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Katy Perry's message about hard work is something every woman needs to hear

Katie McKay-Phillips is a freelance writer and the creator of Ruffled Feathers, an online wedding and event style brand. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son and two English bulldogs. Katie is a Highland Games competitor and streng...

Katy Perry wants you to know why it's empowering she's on the cover of Forbes

Katy Perry.

Katy Perry, Katy Perry! This woman just posted one of the most kickass, work hard and it will pay off, empowering photos I have ever seen.

In the photo, posted to her Instagram account, the "Roar" hit maker wants you to know she is on the cover of Forbes magazine, and she isn't afraid to let you know it. And she tells you why it's not bragging.

She writes, "Before accepting the offer to be on the cover of Forbes, I was told that a lot of women have previously shied away from doing it. I wondered if it was because they thought socially it would look like they were flaunting or bragging or it wasn't a humble decision."

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What a terrible sentiment. To think that those thoughts run through the minds of women who have earned the notoriety to grace the cover of Forbes and turn it down because they might be thought of as bragging? Disgusting.

This is the grown-up version of telling girls they're bossy, but boys have leadership skills.

Perry takes aim at that outdated mind-set and turns her attention squarely on us women. Proverbially shaking us by the shoulders, saying, "Ladies, there is a difference between being humble and working hard to see the fruits of your labor blossom, and your dreams realized. Hopefully this cover can be an inspiration to women out there that it's okay to be proud of hard earned success and that there is no shame in being a boss."

*Stands. Slow claps. Wipes tear.*

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She's not even done being amazing! She says, "Also… don't think that I didn't celebrate this moment by going straight to Taco Bell and getting my crunch wrap supreme."

There it is. Katy Perry proving once and for all: You can be a boss and keep it real, too.

I think a few of her lines bear repeating because they are so monumentally important, we need to say them again.

It's OK to be proud of hard-earned success, and there is no shame in being a boss.

Perry dons the cover of Forbes as the highest-earning woman on the Celebrity 100 list, earning an estimated $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows during her Prismatic World Tour and an estimated total of $135 million last year.

That could buy a lot of Taco Bell. Stay awesome, Katy.

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