Katy Perry Denies She Is A Feminist: "But I Believe In The Strength Of Women"

4 December 2012, 12:40 | Updated: 4 December 2012, 13:00

The 'Part Of Me' singer says she would rather be an inspiration than a role model to young fans.

Katy Perry has denied she is a feminist but says she believes in the "strength of women" and wants to be an "inspiration" to young women who listen to her music.

The 'Teenage Dream' singer was named Woman Of The Year over the weekend and opened up about how she sees herself after picking up the award from Billboard magazine.

"I am not a feminist," Katy revealed after receiving the honour. "But I do believe in the strength of women."

The 'Part Of Me' star went on to say that she doesn't like to think of herself as a role model to fans per se, but rather an "inspiration" to show them they can work hard and achieve what they want.

"I don't really like to call myself a role model for my fans," Katy explained. "I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women.

"My mantra, especially for the film [Part Of Me 3D], was, 'If you believe in yourself you can be anything'," the 'Wide Awake' singer continued. "People don't want to look up to someone, they want to look across at someone and say, 'That's my girl, she's singing something I don't know how to put into words. She's captured something and became the soundtrack of my life'."

Check out a picture of Katy Perry attending the MTV VMAs 2012 earlier this year below:

Earlier this week Katy also spoke about her love of the body forming undergarment spanx, and says it makes her more relatable to fans by them knowing that she doesn't have the perfect body.

Katy Perry has also vowed not to rush work on her third studio album but says she already has a vision of how she wants the record and eventual tour to look and sound.