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Kelly Clarkson talks about her struggles with body shaming

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

17th Jun, 2020. 07:02 pm
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American singer-songwriter opened up about the pressure she felt from everyone about having a certain body type.

Winner of American Idol, the 38-year-old singer in an interview talked about the pressure she had regarding her weight, she said,

“I’ve had this discussion with many females in the industry. I felt more pressure from people actually when I was thin when I was really thin and not super healthy because I just was worn out, just working so hard and not keeping the healthy habits.” 

She continued to say,

“But I felt more pressure. It was more of magazines shoved in front of you and, ‘This is what you’re competing with and we’ve got to compete with it.’ I can’t compete with that. That’s not even my image. That’s not who I am. That’s who they are. We’re all different and it’s okay.

“I fought more when I was thinner than I do now because now I just walk in and I just look at them like, ‘I dare you to say something. I’m happy in my life. I’ll work on me in my time!” Clarkson added.

However, Kelly finally came to the realization that her talent is about everything else,

Honestly, at my heaviest point, I was hired to be on The Voice. I got on the number one television show at my heaviest point, because it was right after I had kids and it was like they didn’t care.” 

Clarkson thanked NBC executive Paul Telegdy for choosing her unmatched talent and removing the pressure of looking good away from her shoulders.

“Paul hired me from NBC because he loved my personality, he loved that I connect with people and I’m really raw and real. It had nothing to do with my sex appeal or my look aesthetically. It had to do with me as a person. I think it’s really up to artists to force people to have that mentality,” Kelly concluded.

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