As a Teen, Katy Perry Knew 'Sexuality Wasn't as Black and White' as Her Epic Dress

Mikelle Street
Katy Perry received a human rights award and stunned in her dress from Rasario. (Photo: Getty Images)
Katy Perry received a human rights award and stunned in her dress from Rasario. (Photo: Getty Images)

Katy Perry headed out to the Human Rights Campaign Gala on Saturday, to be honored with the National Equality Award.

As she discussed her conservative Christian upbringing in her acceptance speech, Perry wore a stunning white dress from the Moscow-based brand Rasario. Pulled from the brand’s Spring 2017 collection, the shoulderless gown, with its black ruffled top and back slit, styled by Jamie Mizrahi, was perfectly timed; Saturday was also the final day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

The Rasario brand focuses on evening and cocktail dresses. Designer Rasida Lakoba started her business in 2012, and has since been named designer of the year by Glamour Russia and is carried by Moda Operandi.

In her acceptance speech, the pop star referenced her childhood experiences with singing at pro-conversion camps while attempting to understand sexuality and its complexities. “What I did know was I was curious,” she said. “Even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress.”

In addition to the gown, Mizrahi chose a stunner of an accessory. Although it wasn’t easy to see at a distance, an Ana Khouri diamond Mirian ear cuff gleamed in the star’s ear. Rimming almost the entire lobe, the piece, which was previously worn by Miley Cyrus to the Met Gala, added some glitz to the ensemble. And it’s no wonder: It’s made of 18-karat gold and white diamonds.

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Perry has been rocking shorter hair these days, which showed off the accessory to the max. To set it off, Chris Appleton, who also styles the hair of Ariana Grande, Adele, and more (and who is currently dating Baja East designer Scott Studenberg) kept her tendrils loose and light, falling to one side.

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