Is this the new Kiss photo Black and white snap of Katy Perry locking lips with marine mirrors iconic WWII moment
19:42 GMT, 29 May 2012
The kiss Katy Perry shared on stage with a U.S. marine during Fleet Week no doubt sent her fans – and the man himself – wild.
But the moment shared between the pop star, 27, and Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Smith, 20, in Brooklyn, New York, last week is being heralded by many as an iconic modern interpretation of the photograph it was based upon.
The on-stage kiss was a recreation of the famous moment captured by German-born photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York's Times Square in 1945. It was snapped on the day that Japan surrendered to the U.S. which effectively ended World War II.
Iconic: A kiss shared between Katy Perry and a U.S. marine (above), that aimed to recreate a famous photograph from 1945, has become iconic in its own right. The image above was captured by another marine
Original: The first photograph (above), taken on the day that World War II effectively ended, was snapped in Times Square. It depicts a U.S. sailor and a nurse enjoying an unplanned moment fueled by sheer joy
The new photograph was taken by fellow marine Corporal Jeffrey Drew at the singer's special concert for a group of U.S. sailors at Brooklyn's Pier 9 last Wednesday night.
The sailors had just stepped off ships that had docked in Brooklyn last week for Fleet Week.
The original black and white photograph had been taken on V-J Day, which was August 14, 1945 (not September 2 as it is now celebrated) during a spontaneous event that took over Times Square after Harry S. Truman, the U.S. President at the time, announced that Japan had surrendered.
The photo, which is often referred to as The Kiss, was published in Life magazine a week after it was snapped.
Since the photographer's death in
1995, rights to the original photograph have been transferred to the J.
Paul Getty Museum in California as part of its Life Pictures archive.
a nurse named Edith Shain, who has since passed away, had claimed she
was the woman in the white dress in the photograph, some disagree.
Passion: The pop star performed at a special concert in Brooklyn, New York, that welcomed U.S. marines to Fleet Week. She had invited Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Smith on stage during her hit track Part of Me
The sailor's identity remains unclear also.
The recent kiss is not the first popular culture reference to have been made to the famous photograph.
In 2005, a life-size sculpture of the kissing couple titled Unconditional Surrender was unveiled at Times Square during a 60th anniversary event.
The bronze sculpture was created by American artist John Seward Johnson II.
The artist also created a 25ft tall version of the sculpture that has been on display at various locations across the U.S. including San Diego.
Lucky: The marine impressed the singer by attempting to climb onto the stage. She then invited him to join her
Achievement: The 20-year-old man fist-pumped the air after he locked lips with the mega star
The Simpsons also nodded to the famous photograph during an episode titled Bart The General.
episode showed Lisa Simpson being kissed by a school mate who was
dressed as a marine. Unlike the actual moment, the cartoon character
slapped the sailor in the face after the pair locked lips.
As for the most recent photograph,
Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Smith, who comes from Waterford Township in
Michigan, had been invited on stage by Ms Perry after he had
impressed her by trying to get onto the stage himself.
She had brought the handsome man in uniform to the platform, stealing his hat in the process.
Wiggling her hips, she coyly asked the crowd: 'Does it look good on me'
Tribute: The photograph has been referenced countless times such as in an episode of The Simpsons titled Bart The General (left) as well as an exhibition in New York's Times Square in 2005 (right)
The singer then asked the rowdy sailors whether they were familiar with Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph.
She then turned to the marine and asked: 'Do you know what I am talking about You want to do it You promise you are not going to drop me You're not gonna drop me If you drop me, I am going to sick all my friends on you,' she said pointing to the rowdy crowd of uniformed men.
Counting to three, Katy instructed the man to kiss her on the lips.
Dipping her back, he then eagerly locked lips with the brunette bombshell.
After the pair came up for air, he then fist-pumped in the air as fellow marines cheered him on.