Part Of Me by Katy Perry
The music video for Part of Me by Katy Perry was directed by Ben Mohr. It was filmed in February 2012 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, which is a United States Marine Corps training base. Katy Perry plays a woman frustrated by her life and her seemingly-unfaithful boyfriend, whom she breaks up with. Desperate, she decides to join the United States Marine Corps, and finds a strength she did not know she had. Katy Perry is the only actor who stars in the video; all of the other people in the video are actual United States Marines.
The Part of Me by Katy Perry video opens with Katy in a car, looking at a locket that contains a picture of her with her boyfriend. She then looks up to see that her boyfriend is flirting heavily with another woman at his work, going so far as to kiss her cheek. Katy storms inside the building and throws the locket on his desk before slamming a sheath of papers in his face. He tries to stop her, but she drives away, increasingly angry.
Perry stops at a gas station to purchase a beverage, but stops when she sees a sign promoting women in the Marines. Suddenly inspired, she cuts her hair, binds her breasts, and changes from a dress into a hoodie and jeans. She enters Marines training and is seen riding along with other soldiers and being yelled at. However, shooting guns reminds her of shooting guns at a carnival with her ex-boyfriend, memories that upset her greatly. She participates in strength training drills, including being covered in cold water from the ocean while linked arms with other recruits. She receives a letter from her ex, begging her to come back, reminding her of happier times, with Perry in a bubble bath. However, the video shows her in her new bath: standing in formation in a body of water. Emboldened, she burns the letter.
Perry sings and dances beneath a giant American flag, then participates in other training exercises. She wrestles with another trainee beneath the water and rides in a tank onto a beach. Katy is seen marching with the other Marines. She covers her face with paint to camouflage it, and the last shot is her determined face. Part of Me by Katy Perry is a bold, creative music video with a very strong message.