Popdust Halloween Masks, Day One: Courtney Stodden
Katy Perry provides the world with ample inspiration for Halloween costumes with every wardrobe change she makes during her live shows and every spontaneous color job that's performed on her at one time jet-black hair. Remember that? Last year, cupcakes and blue wigs may have ruled the streets, with many men and women across Middle America pledging allegiance to the West Coast and declaring themselves "California Gurls." With so many Billboard #1s since then, you could easily find ideas within her Teenage Dream tracklisting—get an elaborate, otherworldly makeup job or take a literal approach in portraying a firework, for example—but Perry gifted fans with a one-stop costume when she revealed her alter ego in the "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" video, and the endless promotional vehicles that came with it.
Meet Kathy Beth Terry, the shy, awkward and stereotypically nerdy looking high school girl who relies on the powers of Rebecca Black to make her cool for at least one unforgettable night. You know things are dire when you cling to a YouTube sensation. Nerds have been done before, yes, but the headgear on Terry alone basically requires you to do the robot or break into Tin Man dialogue throughout the night. And who doesn't love that? But if all else fails, just talk about your strangely famous circle of friends and family, and the hangers-on will flock. How can one truly be unpopular being the child of Cory Feldman and Debbie Gibson, or the object of a certain Glee star's desires? High school is all about proximity to power, after all.
Come Halloween, it's your duty to brings these lyrics to life the way both Katy and Kathy would want you to. It's only an honest representation of the Perry ideal if you puke into a roller skate at the end of the night.
Illustration by James Jajac