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Photos: A brief history of Katy Perry’s astounding democratic campaign costumes

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On Saturday (Oct. 24) US pop star Katy Perry debuted a Hillary 2016-themed turban, manicure, and sparkly brooch for a performance in Iowa, putting campaign buttons everywhere to shame. She also wore an American flag as a cape.

Singer Katy Perry performs during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton before the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
The cape was a nice touch. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Perry sang her hit “Roar” onstage at a rally in support of Clinton’s 2016 run for president, giving Clinton occasion to tell the crowd, “You just have to roar, about what you need to fight for!”

Singer Katy Perry, wearing a dress with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign logo, arrives at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Dressed for dinner. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

For the Jefferson Jackson dinner following the rally—a huge night for Iowa Democrats and a showcase for candidates competing in the state’s early presidential primary—Perry wore a royal blue strapless dress emblazoned, belted, and bedazzled with Clinton’s campaign logo, and took selfies with the presidential hopeful.

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It may not surprise you to learn that Perry—who can’t help but recall Wonder Woman when dressed in red, white, and blue—has done this before.

When the singer hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008, just days after US president Obama was first elected, she wore a yellow dress by designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac, emblazoned with Obama’s larger-than-life face.

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 06: Katy Perry performs during the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the Echo Arena on November 6, 2008 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images)
It’s a subtle reference. (Getty Images/Mike Marsland)

Four years later, Perry made her support official, in what appears to be latex: In 2012, as the incumbent president fought for swing states’s support, Perry performed at a Nevada campaign rally wearing a Las Vegas-appropriate skintight white dress printed with a ballot checked for Obama and Biden.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 24: Singer Katy Perry performs at a campaign rally for U.S. President Barack Obama at Doolittle Park on October 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obama is on a 48-hour campaign tour of battleground states, including Colorado, Florida and Iowa. (Photo by John Gurzinski/Getty Images)
In Vegas for Obama. (Getty Images/John Gurzinski)

She also mixed things up in Vegas with a presidential skirt suit.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 24: Singer Katy Perry performs at a campaign rally for U.S. President Barack Obama at Doolittle Park on October 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obama is on a 48-hour campaign tour of battleground states, including Colorado, Florida and Iowa. (Photo by John Gurzinski/Getty Images)
(Getty Images/John Gurzinski)

Perry then took her support to Milwaukee with another tight blue dress, printed and rhinestoned with Obama’s “Forward” slogan.

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 03: Pop artist Katy Perry performs at a campaign rally for U.S. President Barack Obama at the Delta Center on November 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is one of nine battleground states expected to determine the outcome of Tuesday's U.S. Presidential election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Battleground dress. (Getty Images/Scott Olson)

But Perry’s sartorial patriotism doesn’t stop when campaign season ends. In 2013, she wore what can only be described as a cowgirl pinup-meets-revolutionary costume for a children’s concert celebrating military families in Washington, DC, just prior to Obama’s second inauguration.

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And in 2014, she brought a relatively subtle brand of shine to the White House in 2014, in a long-sleeved bright navy gown to sing at a concert celebrating the Special Olympics.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: (AFP OUT) Singer Katy Perry performs during a concert commemorating the Special Olympics with U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, in the State Dining Room of the White House on July 31, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
This is what you wear when you’ve already won. (Getty Images/Andrew Harrer-Pool)

If the pop star’s reign of sparkles during the Obama administration are any indication, Saturday was just the beginning of Perry’s sequin offensive on Hillary’s road to 2016.

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