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Ke$ha really is a hard character to pin down. 

After selling droplets of her blood with her albums and tweeting a photo of herself breaking the law by urinating in public, the songstress suited up in the American flag for the cover of V magazine’s Issue #77. 

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Gearing up for the release of her sophomore album reportedly titled Spandex, Ke$ha slipped out of her grunge look and into an patriotic Dsquared dress that showed off the 25-year-old’s curves, bringing her a far cry from the self-proclaimed image of the “dirty little sister in combat boots” she claims she is. 

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Ke$ha is also featured in a series of the Inez & Vinoodh shot spread, eloquently painted in the American flag for what is dubbed V Magazine’s Americana issue. 

The photos almost make the image of glitter-clad Ke$ha with a bottle of Jack a distant memory. 

Take a look at the excerpts from the interview below:

On her place in the world of music:

“I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with s**t on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels.”

On whether she feels she’s today’s working-class pop star:

“I do feel like there is an element of what I’m doing that is about where I come from, which is working-class. I was never the cool kid, I was never hot in high school. I was never popular. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to be rich and you can still be successful.”

On writing her new album:

“The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time, and look good on nothing. But ever since then I’ve seen how many people my music can reach, and I’ve realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive. The underlying theme of this next record is warrior, with the positive message being that everyone has a warrior inside.”

On her new album’s sound:

“Some people will be shocked. Some will also be excited to know that I don’t just do silly white-girl rap. I’m from the South, I have a lot of soul. But trust me—it’s not going to be some avant-garde jazz record. I innately write pop songs. That’s just what I do.”

Be sure to head over to V Magazine for the full effect. No word on when the Ke$ha-covered issue is set to hit newsstands.