachute is winning), but continues to get up and keep going, looking constantly tough and determined. She battles underwater and is, at one point, stuck on a cliff.

Of course, there’s an issue of intersectionality in her work. Perry tends to represent the interests and narratives of white women, which leaves women of color feeling unable to relate and underrepresented. It would be great to see better representation of people of color in her videos so that her feminism is more inclusive.

Still, it’s always exciting to see a woman unapologetically expressing herself, showing her flaws and showing that she can grow from them, and providing female fans with proof that they can also continue to rise.

The full music video drops August 4th, and we can’t wait to see all of Perry’s #girlpower in action!

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