Ke$ha isn't the typical glamorous pop star, but as she tells V magazine in a new issue, she's completely cool with that.
The 25-year-old singer says unlike most other female stars - who drop lots of dough on stylists and trips to the beauty salon - she embraces her wild and crazy looks and is happy to drive in a lane designed just for her.
"There are the pop stars of the world and then I'm like their dirty little sister," Ke$ha says, "running around with s*** on my face in combat boots because I can't walk in heels."
The Tennessee native adds, "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 to be rich and you can still be successful."
Ke$ha, who sold 15 million units of her first album - is now toiling on her second one, which she says she'll drop later this year.
"The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, [and] have a really good time and look good on nothing," she says.
But since those days, she continues, "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 behind that everyone has a warrior inside."
Some fans, she predicts, will be "shocked" by the new sound.
"Some will also be excited to know that I don't just do silly white-girl rap," she adds. "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."